The Virginia City Hillclimb is an annual event managed by volunteers, the Ferrari Club Pacific Region and the NorCal Shelby Club, and is a rare opportunity to drive your car at speed on the 5.2 mile (paved) road to Virginia City Nevada. For 2014, the hillclimb will be on September 13th and 14th.
The course is, as mentioned, 5.2 miles, beginning at approximately 5000 feet above sea level and ending at about 6200 feet – there are 21 numbered turns on “the hill.” It’s a fun, challenging, and unique opportunity to drive on a closed public road as fast as your skills (and intestinal fortitude) allow.
The event is hosted by the Ferrari Club of America but you don’t need to have a Ferrari to participate, however for insurance reasons you will need to join the Ferrari Club or the Norcal Shelby Club, or obtain a temporary membership for an additional fee (included at registration time). Any high performance car is acceptable – and we’ve had all makes and models represented over the years. We usually see a few Tigers, Vipers, BMWs, EVOs, Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, the occasional Audi and/or Lamborghini, and of course a few Ferraris – so what do you have sitting in your garage in need of some exercise?
To qualify for entry, your vehicle must be street legal, registered, and insured since the return route from the finish to the start is on a public road.
The Virginia City Hillclimb is usually held on the second weekend in September, which really becomes 4 days with an optional ride and drive to VC on the Friday before. And with the Sunday night roast, er.. dinner, it is advisable for the non-workaholics to plan a leisurely return Monday morning.
Now, this is much more than a driving event – the old town of VC has a number of quaint shops, some interesting tours of the old mines and of course interesting restaurants. Of course there are also the gaming establishments for which Nevada is famous albeit with a very unique and distinctive old west flavor, no Las Vegas or even Reno glitz. The history of the region is also very interesting – for example, Mark Twain once worked for the town newspaper during the days of the silver and gold rush.
The Links Page gives you a comprehensive guide to the event/participant reduced rate rooms at the Silverland Hotel (formerly Ramada) or if you prefer a room with a more historic perspective there are several B&Bs in the town listed as well. All are within walking distance of the Saturday and Sunday night venues.
So what do you say? – come and join us – we’d love to have you.