Mt. Equinox hill climb and Hildene car show
the same weekend in June each year.
The hillclimb is
unique to Southern Vermont, and
the car show draws 500-600
cars.The beautiful weather had
people out to
enjoy the day in record numbers!
This Buggati was a famous Italian
racer from about
1950 onward. The
drivers spared no mechanicals in
trying for the best
time up the hill! The smell of
scorched clutch plates
was common after a hard start.
This car was built specifically
for hill climb
competition. It has a
1200 cc Indian engine, good
for about 100 hp. on
racing alcohol. With no starter,
this is pull start
only. This car has been competiting
in this race for the
last 15 years, and consistantly
posts some of the
fastest times of the day.
The engine compartment is left
open to help with
cooling on the hot
days. The two straight pipes on
the engine can be
heard for miles, as the car
scrambles up the steep
One of the more nicely finished
Vetes at the show.
The Camaro was our transportation
to Vermont, it
ran great. The
HOTWHELZ plates are new, we get
a lot of comments on
them. We were able to pick up
some parts at the car
show swap meet.
Next projects will be some work
to remove surface
rust, get the
speedometer working reliably, and
tune the Holley carb.
for better idle and gas mileage.