2019 Grand Ascent Hill Climb

Event Information

Date(s) - Jun 07, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Who's Attending

  • Steve Moskowitz
  • Richard Campbell
  • Jason Urban
  • Stefan Vapaa
  • Scott Fenley
  • Joe Parlanti
  • Michael Rich

Grand Ascent Hill Climb

Friday, June 7th and Saturday June 8th, 2019

In addition to all the cars that are currently accepted by the VSCCA, we are opening up the Grand Ascent at Hershey to a few additional classes of cars! The new production year limit is 1970, which is the last year the original Hershey Hillclimb was run. See below for details on car and driver eligibility.

Although the increasingly popular Grand Ascent, held on the grounds of the magnificent Hotel Hershey, chimes in as a relative lightweight in the hill climb world (7/10th’s of a mile and an elevation change of 200 feet), the historic “Ascent” can be deceiving. The changes in elevation, although gradual, lull one into a false belief that this is an easy course to negotiate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lightening fast straights are abruptly followed by characteristically acute, slightly off camber, and narrowing turns requiring delicate car control. The subtle lighting caused by the grand old growth trees lining the road also make it challenging to gauge when to make your steering and braking inputs. This is an exciting course even for the hill climb experts among us. The presence of a return path adds to the enjoyment as the driver does not have to wait at the top prior to returning for another go. Outstanding track-side vantage points throughout make this is a popular spectator event which adds a vein of excitement that few hill climbs can ever hope to emulate.

Timed runs will begin on Friday and last into Saturday. Thanks to the expertise and generosity of fellow VSCCA member Joe Parlanti and his group, we will again have digital timing displayed at the top of the hill after you pass the finish line and online LIVE timing visible on your smartphone or on the display at the event headquarters tent! The level of excitement a driver feels when passing the chequered at the top and seeing your time in large numbers is indescribable.

Lodging choices at all price ranges abound. Hershey is particularly pleasant in that there is a multitude of activities available for members of your family that lack the hill climb bug in them. Aside from the well known Hershey amusement park, you can treat your better half to a deservedly relaxing and pampering spa treatment at the Hotel Hersey. The Friday night kick-off party at the new Hershey Gardens Conservatory featuring wonderful food and music held amid a beautiful lush indoor garden with a great collection of butterflies. It is just the way to begin a weekend that is certain to count as one of the more memorable times you can spend with your family. The VSCCA Saturday night dinner at the “What If… Of Hershey” restaurant will top the day off. Have a classic and relaxing cocktail before dinner at The Circular, a renowned Art Deco restaurant – bar overlooking the Hotel Hershey gardens which bloom magnificently at this time of year.


  • Incredibly, because of the unique nature of the event and its association with The Elegance At Hershey, entry is only $150 per car.
  • The optional Saturday dinner party tickets are $65 per person which includes a wide selection of appetizers, choice of entree, dessert, and a complimentary adult beverage.
  • We ask that you bring or mail a check of $100 as a donation to “The Elegance At Hershey”, which is tax deductible, to support the charities the event was created for.

Enter online or send a paper entry! http://www.vscca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015-VSCCAEntryForm.pdf

Grand Ascent at Hershey General Eligibility Requirements

There are two classes of cars for this event, the Vintage Race Class and the Vintage Street Class.

Vintage Race Class

  • VSCCA cars with VSCCA logbooks
    ≤ 1970 non-VSCCA car with a competition logbook from another vintage racing or hillclimb club. No slick tires or competition tires with “holographic” tread will be permitted. Cars should be prepared similarly to VSCCA cars where presentation and originality are of greater importance than performance. All ≤ 1970 non-VSCCA cars are approved by the event chairman on a case-by-case basis.
  • For the Race class, all cars must conform to the VSCCA Safety Regulations (at a minimum) and pass the standard VSCCA Technical Inspection.

Vintage Street Class

  • ≤ 1970 Production sports cars and sporting sedans registered for street use, possibly mildly modified. No slick tires or competition tires with “holographic” tread will be permitted. All cars in this class are approved by the event chairman on a case-by-case basis.
  • For the Street class, car preparations similar to those for a “track day” are required. See the checklist below. Additionally, the car must pass the onsite safety inspection.

Possible exceptions in excess of the above might be possible for historically significant cars or cars that are “stock” or very lightly prepared.

Vintage Street Class Driver’s Gear

  • Minimum SA2010 Snell approved helmet.
  • Goggles or face shield mandatory for open cars.
  • Driver’s suit made of Nomex or similar fire resistant material.
  • Gloves and Socks of fire resistant material as above.

Vintage Street Class Car Preparation

  • Seatbelts or racing harness securely mounted
  • Fire extinguisher securely mounted and charged
  • Exterior and interior identification of the ignition switch (lightning bolt / arrow sticker).
  • Roll bars are not required, but if one is present FIA or SFI approved padding (no pipe insulation) must be present around the helmet impact areas.
  • Two throttle return springs.
  • No fluid leaks.
  • No loose items (floormats, tools, battery, etc.)


Contact the Grand Ascent Hill Climb Chairman

If you are paying by check please send your payments to:

Stefan Vapaa
7 Speer Road
Wilmimgton Delaware 19809
Phone(C): (302) 559-9388


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Grand Ascent Registration
This is the entry fee for participation in the hill climb. (Includes Friday lunch, Friday Driver’s Reception & Dinner at The Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens, and Saturday lunch for you and one crew member).
This ticket includes the Saturday night dinner tickets. Purchase at least one for yourself and any additional ones for your crew/guests.

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