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The Grand Ascent Hillclimb 2012


On Tuesday 12/11, you'll get to see a classic episode of Chasing Classic Cars where Wayne Carini goes through his plan to market and then sell th Porsche Special Hill Climb Car. He takes it to the Hershey Hill Climb race to put it through its paces and has a darn good time doing it. But that doesn't stop him from taking it to auction.

THough the Hill Climb took place back in June, we were lucky enough to have Kenneth Visser - automobile fan, blogger and photographer extraordinaire on site and reporting back on the action. Take a walk down memory lane below, and don't forget to tune in to Chasing Classic Cars starting on Tuesday 12/11 starting at 9p.

Another fine tradition has been reignited with the second running of the The Grand Ascent Hillclimb held on the grounds of the Hershey Hotel.  This is a VSCCA sanctioned hill climb exhibition and features a wide variety historic racing cars thundering up a five turn three quarters of a mile long course.  A unique opportunity to see, hear and smell vintage race cars slamming gears.  This event was reignited with the start of the Elegance At Hershey.  We'll talk more about the Concours later.  Let's take a look at some of the neat machinery that was attacking the hill.

Wayne Carini was selected as the Honary Grand Marshall of the Grand Ascent.  He brought his smile and his driving skills to the hill.

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Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars took the Bill Rutan VW* special with a 356 four cam motor up the hill.  Wayne spoke about the rides up later "I had a blast"  And his sub 57 second times were reflective of his blistering pace. 


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Velocity's Weekly Round Up: Week of February 13, 2012


by Eileen Marable

News from the auto world is coming fast and furious this week. There are game changing concept cars, phone apps, those famous driverless cars and more so let’s buckle up and get going!

Driverless Cars

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the new laws in Las Vegas that allow driverless cars on the roads. Google has pretty much jumpstarted the trend by being the first to install their driverless system in cars. Everyone’s asking how will this thing work? Here are the basics – Nevada law will require the special cars to have red plates so other cars can easily identify it. Two users will have to be inside the vehicle as a start. They are free to talk on their cell phones or use computers while the car drives along, but forget about drinking. The same drunk driving laws will still apply.  The car itself will operate by using existing maps – if it heads into territory that it doesn’t have a map for it will ask you to take over or it will pull over to the side of the road. Not many of vehicles are equipped with the program at the moment so it’s likely you won’t see to many in the near future, but be warned. They are coming!










Image via Gizmag

Bertone Nuccio Concept Car

Word on the street is that Italian auto design house Bertone will be unveiling a concept car at the Geneva Auto Show that is nod to one of Nuccio Bertone’s classic 1970’s designs – the Lancia Stratos HF Zero. Low slung and very angular it was considered pretty far out for its day and the prototype car recently sold for over $1M. The sketches that have come out prior to the show indicate the car will have a similar wedge shaped designed. Nuccio Bertone was the head of the company until he retired in 1997, and the car is part of a 100th anniversary special honoring the company that bears his family name.

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