Registrations sought for Keene Hill Climb

Nick Rizzo was reunited with his 1941 Olds Special that he
hadn’t seen in over 25 years.  This year the owner will be bringing
the Olds Special back again

Last October the first annual Keene Hill Climb Reunion was held in Keene, N.Y. with great success.  On Sept. 26 and 27, the second annual event will take place at the Keene community center.

It has been more than 40 years since the last sports cars raced up the East Hill Road course in a hill climb held annually from 1950 to 1966.  Every spring the little town of less than 1,000 residents came alive with the sounds of open exhausts and the smell of Bardahl oil from about 70 sports cars.  The streets were packed with the cars of the thousands of spectators who came to watch the event.

This year’s reunion will have a staging area where along with some of the cars that once competed on the East Hill Road course, other pre-1966 sports and racing cars are invited to be on display.  Videos will be shown along with displays of memorabilia and photographs from the old hill climbs.  There will also be an exhibition tour up the old course for licensed cars.  A road rally through some of the neighboring towns is scheduled for the following day.

Last year Mr. Nick Rizzo was reunited with his 1941 Olds Special that he hadn’t seen in over 25 years.  This year the owner will be bringing the Olds Special back again and Nick will be driving his old racer in the exhibition tours.

The second annual reunion will be dedicated to three of the Keene Hill Climb’s past organizers: Walter Biesemeyer, Robert Garno, and Richard Hartson.  The first two are unfortunately deceased, but Mr. Hartson, now 88 years old, will be on hand at the reunion.  

There is no admission fee for spectators and registrants, however pre-registration is requested before August 31, 2009.  Contact Michael Hartson at 518-576-4464, or email, hartson@kvvi.net.

Also contact Hartson if you know a car or driver who once raced at Keene Hill.

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