Fri, Apr 19 - Sun, Apr 21, 2024

2024 Pine Mountain Hillclimb

Pine Mountain Resort Park

About this event


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Pine Mountain HillClimb
Event #1 of the 2024 Appalachian HillClimb Series
Presented by Summit Racing, Backroads of Appalachia and Grassroots Motorsports Magazine 

2024 Pine Mountain Supplemental Rules and Scheule2024Pine Mountain Hillclimb Supps.pdf

The Pine Mountain HillClimb will take place at the Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville, Kentucky, April 19-21.  The 19th will be a paddock load in day, with a car show in downtown Pineville that afternoon.  Competition runs will be on Saturday and Sunday only.

The event is part of the Appalachian HillClimb Series and is hosted by SCCA’s East Tennessee Region with support from Blue Ridge Region and Central Carolinas Region.

The two-mile, 10-turn Pine Mountain HillClimb layout features an elevation gain of 650 feet, is just two miles from the city of Pineville, KY, and because it's part of a resort, features guest lodging and cabins, along with a full restaurant and catering services on site. Participants will be able to reserve a limited number of rooms or cabins when registering for the event.

For those unfamiliar with HillClimb events, SCCA HillClimbs take place on a section of mountain road that has been closed to commuter traffic. Competitors take turns seeing who can complete the course the fastest. Unlike a road course, which may have multiple levels of barriers, or an autocross where rubber cones are usually the biggest risk, a HillClimb course is lined with trees and rocks. Getting to the top unscathed is a mix of bravery and discretion. HillClimb cars need roll bars and racing harnesses at a minimum, and drivers need approved flame-retardant racing suits and other safety gear.

Entry Fee: $325 (If received by April 12.) Full refund if withdawn by April 12 midnight.
Late Entries: $400 (If received after April 12.)
Weekend Membership: $25 (If not an SCCA Member.)
Lodging: $XXX-$XXX: (Limited rooms, while available.)

Event will only be open to SCCA members through March 9.


Event requirements

Driver Eligibility: (If you do not have an SCCA HillClimb or TT License, we will issue you one as part of the event.)

A. All Drivers

1. Weekend or Full Membership of the SCCA. (Event is only open to full SCCA members for the first week of registration.)

2. Valid government-issued driver’s license.

3. Be able to handle the physical and mental demands of competition for the length of a session for each session of the event. Click here to see detailed description.

4. An SCCA HillClimb, Time Trials or Competition License or a competition license from a recognized sanctioning body. (E.g., NASA Road Race, Rally or Time Trials License; Rally USA Comp License, FIA Competition License, SVRA, GridLife, PCA, BMWCCA or other recognized competition organization.) If you do not have one, we will issue one at the event.

B. Minor Drivers (Less than 18-years-old)
In addition to the above, minor drivers: 

1. Must contact officials before the event.

2. Must provide a completed SCCA Minor Waiver (Form 1068)

3. Novice HillClimb Program Attendance, Novice Coaching and working with a mentor is required

C. Novice Drivers
Drivers who have not participated in a HillClimb event are required to attend the Novice HillClimb Program, participate in Novice Coaching and work with a mentor.


Vehicle Eligibility
The event is open to automobiles (NO motorcycles, karts, ATVs or similar) which meet the following criteria:

1. Automobiles must meet all of the Safety Level 2 Standards at a minimum, and when necessary, the SCCA rules required for special construction (GT, Sports Racers, Formula Cars, Specials etc.).

2. Has at least four (4) wheels, grouped in equal sets of half of the wheels on the vehicle per side.

3. Is properly muffled.

4. Does not have a high center of gravity. Potentially unstable vehicles with a high center of gravity–determined by whether they are wider than they are tall–are excluded from SCCA Time Trials. Width is the average track width of the vehicle, and height is measured from the ground to the highest point. Extra caution should be exercised with non-traditional vehicles (e.g., trucks using racing slicks or tires with less than 200 tread wear rating.)

5. Is a vintage or alternate series racing car that meets safety specifications for their sanctioning body.

6. Cars need not be licensed or licensable for road use, so long as they otherwise comply with these rules.


Vehicle/Driver Safety Requirements
This event requires that all production vehicles meet SCCA HillClimb “Safety Level 2” at a minimum. This includes an approved racing specification helmet, at least a 4-point roll bar constructed to SCCA specifications, an approved racing harness, racing suit, shoes, gloves, and other items like arm restraints or window nets and fire suppression devices/systems. Specials are required to meet GCR safety levels- for questions and clarifications contact

Factory safety systems (like you might find at a track day or time trial) is not considered appropriate.

The full requirements can be found here:

Looking for PMHC Lodging?? Part of our obligation to our host, Pine Mountain State Park is to fill up the lodging on site- which includes rooms in the lodge (one and two bed hotel rooms) and cabins (one bedroom, two beds and two bedrooms, 4 beds).  To make sure we fill these up, the event manages the booking and reservations for Friday and Saturday nights.

 How to get a room/cabin- no action needed at this time-  we will send out booking information via email to everyone who has registered (as long as space is available)- simply reply to that email and we will get you set up!


2024 Pine Mountian HillClimb ***TENTATIVE*** Schedule

Friday, April 19
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Course Setup.  Laurel Cove Amphitheater.  Race Course will be *closed to traffic.
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM Registration and **Tech Inspection.  Downtown Pineville  (112 E Kentucky Ave).
5:00 PM - Race Car Show and Street Party.
6:00 PM Novice Driver Classroom: Main Paddock, Laurel Cove Amphitheater
8:30 PM Road Closed between Upper Paddock and Chained Rock Road
9:00 PM  Novice Worker Classroom: TBD
9:45 PM – 6:45 AM Quiet Hours in Paddock.  Paddock will remain open, but no race engines.  No Camping within Pine Mountain Resort Park (no camping tents, no camp showers, no campfires, no sleeping outside.)  You are not required to leave the paddock overnight.
  * Vehicles with trailers will not be allowed beyond the upper paddock.  Traffic to the resort, cabins and Chained Rock will be directed around.  Race cars and race traffic will be allowed on course at safe speed.
  ** If possible, please unload race cars at lodging or assigned paddock and bring cars to Tech Inspection off-trailer.  Tech Inspection will be a roving tech.  Cars will not be inspected until driver is registered.


Saturday, April 20
7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Road above Upper Paddock Open to two-axel vehicles. Late Registration in Main Paddock
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Late Tech in Main Paddock
7:30 AM     Worker Meeting Picnic Shelter at Mid-Course/Bridge Parking
7:45 AM         Driver Meeting at Laurel Cove Amphitheater off Main Paddock
  Road Closed to non-event traffic.
8:15 AM – 9:15 AM ALL Hill Traffic under Grid and Paddock Marshal Control, ONLY.
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Parade Laps - (Both Lanes up, Right lane down. NOT AT RACE SPEED)
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Competition Runs
5:30 PM Road open to 2 axel vehicles.
9:45 PM – 6:45 AM Quiet Hours in Paddock.  Paddock will remain open, but no race engines.  No Camping within Pine Mountain Resort Park (no camping tents, no camp showers, no campfires, no sleeping outside.)  You are not required to leave the paddock overnight.


Sunday, April 21
7:30 AM   Worker Meeting Picnic Shelter at Mid-Course/Bridge Parking
7:45 AM Driver Meeting at Laurel Cove Amphitheater off Main Paddock
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Road Closed to non-event traffic. ALL Hill Traffic under Grid and Paddock Marshal Control, ONLY.
8:15 AM – 3:30 PM   Competition Runs



Entries (168)

J.A. Ackley
Brandy Wiggins
Kristen Poole
jessica hunter
Alison Hill
Cindy Larkin
Trae Larkin
Heyward Wagner

Pine Mountain Resort Park

Pineville, KY


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