The next time somebody tells me that gassers can't do curvy roads well, I'm going to tell them to look at the Maryhill Hill Climb course!
I drove 100 miles to the Maryhill car show today, just because a buddy told me from noon to 2:00 p.m. they would let car show cars run the course for free! Only two days a year the road course is open. Today for fun, and tomorrow for the actual race. So at noon I left the car show and headed over to the hill climb. Nobody at the bottom to say go ahead, or wait a bit, so pushed the electric headers button, opened the pipes, and went for it. The road is a lot of really tight curves that test any car, regardless of how it's setup. But even more so for my old '39! I started the timer on my cell phone just to see how long it took to reach the top. Didn't hammer it hard, and never any howling tires. Did hit the brakes pretty hard on some of the hairpins, and spun the tires a little accelerating out of turns when the road allowed a hard pedal. I finished the run in 3 minutes flat, and at the top was greeted by a bunch of folks standing around their sports cars who watched the old '39 gasser make the run. They were all smiles, and said they loved watching the old car come up the run, and wanted to know if I was racing it tomorrow? I told them I just wanted to do it so I could say I did so in my '39 Chev.
The Maryhill road was the first paved road in Wahsington State, and was designed and built by railroad magnate Sam Hill to show people what roads could look like if they supported road development in the state. My time was off the fast cars time by a good 30 seconds, and probably even more off the really fast cars! My buddy's son drove his '61 Fuelie Vette up the hill, but not sure how quick as I met him going up when I was about halfway down the course. So we just waved as we passed. The course is 2 miles long, and goes from 500 ft. to 1500 ft. in the two mile stretch.