For most visitors to Mount Philo, it's all about the view. But for those taking part in Sunday's hill climb, it's all about burning rubber -- all the way to the top.
"People think we're crazy, but it's actually a lot of fun," said Julie Jones, a Hillclimb racer.
"It's a lot of fun -- it's completely addictive," said another racer, Paul Dudley.
Amateur racers of all ages gather at the bottom of Mount Philo waiting for their turn to tackle the one mile track in cars built to take whatever the windy mountain road dishes out. "No one likes to think of it that way -- think about the crashes. No, we think about the driving. But they're built to keep the driver safe in a crash," Dudley said.
And as long as you've got a helmet and a fire extinguisher, any car with a little speed is welcome to race. "I think I did an average of 50, but I'm not really looking at my speedometer when I'm racing. I'm just focused on the road," Jones said.
"I would say the top speed you hit is probably somewhere around 80 in a vehicle like this," Dudley said.
But it's not just the speed junkies enjoying the track. George Rooney, a Middlebury Union High School Driver Ed Instructor, says it's a great time for students and beginners to come out and learn about the road outside of the classroom. "Even if it's just to come and watch, to get a sense for what it's about, because vehicle dynamics is a big part of it," he said.
And getting the best time is also a big deal. The top racers get stickers claiming their place in the race, along with bragging rights. But the biggest prize? "I guess to make it to the finish without crashing -- it's like yay!" Jones said.
So if you're not a professional but you've got a need for speed, next year's Hillclimb at Mount Philo just might be the rush your looking for.
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-03-08 15:21:27 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:05 GMT
Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
We've had another cold week that's left homeowners cranking the heat. But what does that mean for kids' safety?More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:31 AM EST2014-03-08 13:31:36 GMT
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. His office says Governor Peter Shumlin will be at Brown University in Providence taking part in a forum with the Rhode Island Governor. While theMore >>
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 AM EST2014-03-08 13:17:30 GMT
We have some ideas for your Saturday. IRISH FESTIVAL The 19th annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival kicks off today. There is a lecture about the role of Irish immigrants in the Civil War at theMore >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:44 GMT
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there. More >>
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there.More >>