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Drivers Race Up Mount Washington Auto Road

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The Mount Washington Auto Road is a challenging 7.6-mile uphill route.

The “Climb to the Clouds” road race will take place on the slopes of Mount Washington this weekend. All eyes will be on David Higgins, a rally driver who holds the record for fastest time up the Mount Washington Auto Road—a blistering 6 minutes and 9 seconds, over 70 miles an hour on average.

“Which, for most people that have been up the auto road, is horrifying,” says Howie Wemyss, general manager of the auto road. If the good weather holds, Wemyss says we might see that record broken by one of the more than 70 contenders this year.

The race happens every three years, and it started all the way back in 1904 as the first hill climb road race in North America, according to Wemyss. “It was a proving ground for automobiles. Back then, automobiles were brand new, and it was a way for manufacturers to come with their latest inventions and prove how great they were.”

Today’s latest inventions will begin racing at 9:30 Sunday morning, and spectators can watch from various points along the way. 

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