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Annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Knox Mountain Hillclimb, is run annually on Knox Mountain Park Road, in the City of Kelowna. The road, while paved, is narrow with off-camber corners, and steep grades; a nice Sunday drive, but hardly a race track. It is 2.2 miles (3.5km) long, and climbs approximately 800 feet (245 meters) in elevation for an average grade of 6.7%.

Past its 59th year, Knox Mountain is the longest annually running paved hillclimb in North America. The event attracts top drivers from throughout the Pacific Northwest, looking for the challenge and thrill of being fastest.

Cars are run one at a time, each trying to reach the top in the lowest elapsed time. Drivers/cars compete in various classes from open wheeled formula cars to powerful large engined GT cars. But, each hopes to be "King of the Hill", earning the fastest time of the weekend.

The current hill record is 1m:37.065, held by John Haftner of Vancouver, British Columbia. Times under two minutes are considered exceptionally fast, with few drivers achieving that and even fewer sedans having ever achieved that. Most times fall between 2m00s and 2m30s. To achieve top times, speeds in excess of 160kpH must be reached on the short straights.

The road corners are known by their "numbers" and include three switchbacks; each corner has its own features varying from steepness to camber, to steep drop-offs if you go too wide.

Entry Fee: For 2017, the entry fee is $350 for returning racers (includes Sunday night dinner). Entries received after May 7 will be $400.

For US Residents: Returning Racer: $350.00 Canadian or $270 in US funds Please mail check with completed entry forms New Racers: $250.00 Canadian or $200 in US funds Please mail check with completed entry forms

For new entries (first timers), or those who have not raced here for the past three years, the entry fee is $250.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm
621 Broadway Avenue, Kelowna, BC
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