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LONG LIVE THE KING – George Bowland flirted with the magic 50 second barrier at Polish Mountain by steadily removing wing slats throughout the weekend.  Photo by Pete Harrison.

POWER BROKERS -  The 2nd Annual Polish Mountain Hill Climb was a banner weekend for door bangers of all descriptions.  Photo by Joe Oxenham.


FLINTSTONE, MD -  The learning curve on Gilpin Road in rural Western Maryland definitely became less steep on the first weekend of August as 21 new hill records were set at the 2nd Annual Polish Mountain Hill Climb

The second-year event was again organized and promoted by National Road Autosport for the benefit of the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America under the terms of a Special Event Permit issued by the Maryland State Highway Administration.  Polish Mountain II attracted 66 licensed SCCA drivers hailing from New Hampshire to Florida.  The bulk of the field was comprised of competitors racing for season titles in the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association series.

For the second straight year, the overall race for Fast Time of the Day was dominated by North Carolinian George Bowland, whose winged BBR special flirted with the 50 second barrier, lowering his own 2007 overall Polish Mountain hill record to 50.708 seconds.

Bowland was followed up the mountain by three other racers who smashed class records.  The Kurt Eikenberg CSR Prince, Jeremy Deitzel’s ludicrously fast Street Mod Evo and Ken Taggert’s FSV Tigger ran into the PHA record books with impressive times.

The fastest local entry was Cumberland’s Matt Felten, who finished fifth overall, edging his Reynard-Ford car owner John Felten (8th overall) for the Formula Continental class win. The younger Felten was one of only five 2008 racers under the 60 second mark on the 1.2 mile 9-turn course, just missing Taggert’s 2007 FC record of 59.081 seconds.

Other record runs of note included a gaggle of new marks set by Pennsylvania drivers associated with the Steel City Region encampment including Mark Aubele (BSP), Ray Colbert (SSC), Tim Fairfax (ITB), Mike Ancus (EP), rookie Tim Murphy (FP) and Joe Foering (DSP).

Frostburg area drivers Bob Lewis and Steve Wilson set new records in the American Sedan and A Street Prepared classes.  Lewis outran car owner Herm Melotti to win the class and finish 11th overall with a record time of 62.526 seconds.  Wilson’s Porsche 944 Turbo S finished 14th overall, obliterating the 2007 class record with a time of 63.163 on his last run.

Cresaptown drivers Fred Pfeiffer, III and Sean Pfeiffer finished 1-2 in the GT-2 class, both improving the family Porsche 914-6’s 2007 times.  Fred Pfeiffer won the class with a Sunday run of 66.671, establishing the hill record in GT-2.

Mark “Boris” Boggs from Keyser, WV finished third in B Street Prepared after a spirited battle with second place co-driver Dennis Howard in Howard’s Porsche 911SC.  Cumberland’s Dave Williams finished second in E Production for the second straight year driving a Porsche 944.  Williams’s 71.421 best run beat the 2007 class record by three seconds but was well south of the new mark set by Pittsburgh’s Mike Ancus on Sunday.

The 2008 Polish Mountain Hill Climb was sponsored by Susquehanna Bank,, Teter Landscaping, American Rent-All, Belt Paving, Potomac Farms, Bill Rhodes Classic Restorations, Miller Auto Parts, Miller Lite and National Road Autosport. 65 community volunteers contributed their time and talents to help plan and stage the annual event.

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