Jun 29 2019

Hemmings Blog: On the ground at the 2019 Port Washington Hill Climb

 David Conwill reported in the Hemmings Blog on the Wheels Through Time Antique Hill Climb and Car Show held on June 23, 2019 in Port Washington.

Hats off to the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society and the Vintage Flathead Timing Association for another successful event. Kudos  to Jon Ruvio and Chris Bain.


Howard Kroplick

Above photo: Marcia Barker of Boonton, New Jersey, zooms toward a second-place finish in her T-bodied Ford Model A. Photos by David Conwill and Dan Beaudry.

Hemmings Daily: On the ground at the 2019 Port Washington Hill Climb
David Conwill on Jun 27th, 2019 at 2pm

Think about the last old-car event you attended. Were the cars sitting still in a parking lot or grassy lawn? You probably walked through, inspected the nice ones, chatted with some friends, acquaintances, and gregarious owners, and then went home. Wouldn’t it have been better to have that experience plus some action?

The Port Washington Hill Climb, held in Port Washington, New York, out on Long Island, offers exactly that. It is put on by the Vintage Flathead Timing Association in conjunction with the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, whom it benefits. It is the brainchild of Jon Ruvio, president of the Vintage Flathead Timing Association and technology teacher at Great Neck South Senior High School. Jon is a young fella with old-school tastes, having guided his students through the creation of a chopped Model A coupe that was raced at The Race of Gentlemen. A number of high-school students and recent grads were on hand assisting with the event and soaking up the sights and sounds of pre-war performance.

Having just completed its second running, the event looks headed toward bigger and better things thanks to its instant popularity. It features two parts: A timed hill climb for pre-1935 cars with pre-1954 flathead engines that takes place on a partially closed public road, and a traditional car show after the climbing runs that takes place at the beautiful Sands-Willets House historical site, complete with live music and awards.

We anticipate bringing you expanded coverage of this event in a future issue of Hemmings Motor News, but until then, please enjoy a selection of shots from this past Sunday, June 23, 2019. See you there in 2020?

My 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car participated in the car show.


Jun 30 2019 James Spina 10:20 AM

This is by far the best auto related event me and my son Gram attend all year. Superb in every way… Exciting, Great cars, great people, great organizers and the perfect locations. Long may it run!!!

Howard Kroplick

Next year, the Alco Black Beast will be there with a new radiator!

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