As a wee lad, I would bicycle from my home several miles to "Shell Hill" in Long Beach, California to watch the very popular (at that time) "Model T Hill climbs."
And now, I'm a pretty old lad and I have a Model T Speedster of my own, but I don't see any hill climbs in Southern California any longer.
Am I just missing them, or have they gone the way of 5-cent cigars, and 39-cent gasoline?
I don't know about other climbs, but the Signal Hill street used for that climb has been "improved" and the climb is history. Cypress Hill in Lomita would have been good, but it's been ruined too. Maybe there are still some streets in San Pedro that would work.
Gone. But here is a trip down memory lane for you.
They are not gone. There are several held in Southern and Northern California. One in Utah in June. One in Northwood, Iowa in September, and several in the eastern part of the country. Next year will be the big one at Speedway Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are sponsored by F.A.S.T., Ford A Speed Technology. They have classes for Model T's. Stock, Flathead speedsters and OHV speedsters. They have a website and a very nice magazine. Their email is email@example.com Phone is six six one- two five five-1931, come join the fun
They are a ton of fun, I have done Lincoln, Northwood, and Utah hill climbs. Great people too. I was planning to go to Northwood again next month but I broke my speedster last weekend
2013 Lincoln Nebraska Hill Climb video link
We own two of the cars and many more speed parts & engines that used to run Shell Hill. Yes, we still drive them