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PHOTOS: Engines roar for 65th Knox Mountain Hill Climb

There was plenty of burnt rubber and gasoline at Knox Mountain as participants and spectators gathered for the annual hill climb on Saturday.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski

The May long weekend tradition celebrated the start of its 65th edition and even took a step forward technology-wise.

This year, the event is boasting a large LED screen at the start of the course at the base of the mountain.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski

With cameras placed along the route, spectators in the main gathering area can not only see the cars take off but also their journey up the mountain.

Along with the large LED screen, the hill climb is being streamed online for those who can't make it out.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski

At the main viewing point of the course, there were various food trucks, vendors, a beer garden and numerous cars on display.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski

The Knox Mountain Hill Climb is a 3.5-kilometre course with an elevation increase of approximately 800 feet at an average grade of 6.7%.

The competition is the longest annual running hill climb in North America and attracts drivers from all over the Pacific Northwest.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski

Last year, Aran Cook set a new hill record, ripping up the mountain in a time of one minute and 34 seconds, surpassing the previous benchmark that stood for 16 years.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski

The event sees all sorts of drivers and their unique vehicles compete in various classes.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski

The first day of racing is expected to end around 5:30 pm tonight, with live music and food trucks entertaining the crowd until 7 pm.

The gates will reopen for the second and final day of the hill climb at 9 am on Sunday.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia/Corvin Vaski



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