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The Renowned K&N Supported NAHA National Hill Climb Returns to SoCal

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If you managed to survive the bottom portion of the hill and reach the summit there was a road jump and several ledges that offered up a variety of challenges.
If you managed to survive the bottom portion of the hill and reach the summit there was a road jump and several ledges that offered up a variety of challenges.
There are as many reasons for succumbing to the urge to crest a hill as there are hills. Whether it's simply because it's there, or to satisfy the need to know what's lurking on the other side, one of the clearest motives no doubt has to be for a stash of cash.
The new course added even more crazed excitement for spectators.
The new course added even more crazed excitement for spectators.


The most-prestigious hillclimb series in the United States, the North American Hillclimber's Association (NAHA), returned to southern California, at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, for an epic showdown on an all-new course. The NAHA moved the course about a half mile from the original location to a new section of virgin terrain.

At the base of the 500-foot horsepower-sucking hill, the promoters dug out a pit for the starting line, and added a unique 50-foot tabletop jump, which added even more thrills for spectators. If you managed to reach the top there was also a road jump and several ledges that offered up a variety of options when it came to technique.
Peterson says that having K&N supporting the Glen Helen event is awesome and adds to its overall prestige.
Peterson says that having K&N supporting the Glen Helen event is awesome and adds to its overall prestige.


Few competition motorcycles look any more menacing, and handle more abruptly, than a pro hillclimbing bike. With a wheelbase on average over eight feet, three feet longer than a typical street bike, and stump-pulling horsepower - technique is everything.

This year there were three different winners, in three different classes taking home their share of the $15,000 purse, and in process, they inked themselves into the history books, as this was one of the best events in the last decade.

"The Hillclimb at Glen Helen was the second round of the Malcolm Smith/Racer X-NAHA Pro-Hillclimb Series. This was the fourth year that we have held the event there, and it is the only one in Southern California. Since the first year in 2007, I have been the guy building and designing the course for the riders. It's a lot of fun for me creating a competitive and safe hill for the guys to compete on, and most of all, putting on a good show for the fans," offered up the event organizer and racer Robie Peterson.

"Having K&N supporting the event is awesome," added Peterson. "We have built a great relationship with them over the years and are honored to have such a big player in the industry support it."

When a race works this well there's no need to fix it. Regarding the affair, Peterson commented, "Next year's event will most likely be a little earlier in the year due to heat issues in June, but other than that, it will be the gnarly roost throwing event that it always is."

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