• Apr 23, 2010
Jaguar XK120M racing to the top – click above image to watch the video

First let us deal with the baffling part. Having grown up just miles from Agoura, California we can attest that, with the exception of Mike Cimo's Bar Mitzvah, nothing of any interest has ever happened there. Not during our lifetime at any rate. However, it turns out that back in the mid-1950s, Agoura was quite the place to be – assuming you're of the gearhead persuasion, of course.

Now for the wonderful part. In the following video, you will see an Austin-Healey 100, a Jaguar XK120 and a Ford Thunderbird all jamming their hardest to run up a dirt hill as fast as possible. More incredibly, there were 160 entrants and 2,000 spectators, so says the West Coast Sports Car Journal. Amazing figures for something as non-sanctioned as a hill climb.

Sadly, not included int the video is the winning Eliminator Model T that's now supposedly owned by none other than Brock Yates. Nor do we get to see the second place place car, a Cad-Allard J2X. This hill climb took place on February 6, 1955 and not only can't we imagine anyone running cars this pretty in the dirt, but anything 1/10th as joyous taking place in Agoura ever again. Make the jump to watch the video.

[Source: The Chicane]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, follow the Vimeo links to some of the other footage they've found, including something called Torrey Pines Road Races, apparently on the site of what is now the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. And, in another film, racing with a gullwing 300SL is a Citroen 2CV. Fantastic stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to work in Agoura Hills as a valet a club called Chapter 7. It had a very small parking lot, so we had to take lots of nice cars and park them elsewhere... those dark winding hill roads were quite nice in a Porsche 911 Turbo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's chapter 8, I think. I also think it's owned my Wayne Gretzky
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lots of typos. However, the running joke was that whatever was there before went Chapter 7 (bankrupt) so Chapter 8 was opened up.
      ferrarigtb1
      • 4 Years Ago
      Never thought this all happened in my own backyard
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, yes lots of typos. Chapter 8. I started their literally the day they opened and worked for an entire summer. The running joke was that whatever was there went Chapter 7 (bankrupt) so they opened Chapter 8.

      Wayne Gretzky huh? I remember the group that owned it also owned another club up the street too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        P6 and Suki 7 (which closed and is now Cisco's) in Westlake are both under the same owners as Chapter 8 (go figure...).



        It's cool to see stuff like this, especially when it is local. I'm right over in Thousand Oaks (equally as boring as Agoura I'd say). But there is no denying we get quite a bit of automotive eye candy from the local opulence and the abundance of some of the best driving roads in the U.S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kanan Rd. Ah yes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LCMS: Lindero Canyon Middle School

      I'm a Charger (class of '78) and when I saw this headline, all I could think of is climbing the "A," the hill with the "A" on it behind the school.

      My auto shop did it on his TM400, without a seat, and unfortunately for him his feet came off the pegs near the top... can you say "rupture?"

      • 4 Years Ago
      That's where Paramount Ranch is now. Back in the 50's it used to be a racetrack. Parts of the track are still there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More racing in Agoura http://vimeo.com/9498899
      • 4 Years Ago
      Spell check is no help with "Austin-Healy 100".