Posted on: February 21, 2012

Where Sunbeams and Friends Meet
37th Annual BASH June 23 ½  – 24, 2012

Alpine at the Pagoda 2007Pagoda Hillclimb
Reading, PA
June 23½-24, 2012

Make plans to come join us on the hill used to test the very first motor car, uhh, horseless carriage, manufactured in America, the Duryea. It is a steep hill with many turns. The first cars that actually made it to the top made news. Then it became a test track for the Duryea and today it is the road to the Pagoda where the visitor has a spectacular 30 mile view and home of the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association’s Pagoda and Duryea Hillclimbs.

The SUNBEAM will be the featured marque for the Pagoda Hillclimb this year.

And it is about time. Local racer Merlin Miller, who drives a Sunbeam Tiger has been breaking class and hill records for years. The BASH is being held at the Pagoda Hillclimb to honor Merlin’s accomplishments, coerce him to join TEAE and provide the usual BASH family fun experience. BASH headquarters is at the start line. Attendees with Sunbeams will display their vehicles at the Start line both days.

The finish line is just below the Pagoda with the turn around being set up at the Pagoda. Shuttle buses are available on the course which will drop you off at well pruned, safe, and accessible viewing areas (some with bleachers) to improve spectator access and enjoyment.

Did you know factory outlets started in Reading, PA?

Shuttle buses will be available for shopping at the huge Vanity Fair Factory Outlets (VF Outlets) with stores for guys and gals. This is the mother of all outlet malls. Literally. Check out their store directory.

BASH Agenda: June 23½ and 24

Why 23 ½ ?? It has been a tradition for the BASH to have an evening activity for overnight guests. Come early and visit the VF outlets, the Hillclimb, attend the Drivers/Workers dinner and socialize with Merlin and other driver/workers. We’ll be here for you.

Both Days

  • VF Outlets
  • Visit Pagoda
  • Shuttle buses
  • Food/drink available at Start line and VF Outlets

Saturday, June 23

Visit Hillclimb or VF Outlets at your leisure
6 pm  • Driver/Workers Dinner party at William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

Sunday, June 24

8 am • Hillclimb Starts
8 am to mid-afternoon • Beam car show at Start line
11 am-ish to noon • BASH attendees meet at start line BASH headquarters
Noonish • Sunbeam parade lap up hill to Pagoda

BASH fees

  • $10 per person • Saturday Driver/Worker dinner
  • $5 per person per day • if using shuttle bus during Hillclimb
  • $10 per vehicle • Sunday BASH Parade lap donation

Yes, it’s a bit confusing. Download a form here.

Please make check payable to “Tiger Tom’s”
Send to him at 1924 Blacks Bridge Road Annville, PA 17003

Lodging

Racers motel: Comfort Inn – Reading, PA

2200 Stacy Dr. 5th St. Hwy. (includes route to base of the hill climb)
Reading, PA, 19605
(610) 371-0500

A newer option: Holiday Inn Express

2389 Bernville Road (includes route to base of the hill climb)
Reading, PA 19605
(610) 372-0700

Explore for more info explore

Vanity Fair Outlet Center (VF Outlets)
Pagoda-Skyline info
Merlin’s Duryea win
Merlin’s run to the Pagoda (YouTube video)
About Duryea and Pagoda Hillclimbs

All the BASH information:

Tom Ehrhart  (717) 832-1116   tt@tigertoms.net

Comments (2)

My first car was a 1967 Sunbeam Alpine. Bought it from my brother when I was 16. Now I’m close to 59, very unfortunately widowed two years ago, and wanting to refamiliarize myself with that first car, red with fog lamps identical to the one on your 2012 Bash poster. Will be cycling in Hershey Saturday and driving to the TEAE gathering Sunday morning; can’t wait; what do I do next? Thanks! Peter Fort, Columbia MD

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