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    From Goodling's Garage, the Club acquired their first Clubhouse, Senft's Schoolhouse, which was located approximately two miles west of Stoverstown, and was rented from Mr. Luckenbaugh. The Club meetings, lime runs, turkey reliability runs, block shoots and other events were held at this site. The hill climbs were promoted at Glen Rock. Everything necessary to hold a hill climb was taken to a spot on the day of the event.

  Hillclimbs were held at Glen Rock from 1952 to 1955. The spectator and parking area were not big enough. The Club members cleared a wooded lot of approximately two acres owned by Folkenroth for parking at no charge to the Club. By this time the Club membership had grown to twenty members and some of our members found our present spot which was owned by Roy Miller. Roy Miller was a motorcycle person and liked to see hill climbs. He said if we wanted to clear a course, he was all for it. A course was cleared. Trees were cut down, stumps and trees were taken to the top of the hill. Ground was dug out at the bottom to make the hill steeper and hauled to the top to make the hill longer and higher. After a lot of hard work through the fall and winter of 1955 and the spring of 1956 we were ready for our first hill climb.

  I must mention this work was done by Club members donating their time and equipment. Club members William Bankert and Howard Mitzel, along with Roy Miller, who owned the farm, spent many, many, many hours to get things ready for the first hill climb at Jefferson at this site on June 3, 1956. On the Monday before the hill climb, William (Bill) Bankert was riding his motorcycle on the way to the Club meeting when a car pulled out in front of him and he was killed. The members and many of his friends were saddened, but they had the hill climb on June 3, 1956. In memory of William Bankert, the hill was given the name of W. E. Bankert Memorial Hill.

 

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