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Car is king at hillclimb

Weekend for vintage vehicle enthusiasts Sept. 29 & 30

Maryhill Museum of Art, the Goldendale Motorsports Association, and the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts presents a weekend of activities Sept. 29 and 30, where the car really is king.

On Saturday, the 9th annual Concours de Maryhill car show takes place on the lawns of the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, spectators can view the hill climb race from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to both events are free.

Saturday, visitors can see a number of mint condition vintage, classic and custom cars to admire.

"The legendary Sam Hill, founder of Maryhill Museum of Art, was a car and road enthusiast," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director. "He would love this event."

"This is an open car show with lots of categories, so anyone with a special car may enter," said Travis Gray of the Goldendale Motorsports Association. "Collectors interested in showing a car are encouraged to contact. The lawns at the museum are extensive so there is space available for lots of cars and this is the last major car show of the season."

At noon, the 40 vintage race cars parade down Washington Scenic Route 14 and into the car show. These 1930 through 1960s cars will also be competing in a hill climb race on the museum's Historic Loops Road on Sunday.

From 1 t0 3 p.m. Saturday children are invited to build a race car from fruits and vegetables and enter it in a race on a special 40 foot ramp. All supplies will be provided at no cost and each child will receive a prize.

Car show awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

The hill climb race begins Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. and can be viewed from the overlook on U.S. 97 three miles north of Washington Scenic Route 14 or from the historic Maryhill Loops Road east of U.S. 97 off Washington Scenic Route 14.

Access to the overlook is free.

At the Maryhill Loops Road the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce has organized parking, food vendors, and a shuttle that will take visitors to designated viewpoints along the race route. The Chamber is charging a fee for parking and riding the bus.


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