One of the Northwest’s first and most vocal advocates for modern roads was Maryhill Museum of Art founder Sam Hill.
As president of the Washington State Good Roads Association he spent much of his life championing the importance of highways in the Northwest. The Historic Columbia River Highway, Pacific Highway (Highway 99, the main north-south route through Oregon and Washington), Highway 101 along the coast, and a road to Crater Lake are just a few of the scenic byways that exist because of Sam Hill's vision.
Maryhill’s Car is King weekend (Oct. 5 and 6) will celebrate Hill’s vision, and autos past and present. A range of activities is on tap, including an open car show with classic, hot rod and muscle cars, children’s veggie car races, and vintage race cars competing in a timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Constructed by Hill between 1909-1913, it was the first macadam asphalt-paved surface in the Pacific Northwest, and features stunning views and eight hairpin turns.
Admission to Car is King Weekend, which takes place on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art, is free; the museum is open by regular admission.
Car is King weekend schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 5
Concours de Maryhill, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum’s east lawn is transformed into the Concours de Maryhill with dozens of classic, sport and customized cars on view, competing for prizes such as best original, classic, hot rod and muscle car. This is an open car show and anyone with a special car may enter. The day concludes with the presentation of the car show awards.
Public drive the Maryhill Loops Road, noon to 2 p.m.
The Historic Maryhill Loops Road, one of the first modern roads in the Nothwest, is opened for automobiles only twice a year. This is any driver’s chance to take a spin down this majestic byway, past beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves.
Family Fun: Veggie Car Races, 1 to 3 p.m.
Join in the fun at the annual Veggie Car Races just for kids. Children put their ingenuity to work transforming humble veggies into fantastically engineered cars and race them on a 12 foot ramp for thrills and chills. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in this fun outdoor activity. Races start at 1 p.m. On Family Fun days youth under 18 are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult museum admission.
Sunday, Oct. 6:
Maryhill Loops Hill Climb, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a three-mile timed race up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Spectators can view the hill climb race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the race route. Organized by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts of Seattle; only their approved cars and drivers will be competing.