Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Did you know that Sam Hill was one of the Northwest’s leading visionaries when it came to good roads? The Historic Columbia River Highway, Highway 101 along the coast and the road to Crater Lake were all constructed because of Sam Hill’s powers of persuasion.
Come celebrate Sam Hill’s legacy, during a weekend filled with autos past and present at Maryhill’s Car is King Weekend. This free fun-filled event takes place Oct. 5 and 6 on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art and features something for everyone.
n Drive the Maryhill Loops Road, noon to 2 p.m. — The historic Maryhill Loops Road, one of the first modern roads in the Northwest, is opened for automobiles only twice a year. This is your chance to take a spin past the beautiful scenery and through the road’s eight hairpin curves.
The event is organized by Maryhill Museum of Art.
n Concours de Maryhill, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 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 an awards presentation.
Organized by the Goldendale Motorsports Association.
n Family Fun: Veggie Car Races, 1 to 3 p.m. — Join in the fun at the annual Classic Veggie Car Races just for kids. Children can 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 free and fun outdoor activity. Races start at 1 p.m.
Organized by Maryhill Museum of Art.
(On Family Fun days, youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult admission.)
n Maryhill Loops Hill Climb, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a 3-mile timed climb up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Spectators can view the race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the route.
The Loops Hill Climb is organized by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts of Seattle; only their approved cars and drivers will be competing.
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