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50th Annual Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
Updated September 19, 2017 7:32 AM | Filed under: Event
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(NEWPORT) - The 50th Annual Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb is scheduled for September 29 and 30 and October 1 as the Newport Lions Club prepares for the annual gathering of antique auto enthusiasts.

Hoping to stage another record-setting festival, the Lions will hold the event over the famous 1800-foot- long, 140-foot- high Newport Hill, once a proving ground for early automobile designs.

Nearly 300 cars are expected to compete in 31 classes in timed runs over the hill, while some 500 show cars, street rods and street machines are judged alongside classic antique vehicles in nine classes for trophies. Newest additions to the competition are three antique motorcycle classes, limited to side-valve models 1953 and older and grouped by engine displacement.

Practice runs will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; and from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with competition runs starting at 11 a.m. A new event will begin the festival weekend Friday evening, September 29 with the "Cruise At The Bottom" cruise-in and a street dance featuring the "Dancing With The Cars" contest. Also featured Friday will be the annual Gospel Music Jamboree at the Newport Methodist Church, featuring Southern Gospel recording artists The Lesters from St. Louis, Missouri.

The Indiana Historical Society's History On Wheels traveling exhibit, "Auto Indiana," a 53-foot double expandable semi-trailer and mobile museum will be free and open to the public all three days. With the opening of the hill for practice runs at 8 a.m. Saturday, some 300 Flea Market and Swap Meet booths will be open for business, as well as numerous food concessions around the courthouse square. The Lions Club's pork barbeque will also begin serving Saturday's helping of hogs cooked for the annual feed. The Big Wheel Races for kids age 3-8 will also be held at noon Saturday, with registration at 11:30 a.m. A Pretty Baby Contest will also be judged at 2 p.m., with prizes presented to the winners following the close of practice runs. Shortly afterward, the annual parade will wind its way through the streets of Newport.



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