Newport Hill Climb canceled

Thursday, August 6, 2020

NEWPORT -- After “considerable discussion and debate” and consulting with the organizers of other festivals, the Newport Lions Club has canceled this year’s Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb.

“We find it would be difficult if not impossible to implement the recommended safety measures for our spectators, drivers and volunteers,” organizers related in a press release. They cited “increasing permitting and requirements” and other motorsport events not allowing spectators.

The preliminary financial commitments of organizing the Newport Hill Climb were also a factor in calling off this year’s event.

Because of the amount of planning and financial commitments we must make up-front to stage the festival ... we do not feel the risk of tens of thousands of dollars is a safe bet,” the press release stated. “The Hill Climb is the only fundraising event the Lions Club has conducted in recent years.”

Registration fees or raffle ticket purchases will be honored for the 2021 Newport Hill Climb.

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