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Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb
Newport, Indiana
October 2, 2005
Pictures By George Reed
5 Pages

Since I was a young adult living in Northwest Indiana, I have heard about the Newport Hill Climb and Car Show. Finally at age 67, I packed up my wife, Sparky (Our Toy Pomeranian) and myself in our 57’ Chevy and drove with a friend to Newport, Indiana.  For the third weekend in a row, we were rained on but about 9:30 AM the sun popped through the clouds and it was hot and humid.  The hill climb was held on Main Street. The run was about 2, 000 Ft. long, the car could only be stock and up to 1955 except for one class.  They are modified Model A engines and looked like 1900’s race cars.  There was one Stanley Steamer that was driven by the great-granddaughter of Stanley. She came within a couple hundred of seconds of breaking the old record.  I also had the pleasure of seeing a 1929 Chevy Landau Convertible.  This beautiful car belongs to Lonnie and Darlene Courtney.  There were only 300 made and about 20 still left in existence.  In 1929, this Landau model cost $35 more than the 4-door sedan, Chevy’s most popular model that sold for $535. My, how things have changed. There were also a lot of beautiful show cars and street rods.  Thanks to Victory Motorcycles as a sponsor of this outstanding event. George Reed

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