Twenty-four racers from as far as Colorado Springs, Colorado descended upon Clifton over the weekend to participate in the Clifton Hill Climb.
The event, which is sponsored by Greenlee County Tourism and the Sports Car Club of America, began in 2015, but had been on hiatus since 2017.
The participants, who are split into five classes, race as fast as 100 miles an hour up a 1.9 mile road through Ward Canyon. The road rises 586 feet and consists of 22 corners.
Dan Novembre of Colorado Springs, Colo. held onto his status as fastest driver. In 2017, he came in at 92 seconds. This weekend his top speed was just over 97 seconds. He was named King of the Hill, won in the Super Sprint (CHCA) class and took home the Mayor’s Cup.
“He said it was a great town and a great race,” Steve Ahmann, one of the organizers, said of Novembre.
Brett Engel won the Vintage Class, Victor Kuhns won the Open Competition (CHCA), Allen Skillicorn won the Touring 4 Class and Neal Puff was awarded the Slow & Go award for coming in at just over 146 seconds.
Five cars were either involved in crashes or had mechanical issues over the weekend, but no one was hurt, Ahmann said.
Roughly 150 people came to the awards ceremony and had dinner at the American Legion.
“Everyone’s going home with smiles on their faces,” Ahmann said.