Clifton Hill Climb postponed to 2021

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Nilepoc Media: The Clifton Hill Climb in 2017.

CLIFTON — Organizers of the Clifton Hill Climb automobile race keep trying to bring the event back from the dead, but the pandemic seems to have other ideas.

The Hill Climb was planned for Oct.22-25, but officials announced it has been moved to April 15-18, 2021.

It’s the second postponement for the race this year. It was originally planned for April 24-26 but delayed when Greenlee County officials implemented strong protocols to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Clifton Hill Climb is a timed race through Ward Canyon, with cars sent one-at-a-time up the winding road.

The Hill Climb was a popular event in Clifton throughout the 1970s, starting in 1966 and running until 1982, when declining participation forced its end.

It was revived in 2015 with the Sports Car Club of America as the sanctioning body. It ran for three years before the SCCA announced it was withdrawing its involvement due to declining participation and revenue losses all three years.