About this event
The Cope-Myers Memorial Hillclimb at Maryhill is a new take on the original Annual Maryhill event. With different start and finish lines, the hill is a hair longer and has a few extra turns. The starting line is at the 600-foot level with the finish line at the 1500 ft level. The course is adrenaline pumping 2 miles long.
Why is it called the Cope-Myers Memorial Hillclimb?
Charles Cope: We lost Charles on December 10th, 2018. Here are some words from his wife:
Dorothy Cope: "Four cars and many years ago, Charles learned about Mary Hill Loops Road. From it’s inception in 2011 until his last checkered flag, he considered the hill climb event at Mary Hill his “baby”. The first time we went to scope it out, he dealt with the long boarders who decided no one else was going to use their hill! Ha! A Challenge evolved!
Surviving rain, fog, fires, crashed gates, heat, cold, wind, cows in the field, timing issues, HANs or no HANs debates, breakfast?, lunch?, dinner?, do we feed the drivers at all?, not enough t-shirts, bees, allergies, who could park where, motorhome madness, tech issues, moving the port-a-potty, camping or no, and having enough people to clean up afterwards, he carried on gallantly until the September 2018 event.
As his back-up typist, go-fer, planner and sounding board, I can assure you he learned a lot about diversity, fairness, and compromise from all of the participants, whom he respected and adored. Even those he had issues with were revered. He created the simple but brilliant, “corner location sheets” which are used to this day by the hill master to keep everyone safe, and he had an entire bookcase of notebooks on how to’s, what not to do’s and how he could make it better. For months before and after, he would confront the issues and vow to make the next one better, which I firmly believe he did.
No matter how many lost vacations, spent print cartridges or two and 1/2 hour trips to make sure all was well, nothing could discourage him from making the event happen. As ill as he was at the last hill climb, he was insistent he needed to be there, even though it was in good hands, and ironically, evacuated due to fire. (Thanks Rob and Deb Riedel, Ryan Haines, and Ryan Davis). The wind turbines on the hill stand as a reminder of a man who absolutely loved that silly place.
Thank you for honoring Charles with this event. He would have been so pleased to be recognized for bringing so many people so much joy! Drive it like you stole it!"
Wilke Myers: We lost Wilke on November 13th, 2020. Here are some words from his wife:
Marcy Myers: "Wilke’s love of racing began in 1963 with a Volvo 545. In 1965 he took delivery of the first Shelby Mustang GT to be delivered in Idaho. From that point on there was no looking back - cars and racing were his passion. He was involved in the startup of the Southwestern Idaho Sports Car Club, the Silver Sage Porsche Club, and the Southwestern Idaho Snake River SCCA.
When Doc Holverson started the Freezeout Hillclimb in 1964 Wilke was there to help put it together, thus developing a love for hillclimbing. Shortly after starting to hillclimb, he and the “Idaho contingency” would scour the surrounding areas for other hillclimbs to participate in. One day they ran across the Knox Mountain hillclimb in Kelowna B.C. Canada. Well, this sounded like a fun road trip so they made a call to the “powers to be” in Kelowna and asked what it would take to be able to enter the event. They were told they in order to compete they would a competition license. They asked if the license from the Northwest Hillclimb Association was acceptable, after some discussion of what the Northwest Hillclimb Association was about the powers to be in Canada decided it was an acceptable license. So, Wilke and a couple of the other guys went down to the print shop and had licenses made, thus the Northwest Hillclimb Association was born.
One of his favorite stories is how the bunch from Idaho would go the Lord Ellis hillclimb and they would all be lumped together in the “Idaho Class”. Thus, the Association has strived to work with the clubs to develop uniform classing, and secure insurance. He never missed a Freezeout Hillclimb - even the year he broke his ankle. They strapped him in the car with his leg on the passenger seat and used the seatbelt to secure the leg and off he went."
The road ascends 850 feet in a series of curves with a gradient of 5%. In 1998, a 3.6 mile section of the road was completely refurbished. It consists of 25 curves, eight of which are hairpins. A special thanks to the Maryhill Museum for the use of the road and the pit area.
Get on I-84 E out of Portland. Take exit 104 for US-97 toward Yakima Bend. Turn left onto US-97 N Entering Washington go 2.5 miles. Turn right onto WA-14 E/Lewis and Clark Hwy. Go 1.2 miles and take the first left onto Maryhill Loops Road.
If you would like to take the Washington Side: Take WA-14 E out of Vancouver, continue for 103 miles. Turn left onto Maryhill Loops Road.
Where to Stay:
- Camping - Space for RVs is limited at this time, there is no guarantee for space. Camping is also permitted where space is available. There are also several Campgrounds nearby. No fires are allowed in the area - this is for your safety, and the safety of others due to the dryness and high fire danger of the surrounding area. ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING.
- Hotels - Hotels are located in Goldendale (WA), Biggs Junction (OR), and about 30 minutes away in The Dalles (OR).
Your first hillclimb can be a bit intimidating if you don't know what to expect. Most people use SCCA Solo (autocross) classing for these events, but we also offer SCCA GCR (road race) classes, SOVREN (vintage) classes, and a handful of NHA-only classes. Feel free to contact the registrar for help with classing, but more information can be found in the rules at nhahillclimb.org
The other rules to note are safety related. Fire extinguisher mounted within reach of the driver, a HANS device for anyone in a class that allows DOT/Non-DOT slicks (even if they aren't used on the car), or a neck donut for anyone in a street tire class. Open top cars require a cage. Basic stuff you'll find partway down the rules on the NHA page.
For Maryhill events, because of the popularity, only a two day registration option is offered. If an attendee can only do one day that is okay, but the cost is the same.
Run numbers depends on incidents. When someone goes off it can take a bit to recover them and that can cut out a run (read: "don't go off please.")
We shoot for four or five runs per day. It doesn't seem like much, but after four, some people are done. It's amazing the difference between this and say autocross where people want as many runs as they can!
- Check-in will be Friday from 3:30pm-7:30pm, have your vehicle off the trailer and ready for tech inspection after checking in at registration.
- Novice instruction will be from 5pm-7pm Friday.
- Saturday morning late registration and tech inspection at 7-7:30am at the hill.
- Last minute Novice instruction around 7:30am (required for new drivers Friday or Saturday)
- Mandatory driver's meeting is at 8:00am
***Upcoming rule revision - This year, 2021, we will be strongly recommending the use of a roll bar and harness with a HANS device. Starting in 2022, we will require the use of a harness and rollbar meeting SCCA Solo Appendix C guidelines (unless class specifically calls for more) when using HANS device. A HANS device specifically keeps you upright in case of an incident, and if your roof collapses due to no rollbar/cage, then you are unable to move out of the way - therefore, the safest way to use a HANS requires having these extra precautions in place.
***2019 Revised Ruling on Neck Restraints***
Effective 2019 all drivers in classes allowing R Compound Tires, defined as BOTH DOT AND NON-DOT compliant racing tires (including, but not limited to, Hoosier A7, R7, Avon, Toyo R888R, etc), will be required to wear SFI certified Head and Neck Restraint (HANS) devices REGARDLESS OF WHAT TIRES ARE MOUNTED. All other drivers will be required to wear SFI 3.3 minimum rated foam neck supports/donuts.
RULES AND REGULATIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW This event is sanctioned by the Northwest Hillclimb Association (NHA). Please read their most up-to-date rules at www.nhahillclimb.org. A copy of these rules will be available at the tech location. You are expected to know the rules applicable to your vehicle.
NOTE: Please bring oil/fluid absorbent and sealed containers to remove any fuel or oil spills. All refueling MUST be done on the pavement. Take precautions and REMOVE ALL SPILLS from the site.
REGISTRATION: You must be a current member of NHA to register for an NHA sanctioned event. Please renew/purchase your membership at http://www.msreg.com/nhamembership before attempting to enter our event. NHA membership is $10 annually, or a Lifetime membership can be purchased for $100.