Fri, Sep 16 - Sat, Sep 17, 2022

Empire Hill Climb - Competitors

Wilco Road

About this event



2022 Empire Hill Climb Revival
Empire, Michigan

presented by Leelanau Performance

sanctioned by Detroit Region, SCCA
Sanction #

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The race was first run from 1964 to 1980 and is back to stay! The course for this year is about 3/4 mile with 8 turns. All this is just a short walk from the shores of Lake Michigan.

During its original running some of the best cars of their time made their way up the hill such as Austin Healey’s, Jaguar E-Type’s, AMC Gremlin’s, Formula Ford and V’s, Triumph’s, Corvette’s, Porsche’s and even a Ferrari or two.

At the first revival the HillClimb saw an entry list ranging from a Formula Ford to a Modified Circle Track car - which actually won!  This is the sixth year of its revival and looks to be bigger and better.

The hillside offers fantastic spectating as the cars wind their way up the hill spectators can sit nearly above the race cars – close, but safe from the action.

Parc Expose will be in downtown Empire letting spectators get up close and personal with the race cars before they make their way up the hill.

We look forward to many years of vintage cars, modified's, rally cars, sports cars, open wheel cars, you name it, all making their way up the hill.

Entries:  The total number of vehicles starting the 2022 Empire Hill Climb will be limited to 45.  The first 30 will be on a first entered basis. The remaining 15 will be chosen by the EHC from the wait list or by special invitation, except for drift cars which are limited to 5 overall and will be selected by the EHC committee.

There will be six competition classes as follows:

  • Class 1 – NA 2.0 litre and less, FI up to 1.0 litre
  • Class 2 – NA 2.1 - 3.9 litre, FI 1.1 - 1.9 litre
  • Class 3 – NA 4.0 litre and up, FI 2.0 and up.
  • Vintage – (trophies only, not for prizes, may dual enter in appropriate class)
  • Drift - Prize awarded by judge appointed by EHC committee (MAXIMUM 5 entries to be selected by EHC committee)
  • Exhibition – (Will not qualify for prizes)

Only one driver per car is allowed and no passengers.

All vehicles must have the following safety equipment at a minimum: driver restraints, roll bar or cage, fire extinguisher. Vehicles shall meet the safety requirements for the class in which they are logbooked. Material and dimension of tubing can be found on Pages 3 and 4 of the SCCA® TIME TRIAL RULES, Track Trials & Hill Climb, Driver Information (link is found on the first page of the Supplemental Regulations).

Required driver safety equipment can be found on Page 2 of the above referenced SCCA® TIME TRIAL RULES.

Registration Fee - $125

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Download 2022 Supplemental Regulations at: 2022 Sup Regs - Empire Hill Climb.pdf

Download SCCA  HillClimb Rules at: 2021_SCCA_HillClimb_Rules.pdf

Download SCCA HillClimb Driver Eligibility at: SCCA HILLCLIMB DRIVER ELIGIBILITY.pdf

Download SCCA HillClimb Safety Rules at: SCCA HillClimb Safety Rules.pdf


Wilco Road

Empire, MI
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Hill Climb organized by

SCCA - Detroit Region - Empire Hill Climb

Event over!