Fri, Sep 17 - Sat, Sep 18, 2021

Empire Hill Climb - Competitors

Wilco Road

About this event



2021 Empire Hill Climb Revival
Empire, Michigan

sanctioned by Detroit Region, SCCA
Sanction #

Saturday, September 18, 2021

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 fifth 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 Empire Hill Climb will have a total of 40 entries.  30 Entries will be first come first served of those who register through after the regular entry period is opened.  The remaining 10 entries will be designated at the discretion of the Empire Hill Climb committee.  Those 10 selected entries will be announced approximately five weeks prior to the event.  Entrants will be notified by email, and posted on the entry list available online.  If there are entrants remaining on the wait list after final selections, they will be notified of their position on the wait list and will be entered in order pending any cancellations or withdrawals.

There will be five 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)
  • Exhibition – (Will not qualify for prizes)

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 - $95

If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please register on:

Download 2021 Supplemental Regulations at: 2021 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


Event requirements

2021 Empire Hill Climb Revival

Supplementary Regulations

September 18, 2021 - Empire Michigan



Please note: The 2021 Empire Hill Climb Revival event schedule below may change slightly prior to the actual event. Please be sure to check our web site ( prior to the event for the most current schedule to alleviate any confusion.


Friday, September 17, 2021

  Course set up

  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  Lions Club Pavilion, corner of
  S Reynolds St & W Phillips St


  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  Lions Club Pavilion


  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  Lions Club Pavilion


  6:00 PM - till whenever
  we are done

  Lions Club (weather


Saturday, September 18, 2021  

  Competitor Registration   7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 Empire Town Hall, 10088 W Front St

  Volunteer Registration   7:30 AM - 8:00 AM  Lions Club Pavilion

  Volunteer Meeting

  8:00 AM

 Lions Club Pavilion

  Parc Expose

  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  Front St.  (Service Area)

  Volunteers to assignments

  9:00 AM


  Mandatory Drivers

  9:00: AM

  Empire Town Hall
  (in front of the steps)

  Car 1 First run up the hill

  10:00 AM


  End Timed runs

  6:00 PM



  7:00 PM

  Lions Club Pavilion



2.1 Directive:  This event is governed by the SCCA® HILLCLIMB RULES, SCCA® DRIVER ELIGIBILITY and SCCA® HILLCLIMB SAFETY RULES (Level 2), as amended for 2021 per “FasTrack”. These may be found at:  Any deviation from these rules is noted by a black bar to the left of the paragraph.  The 2021 Empire Hill Climb Organizing Committee will work together with Detroit Region, SCCA to organize and conduct this event in accordance with the above rules, bulletins and the Supplementary Regulations as published here and on the official event web site:

2.2 Committee and Officials


Paul Skinner

Chief of Tech

Grant Hoxie

Local Liaison/Advisor

Soni Alysworth


Ryan Thompson

Paddock Chief

J Jon Wickens


Adam Buchanan


David Stone

Chief Steward

Jerry Shiloff


Mary Shiloff

Timing/Equipment Manager

Ken Wiedbusch


3.1 Course: Course will include approximately 100’ of run in approach to start of timed portion of road and completed at the summit as indicated by finish signs.  All runs will be timed electronically using photo-eye sensors at each end of the course. 

3.2 Control Zones: All Cars are to be considered in “Control Zones” within 1,000 feet of start or finish line as marked, within the service area on front street, or transiting to/from competition road.  All Competition cars within the control zones must obey 15 MPH speed limit, and all marshal/official instructions.  Any competitors observed exceeding speed limits, or disobeying instructions will be removed from the competition immediately.  Control zones will be marked with visible signs.

3.3 Entries:  The total number of vehicles starting the 2021 Empire Hill Climb will be limited to 40.  The first 30 will be on a first entered basis. The remaining 10 will be chosen by the EHC from the wait list or by special invitation.

3.4 Registration:  All entry applications for this event must be completed and submitted via at

3.5 Multiple DriversOnly one driver per car is allowed and one car per driver, in the interest of remaining on schedule.

3.6 Entry Fee: Entry Fee for all competitors will be $95.00

3.7 Refunds:  Once an entered race car has successfully passed Technical Inspection, refunds will not be considered. Any requests for refunds once an entry has been paid must be submitted via email to the Event Director no later than September 4, 2018. Decisions on refunds will be at the discretion of the Empire Hill Climb Committee.

3.8 PaddockThe Paddock for the 2021 Empire Hill Climb will be a closed portion of Front St. in Downtown Empire.  Spaces will be assigned by the Paddock Chief.  Accommodations have been made for approximately 40’ of paved curbside area for each team.  Contact J Jon Wickens with any requests for location near others.

3.8.1 Oversized/unusual service vehicles:  If you have special needs or would like special consideration for a large or unusual service vehicle, please contact the chief of tech prior to the event.  
3.8.2  Trailer Parking:  Please place all non-servicing trailers in Lions Club field parking area, adjacent to tech area, as indicated on overview map included with registration packet.


4.1  There will be five total 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)
  • Exhibition – (Will not qualify for prizes)

4.2  CagesMaterial and dimension of tubing can be found beginning on Page 4 of the 2021 SCCA® HILLCLIMB RULES at


5.1. Technical Inspection:  Technical Inspection will take place in the Empire Lions Club Pavilion at Empire Lions Club Park as indicated in your registration packet.

5.2 Rules and Regulations:  Will be posted and updated as necessary here:

6.1 Course Familiarization:  Once a driver has completed Registration, they have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Empire Hill Climb Auto Road as long as the Auto Road is open to the public. Any vehicle may be used for this purpose that meets the criteria of the Auto Road when it’s open to the public, including race vehicles, as long as the driver maintains the speed limit of 25 miles per hour and does NOT impede the flow of traffic - failure to maintain the speed limit and/or the stopping of traffic will result in the driver being disqualified from the event.  Be mindful this is a PUBLIC ROAD, with TWO WAY TRAFFIC. 

6.2 Race Day Driver’s Meeting:  A mandatory driver’s meeting for all competitors will take place with the Chief Steward prior to Opening Ceremonies in front of the town hall building located on Front Street at 9:00 AM.

6.3 Number of runs:  PAY ATTENTION! BE CONSIDERATE!  The Empire Hill Climb committee is committed to giving everyone the greatest number of runs up the hill as possible during our road closure period.  Expectation with 40 cars is for every competitor to get at least 6 runs up the hill including one practice and five timed runs. 

6.4 Scoring:  Each competitor’s single fastest run of the day will be the time scored.  Awards will be given for first place in each class, and fastest run of the day overall. 

6.5 Alcohol & Drugs:  The consumption or use of alcohol and/or drugs by competitors or crew members during the hours of and prior to practice or competition is strictly prohibited. If a competitor or crew member is found to be using any controlled substance during the hours of practice or competition, the team’s entry will be immediately disqualified.
The consumption of alcohol or drugs in the Paddock area by anyone during the hours of practice or competition is strictly prohibited. Failure to abide by this rule will lead to immediate disqualification.

6.6 Local Conveniences:  
•    Empire Chamber of commerce web page:
•    Fuel: Empire EZ mart, 9968 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630 (87 octane only)
•    Lodging: Empire Lakeshore Inn:

Wilco Road

Empire, MI
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Hill Climb organized by

SCCA - Detroit Region - Empire Hill Climb

Event over!