Sat, Sep 21, 2024

Empire Hill Climb - Volunteers

Wilco Road

About this event




2024 Empire Hill Climb Revival
Empire, Michigan

presented by Leelanau Performance

sanctioned by Detroit Region, SCCA
Sanction #

Saturday, September 21, 2024

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 and the famous sand dunes.

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 seventh 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 where spectators can sit nearly above the race cars – close, but safe from the action.

Parc Expose will be in downtown Empire allowing 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, modifieds, rally cars, sports cars, open wheel cars, you name it, all making their way up the hill.

As a reminder, there is NO camping (RV or tent) at the Lion’s Field in Empire over the weekend.  If you want a place to stay, check out Indigo Bluffs at They are giving preferential rates to competitors and volunteers.  Check them out soon as spaces are filling up. Their rates are very favorable…and they are an event sponsor.

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 the EHC
  • Exhibition – (Will not qualify for prizes)

We need workers in the following categories:

  • Course
  • Event Support
  • Grid/Pit
  • Registration
  • Tech
  • Timing/Scoring
  • Radio
  • Steward

Please continue for more information.

If you want to compete in this year's hill climb, please go to:



Event requirements

2024 Empire Hill Climb Revival

Supplementary Regulations

September 21, 2024 - Empire Michigan


Please note: The 2024 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 20, 2024

  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 21, 2024

  Competitor Registration   7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 Lions Club Pavilion

  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)

  Group 1 lines up   9:45 AM

  Start Finish Line

  Car 1 First run up the hill

  10:00 AM


  End Timed runs

  6:00 PM



  7:00 PM

  Lions Club Pavilion


This event is governed by the SCCA® HILLCLIMB RULES, SCCA® DRIVER ELIGIBILITY and SCCA® HILLCLIMB SAFETY RULES (Level 2), as amended for 2024 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 2024 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:

Committee and Officials


Paul Skinner

Chief of Tech

Grant Hoxie

Local Liaison/Advisor

Soni Alysworth


Ryan Thompson

Paddock Chief

Clint Allis


Scott Drabik


David Stone

Chief Steward




Mary Shiloff

Timing/Equipment Manager

Ken Wiedbusch

Local Conveniences:  
•    Empire Chamber of commerce web page:
•    Fuel: Empire EZ mart, 9968 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630 (currently being rebuilt and should have premium fuel along with regular)
•    Lodging: Empire Lakeshore Inn:

A full copy of the supplemental regulations may be downloaded at: 

Continue on to register.

Wilco Road

Empire, MI
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Hill Climb organized by

SCCA - Detroit Region - Empire Hill Climb

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