Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Empire Hill Climb

Wilco Road

About this event

2017 Empire Hill Climb
Empire, Michigan

sanctioned by Detroit Region, SCCA
Sanction # 17-TTHC-5232-S


Saturday, September 16, 2017

The race was run from 1964 to 1980 and is back to stay! The course for this year has been increased to 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 fourth 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.

There will be six competition classes as follows:

  • 2WD <2.55 liter displacement
  • 2WD >2.55 liter displacement
  • AWD <2.55 liter displacement
  • AWD >2.55 liter displacement
  • Vintage (>30 years old production)
  • Open Wheel

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 these Supplemental Regulations).

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

Limit of 30 entries.

Registration Fee - $95



Event requirements

2017 Empire Hill Climb

Supplementary Regulations

September 16, 2017 - Empire Michigan



Please note: The 2017 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 15, 2017

  Course set up

  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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


  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  Lions Club Pavilion


  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  Lions Club Pavilion


  6:00 PM - till whenever
  we’re done

  Lions Club (weather


Saturday, September 16, 2017      


  7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  Empire Town Hall 
  10088 W. Front St.


  By appointment only –
  times are limited

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

  Worker Meeting

  8:00 AM

  Lions Club Pavilion 

  Parc Expose

  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

  Front St.  (Service Area)

  Workers to assignments

  9:00 AM


  Mandatory Drivers

  9:00: AM

  Empire Town Hall

  Car 1 First run up the hill

  10:00 AM


  End Timed runs

  6:00 PM



  7:30 PM

  Empire Town Hall



2.1 Directive:  This event is governed by the SCCA® TIME TRIAL RULES, Track Trials & Hill Climb, Driver Information, as amended for 2017 per “FasTrack”. These may be found at:  Any deviations from these rules are noted by a black bar to the left of the paragraph.  The 2017 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

  Ryan Thompson

  Local Liaison/Advisor

  Soni Allysworth


  Grant Hoxie


  Kate Stevens


  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’ 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 marshall/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 2017 Empire Hill Climb will be limited to 30.

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

3.5 Multiple Vehicles:  A competitor and/or team may request to enter and compete in more than one race vehicle as long as both race vehicles are approved, paid for and successfully pass Technical Inspection.

3.6 Multiple Drivers:  Multiple entrants may drive the same competition vehicle.  Both entrants must complete registration and pay entry fee.  Please note when registering if there is to be more than one driver per vehicle.

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

3.8 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, 2017. Decisions on refunds will be at the discretion of the Empire Hill Climb Committee.

3.9 Paddock:  The Paddock for the 2017 Empire Hill Climb will be a closed portion of Front St. in Downtown Empire.  Spaces will be first come, first served, while showing respect for fellow competitors.  The Organizing committee and its appointees reserve the right to reserve spaces or request relocation of any team at its discretion if necessary.  Accommodations have been made for approximately 40’ of paved curbside area for each team.

3.9.1 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. 

3.9.2.  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 six total competition classes as follows:

  • 2WD <2.55 liter displacement
  • 2WD >2.55 liter displacement
  • AWD <2.55 liter displacement
  • AWD >2.55 liter displacement
  • Vintage (>30 years old production)
  • Open Wheel

4.2  Cages:  Material and dimension of tubing can be found on Page 3 of the SCCA® TIME TRIAL RULES, Track Trials & Hill Climb, Driver Information (link is found on the first page of these Supplemental Regulations).


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 Drivers 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 30 cars is for every competitor to get at least 6 runs up the hill including one practice and five timed runs.  We will continue to run beyond five timed runs until 6:00 PM, with a maximum of 6 timed runs.  If there is still time permitting, free fun runs for any entrant up the hill until 6:00 PM.  The more everyone pays attention, and cooperates during the day, the more runs up the hill everyone will get.

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: 

Entries (68)

Randy Woods
Paul Beiswenger
Aaron Elliott
Frank Fardell
Matthias Krause
Sean Foltz
Christian Leone
Dan Badger

Wilco Road

Empire, MI
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Hill Climb organized by

SCCA - Detroit Region - Empire Hill Climb

Event over!