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Empire Hill Climb Auto Race in Leelanau County

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September 20, 2014
8:00 am - 7:30 pm


Village of Empire
Wilco @ Lake Street
Empire, MI United States

Car racing enthusiasts are thrilled with the Revival of the Empire Hill Climb on September 20.

The race was run between 1964 and 1980 and at long last it is back! The course is short but challenging, .5 miles and 8 turns just a short walk from the shores of Lake Michigan.

Parc Expose in downtown Empire allows spectators to get up close to the race cars before they make their way up the hill. During its original running, all sorts made their way up the hill in some of the best cars of their time, 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.

The scenic 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. The action starts at 10am and ends at 6pm. Cars from all genres of racing will be present so camp out in the woods and watch as the Empire Hill climb Revival gets underway!

8am: Tech Inspection Lions Club Pavilion

8am: Volunteer Meeting Lions Club Pavilion

8-10am: Parc Expose/Car Show, Front St./Empire Town Hall

8am-8pm: Spectator Parking Community Field

9am-6pm: Road Closed for Racing, Empire Road

9am: Volunteers Deploy to Hill

9:30-9:55am: Drivers Meeting Empire Town Hall

9:30am-6pm: Spectator Area Course Midpoint

10am: First Cars Race up the Hill, Wilco Road

Noon: Race Sign Up Closes

6pm: End of Timed Runs

7:30pm: Awards Ceremony

Empire is along the shores of Lake Michigan where M-22 intersects with M-72, about 45 minutes from Traverse City.