Adam Buchanan is entered in this 2003 Nissan 350Z.
Paul Gerard is entered in this 1996 Caterham 7 Supersprint.
Adam Pickworth is entered in this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 16V.
Geoffrey Hegel is entered in this 2004 Pontiac GTO.
Darko Stojanovski is entered in this 1977 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II.
The entrant list for the upcoming 2019 Empire Hill Climb presented by Autoweek, slated for Saturday, Sept. 14 in the village of Empire, Michigan, is live. The 40-car field is full of a mix of favorites from previous years and exciting newcomers.
Competition is broken into five classes: Exhibition; Naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and under, forced induction up to 1.0-liter; NA 2.1-liter to 3.9-liter, FI 1.1-liter to 1.9-liter; NA 4.0-liter and over, FI 2.0-liter and over; and Vintage (Over 30 years old, production).
We’ll be taking a closer look at some of the 2019 EHC entrants over the coming weeks, but here are a few that caught our eye right off the bat:
— It’s always great to see purpose-built race cars running in between modified street cars, and we’d bet Cade Wilson’s 1998 Van Diemen RF98, a nimble open-wheel Formula-style car, has a good shot at the NA 2.0-liter and under/FI up to 1.0-liter class.
— For a few years now, Ian Dawkins’ 1973 AMC Gremlin has been the rowdiest vintage ride on the hill. That could change this year, when Darko Stojanovski’s 1977 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II — the terrifying, yet elegant, Viper V10-powered creation you might have seen at the Rust Belt GP Lemons race earlier this summer — rears its head. Will it be fast on the tricky 3/4-mile course? Ehh … that’s not really the point.
— Jordan Easter is registered with her Datsun 280Z. This is the Mercedes-Benz V12-powered car at the center of the very ambitious project she and Michael Tung (who you’ll spot on the registry with his ’93 Mazda RX7) have undertaken and that we’ve been following. We’re sure the pair has more than a few things to button down before the EHC rolls around, and we hope to see both of them give their best effort on Sept. 14.
Here are the confirmed drivers and cars by class. Should any of these 40 entrants drop, their spot will be filled from the waitlist; you can view the most up-to-date list of registered competitors here.
Michael Noval, 1978 Carel Sports Racer
NA 2.0-liter and under, FI up to 1.0-liter
Jon Armstrong, 1990 Honda CRX
Burke Davis, 1990 Honda CRX
Alejandro DellaTorre, 2000 Mazda Miata
Paul Gerrard, 1996 Caterham 7 Supersprint
Adam Jabaay, 1990 Honda Civic
Lyle Jarvis, 1994 Saturn SL2
Mark Jarvis, 1994 Saturn SL2
Ron Mallison, Ford Focus
Mike Ryba, 1993 Honda Civic
Frank Schwartz, 2011 Mini Cooper
Aric Streeter, 1996 Caterham 7 Supersprint
Cade Wilson, 1998 Van Diemen RF-98
NA 2.1-3.9-liter, FI 1.1-1.9-liter
Daniel Atsma, 1970 MG MGB GT
Lawrence Goodenow,Porsche 911
Bob Martin, 1988 Mazda 323
Tim Michel, 1996 Audi A4
Evan Weider, 1993 Honda Civic CX
NA 4.0-liter and over, FI 2.0-liter and over
Nicholas Aranda, 2004 Chevrolet Corvette
Brian Blaine, 1985 Mazda RX7
Adam Buchanan, 2003 Nissan 350z
Frank Fardell, 1995 Nissan 240
Keith Hagen, 2001 Subaru Impreza
Geoffrey Hegel, 2004 Pontiac GTO
Ellen Hinterlong, Chevrolet modified
John Kalchik,1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Cody Loveland, 1993 Honda Civic
Robert Meyer, 2003 Chevrolet Corvette
Daniel Milewski, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette
Darko Stojanovski, 1977 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II
Michael Tung, 1993 Mazda RX7
Vintage (>30 years old production)
Elizabeth Burdo, Volkswagen GTI
Ian Dawkins, 1973 AMC Gremlin
Jordan Easter, Datsun 280Z
Don Kelly, 1961 Austin Healey Sprite Mk I
Michael Kelty, 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
Ranve Martinson, 1985 Volkswagen GTI
Colin McCleery, 1985 Merkur XR8
AJ Otto,1986 Pontiac Trans Am
Adam Pickworth, 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 16V
Cars will run continuously from 10 a.m. until roughly 5 p.m., giving each entrant a handful of shots at the hill — and spectators multiple chances to see their favorite drivers in action. See you there!
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