Hillclimb Sponsor Info

August 28, 2020

The Open Mod winner at the Sept 19th, Vollwerth’s Meats-MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI., will get AN ADDITIONAL $125.00 from Vollwerth’s Meats, ‘The King of Meats.’  This is in ADDITION to a part of the Class Entry Fee’s.  100% of the OPEN MOD Class Entry Fees will be split between the top 3 Motorcycles in the class.
 
The Vollwerth’s Meats King of the Hill will be competition amongst the class winners of all the Stock and all the Paddle Tire/Mod Classes, with the exception of Open Mod.  The Vollwerth’s Meats, ‘The King of Meats,’ King of the Hill will win $125.00.
 
Sandy and I really want to thank all the sponsors of the Sept 19th Vollwerth’s-MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmoble Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff:
 
Vollwerth’s Meats, ‘The King of Meats’ 
Pat’s Motorsports of Greenland
Copper Country Ford, Houghton
Dave’s Auto Service of Laurium
Campioni’s Convenience of South Range
Diamond House International of Houghton
Moyle Construction
M & M Powersports of Hancock
Jam Service of Lake Linden
Rockin’ Eagle and Eagle Country Radio
Houghton Powersports
4 Season’s Convenience of Twin Lakes
Dog Fathers Concessions
Mucked UP Apparal.
 
This MASTERS Hillclimb is a part of the Ojibwa Casino Racing Series. 
 
Thank you again to all of our sponsors and a huge thanks to Ed Janisse of Eagle Radio!

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The Vollwerth’s Meat’s MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb is ON!  It will be Saturday, Sept. 19th, at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI.
 
Orders on hosting this event per Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders during the Corona virus Pandemic:
 
I apologize for this being sent to you so close to the date of the hillclimb, but in Michigan we have been under many 30 day Executive Orders from our Governor as to what one can and cannot do during the Corona virus pandemic.  Even though the latest order expires on Sept 4th, we are going to hold the hillclimb and follow whatever rules the Governor dictates
 
Currently the rules allow for 250 people in one area, then another area for 250 people, and any other areas separate from each other at 250 people.  We will have one area where people can park in the back with the vehicles, then we will have another area set aside where people can bring lawn chairs and watch the hillclimb, and the area for the racers.  Then we are under the Governor’s order to maintain social distancing of 6 feet a part, and face masks.  I’m sorry for all this but to hold the hillclimb we MUST meet the Governor’s orders.
 
All this was done during last weekends Snowmobile Watercross races in Lake Linden, and they did not have any problems meeting all these orders.
 
Race Registration and Information:
 
We’re asking that racers either pre-register via the mail or on Friday Night at the Hill from 5:00 to 7:00 pm ET.  We will also have registration Saturday Morning from 8:00 am to 9:00 am ET.  This years registration form, along with the Parental Consent form is attached.    For those Pre-Registering via the US Postal Service, please fill out the registration form and the Parental Consent form for ALL racers under the age of 18, send this in, with the check made out to MASTERS Racing.  Send it too:  MASTERS Racing, % Motorcycle Hillclimb, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI. 49953.  We must receive these by WEDNESDAY, Sept 16th.
 
Those registering at the hill, please bring the completed forms with you.

 

You can download the needed forms here!

Whether you run 1 or more classes in the following DIVISIONS (Youth, Stock Tires, Knobby or Paddle Tires) you pay only one insurance fee for THAT DIVISION.
 
As you can see by the attached Registration Form, you can run stock tires in one division, we also have another division where you can run paddle tires.  All of the Youth Classes you have to run Stock tires.
 
Whealkate Bluff info and a CHANGE on ‘Gates.’
 
Since we have been in ‘limbo’ all summer long as to whether we were going to be able to run the hillclimb, the hill HAS NOT BEEN GRADED/BULLDOZED.  The hillclimb competition is going to be like it was in the 1970’s and 1980’s…AS IS.  That means this year this is going to be the most challenging Motorcycle Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff that the MASTERS Racing Circuit HAS EVER RUN!  While we would love to have as many racers as possible compete, we also acknowledge that this years Motorcycle Hillclimb will TRULY be a test of racer and bike!  We admit and acknowledge that this is going to scare a lot of racers away, and state that this may prevent some of the less skilled hillclimbers from competing.
 
Thus we are NOT going to have any gates like we had originally planned.  The racer will have to find the best way up this very steep hill, yet stay within the ‘cut’ of the hill.
 
This also prevents us from running a race with 2 racers on the hill at the same time.  We’re sorry for this change but SAFETY is and always will be our FIRST concern with the MASTERS.
 
Awards/Cash Payback:
 
Please understand that without knowing if we would have the hillclimb, we have only a couple weeks to try to get any sponsors for the hillclimb.  Sandy and I decided that we are going to run this hillclimb no matter what, and if it means we have to cover all the expenses for this years hillclimb, we will do it.  It is to important for our area to ‘whether the Corona virus Pandemic” and do the event.  Thus it will come down to what sponsors we can get, how many racers compete, before we know specifically what the Awards and/or cash payback will be.  However the Open Mod will be $100% entry fee payback in cash.  We will also have a 1st Place King of the Hill Cash purse.
 
King of the Hill will be all those (Other than Youth) win a class compete for the Vollwerth’s King of the Hill.
 
We are once again looking at MASTERS Class Champion Shirts for Awards, from the MASTERS and Diamond House International.
 
All the Awards will be handed out at the hill at the completion of the competition.
 
PARKING/Camping on the Grounds:
 
Fan and Racer Parking will be on a 1st come serve.  Those that want to come Friday Night, you can Park but understand that Overnight Parking is at your own risk.
 
Those that come Friday Night, we will have a spot open for limited RUSTIC Parking.  Please keep your camping area CLEAN, and only have a fire on a Grill.  The MASTERS does NOT own the property.  The property is owned PRIVATELY, it is NOT Public Property.  This event and all hillclimbs are at the courtesy of the land-owner.  Neither the landowner or the MASTERS is responsible for any injuries, damage or theft of your own personal property. 
 
Gate/Parking Fees:
 
Admission is $10/person, under 6 Free.  Racer and ONE Crew member get’s FREE Admission, Pit Parking is $10.00, Rustic Camping/Parking is $20 (1st come basis).
 
Looking for help from YOU:
 
We’re asking all of you to help us in getting the word out on the hillclimb.  While we are fortunate to have the Rocking Eagle and Eagle Country Radio that will be advertising the hillclimb, we have not had the time to get out as many posters as we usually do.  Any and all help you can give us is REALLY appreciated.
 
While we are hoping that we will have the brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma help us as Hill Jockeys and the Christian Motorcycle Association help us with Parking, at the time of this e-mail we are not sure of what help we are going to get.  If you are interested in FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING as a hillclimb volunteer, please send me an e-mail.
 
Currently we have Vollwerth Meats, that will be providing the food for DogFathers Concessions and helping us cover some of our expenses.  We are also fortunate to have Pat’s Motorsports of Greenland, Dave’s Service of Laurium, Diamond House International, as our only sponsors.  We are going to try to get others to help us out.  We have Mucked UP sign up as a Vendor and of course DogFathers Concessions.  If any of you would like to be mentioned on all our Radio Advertising, Posters, and the PA as a sponsor, please let us know.  We are REALLY going to promote our Sponsors!
 
NEW Powerful FM Radio Transmitter and Antenna:
 
The MASTERS has a new FM Transmitter and Antenna system whereby people throughout the grounds will be able to clearly hear the PA System on 88.5 FM.  This system was successfully used at this past weekends Snowmobile Watercross and it transmitted up to 3 miles from the grounds.  Bring your boombox to clearly listen to the PA of the racing, and the sponsors.
 
Thank you for your patience, understanding, help, entering the competition, or coming to watch some of the most challenging Motorcycle Hillclimb competition the entire MIDWEST has EVER SEEN!
 

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The popular Motorcycle Hillclimb in South Range has been postponed till September 19th.  The event that draws fans and racers from throughout the Midwest was scheduled to happen on June 20th.  

The hillclimb has its origins in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  For years the event took place as a part of the South Range 4th of July festivities.  When the motorcycles returned to what is called, Whealkate Bluff in 2018, the race also happened on the 4th of July weekend.

“However with the 4th of July falling on a Saturday, we didn’t want to compete with 4th of July festivities happening all over the Western UP.  Thus we planned on moving it up to the 3rd Saturday in June,” commented Jason Kleinschmidt, MASTERS Racing Circuit Race Director.

The MASTERS, which is an acronym of Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, is the Promoter and Sanctioning body of the Hillclimb.  The MASTERS has been a part of Snowmobile Hillclimbs since working with the Range Snowmobile Club in 1991.  The Circuit was formed in 1995.

“With the uncertainty as to what the guidelines will be with the Coronavirus Pandemic, we decided to postpone the Hillclimb,” Kleinschmidt stated.  “There was many factors in postponing the hillclimb, including the health and safety of our racers, race crews, fans, and our officials.  We also were concerned about the ability to get sponsors, since many of them have been closed for months or have had a major decrease in business.”

Many events, from 4th of July celebrations, to the Rodeo in Iron River, have been cancelled for this summer.  The MASTERS did not want to cancel the hillclimb, but to postpone it to a date that they feel State guidelines will be less restrictive.

It was last year that the hillclimb not only had racers of all ages competing on Motorcycles, but also snowmobiles raced up the steep 500 foot bluff.  The MASTERS plans on having the snowmobile’s return, along with something new for the fans to see.

“We had planned on having a group that races Radio Controlled (RC) vehicles put on an exhibition as they attempt to run up the Bluff.  We don’t know at this time if they will have the (Sept) 19th off or not.  We hope so,” Kleinschmidt explained.

This year the MASTERS is going to have the Pro Class Motorcycles go around 3 gates as they attempt to make it over the top of the hill.  In the winter, the snowmobiles go around 5 to 6 gates.  All the other Motorcycle classes and the snowmobiles will go straight up the hill.

“We brought up the idea with Mike Chopp of Houghton.  Mike (Chopp) is one of the top Professional Motorcycle Hillclimbers in the Midwest, and he had no problem having to go around 3 gates,” explained Kleinschmidt.  “Our top Pro Motorcycle class will be in memory of Tim Tousignant.  “Tim passed away after battling Cancer.  He was one of the top Motorcycle Hillclimbers in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and was instrumental in bringing the Motorcycle Hillclimb back.”

Tousignant was from Ontonagon.  His brother, Craig, is another one of the top Pro Motorcycle Hillclimbers.

Kleinschmidt was also diagnosed with Cancer close to 5 years ago.

All of the hillclimbs have been sponsored by the Ojibwa Casinos of Baraga and Marquette.  Vollwerth’s Meats has also been a major sponsor of the hillclimbs, which draws hundreds of fans.  The hillclimbs have also had hundreds of thousands of hits on the YouTube Videos.

“This event not only promotes South Range, but also has an important impact on the area’s tourist economy.  That is why we believed strongly that we would postpone the event, not cancel it for the year,” concluded Kleinschmidt.  “That is providing Governor (Gretchen) Whitmer does not have any restrictions limiting the amount of people can get together for an event in September.”

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Due to Covid-19 and the Wisconsin Governor Proclamation, the Mont du Lac Hillcross and Race of Champions Snow Drags has been cancelled. 
 
Both, Mont du Lac and the MASTERS have been working together since the news about the Cornavirus Pandemic became a world-wide issue.  While every other event had been called off and cancelled before today, Mont du Lac and the MASTERS looked at every possible way we could still hold the races where the racers, crew, and fans would be safe. 
 
However when the legal ramifications were brought to our attention, both of us had no choice but to cancel the races. 
 
This year, Mont du Lac was sitting on OVER 50 inches of snow…that is OVER 4 FEET of snow.  The Duluth/Superior area has a forecast for the next week with temps below freezing every night, and even snow in the forecast!
 
We have had A LOT on interest in BOTH the Hillcross and the Race of Champions Snow Drags.
 
Everything was looking GREAT for an excellent day of racing…until the Coronavirus situation.
 
What both, Mont du Lac and the MASTERS is looking at is what form of snowmobile racing YOU would be interested in that final Saturday in March or the 1st Saturday in April, 2021. 
 
The MASTERS WANTS your comments and your feedback.  Since our first race in 1995, and even doing races going back to 1991, we have always wanted the thoughts and ideas from the racers.  We truly are a RACERS Circuit!
 
Please e-mail me your thoughts and ideas.  My e-mail is;  sschulz [at] jamadots [dot] com
 
MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmoble Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI., Saturday, June 20, 2020:
 
We are praying and hoping that the Coronavirus situation will have passed by then, and we can hold our 3rd Annual Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb.
 
The CHANGES for this hillclimb is that we are going to have some of the PRO Motorcycle Classes where the racers are going to go around 3 gates.  We will continue to have some Motorcycle Classes and the Snowmobile’s go straight up the hill.
 
We are also going to have an Radio Controlled (RC) exhibition to see if these RC vehicles can make it over the top of the steep Whealkate Bluff.
 
Within the month we will have the class registration on our Website:  www.mastersracing.net
 
Just like all our races for 25 years, we will not have registration the day of the race. 
 
MASTERS Schedule for the Winter of 2020-2021:
 
Just as we have done for years, we set our schedule at the conclusion of the year.  This gives our racers, crew, and fans plenty of time to make plans to either compete or come and watch EXCITING MASTERS Races.
 
Jan 9, 2021:    Terra-X, Location to be determined.
Feb 6, 2021:    Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH), Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
Feb 27, 2021:  Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
March 27 or April 3rd, 2021:  Mont du Lac Race (Hillcross, and/or Race of Champions, or Terra X) Superior/Duluth
June 19, 2021:  Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
 
We are looking for another location for a Snowmobile Hillclimb, if we find it, the date would be either Jan 16, 2021 or sometime in March (other then the 3rd weekend when the World Championship in Jackson, WY., takes place).
 
Thanks for your understanding, patience, and your support of one of the longest running Snowmobile Race Sanctioning Circuits in the entire US.
 
Stay HEALTHY and Stay SAFE!
 
Thank-you for another GREAT Winter racing season!

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Mont du Lac Hillcross, March 28, 2020
 
The Hillcross FINAL Registration will need to be sent to our Offices, so that we receive the registration and fees by Thursday, March 26th, 2020.  Send in the registration and fee’s too:  MASTERS, % Mont du Lac Hillcross, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  By getting this to us by Thursday, March 26th, you need not be at Mont du Lac until Saturday Morning, March 28th, for the MANDATORY DRIVERS Meeting at 9:00 am CT. 
 
Final registration is Friday Night, March 27th, 2020, at the lodge at the bottom of the hill.  Registration will be from 6 to 8 pm CT.  As has been our policy for over 25 years, we do not take registration the day of the race.
 
We will open the Hillcross track to those that went through Safety Tech at 8:30 am CT, and you will have a half hour (8:30 am to 9:00 am) for TNT (Test N Tune Practice).
 
Right after the Drivers Meeting we will have the Time Trials to seed you for the 2-sled, side by side, brackets in the class.  You will get ONE run in Time Trials.
 
Then the brackets will be set, and you will run in a double elimination race, right up to the Class Championship, where it will be ONE race, even if you did not lose in the prior rounds.
 
Hillcross will be the ONLY racing that we will run 120’s and Juniors. We will NOT be running 120’s and/or Juniors in the Race of Champions Snow Drags
 
We will be going back and forth throughout the day between the Hillcross and the Race of Champions Snow Drags.
 
The Awards ceremony will be 60 minutes after the conclusion of ALL the racing (Hillcross & Snow Drags).  This will be in the Lodge at the bottom of the hill.
 
General Rules AND Hillcross rules are on our Website.
 
Race of Champions Snow Drags, March 28, 2020:
 
You can Pre-Register by sending in your registration so that the MASTERS receives both the registration and the fee’s at our offices by Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Final Registration will be in the Lodge at the bottom of the hill on Friday Night, March 27, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  At 8:00 pm we will have the ‘draw’ as to who the racers will compete against in the 1st round.  You are welcome to stay around for the ‘draw.’
 
For the classes we are going to run in the Race of Champions Snow Drags, we are  running 600 Mod, 850 Mod, TOP GUN, and the 2 ‘Shoot-outs.’  The 600 Mod, 850 Mod, and TOP GUN, is double elimination, until the Class Championship, where who ever wins, is the Class Champion.  Even if you had not lost in prior rounds, the Class Champion is awarded based on that one race.
 
Now for the Shoot-outs.  This is a ‘Run-what-you-brung’ Non Turbo, and a ‘Run-what-you brung’ Turbo.  This is a $100 entry fee, with winner take all in the Shoot-Outs.
 
The Shoot-Outs will be our final races of the day.
 
We will have a MANDATORY Drivers Meeting on Saturday Morning, March 28th at 9:00 am CT.  Right after the Drivers Meeting we will be giving those that went through Safety Tech the chance to have TNT (Test N Tune) for a half hour, while we are running the Time Trials for Hillcross.
 
We will be going back and forth between the Hillcross and the Snow Drags.
 
Our General Rules and our Snow Drag Rules are posted on our Website.
 
Commercially produced Traction Products, including Chissell’s will be allowed for those with a TWO PLY TRACK ONLY.  No traction products will be allowed on any Single Ply Track.
 
We will NOT be running 120’s or Juniors in Snow Drags, only in Hillcross.
 
The TOP GUN is going to be a ‘tiebreaker’ to determine the 2019 TOP GUN Champion, this is between Al Turin and Nick Gustafson.  The WINNER of the TOP GUN class is going to be crowned the 2020 TOP GUN Champion.  You can go to our Website to see the annual TOP GUN Champions.  TOP GUN is a full Mod NON TURBO sled up to 1500 cc.
 
We will have a hard pack 500 foot (start to finish) 2 lane course, 2 sleds racing at a time, on a smooth groomed surface.
 
Mont du Lac has an excellent snow base.
 
If we can get a good turnout of racers for the Race of Champions Snow Drags, the MASTERS will make this an annual race.  Please help us get a good turnout for these races.
 
Mont du Lac has NEW Lodging right at the entrance to the Resort.  Please call and make your reservations to stay at Mont du Lac.  They also have GREAT FOOD and a Bar.
 
Directions for your GPS to Mont du Lac: 
3125 S Mont Du Lac Rd, Superior, WI 54880
To make reservations for lodging call:
Phone: (218) 626-3797
 
The date is set for the Motorcycle AND Snowmobile SUMMER Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI., is June 20, 2020.   This year we will have some classes where the Motorcycles will go around 3 gates.  The Snowmobiles will be straight up the steep hill.  Depending upon the snowmobiles that pre-register will determine what classes for the Snowmobile Hillclimb we will have.

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Mont du Lac Hillcross and the Race of Champions Snow Drags is Saturday, MARCH 28th,  Final Registration will be on Friday Night, March 27th at the Lodge at the bottom of the hill from 6 to 8pm CENTRAL Time.  Go to our Registration page, then print out either the Mont du Lac Hillcross or the Race of Champions Registration form.  Fill it out, then send it in with fee’s too:  MASTERS, % Mont du Lac, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  The registration via ‘snail mail’ must be RECEIVED at our MASTERS offices by Thursday, March 26th.
 
Mont du Lac has new Cabins right at the entrance for you to reserve.  These new beautiful cabins feature:   Sleeps 6, Full Loft, Full Bath, Full Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appliances, Private Bedrooms, Dining Area, Cable/Wi-Fi.
Call 218-626-3797 for reservations. 
Hillcross is FUN for everyone!  Featured class for the Pro Drivers is TOP DOG.  Other classes are for Pro’s and Non-Pro’s.  Time Trials at the start of the day to determine ‘seeding’ in the 2-sled, side by side, racing in Single elimination, if time permits and we will announce at the Saturday Morning drivers meeting, we then will go to Double Elimination.
 
Race of Champions Snow Drags is a 500 Foot run on a smooth groomed hard pack snow surface.  This is for Mod 600, Mod 700 (if we have a minimum 6 entry’s), Mod 850, and TOP GUN.  Double elimination, other than the Feature where the Feature winner is the class winner, whether he/she was previously defeated or not.  Feature Class is TOP GUN, which is for the Non Turbo Modified sleds up to 1500 cc.  At the end of the day we will also have THE SHOOT-OUT.  $100 Entry Fee for both the Turbo and Non Turbo Shoot-outs.  Those shoot-outs will be single elimination, Winner of each takes the entire Entry Fee for that Shoot-Out.  Other than Turbo or Non Turbo, it’s ‘run-what-you-brung.’

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Hillclimb a Challenge!

February 24, 2020

The Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb proved to be as much of a challenge as the MASTERS predicted.  The MASTERS is an acronym for Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, the sanctioning body of the Hillclimb. Of the 200 attempts to climb Whealkate Bluff in South Range, only 35% registered a time at the top […]

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Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb THIS Saturday

February 21, 2020

Friday Afternoon Grounds and Hill set-up:   We are going to be putting up the gates, banners, fencing on Friday Afternoon, starting around 1:00 pm ET.  If you can help, we really appreciate it.  If you want to voice your opinion on the gate set-up, then go to the hill on Friday Afternoon.   Registration: […]

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Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS and Duluth Hillcross & Snow Drags

February 14, 2020

Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI., Saturday, Feb 22, 2020:   Those that want to earn a ‘credit’ to apply to your Class entry fee’s, we would really appreciate any and all help setting up the grounds, course, fencing, banners on Friday, Feb 21st, starting at 1:00 pm ET.  Same […]

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Large Crowd watches Hillclimb

February 4, 2020

The 120 Stock Finalists at the Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb Snowmobile Hillclimbers from 5 States competed in last Saturday’s Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH).  The MACH was held at Whealkate Bluff in South Range.  Officials with the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) states that this was the largest crowd […]

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