Vollwerth’s Meats Motorcycle Hillclimb Saturday!

June 17, 2021

The annual Vollwerth’s Meats Motorcycle Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff is tomorrow.  This is a hillclimb that has a rich history dating back to the 1970’s.  It’s presented by Pat’s Motorsports and is sanctioned by the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, commonly known as the MASTERS Racing Circuit.

With the change in land ownership, it was Triest Forest Products that allowed the MASTERS the use of this steep bluff.  A bluff that can be seen for miles.  While the cut in the hill is the same as it was in the 1970’s, the hill will see some changes for Saturday’s Hillclimb.

Jeremiah Johnson

They come from all over to compete at the MASTERS Motorcycle Hillclimb. Here is Lake Tomahawk’s Jeremiah Johnson, who knows how to put on a show for the fans!

“We’re going to put in small jumps on the hill.  Not just to make the hillclimb more challenging for the bikes, but to try to hold back some of the erosion on the hill,” explained Jordan Triest.  “We appreciate the help and support from Moyle Construction and Valley View Quarry.”

Another change on the Motorcycle Hillclimb is really not a change.  The MASTERS is seeing the return of the 2nd Generation of hillclimbers.  Ron Chopp of Ron’s Auto Body used to be one of the competitors at the hill in the 1970’s.    When the MASTERS brought the bikes back in 2018, the King of the Hill was Mike Chopp.

“I tell Ron that Mike got his skills from him.  He chuckles,” commented Mary Swenk Chopp.  “Although Mike has taken King of the Hill,” she chuckles.

Mike Kirtland

The Defending King of the Hill is Mass City’s Mike Kirtland and the Pat’s Motorsports team. Kirtland will be competing again this year against a previous King of the Hill, Mike Chopp of Houghton.

While Mike Chopp will be back, one of his toughest competitors will be the King of the Hill the last two years.  That is Mass City’s Mike Kirtland.  Kirtland races with one of the top Hillclimb teams in the Midwest, both Snowmobile and Motorcycle.  That is Pat’s Motorsports of Greenland.

Rumor mill has it that a few of the top Motorcycle Hillclimbers from Lower Michigan will be making the trek to South Range for Saturday’s Hillclimb.  “We won’t know if it is a rumor or fact until we see them register,” stated Sandy Schulz of the MASTERS.  “It is the Radtke race team that we’re hoping makes it to Whealkate.”

Lucas Solberg

A fan favorite of the MASTERS Hillclimbs is the Kids Competition. Here is Ontonagon’s Lucas Solberg competing.

One of the fan favorites of all MASTERS Hillclimbs is when the Kids under 12 compete in the Wildlife Refuge Cabins ‘Kids King of the Hill.’  “Once again we’ll have Lucas Solberg and his brother competing.  We’re going to give them a little longer run this year to help them go farther up the hill,” explained Josh Bramble, MASTERS Official.

The MASTERS is looking for people that would like to help on Friday Afternoon and Saturday to set up the course and help with the hillclimb.  If you are interested in helping, call 906-236-1143.

Registration will take place on Friday Afternoon from 4 to 7 pm and Saturday Morning from 8 to 9:15 am.

This year the hillclimbers will be competing for more than the Diamond House International Class Champion Shirts and King of the Hill Jackets, they will be competing for cash in all Non-Youth Classes.  With the support of both Premium Spray Foam and Coatings and South Range Convenience, the Mod King of the Hill will get $300 and the Stock King of the Hill will get $200.  This is in addition to the cash they win for taking 1st in their class.

Just like the MASTERS had for the WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb, End of the Earth Entertainment will be providing live Video streaming of the event and producing a Professional Video.  Chris Wahmhoff will be directing the Video Production.  “People from all over the world will be able to see the thrills and spills of the hillclimb,” Walmhoff explained.

Concessions will be on the ground.  People that have not got their Covid-19 shot will have to wear Masks, socially distance, and have Temps taken at the gate.

The gate for the fans will open at 9:30 am.  Competition will start after 10:00 am.  Gate Admission is $10.00, children 6 and under are Free.  Vehicle Parking is $10.00.  Fans are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and sunscreen.

The MASTERS states and thanks the sponsors for this year’s Hillclimb.  Vollwerth’s Meats, Pat’s Motorsports, M & M Powersports, South Range Convenience, Premium Spray Foam and Coatings, 110th State Representative Greg Markkanen, Acciaca Forest Products, Ron’s Auto Body of Houghton, Matt’s Auto Body and Glass, Superior Transportation and Logistics, Mosquito Inn, 4 Season’s Convenience, Wildlife Refuge Cabins, Diamond House International, Moyle Construction, Valley View Quarry, Christian Motorcyclist Association, Eagle Radio, Adams Township First Responders, End of the Earth Entertainment, and the Daily Mining Gazette.

“This and any hillclimb to promote our area, bring people to our area, and give our residents the chance to get out of the house after this long pandemic, would not be possible without those sponsors,” concluded the MASTERS.  “We hope we can get a good fan turnout, as the weather looks to be cooperating!”

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