Motorcycle Hill Climb to return; see stellar photos through the years

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MUSKEGON, MI – Like they have for decades, motorcycle engines will roar on the slopes of Mount Garfield this weekend.
Hosted by the Muskegon Motorcycle Club, the 2016 All Star Pro Hill Climb will take place at the venue, 5803 Lake Harbor Road, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.
The hill climb is a tradition in Muskegon County, a community that has a deep, rich connection with motorcycles. In 1919, Dan Raymond opened the Raymond Motor & Cycle Company on Ottawa Street in Muskegon.

He organized the Muskegon Motorcycle Club in 1920 and in 1921 he leased Mount Garfield, a nearby sand dune with the idea of starting a hill climb.
The 40-acre site was purchased in 1923 and more than 3,000 people attended that year's hill climb. The location hosts a National Hill Climb every other August on even-numbered years.
The MMC first received the National Championship Hill Climb from the American Motorcycle Association in 1929. Unfortunately, the Great Depression took its toll on the event and participation drastically decreased. However by 1939 the AMA once again decided to hold the event at Mount Garfield.
And it was bigger and better than ever. A concrete staircase with the name of a sponsor was etched into each of the 313 stairs on the structure. The competition was suspended again during WWII but returned following the surrender of the Axis Powers. It has remained a signature event for bikers throughout the state.
The 2016 festivities begin at noon on Friday, Aug. 5. Food, merchandise and vendors will be on site. The Automatics will perform on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets for Sunday's main event are $20. Passes for the weekend are $40 and include camping. Saturday-Sunday passes are $30 and include camping. Children 10 and under are free.
The event will be held rain or shine. No glass, fireworks or pets are permitted. For more information, visit www.muskegonmotorcycleclub.com.

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