Ephraim Hill Climb Returns Sept. 8

The Ephraim Vintage Festival LLC in association with the Vintage Sportscar Club announces the second annual Ephraim Hill Climb and Concours d’Elegance, featuring rare, pre-war European and American classics and significant post-war sports cars, will be held Sept. 8-11.

The Ephraim Hill Climb and Concours is among North American classic automobile concours, as this event also includes the Kort Bakkelop (Norwegian for short hill climb). This beautiful and challenging course will wind its way through the picturesque village streets and traverse the steep Niagara Escarpment left by the glaciers.

Friday savors the flavors of Door County with a driving tour leaving the Village Hall, which will serve as the event headquarters throughout the weekend at noon. The tour ends back at the Old Village Hall in Ephraim for registration and technical inspection of the cars for Saturday’s hill climb. A welcoming party is planned for all participants at Top Shelf in Sister Bay at 6 pm.

The Kort Bakkelop (hill climb) runs will begin at about 11 am on Saturday and continue until 3 pm. This event is free to the public and 5,000 spectators are expected. At 4 pm a technical presentation about “The Secrets of Mechanical Restoration” will convene at the Village Hall.

The dinner dance begins at 6:30 pm for all event marshals, judges and participants at the Hillside Inn of Ephraim. Cocktail attire is required, and 1946 apparel is also accepted. Dinner winds down with desserts and dancing with music by a 14-member swing band.

The Arbor Crowne Properties Sunday Concours d’Elegance will find the classic automobiles positioned along Eagle Harbor, starting at 11 am. Scenic boat rides and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available all weekend. For more information, call 920.854.4455 or visit

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