- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Motorcycle engines will soon roar on the slopes of Mount Garfield in Muskegon as they have for decades.

MLive (http://bit.ly/2aYRikK ) reports that the Muskegon Motorcycle Club will host the 2016 All Star Pro Hill Climb this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with festivities beginning at noon Friday. The hill climb is a tradition in Muskegon County, an area that has a deep, rich history with motorcycles.

Dan Raymond opened the Raymond Motor & Cycle Company in Muskegon in 1919 and organized the club in 1920. The following year, he leased nearby sand dune Mount Garfield with the idea of hosting a hill climb.

More than 3,000 people attended the hill climb in 1923, the same year the 40-acre site was purchased. The location is the host of a National Championship Hill Climb every other August.

The club first received the national championship from the American Motorcycle Association in 1929.

Participation drastically decreased during the Great Depression, but Mount Garfield hosted the event again in 1939. That year, each of the more than 300 stairs of a concrete staircase was etched with the name of a sponsor.

The competition was suspended again during WWII, but resumed after the war ended.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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