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Chilson Pond Fall Races, Howell, MI.

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:00 PM until Sunday, September 22, 2019, 5:00 PM
Chilson Pond in Brighton State Recreation Area
6360 Chilson Road
Howell, MI  48843

(810) 229-6566
Les Melkvik
734-604-2144 (p)
Racing events
Registration is required
Payment in Full In Advance Or At Event

Hovercraft Racing returns to Brighton State Rec Area on Chilson Pond, MI 

Come join the Hoverclub of America at Brighton State Recreation Area, in a thrilling day of sanctioned racing as hovercraft compete in 7 different classes to see who will become the National Hovercraft Champions in 2018.  We will have sanction racing heats from noon-5pm on Saturday, and Drag racing on Sunday morning flowwed by a 25 lap Open Formula race.

Hovercraft Racing Returns to Brighton Recreation Area 

Video is from Last year's event

Racers! We need your participation. Novice racers welcome!!
Click on the "Register Now" Button, to register online for the event.

Race Course: 
The race course will be approximately 1/2 mile long.


Camping info:

There is a full hookup campground at the racing site with 144 camping sites with electrical, hot showers and modern toilets.  Click HERE for a link to the park details


Entry Fees:


Racer fees: $75 entry fee ($35 for Junior class - 16 and under)
Racers are also required to pay the annual $50 race license fee if they have not done so already. Novice racers are exempt from the race license fee, for their first race. Please make sure your Hoverclub membership is up to date also.

Racers - be sure to review the Current
Racing Regulations for Light Hovercraft if you have not raced in a while.

Schedule of Events:


Friday  – Arrival and Setup
10:00 am Race Course Construction and Setup
4:00 pm Participant Arrival and Paddock Setup

Saturday – Sanctioned Racing
9:00am – 11:00am Participant Registration
9:00am – 11:00am Safety Inspection
11:00am Driver’s Meeting and Course Officials Briefing
11:30am – 12:00pm Last Chance Safety Inspections
11:30am – 12:00pm Race Course Open for Practice
Noon – 12:45pm Time Trials
1:00pm – 5:00pm Sanctioned Racing - FN, FE, FJ, F25/F35, FS, F1/F2
5:30pm Racecourse Closed
6:30pm Cookout

* Racecourse closed except during published times.

10:00am – 11:00am Safety Inspection
11:00 am Driver meeting
Noon - 2:00pm Endurance Racing
2:30 pm    Awards ceremony    
3:00pm     Teardown, cleanup and departure

Saturday Eve. Cookout:


After the racing is over on Saturday, we will have a cookout. The cost is $10 per person
On Sunday following the Endurance race, we will present the awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each class.

Volunteers Needed:


If you are able to help on race day, we need volunteers in the following areas:
Course setup (on Friday)
Course tear down (on Sunday)
Lap Scorers
Flag marshals
Land recovery (of disabled craft)
General helpers
Contact Les Melkvik if you would like to help. Thanks!!



The Site address is:
6360 Chilson Rd, Howell, Michigan, 48843


Click on the Mapquest link at the top of the page.

Hoverclub Contact :
Les Melkvik
Cell 734-604-2144