Spectator

Italian star Faggioli and Fearless Fillmore head up a brilliant field of drivers and riders for the 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

January 18, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs—–Driver Simone Faggioli of Italy and superstar motorcycle rider Chris Fillmore head up an accomplished roster of competitors for the 97th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on June 30.

Faggioli soared to a blistering 8:37.230 clocking as a rookie in the Unlimited Class last year, behind only the extraordinary all-time record 7:57.148 established by Romain Dumas of France in his Volkswagen I.D. R on America’s Mountain. The Italian driver returns in a loaded Unlimited lineup that also features Switzerland’s Fabien Bouduban, who was third last year.

Motorcycle star Chris Fillmore (Oxford, MI), the fastest rider in race history, will try to become the first triple record holder in Pikes Peak history when he competes in the Lightweight Division. He owns motorcycle records in two divisions, (9:49.625) Heavyweight Division, 2017 and (10:04.038) Middleweight Division, 2018.

The world’s most famous hill climb is still basking in the glow of the fabulous performance last summer by Dumas in his VW Electric auto. It was ranked third in the world among Autoweek’s Top Ten motorsports stories of 2018. More than 7,000 spectators from 23 countries and more than 40 states were on hand to see Dumas stage one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the race.

“We never know what amazing moments will become part of the race’s history,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham, “and we have a wonderful lineup of competitors from around the world coming to Pikes Peak this summer to take on the mountain, so buckle up.”

View the 2019 Competitor List here.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

“A good fictional character once said, “I just wanna go fast.” That’s a noble pursuit, yet when you delve into the world of racing, you come up against so many rules and regulations in most series prohibiting you from so much that you just want to tear your hair out. Not so much at Pikes Peak,” said Stef Schrader of Jalopnik.com last year. “It’s the ultimate display of human ingenuity and a captivating madness all in one. It draws you in. The enthusiasm is infectious. They aren’t just here to run the cars—they’re here to suck you into this madness with them.”

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Here’s a look at some of the top competitors for the 2019 Race to the Clouds:

Automobile Drivers

Simone Faggioli, Italy – Unlimited:  Second in the prestigious Unlimited Division last year with a fabulous 8:37.230 clocking behind only the record 7:57.148 recorded by Romain Dumas. He’s a ten-time European mountain champion and will be behind the wheel of a 2018 Norma M20 SF PKB, the same auto that he piloted last summer on America’s Mountain to the fantastic sub-nine minute finish, third fastest in PPIHC history, and Rookie of the Year honors.

Fabien Bouduban, Switzerland – Unlimited: A member of the Faggioli Racing Team who took third last year in the Unlimited Division with a clocking of 9:28.254 in a 2018 Norma M20 SF PKB identical to Simone Faggioli’s auto.  He will drive the same car   this summer in his second trip to Pikes Peak.

David Donohue, West Chester, PA – Pikes Peak Open: The champion in Time Attack 1 last year with a time of 9:37.152 driving a 2017 Porsche GT3 R, he’ll race a 2016 Porsche 911 this summer as he moves over to Pikes Peak Open. Donohue took second on Pikes Peak in 2017 in Time Attack 1. Son of racing legend Mark Donohue, David won the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 Class and was second in 2000. He won the 2009 Daytona 24 Hours race on the 40th anniversary of his father’s win.

Peter Cunningham, Milwaukee, WI – Pikes Peak Open: Defending his 2018 crown on Pikes Peak in a 2019 Acura TLX GT, Cunningham clocked a 9:27.352, the third fastest time in the race and a Class record last year driving a 2018 Acura. As a PPIHC rookie in 2017, he won the Open Class with a time of 9:33.797. As a high school graduate in June 1980, Cunningham happened upon an autocross, a driving contest held in a parking lot around a pylon-defined course against the clock. After winning his class on that first day, he became enamored with and engulfed in the sport. Cunningham has 19 starts and five podium finishes in the American Le Mans Series.

Ray Evernham, Mooresville, NC – Exhibition:  Back again in his 1936 Chevrolet Sedan, “The Ghost,” after taking the crown in the Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition Class last summer (10:11.334). The Ghost is a custom-built race car designed to look like a modified that would have raced in the 1960s but features state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics. Evernham is a three-time Winston Cup Series Champion with driver Jeff Gordon. In 1999, Evernham won the NASCAR Winston Cup Illustrated “Person of the Year,” and was inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.

Raphaël Astier, France – Time Attack 1: Second in Pikes Peak Open last summer, driving a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS to a clocking of 9:53.718, Astier moves to TA1.  This year he will drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo on the Peak in search of a championship. Last year, the French pair of Astier and Frédéric Vauclaire, in the Abarth 124 rally belonging to Team Milano Racing, won the FIA R-GT world championship. Astier was second in 2016 in the Time Attack 1 field as the PPIHC Rookie of the Year.

Greg Tracy, Long Beach, CA – Unlimited: Tracy is the only person in Pikes Peak Hill Climb history to complete the race in under ten minutes racing both a car (Mitsubishi Electric, 9:08.188- 2014) and a motorcycle (Ducati, 9:58.262- 2012).  He has seven motorcycle championships on Pikes Peak, beginning in 1996 with a victory in the 250cc Class. Tracy is one of the top stunt drivers in Hollywood, having spent the last two decades working in several hundred commercials, TV shows, and many of the top stunt driving films including Marvel’s Black Panther, Jack Reacher, The Avengers, The Fast and the Furious, Talladega Nights and The Bourne Ultimatum, a project that earned him a World Stunt Award. He’ll drive a 2019 Palatov D2EV in his move to Unlimited this year.

Jeff Zwart, Corona del Mar, CA – Pikes Peak Open: Zwart, who was inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame in 2018, will make his 16th appearance on Pikes Peak since his debut in 1989 and his first since 2015. He has won eight crowns in that span, most recently his 2015 win in the Time Attack 1 Division. Porsche enthusiast Zwart has worn many hats on Pikes Peak, first as a photographer for Road and Track magazine, then as a competitor, champion and most recently as a Porsche driving coach. Zwart’s Hill Climb experience covers competition in at least six classes, with all eight Class Championships captured behind the wheel of a Porsche. This year, he’s entered a 2010 Porsche.  He dominated the High-Performance Showroom Stock Classes in the mid and late 1990s with four wins, including three division records. A visionary filmmaker, Jeff has directed multiple films and commercials on Pikes Peak, including Ken Block’s film “ClimbKhana” which was released in 2017 and has nearly 18 million views to date.

Rookies To Watch

Liam Doran, Great Britain – Unlimited:  Doran is a professional rallycross driver competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Global Rallycross Championship, X Games, and European Rallycross Championship. He is the son of British rallycross driver and Lydden Hill Race Circuit owner Pat Doran. He won a gold medal in the 2011 X Games in Los Angeles in Rally Car Racing. Alongside his driving duties, Liam also heads up the UK-based LD Motorsports squad and oversees the race preparation of no less than eight cars. Doran will drive a 1987 Ford RS200 Evolution on Pikes Peak in his debut.

William Au-Yeung, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Unlimited:  2017 & 2018 Global Time Attack Pro Unlimited Champion. Took second place in Pro Am at WTAC 2017.  Recorded the fastest North American time in 2018 at the Sydney Motorsports Park, where he took second in the ProAm Class. Fastest Time Attack Driver in Canada.  Au-Yeung will drive a 2012 Honda Civic SI, one of the fastest time attack cars in the world.

Darren Law, Chandler, AZ – Time Attack 1:  A Canadian-born American racing driver, he has been involved in the automotive and racing industry for more than two decades. Law established himself with his success as both a racing driver and a business man. Starting in Go-karts at age 11 he went on to win two karting championships as a teenager then further developed his professional driving career progressing into sports cars. Having spent more than a decade driving for several top tier teams, the majority of his time was spent behind the wheel of a Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche, one of the most highly recognized Porsche factory-supported GT racing programs. He also spent several years racing prototypes primarily with Brumos Porsche and Action Express. He achieved many successes including two driver’s championships, three trips to LeMans and the overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2009 driving the Brumos Porsche Daytona Prototype. He will be behind the wheel of a 2013 McLaren 12C in his Pikes Peak debut.

Motorcycle Riders

Chris Fillmore, Oxford, MI – Pikes Peak Lightweight: The fastest rider in Pikes Peak history, Fillmore is aiming to become the first triple record holder in America’s Mountain. He currently holds Heavyweight and Middleweight titles on Pikes Peak and is hoping to add the Lightweight Division trophy this year.  He’ll enter a KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle this summer in his attempt at another record. He got started racing motocross before turning pro, spending seven years in the AMA Pro Supermoto series and five in AMA Superbike, campaigning KTMs all the way.

“I enjoy the challenge of Pikes Peak,” says Fillmore. “Figuring out how to go fast and learn something new. Watching the sun rise every morning for a week on top of a 14,000-foot mountain is pretty amazing too.”

Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, CA – Exhibition Powersport:   Back to the Peak aboard a 2019 Ducati comes Dunne, one of the most accomplished riders in the history of the race with four victories. Dunne won the PP Heavyweight crown last year with a time of 9:59.000 on his Ducati MTS-1260 Pikes Peak. He holds the Pikes Peak record for Electric Motorcycle (10:00.694, 2013) and held others until Chris Fillmore exploded on the scene in 2017. He was the 1205cc winner in 2011 and 2012 and became the first rider to crack the ten-minute barrier in 2012 (9:52.819) on a Ducati Multistrada 1200. Born into motorcycling, Dunne’s father, a South African road racer and former Isle of Man competitor, made sure there was a small bike waiting for Carlin when he was born. Living above his family’s 1,000 sq. ft. motorcycle repair shop until the age of seven, it’s no surprise that his toys growing up consisted of old engine parts.

Codie Vahsholtz, Woodland Park, CO – Pikes Peak Heavyweight: He’s a third-generation member of the famed Vahsholtz family, which owns more Pikes Peak titles than any family in history. He was third last year in the Heavyweight Division (10:12.703) and holds the record in the former Pikes Peak 250cc class, set in 2013. He also established series victories with the record time in 2017 for the Middleweight Division, the record time in 2015 for the Lightweight Division and in 2013 for the 250 Pro Class. With the 19 victories of his grandfather, Leonard Vahsholtz and the 23 wins of his father, Clint Vahsholtz, he carries on the family legacy on America’s Mountain again this summer. He will ride a 2019 Ducati Multistrada MTS-1260.

Joseph Toner, Scotland – Pikes Peak Lightweight: Toner was the winner last summer in the PPC Exhibition Powersport competition, riding a 2007 Aprilia SXV Custom motorcycle. He will ride the same machine this year as he moves into the Lightweight Division, his 8th appearance on Pikes Peak. A Scotsman, he has fashioned a noted career, winning one Scottish Production Championship title as well as the British Endurance Championship.

Greg Chicoine, Jefferson, SD – Pikes Peak Lightweight: This veteran competitor will be back on Pikes Peak for his 20th appearance, again riding his Kawasaki.   He won the 1998 250cc Amateur title, then rattled off championships in 1999-2000-2001 in the 750cc Division. He tacked on a title in the 2007 450cc field. He owns Champion Cycle in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Rennie Scaysbrook, Sydney, Australia – Pikes Peak Heavyweight: He’s been the runner-up in the division for the last three years, so maybe the fourth time will produce a crown for the Australian rider. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2016 when he logged a nifty 10:28.407 on his 2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R. Scaysbrook became only the fifth rider in the history of the Hill Climb to break the 9-minute barrier in 2017 when he chalked up a 9:57.712.  He will ride a 2018 Aprilia Tuono.

Rennie says: “Relaxation is probably the best way to describe it. Some people like to do yoga, other people like to run marathons. I like to ride motorbikes. It blocks out all the negative stuff in my life and just lets me do what I’m good at, which is get out there and ride. I like putting the helmet on and just being on my own. I’m probably a bit of a loner in that regard. But it’s not wasted energy. You could sit there and play PlayStation all day and it’s not going to mean anything in real life. On the track, I’m improving the skills that make me better at my job, which is a bit of a double win.”

Rafael Paschoalin, São Paulo, Brazil – Pikes Peak Middleweight: Finished third last year in the division with a time of 10:38.380.  Also took third in 2017 and sixth in 2016, so he’s aiming at a breakthrough on the Peak this year, riding a 2019 Yamaha MT-07. He’s also a veteran of the famed Isle of Man TT races over his career, averaging 119.499 mph in the TT2015 PokerStars Senior TT competition in the 2015 race.

A Rookie To Watch

Cory West, Eureka Springs, AR – Pikes Peak Heavyweight: A fourth-generation motorcycle racer who began in 2000. He began riding at age 4 and then started competing in his early teenage years. What started as some local flat track racing in nearby Oklahoma and Texas, quickly led to regional and national championships in flat track and road racing. Then came 15 years of professional road racing at national and international levels that took him to tracks in Spain, England, and China. West has ridden for two national championship-winning endurance teams, recording many victories.  He collected Superbike Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 and earned five AMA Pro podiums with a best championship result of 5th. Besides racing, he has ridden as a test rider for multiple tire manufacturers, motorcycle manufacturers, magazines, and currently works as an instructor at Colin Edwards’ Texas Tornado Boot Camp. He’ll ride a 2020 Zero SR/F in his debut at Pikes Peak.

Learn More:  For information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or to purchase tickets, visit www.ppihc.org

 

Mike Moran

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

mike@thesportscorp.org

(719) 338-9161

KEEP READING

Futureshirts teams up with the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as official merchandise provider

December 3, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs—–The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is proud to introduce Futureshirts of Nashville, Tennessee as its official merchandise provider, just in time for the Holiday Season.

Fans of the Race to the Clouds have a chance to check names off their holiday gift list with purchase of special gifts designed to please race fans of all ages in advance of the 97th running of the world’s most famous motorsport hill climb on June 30 on America’s Mountain.

Futureshirts, which has more than 300 clients, will feature a new online store and will be on-site during Race Week with multiple locations at Fan Fest as well as various Race Day locations on the mountain. The company will release new designs online as the June event approaches.

The official Hill Climb store opened on December 1 at https://ppihc.myshopify.com.

“We think our fans will be pleased with the new offerings in our online store,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Futureshirts really shares our vision for providing a variety of on-trend apparel and souvenir items.”

KEEP READING

Ticket Sales Open Online December 1st

November 30, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs——-The holiday season is officially open, and purchasing advance tickets for the 2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, might be the perfect answer to the annual question of what to get for family and friends.

Fans can purchase tickets online for the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds beginning Saturday, December 1st. So, take advantage of the opportunity to purchase your tickets to watch the world’s most prestigious hill climb and the nation’s second-oldest motorsports event on Sunday, June 30.

Ticket Price List:

 Online Advance
Ticket Prices
Online Race Day
Ticket Prices
Single Ticket$65 ($65/ticket)$75 ($75/ticket)
Vehicle Packs - All "Family Pack" Ticket Holders must enter the Gateway in the same vehicle
Family 2 Pack $110 ($55/ticket)$130 ($65/ticket)
Family 3 Pack$150 ($50/ticket)$180 ($60/ticket)
Family 4 Pack $180 ($45/ticket)$220 ($55/ticket)
Family 5 Pack $200 ($40/ticket)$250 ($50/ticket)
Family 6 Pack $210 ($35/ticket)$270 ($45/ticket)
Family 7 Pack $245 ($35/ticket)$315 ($45/ticket)
Family 8 Pack $280 ($35/ticket)$360 ($45/ticket)
Single Motorcycle Ticket$35 ($35/ticket)$45 ($45/ticket)
Double Motorcycle Ticket$60 ($30/ticket)$80 ($40/ticket)

Pricing remains the same as last year’s race with the exception of Practice Day tickets, which will now be $50 per ticket. Camping permits are also available at $150 each. Information and ticket purchasing options can be found at http://ppihc.org/spectator-guide-fans/.

Tickets are available online only. PPIHC may limit the number of tickets sold to the 2019 event. Spectators are not guaranteed a parking spot if specific locations are full. Parking at the spectator viewing areas is on a first come, first served basis.

KEEP READING

Tajima Inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame

October 29, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, who almost singlehandedly put a face on the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb over three decades, was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame on October 23.

The legendary driver was accompanied by his wife, Yumiko, for the gala evening with 425 attendees on hand at the Broadmoor World Arena.

Photo courtesy of Ford McClave

Tajima is the sixth Hill Climb celebrity to join the Hall of Fame, produced by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, since the inaugural ceremony in 2000.

The others are Bobby Unser (2000), Leonard Vahsholtz (2008),Nick Sanborn (2013), longtime chairman Bob Gillis (2015), and theDonner Family (2017).

The Japanese driver was the first in history to break the elusive 10-minute mark when he piloted his twin-turbo Suzuki SX4 to the summit of 14,115-foot America’s Mountain with an extraordinary time of 9:51.278 in 2011. He made his debut on the Peak in 1988, taking third in the new Production GT Class in a Mazda 323 4WD auto, jump-starting a brilliant relationship with the race that now spans thirty years.

The 67-year-old driver/businessman, Chairman and CEO of the Tajima Motor Corporation, dominated the prestigious Unlimited Division from 1992-2011. He won the division eight times, including six times in a row from 2006-2011, placing himself among the great drivers of past years who won the signature event– Michele Mouton, Bobby Unser, Ari Vatanen, Walter Röhrl, Rod Millen, David Donner, Romain Dumas and Sébastien Loeb.

Tajima recorded four sub-ten minute finishes, the best being his 9:32.401 in 2015 when he took second to Rhys Millen in the Electric Modified Class. Tajima was named King of the Mountain seven times and recorded ten wins. He was inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame in 2016.

Mike Moran
PPIHC Senior Media Consultant
KEEP READING

Randy Schranz Named to the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame

July 19, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs——Randy Schranz is enjoying his summer in a way that he won’t forget anytime soon.

The motorsport legend has been selected for induction into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame, with the official ceremony set for Friday, October 5th at Wings Over the Rockies in Denver. He will be honored for his amazing 40-year motorsport career.

The honor follows on the heels of his induction into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame on June 21 in Colorado Springs.

As a competitor, Schranz captured ten class wins and 17 additional top 10 finishes during his Pikes Peak racing career, setting his fastest time of 10:35.225 in 2013 in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving a 1966 Shelby Cobra. He greatly advanced the use of propane as a racing fuel, quickly adapting the latest technology to modify his racing machine.

Schranz owns the propane record on Pikes Peak, set in 2012 and he inspired and supported his son, Layne, as a fellow competitor on Pikes Peak. As the long-time owner of Randy’s High Country Towing, he provided towing and vehicle recovery for the race for nearly 15 years. Randy’s 40-year competition history on Pikes Peak is a testament to his love of the mountain, his competitive spirit and his generosity.

He will be a star in a superb class of 2018:

Jeff Walters amassed over 300 victories and eight track championships over a 36-year career racing on asphalt and dirt tracks in five states.

Jim Opperman’s racing career included competing in Supermodified and Late Model divisions at Englewood Speedway, as well ownership of Colorado National Speedway.

John Metcalf completed in ARCA, NASCAR Southwest, and Winston West Series in a career that included 204 victories and two championships as either a driver or crew chief.

Ricky Orlando began his racing career in 1975, and in motorcycle competition across the country won approximately 75 class championships in MRA events, along with five state championships.

Rob Williams raced Top Fuel Funny Cars while drag racing from 1967 to 1983. He compiled a long list of wins and five Division 5 NHRA championships while competing in events across the country.

Rod Guilford competed as a driver in NHRA drag racing in Colorado and many other states. He has also been a successful car owner/engine builder and crew chief for numerous drag racing and circle track racing teams, winning at the local, regional and national level from 1961 through 1991.

Ron Berry was active in both oval track and drag racing on the western slope of Colorado during his racing career, driving to 99 main event wins, as well as track championships at Cactus Park Speedway in Grand Junction in 1969 and 1970.

Tony Rossi’s racing career with the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association includes four season championships and numerous main event, heat, and quick time wins, as well as a Colorado Mini Sprint Association championship, in more than two decades of competition.

Walt Pickard’s motorsports career involved racing at all southern Colorado tracks, as he compiled 112 main event wins over 17 years. He was also track owner of Beacon Hill Speedway, and played a key role in forming the Oly Challenge Cup Late Model racing series.

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Honored

The Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame has selected the world famous Hill Climb as the winner of its 2018 J. C. Agajanian Award for its contribution to Colorado motorsports.

The PPIHC staged its 96th running of the Race to the Clouds on June 24, with French driver Romain Dumas establishing a new course record of 7:57.148 in an all-electric Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak auto.

Drivers and riders from 14 nations competed in the race to the summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain, with fans on hand from 25 countries and 45 states.

The award is named for Agajanian, who was an influential figure in American motorsports history. He was a promoter and race car owner who was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

For information on the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, visit: www.coloradomotorsportshalloffame.com.

 

Mike Moran,  mike@thesportscorp.org

Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

KEEP READING

Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Superstar Rhys Millen adds another record to his cache

June 29, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs—Rhys Millen, already among the most decorated champions in the history of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, embarked on a new course during the 96th running of the Race to the Clouds on June 24 and emerged again as a champion in his 25th appearance on the mountain.

The New Zealander drove a 2018 Bentley Bentayga to a new Production SUV record with a clocking of 10:49.902, averaging an impressive 66.5 mph and obliterating the 2014 mark of 12:35.610 set by Paul Dallenbach in a 2014 Range Rover Sport.

“To take a luxury SUV with minimal modifications and be able to drive up this course in under 11 minutes is a huge testament to the performance and level of engineering in the Bentayga,” said Millen.

“I had a great run – the car was planted all the way up and gave me the confidence I needed to push hard. I’m delighted to take the SUV record for Bentley and for everyone who’s been involved in this project.”

Bentley said before the run it worked for six months to prepare the turbo 12-cylinder SUV for the climb, and even so, the most changes were made to the car’s weight, which was reduced by removing 663 pounds of interior trim. Additional tweaks to the adaptive air suspension and a 48V electric active anti-roll control also helped Millen make his record run.

Millen, a two-time King of the Mountain, has recorded 12 division/class wins on the mountain, beginning with his 1992 crown in the Pikes Peak Open Class, piloting a Mazda on his way to Rookie of the Year honors.

Millen enjoyed history in 2016, winning the Electric Modified crown in a ‘16 eO PP100, with a time of 8:57.118, joining Sebastien Loeb and Romain Dumas as the only three competitors to finish the course in under nine minutes at the time. That was the first title in the history of the race for an electric auto.

He won in 2017 in the rugged Time Attack 1 Class, driving his 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and clocking 9:47.427 to set the stage for his 2018 adventure with Bentley.

To celebrate the occasion, Bentley will release a limited-edition version of its first production SUV. Limited to just 10 models, the SUV will feature a number of interior and exterior design elements in the same shade of Radium green that covers the Pikes Peak car. There are a few Pikes Peak logos spread about the interior, as well, in addition to numbered doorsill plates. Customers in the U.S. and Europe can order one starting in August.

 

Mike Moran

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

mike@thesportscorp.org

KEEP READING

Mike Moran’s Musings Blog Post #3

June 26, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Spectator

On June 24,1812, Napoleon’s French Grande Armée crossed the Neman river, beginning the invasion of Russia.

On June 24, 2018, French citizen Romain Dumas captured the global world of motorsport and the city of Colorado Springs.

Neither will be the same again.

The 40-year-old racing driver, buckled up in the smallish cockpit of a futuristic, all-electric 2018 Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, navigated the 156 turns and 12.42 miles of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak  International Hill Climb course to the 14,115ft summit of America’s Mountain in an astonishing 7:57.418, averaging  90 miles per hour and vaporizing the previous course mark of 8:13.878 set in 2013 by fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb in a gasoline-powered Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.

Among the thousands lining the course in the secure spectator areas, visiting fans from Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Brazil, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and South Africa strained their necks to catch a momentary glimpse of the man and his car as they sped by on the way to their moment in time.

So were those who came from 45 states, from Alaska to West Virginia, to take part in the grandeur of the mountain, the amenities of Colorado Springs, and the magnificence of the week and an epic Sunday not to be soon forgotten.

Almost 40,000 were on hand on Friday night in downtown Colorado Springs to enjoy Fan Fest, see some of the cars and motorcycles, enjoy good food and a beer, and gape at the daredevil maneuvers of the Red Bull Motocross team, courtesy of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli.

Build something unique and they will come.

In less than eight minutes, Dumas catapulted Colorado Springs and our mountain onto the worldwide stage of motorsport, right to the center.

Photo Credit: Ford McClave

By the end of a cloudy, windy and snow and rain-showered afternoon, there were moments of greatness from Hill Climb stars Rhys Millen, Paul Dallenbach, Clint Vahsholtz, Carlin Dunne, Codie Vahsholtz, Davey Durelle, and fresh faces like Italy’s Simone Faggioli and Switzerland’s Fabien Bouduban, but it was Dumas’ time and place in history.

Superb Gazette columnist David Ramsey said it best at the end of the day Sunday atop Pikes Peak.

“In years ahead, carmakers will be willing to spend a mountain of cash in pursuit of the record, the one currently held by Dumas and Volkswagen. At the start line on Sunday, visitors from across the globe were examining cars, taking photos with their phones and staring at Pikes Peak.”

By mid-day on Tuesday, the Colorado Springs Sports Corp was provided with data that outlined more than 650,000 worldwide mentions of the race across platforms including news media, social media, twitter, blogs and others. TV and radio results logged 167 segments equating to 4,470,419 impressions.

Competitors from 18 nations came to challenge the Peak, along with journalists, photographers and broadcasters from 14 countries.

Already, the buzz is on for next summer. Will Dumas return again in another auto? Will Loeb return to reclaim his record? Is seven minutes on the horizon?

Restaurants, hotels and motels were jammed with visitors speaking a plethora of languages, as well as the region’s menu of attractions.

Our prestigious motorsport clambake set the stage perfectly for this week’s grand U.S. Senior Open at the Broadmoor’s majestic East Course, and the thousands more from around the world who will come to Colorado Springs to watch the spectacular golf tournament and the millions watching in their homes on FOX Sports.

So, Olympic City USA embraces a pair of sports events that add glamour and glitz to the city’s already glowing reputation.

Not something to dismiss.

Juste magnifique!

Mike Moran is the Senior Media Consultant for the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the chief spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1979-2003. He was inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. mike@thesportscorp.org

KEEP READING

Matchsports to Broadcast the PPIHC Live Online!

June 19, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

The PPIHC and Matchsports will deliver a high-quality, live broadcast covering the entire race course from start to ?nish. The second year of a 10-year partnership will see the PPIHC live-streamed for a subscription fee of $4.99 (USD) using revolutionary production techniques speci?cally adapted by Matchsports to overcome Pikes Peak’s many challenges.

The Matchsports’ live presentation of the race will be hosted by Ramona Bruland and Mitch Snow, with insight from competitor Carlin Dunne and Hall of Famer David Donner. Our team will be joined by a revolving ‘hot seat’ of knowledgeable guests who will help walk viewers through Race Day events.

Ramona Bruland is a broadcast veteran, with more than 1,000 hours of live TV experience, who specializes in action sports, travel adventure and luxury lifestyle programming. Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia, she previously worked as the on-air host for the global expansion of X Games on ESPN, covering six events in five countries that aired in more than 430 million homes across 182 countries.

Mitch Snow is a Colorado Springs native and third generation PPIHC supporter who served as the PPIHC’s Director of Promotion & Legacy for the past five years before joining the team at Polyphony Digital, Inc. – developers of the Gran Turismo video game franchise – as Manager of New Business in March, 2018. The Race to the Clouds is Snow’s passion and he has attended every edition of the PPIHC since 1995.

Joining us at the Finish Line after he completes his run is Carlin Dunne. Dunne has claimed three titles of 2-Wheeled King of the Mountain in three attempts, and became the first motorcycle competitor to break the 10-minute barrier in 2012 while setting a new 2-Wheeled course record time of 9:52.819.

To round out the broadcast team, David Donner is a third generation PPIHC competitor and supporter, as well as a member of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall of Fame. Donner holds the record for the former Time Attack 2 Production class, and is a three-time

4-Wheeled King of the Mountain.

Don’t miss the action ~ Subscribe today ($4.99) and enjoy

the 96th running of the Race to the Clouds LIVE!

PURCHASE NOW!

KEEP READING

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Will Be Inducted On June 21 at Penrose House

June 15, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs——A galaxy of racing legends will be inducted into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame on June 21 in Colorado Springs.

The enshrinement ceremony at Penrose House (4:00 pm) will help set the stage for the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb three days later on America’s Mountain.

Hill Climb headliners Leonard and Barb Vahsholtz, Jeff Zwart, Randy Schranz, Davey Durelle and the late Glen Shultz make up the Class of 2018 set to take its place amidst the event’s rich history and tradition.

The Class of 2018

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame

Glen W. Shultz (1892–1936)

Glen Shultz (sometimes listed as “Schultz,”) dominated the Open Wheel division, winning six times in a Stutz and once each in a Ford Special and a Hudson Essex. He also won the 1929 Stock Car title in a Studebaker B.  Glen Shultz was a dominant force throughout the first two decades of competition on Pikes Peak, earning seven King of the Mountain titles, setting three overall course records, capturing eight division wins (four of those division records), and 11 podium finishes. Nicknamed “The Old Master of Pikes Peak” by a Colorado Springs Gazette writer in 1932, Shultz set his fastest time in 1932 in his Open Wheel Stutz DV-32, 16:47.200. He was the first competitor to capture three course records. Shultz, an auto parts store owner, died on February 8, 1936 in his home in Colorado Springs.

 

Leonard and Barb Vahsholtz

With 18 wins in 33 years on America’s Mountain, Leonard Vahsholtz’s success as a driver is matched only by his leadership in building a local racing dynasty, his legendary engine-building skill and his “I race to win” attitude. He captured his most unique win on Pikes Peak in 1993 when he set a record in the Stock Car Division, was helicoptered back to the Start Line, and raced again in the Super Stock Truck Division, capturing his second record-setting run of the day. One day, two record-setting runs, an unprecedented event in PPIHC history. Leonard’s fastest time of 11:30.536 was set in 2007 in the Pikes Peak Open Class in a 2005 Ford Explorer.

Barb’s involvement with Vahsholtz Racing has been vital to their success. She went beyond supporting her team and helped develop a back-up timing system that benefits the entire field and is still in use today. Competitors and officials praise the accuracy of her hand-calculated times when they are compared to the electronic computer timing systems. Asked about her many years of back-up timing and scoring on Pikes Peak, she explained, “I got started in 1984 when Aaron Danis was the Timing Director. I was curious and he clued me in on how they did it. I worked with Ken Rounds and we just started learning and practicing. In the beginning, we rented ham radios and bought clocks and stop watches. We just paid for it out of our own pocket because we needed it. I think at the time a few drivers pitched on the radio rentals.” Barb and her crew have been providing accurate timing and scoring for 35 years.

The Vahsholtz legacy on Pikes Peak lives on with son Clint’s incredible racing success, grandson Cody’s motorcycle racing victories, and Shelly Vahsholtz’s dedication to continuing excellence in timing and scoring.

“We would like to thank the PPIHC Educational Museum for recognizing our efforts. We have been a part of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb since 1977, when we first raced in it. I can’t think of another racing venue that has the spectacular views and sunrises (which of course you have to see because you are on the mountain at 4 a.m.) We are proud to share this honor that recognizes both Leonard’s racing ability and Barb’s timing efforts.” – Barb & Leonard Vahsholtz

 

Jeff Zwart

Porsche enthusiast Jeff Zwart has worn many hats on Pikes Peak, first as a photographer for Road and Track magazine, then as a competitor and champion, and for 2018 a mentor and rookie driving coach. Zwart’s Hill Climb experience covers competition in at least six classes, with all eight Class Championships captured behind the wheel of a Porsche. He dominated the High-Performance Showroom Stock Classes in the mid and late 1990s with four wins, including three division records. His induction to the 9 Minute Club took place in 2015 when he set his fastest time of 9:46.243 in the Time Attack 1 Class in a 2013 Porsche 911. A visionary filmmaker, Jeff has directed multiple films and commercials on Pikes Peak, including Ken Block’s latest film “ClimbKhana” which was released in 2017 and has over 14 million views to date.

“I have been fortunate to race and rally all over the world so to be honored by an international event like the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which has really become my main focus of competition and passion over nearly 25 years, is quite an honor. My success with Porsche and this great event has run parallel in so many ways in 5 different classes, both through the dirt era and into the fully paved era. In addition to competing here at Pikes Peak I have had the opportunity to translate my first hand experiences of racing with filmmaking by directing multiple television commercials and films up on the mountain, most recently directing Ken Block’s latest film that was released late last year. All of this adds up to the Hill Climb being a very special place for me.” – Jeff Zwart

 

Randy Schranz

As a competitor, Randy Schranz captured ten class wins and 17 additional top 10 finishes during his Pikes Peak racing career, setting his fastest time of 10:35.225 in 2013 in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving a 1966 Shelby Cobra. Randy greatly advanced the use of propane as a racing fuel, quickly adapting the latest technology to modify his racing machine. He owns the propane record on Pikes Peak, set in 2012. Randy inspired and supported his son, Layne, as a fellow competitor on Pikes Peak. As the long-time owner of Randy’s High Country Towing, he provided towing and vehicle recovery for the race for nearly 15 years. Randy’s 40-year competition history on Pikes Peak is a testament to his love of the mountain, his competitive spirit and his generosity.

“I am very honored to be selected to join many of my heroes and several of my long-time competitors in the Hall of Fame! I never dreamed this would be in my future. I am thankful for 40 years of support from my family, friends, crew members, sponsors and race organizers and officials. Without them this wouldn’t be possible.” – Randy Schranz

 

Davey Durelle

Davey Durrell got his first motorcycle at age ten, rode in his first race at age eleven, and won his first short-track race in 1978. The fan favorite has garnered more victories on a motorcycle (currently 17) than any other rider in the history of Pikes Peak competition, with six King of the Mountain titles, eight motorcycle division/class records and one motorcycle course record to his name. He’s still racing on America’s Mountain, set to compete for another title in the Pikes Peak Middleweight field in the 96th running of the PPIHC. His fastest time on America’s Mountain was set in 2017 when he won the Lightweight Division with a time of 10:35.354. With multiple course records and division records, Durelle has earned his victories and the respect of fans and competitors and was inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2016. Despite his focus on winning, Durelle is always willing to support other riders with parts and expertise. Known as a mentor, he is eager to share knowledge of the course with fellow competitors. Long-time friend and fellow competitor, Brian Anderson, said, “Riding with Davey, I became driven and a better racer as he pursued me, pushed me and passed me. A tough competitor became a respected and cherished friend.”

“The Pikes Peak Hill Climb has been such a big part of my life. It is truly a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.” – Davey Durelle

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame is committed to honoring and preserving the achievements of individuals who have left an indelible mark on the Race to the Clouds; whether they are competitors, organizers, officials, members of the press or volunteers. Anyone who shares a passion for speed and competition in addition to a great respect for Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain is eligible to be nominated for the Hall of Fame as a tribute to their passion, competitive spirit and support for this world-famous motorsport competition.

The Hall of Fame is located in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience at The Penrose Heritage Museum (formerly known as the El Pomar Carriage House Museum), across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on June 21st at 4:00 pm at Penrose House, located at 1661 Mesa Avenue in Colorado Springs.

 

Members of The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame

  • Alfred C. “Al” Rogers (1909-1954) – Inducted 1997
  • Robert W. “Bobby” Unser (1934-Present) – Inducted 1997
  • Charles L. “Charley” Tutt, IV (1939-Present) – Inducted 2016
  • The Donner Family – Inducted 2016
  • Robert Donner, Sr. (1891-1964)
  • Robert “Bob” Donner, Jr. (1930-2010)
  • Robert “Bobby” Donner, III (1959-1989)
  • David Donner (1964-Present)
  • Frank J. (1938-Present) & Judith K. “Kaye” Peterson (1939-Present) – Inducted 2014
  • Joshua J. “JC” Agajanian (1913-1984) – Inducted 2016
  • James J. “Jim” Reilly (1925-2010) – Inducted 1997
  • Louis “Uncle Louie” Unser, Jr. (1896-1979) – Inducted 1997
  • Nicholas J. “Nick” Sanborn, Jr. (1935-1999) – Inducted 2000
  • Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima (1950-Present) – Inducted 2016
  • Rodney K. “Rod” Millen (1951-Present) – Inducted 2016
  • Sonny Anderson (1941-Present) & Bill Brokaw (1932-Present) – Inducted 2016
  • Spencer “Speck” Penrose (1865-1939) – Inducted 1997
  • William Thayer Tutt (1912-1989) – Inducted 1997

 

Mike Moran mike@thesportscorp.org

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

KEEP READING

The 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fan Fest is loaded with excitement again!

June 14, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs——–The 17th Annual Fan Fest, presented by Toyo Tires and Budweiser, will make downtown Colorado Springs the place to be on Friday, June 22nd, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., as Olympic City USA casts it eyes on the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 24th.

“Each June, the most talented and skilled drivers and motorcycle riders from across the globe descend on Olympic City USA to celebrate top speed. We’re fortunate to host the world-renowned Race to the Clouds and showcase America’s Mountain on an international stage. The drivers, riders and their dedicated crews also help create a family-friendly and unforgettable experience by interacting with our community and visitors during Fan Fest in our vibrant downtown,” said Doug Price, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fan Fest celebrates the 96th running of the famed race with fun, food and thrills for some 30,000 fans who will take part in the gala street festival, spanning seven blocks of Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

“The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the most prestigious hill climb in the world and has a long and rich tradition in our community. The event itself, as well as the accompanying downtown Fan Fest, are great community celebrations and I encourage all of our residents to get out and experience this proud tradition.” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

Fans can meet competitors and see their cars and motorcycles as they prepare to take on the world’s toughest hill climb on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. The PPIHC is the USA’s second-oldest motorsport event behind the famous Indianapolis 500.

“Fan Fest is one of the best parts of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It gives the drivers and teams a chance to connect with the fans. We can display the cars and answer questions. Plus, it’s a great chance for the sponsors to showcase their product. It’s a highlight of the week for Dallenbach Racing,” said race superstar Paul Dallenbach, who will drive his 2006 PVA Dallenbach Special in the Open Wheel Class.

This year’s Fan Fest entertainment package includes the Budweiser Beer Garden, the Fire Fighter Chili Cook Off benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association/Rocky Mountain region, sponsor booths, food trucks and vendors for the fans. Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli will present the Red Bull Motocross Team, a true highlight of the evening.

“The Hill Climb team salutes the support and contributions of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli to Fan Fest,” said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham. “Sam and Kathy are once again presenting the appearance of the Red Bull Motocross Team. They are great supporters who simply want to make good things happen in Colorado Springs. We could not make Fan Fest the tremendously popular event it has become without their generous financial support.”

The Guadagnolis are successful downtown business owners and longtime supporters of sports-related events, including U.S. Olympic downtown celebrations and Fan Fest. The husband and wife entrepreneurs have launched a $75 million redevelopment project spanning South Nevada Avenue, Tejon Street and Cascade Avenue that is re-shaping the area into a prized destination for thousands who want to live, shop and dine in the area.

Fire departments in Southern Colorado will compete in the annual Chili Cook Off with ladles in hand for the title of Best Green Chili, Best Red Chili, Best Booth Design, and Most Money Raised. Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 5 will host the Cook Off during Fan Fest. The spicy recipes of southern Colorado’s finest firefighters are sure to set off alarms! Donations gathered during the event help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

“MDA Rocky Mountain is extremely grateful for the dedication and passion shown by the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters in the fight against muscle disease. Their commitment to a cure has played a huge role in recent medical breakthroughs in the MDA community. We would not be able to achieve our mission without them,” said Nathan Ressler-Aragon, Director of Development.

Admission to Fan Fest is free, it’s great family fun, and delivers a chance to get into the spirit of motorsport racing. Since Fan Fest took its place in 2002 as one of the premier events leading up to the race each year, more than 400,000 fans have made their way to downtown Colorado Springs to enjoy the excitement, making it likely the biggest downtown event in the city. During the last four years, some 30,000 enthusiasts have been part of the event annually.

Red Bull Motocross Team performer Keith Sayers says “This is one venue I love coming to each year! The event staff and race fans really make this a must-attend event for me! I’m looking forward to June 22 in downtown Colorado Springs.”

Fan Fest spectators will see some of the best riders in the world performing jaw-dropping aerial tricks while jumping a distance of 75′ and soaring 35′ in the air!

Keep up-to-date on PPIHC activities, news and ticket purchases at: www.ppihc.org

Mike Moran mike@thesportscorp.org

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

KEEP READING