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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham coming to Pikes Peak with his 1936 Chevy Sedan, “The Ghost”

June 4, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs—–One of America’s greatest motorsport crew chiefs was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this past January and will now be coming to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on June 24 as a driver. Ray Evernham will be driving his very special auto, “The Ghost,” in the 96th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.

The decorated Evernham will be part of a colorful field in the Hill Climb’s Pikes Peak Challenge-Exhibition Class that features Hill Climb superstar Rhys Millen behind the wheel of a 2018 Bentley Bentayga, Scott Birdsall with his 1949 Ford F1, “Old Smokey,” Honda Brake design engineer Jordan Guitar, Californian Ross Murray in a 2015 Dodge Viper, and Donald Greenberg with his own 2015 Viper.

The Ghost is a custom-built race car designed to look like a modified that would have been raced in the 1960s but features state-of-the-art mechanics and electronics. It’s named The Ghost due to the pearl white Axalta Coating Systems-provided paint scheme. While it has the appearance of a 1936 Chevrolet sedan, The Ghost has the aero performance of an Indy car and is powered by an 850+ HP Chevrolet SB2 engine.

“I’m truly honored to have been given the opportunity to compete in the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The hill climb at Pikes Peak is an event I have always had tremendous respect for but, to be honest, is never one I envisioned myself competing in. It is one of the premier and most historic racing events held anywhere in the world so to earn a spot in the field is like a dream come true,” Evernham said.

“The Ghost is a culmination of my 40+ years of experience in auto racing. We wanted to design and build the car from the ground up the way we did in the 70s and 80s. No computers, no lasers, just using the knowledge we have accumulated through the years. On the outside, the car looks like the modifieds I grew up watching race at short tracks in New Jersey but, on the inside, it is packed with all of the latest and greatest racing technology you can get. Countless hours have gone into getting both the car and me ready for this event. We can’t wait to get on the mountain to see what it can do.”

Evernham’s amazing career in motorsports is rich in accomplishment.

In the 1992 season finale, a young driver and his crew chief made their NASCAR premier series debut. Less than a decade later, Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham were in the record books. Evernham guided Gordon and the No. 24 team to three championships in four seasons (1995, 1997, 1998), and a series-leading 47 wins in the 1990s.

Evernham led Gordon to 47 Cup wins—including two Daytona 500s (1997, 1999), two Brickyard 400s (1994, 1998), and three titles (1995, 1997, 1998) before leaving Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the 1999 season.

Matching Evernham’s mechanical prowess was his innovation on pit road. Under his direction, the “Rainbow Warriors” revolutionized the art of the pit stop.

In 2001, Evernham tried his hand at ownership, leading the return of Dodge to NASCAR. His drivers won 13 times, including NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott’s (Class of 2015) triumph in the 2002 Brickyard 400. After selling majority ownership of his team in 2007, Evernham worked for ESPN as a race analyst before returning to Hendrick Motorsports in 2014 as a consultant for its competition department. After retiring from that role in 2017, Evernham has focused on his passion for vintage racing and preserving historic automobiles.

Born and raised in upstate New Jersey, Evernham is a child of the northeastern NASCAR Modified culture. He grew up competing on tracks like Wall Stadium and Flemington Raceway and won seven features at Wall from 1976-1981. Thus, The Ghost is Evernham’s full-circle moment.

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2018 Olympic Bobsled Silver Medal winner Elana Meyers Taylor will drive the BMW i8 Pace Car during the Parade of Champions at the close of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

May 25, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Spectator

Colorado Springs—–The 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will enjoy the distinction of being opened and closed by American Olympic medal winners, an appropriate highlight for the famed race on America’s Mountain in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA.

Elana Meyers Taylor has accepted Winslow BMW’s invitation to drive the BMW i8, the Pace Car for the Parade of Champions, at the close of the world’s most famous motorsport hill climb on June 24. The i8 has received numerous accolades, including “Performance Car of the Year,” and Myers Taylor’s role will add luster to the auto’s superb portfolio.

Meyers Taylor teamed with Lauren Gibbs for her third Olympic medal in the 2018 Olympic women’s bobsled finale, taking silver with the Olympic rookie push athlete from Denver.

With the podium finish in PyeongChang, the USA is the only women’s bobsled program to medal in each Olympic Winter Games since the discipline’s debut at Salt Lake City in 2002. Meyers Taylor has claimed three of the six medals earned by the U.S. women since then and is one of only two women bobsledders to earn medals in three Olympics.

Meyers Taylor has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Washington University, where she played softball, and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of DeVry University. She played professional softball prior to discovering bobsledding in 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. She is active as an Athlete Mentor for Classroom Champions, a non-profit organization partnering Olympic and Paralympic athletes with students and teachers in underserved communities.

She is married to fellow bobsledder Nic Taylor, who proposed on the medal podium at the 2013 World Championships. Her goal is to eventually become the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Her father is U.S. Naval Academy football great Eddie Meyers, who rushed for almost 3,000 yards from 1978-1981.

Her 2018 Olympic teammate, figure skating medalist Chris Knierim, will pilot a 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, the Official Pace Car for the race, at the start of the day.

Knierim and his wife, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, captured the bronze medal in the team event in PyeongChang. In the pairs free skate, the Knierims became the first U.S. pair and the second pair in history to successfully perform a quad twist at the Olympic Winter Games.

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Motorcycle Stars Carlin Dunne and Codie Vahsholtz set to make headlines at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

May 24, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs— Ducati has set its sights on taking back the course motorcycle record at the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.

Ducati motorcycle team record holder Carlin Dunne and current middleweight record holder Codie Vahsholtz will make up the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team for the Race to the Clouds on June 24. This year’s race will also include the introduction of the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.

The Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division will be a must-watch event for race fans and Ducatisti around the world. Ducati has garnered six victories on America’s Mountain since the company’s debut in 2008 and held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017, a year in which Ducati was not part of the official race competition.

Dunne was the first motorcyclist to conquer the backbreaking Pikes Peak race course in less than ten minutes (9:52.819), achieved on the game-changing Multistrada 1200 S in 2012, and this year marks his return to Ducati’s racing team. In 2017, he led the Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina as part of the Race Smart program, which was created in 2016 by Ducati in partnership with the PPIHC. The program utilizes the experience of former champions to ensure all rookie motorcycle entrants have the highest level of preparation and knowledge prior to tackling the serpentine course to the summit of the Peak at 14,115 feet.

“After holding the course record for many years, we had decided to use our experience on the mountain to help support the safety of riders with the introduction of the Squadra Alpina program and keep the tradition of motorcycle racing on the mountain. Our efforts proved to be successful,” said Jason Chinnock, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. “After 2017, when Dunne’s record was finally broken by a small margin, it inspired us to race again with the goal of reclaiming the title. The riders, team and new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak are destined to be a force on the mountain.”

New to the team but not to the race is rider Vahsholtz, a Woodland Park, Colorado native who comes from a family of Pikes Peak champions. He has recorded series victories of his own 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, coupled with the 23 wins by his father, Clint Vahsholtz, he carries on the family legacy that has produced the most Pikes Peak victories by any family.

The debut of the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak will showcase the versatility of the new, larger displacement Multistrada. The 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivers 18% more torque in the mid-range and is paired with a redesigned chassis for increased stability. In addition, the motorcycle is fitted with a cutting-edge electronics package with distinct Riding Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Wheelie Control to improve control in all conditions on the mountain. A motorcycle built for sport adventure, the new Multistrada 1260 is available in the standard version, the Multistrada 1260 S and Multistrada Pikes Peak.

Ducati is partnering this year with Shell Advance, Brembo, Pirelli, Termignoni, Spider Grips, Ducati by Rizoma, Race Tech, Revl and Racing Cowboys for the Pikes Peak event.

 

About Ducati:

Additional information about Ducati, including participating dealers and availability can be found at www.ducati.com.

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. – A Sole Shareholder Company – A Company subject to the Management and Coordination activities of AUDI AG

Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. With its factory located in Bologna’s Borgo Panigale district, in 2016 Ducati celebrated 90 years since it was founded. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, SuperSport and Panigale. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand make of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in creativity and self-expression. These authentic icons representing what the world knows as “Made in Italy”, together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries globally. Breaking all records for the company, in 2017 Ducati delivered 55,871 bikes to customers. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike, Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles. Ducati has been competing in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007.

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The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Returns LIVE in 2018

May 16, 2018 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

Colorado Springs, CO (May 15, 2018)—— The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, is pleased to announce the return of Matchsports for their second in a 10 year contract to broadcast ‘The Race to the Clouds’ live on Sunday, June 24th, 2018.

Despite the PPIHC’s 100+ year history, until last year, this prestigious event had only been broadcast on a delayed basis. Until then, the uniquely challenging environment on Pikes Peak thwarted all attempts to produce a high-quality live broadcast. SBI Media (Matchsports’ Swiss Parent) developed a solution to overcome the technical obstacles of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain, and delivered a high-quality live broadcast covering the race course from start to ?nish.

With a successful year behind them, Matchsports incorporated on-course experience to develop new strategies to tell a richer story this year. Matchsports will not only increase the number of cameras on the ground but will bring enhanced technology and additional personnel to bring it to fans seamlessly.

“Our partnership with the PPIHC is moving from strength to strength, behind the scenes and publicly, forged on a mutual respect for the mountain and our ongoing commitment to deliver a world class production. Matchsports is honored to be here again. We have learned more, built more and will bring more this June,” explained James Kalogiros, CEO of Matchsports.

“By bringing new and better technology to Pikes Peak, we can offer fans a more intimate understanding of the race as we celebrate the LIVE era through a new Pay-Per-View (PPV) experience. Proceeds from the $4.99 subscription will be reinvested, bringing tomorrow’s production to the hill today, and we know race fans will embrace this opportunity to say they were a part of making it happen.”
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This year’s 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be a major focus on the Matchsports global calendar. One long-term goal is to attract an additional partner, possibly a major TV network, to assist in sharing the race with new audiences worldwide.

About Matchsports: 

Matchsports harnesses the power of cutting-edge technology to deliver next generation efficiencies in broadcasting. Founded in Switzerland as an interactive sports and entertainment broadcaster, Matchsports designs and manufactures products and systems for the digital media space. No matter the complexity of the challenge, projects are turnkey and seamless based on the Matchsports mantra #ItJustWorks.

Dynamic connectivity and remote area production with end user interactivity were key elements of the Matchsports vision, well before its founding. Originally designed around a series of interactive products for the UCI World Tour, in 2014, the group diversified strategies and restructured technologies to encompass a much wider portfolio of sports and other events across the globe.

An (over the top) IPTV broadcaster, Matchsports delivers TV quality productions with new ways for audiences to experience events. The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was the group’s flagship event in the United States in 2017. That success established the group’s focus in the US where they are developing new partnerships with motorsport organizations, as well as golf, paragliding and cycling events.

 

About The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb:

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, also known as the Race to the Clouds, is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain – in Colorado, USA held annually on the last Sunday of June.

Founded in 1916 by Spencer Penrose (also the founder of The Broadmoor Hotel, Pikes Peak Highway and El Pomar Foundation), the PPIHC takes place on a 12.42 mile (19.99 km) public toll-road boasting 156 turns, while competitors climb 4,720 ft. (1,440 m.) from the 9,390 ft. (2,862 m.) Start Line at Mile 7 marker on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115 ft. (4,300 m) Finish Line at the mountain’s summit. As the drivers and riders climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps competitors’ mental and muscle strength, in addition to robbing internal combustion engines of up to 30% of the power they are capable of producing at the Start Line. Competitors and their vehicles must be in top shape and condition simply to finish, let alone win.

The race is self-sanctioned and is the most diverse one day motorsports event in the world with everything from Sidecars, Motorcycles, and 1,400+hp Electric Vehicle & Unlimited racers competing in the same event.

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