Colorado Springs—-Rob Parsons, better known as the “Chairslayer,” will make his inaugural appearance on June 28 at the 98th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo.
The 33-year-old wheelchair-bound athlete from Salt Lake City will be driving a 2010 Chevrolet SS in the loaded Pikes Peak Open Class, where he’ll face some top finishers from last year including Layne Schranz, who ran a sub-10 minute race, and Raphael Astier, who was the Time Attack 1 winner setting a new record.
“The car that Rob Parsons will race this year, modified with a hand-control system, is the same one that Tommy Boileau ran in last year and captured Rookie of the Year,” stated Megan Leatham, Executive Director for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, “It’s a great car, and with Rob’s talent, we’re excited to see what he can do.”
Parsons, already a noted drifter, BMX rider and motocross rider, found himself at the end of a bad dirt bike accident in 2011 that shattered his legs, severed his spine and punctured a lung. After recovering from the injuries and an E. coli infection, he set about figuring out how to return to motorsports without the use of his legs.
“There wasn’t a piece of him that wasn’t busted,” says Tim Parsons, his dad, who was there when they transported his son to the hospital in Lethbridge, Canada, Rob’s hometown, and from there sent him by medical helicopter to the hospital in Calgary — where he would learn he was paralyzed from the waist down.
Six months later, after the surgeons had somehow managed to piece what was left of him back together, he rolled out into the Alberta sunshine in a wheelchair. At 25 he was a paraplegic.
“After my accident, I knew I wasn’t going to walk again,” says Parsons. “The only option was to accept what happened and find a new sport, and racing cars was the sport that renewed my purpose and gave me hope again.”
Parsons started the Chairslayer Foundation to help others who face the same traumas, inspiring thousands of wheelchair-bound individuals to push beyond boundaries and try new things. He invented the world’s most advanced hand-control system for drifting and was the first wheelchair-bound driver to compete in the USA.
While its “Back in the Driver’s Seat” events get people with disabilities behind the wheel again, the Chairslayer Foundation’s mission is multifaceted. From outreach visits with the recently injured to motivational speaking opportunities at schools, hospitals, and other organizations, the Chairslayer Foundation continues to broaden its reach and touch lives. It is ever-evolving, working alongside individuals and other foundations in an effort to provide purpose and hope, all while giving participants an experience they’ll never forget.
It will be a return to Colorado Springs for Parsons who competed last year at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, driving for Falci Adaptive Motorsports, which has lifted the spirits and dreams of mobility-challenged auto-racing enthusiasts with cutting-edge adaptive technology. Parsons starred in the Hot Rod Rock & Rumble event last September at PPIR.
Colorado Springs—-The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame, presented by Rebellion Timepieces, will welcome five outstanding individuals for induction as the Class of 2020 on June 25 at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion.
Taking spots in the prestigious ranks of competitors, officials, organizers and others who have contributed to the success of the world’s toughest automotive hill climb and America’s second-oldest motorsport event behind the Indianapolis 500 are:
Al Unser: Unser competed on the Peak starting in 1960, winning the crown in the Open Wheel Class in 1964 and 1965. He also won the Indy 500 four times during his amazing career in the motorsport world, and he won the national championship in 1970, 1983, and 1985. A life-long ambassador for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Unser currently operates the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque, NM.
Carlin Dunne: Perhaps the finest motorcycle racer ever to perform on Pikes Peak, Dunne became the first racer to break the motorcycle ten-minute mark in 2012 with his winning time of 9:52.819 aboard a Ducati Multistrada. The next year, he beat every motorcycle to become King of the Mountain on an electric motorcycle. He won four titles overall before a tragic crash last summer that took his life and cut short one of the most amazing stories in the history of the race.
William J. Hybl: Bill Hybl is recognized for his significant contributions to the fabled Race to the Clouds over several decades as a partner and friend through his positions with the El Pomar Foundation and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. Hybl, the President Emeritus of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, is also a member of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, inducted with the inaugural Class of 2000.
Art Walsh: Walsh, a legendary race official, waved the checkered flag atop Pikes Peak for more than 40 years. He became a fixture at the summit in all kinds of weather and was a friend to scores of racers who took their turns in challenging America’s Mountain. Walsh, who died in 2011, was a loyal supporter of the Hill Climb and its legacy. He was honored by the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010 with its inaugural Jerry Van Dyke Memorial Award for “outstanding contributions to motorsports by an individual.”
Stan DeGeer: DeGeer is arguably the greatest and most influential historian for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He photographed and documented the race in its early years and later researched, wrote and published four books on the race that served as the foundation for the race’s historic preservation. His books include: Pikes Peak Is Unser Mountain, The Pikes Peak Race 1916-1990, Pikes Peak or Bust 1916-1996 and Race to the Clouds 1916-2001, the Pikes Peak Challenge. DeGeer died in 2009 at the age of 93.
The 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 inducted into the Hall of Fame as a tribute to their passion, competitive spirit and support for this world-famous motorsport competition.
Distinguished members of The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame are:
The Hall of Fame is located at The Penrose Heritage Museum, across the street from The Broadmoor Hotel at 11 Lake Circle in Colorado Springs.KEEP READING
Colorado Springs (January 16)—- 62 drivers from seven nations are part of the opening lineup of competitors announced for the 98th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on June 28.
Drivers from the United States, France, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom will be on hand on America’s Mountain for the Race to the Clouds, with additional competitors to be announced in the weeks to come.
The world’s toughest auto hill climb and second-oldest American motorsport race behind the Indianapolis 500, featuring a challenging course with 156 turns over 12.42 miles to the summit of 14,115-ft. Pikes Peak, will feature a trio of accomplished drivers who have their sights set on winning.
Robin Shute (Old Buckenham, United Kingdom) will return after winning top honors in the Unlimited Division last year with a clocking of 9:12.476, the fastest time in the race. His win last year earned him the coveted King of the Mountain title and he is hoping to notch back-to-back triumphs.
Shute, 32, grew up in the United Kingdom, and beginning at a very young age, was racing radio-controlled cars at a national level. Moving on to karts and alpine ski racing throughout his teenage years, he broadened his skillsets to a variety of speed disciplines. Motorsports and competition are very much in his blood. His father, Tony Shute, is a renowned development driver and racer for Goodyear tires, Lotus and Caterham.
In 2011, Robin relocated to California where he started his automotive engineering career at Tesla Motors. He continued his racing development, running in multiple Formula Car classes where he would end up taking a National title in Formula Pro Mazda. Several endurance appearances in GT cars would follow, both in the UK and in America, showing his competitiveness and versatility as a driver. He made his first appearance on Pikes Peak in 2017.
Tommy Boileau (Monument, CO) will be entered in a tough Pikes Peak Open Division, where he took fourth place in 2019. He’ll be driving a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro this time as he attempts to take home a victory for his fans.
Boileau is a 26-year-old driver from the small town of Monument, just north of Colorado Springs. He began racing in go-karts at the age of eight and showed talent from an early age. By the time he was thirteen, he had already claimed numerous karting championships and was prepared to transition to cars. He became the youngest American to be granted a road racing license at age fourteen when he received his NASA competition license. In his first year of sports car racing, he finished second in the championship of the highly competitive Spec Miata class, was granted Rookie of the Year honors and invited to the NASA National Championships at Mid-Ohio. The next year Boileau was asked to drive a BMW M3 for a team based out of his home state. He was quicker than ever, and once again finished second in national points. He received his SCCA National Competition License and took the SCCA world by storm. Racing in a Honda S2000 for Honda HPD in the T3 class, he was favored by SportsCar Magazine to win the National Championship Runoffs. Boileau was National Points champion in T3, runner up in FV and National Driver of the Year. In 2019, he was the SCCA T4 Divisional Champion and was named Rookie of the Year at Pikes Peak.
Shawn Bassett (Orlando, FL) will be driving a 1972 Datsun 240Z in the PPIHC Exhibition Division in his Rookie appearance on the Peak. His first time at Pikes Peak in an unusual auto has a great story behind it. Not every auto build that begins with a definite plan ends up following it to a tee. Sometimes, circumstances can push a project car in a completely different direction. That’s exactly what happened when Bassett first laid eyes on a 240Z at a local racetrack. “I was there with my prerunner [race truck] competing in a rallycross class,” he remembers. “And I saw a little yellow Z on the nearby road course. I had to have one, and three days later, I was the proud owner of the cheapest possible Datsun from Miami Craigslist.” “I had always wanted to run the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Being a longtime professional motorcycle racer, I thought it would happen on two wheels, not four,” he explains. “But I realized it was time to finally put to use all the fabrication and composite skills I’d learned over the years to give this beat-up car a purpose and make that dream a reality for me at the same time.” And, here he is in 2020.
A total of 10 former Pikes Peak champions are on the first list of competitors announced today.
They include Shute, eight-time champion Jeff Zwart (Aspen, CO), 10-time winner Paul Dallenbach (Basalt, CO), who won last year’s crown in the Open Wheel Division, and the veteran Layne Schranz (Birmingham, AL), three-time champion.
Other former winners in the field are Raphael Astier (La Teil, Ardeche, France), last year’s Time Attack 1 champion and record-setter, David Donohue (West Chester, PA), the 2018 Time Attack 1 winner, James Robinson, (Raymond, Ohio), the 2011 Exhibition winner, and Fumio Nutahara (Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido, Japan), who won the past Electric Modified title in 2012.
View the full list of 2020 PPIHC Competitors HERE.
Two former Vintage Division champions are also looking to add wins in new divisions; two-time champion, Ralf Christensson (Stockholm, Sweden) returns in the Pikes Peak Open Division, and Chris Lennon (Monument, Colorado) moves to the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama Division.
Last year’s 97th edition of the race attracted 7,840 fans to the mountain on race day, and spectators from 24 countries and more than 40 states.
The 2020 edition of the race will not include motorcycle competition. PPIHC staff and board members are tracking all metrics related to the annual race and plan to make a final determination in late 2020 about whether or not the inclusion of a motorcycle program will take place in future years.
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The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb welcomes Rebellion Timepieces as the Presenting Sponsor for both the 2020 PPIHC Hall of Fame, and the 2020 PPIHC Awards Ceremony. Rebellion will also present a watch to each division winner in 2020, and to each Hall of Fame Inductee. Their corporate philosophy “Passion. Intensity. Time. No Compromise.” is a perfect match for the passion and intensity our competitors experience on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. Thank you Rebellion!KEEP READING
Colorado Springs, Colo. – December 2, 2019 – This year’s gingerbread display is a tribute to The Broadmoor Special! Spencer Penrose converted this 1918 Pierce Arrow Touring Car into the iconic race car that was used to promote the region, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and The Broadmoor. Mr. Penrose’s chauffeur, Harry McMillen, and Broadmoor Master Mechanic, Angelo Cimino, transformed the car in 1922 into this legendary roadster. It competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb eight times between 1922 and 1932, reaching the summit each time, with its best finish of fourth place in both 1926 and 1930. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, The Broadmoor Special made an exhibition run up Pikes Peak once more!
The original car is on exhibit at Penrose Heritage Museum, which is owned and operated by the El Pomar Foundation, a charitable foundation established by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937 with a mission to enhance and encourage the current and future wellbeing of the people of Colorado. The museum also showcases the history and heritage of the Pikes Peak region through the personal artifact collection of Mr. and Mrs. Penrose with a special tribute to the history of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, started by Spencer Penrose in 1916.
Led by The Broadmoor’s Executive Pastry Chef Adam Thomas, this year’s gingerbread resort includes the following ingredients:
|375 lbs All Purpose Flour||47 lbs Molasses||6 lbs Secret Holiday Spice|
|482 lbs Sugar||412 lbs Butter||300 lbs Dark Chocolate|
|425 Whole Eggs||2 lbs Yeast||100 lbs White Chocolate|
|700 Egg Whites||1 lb Activated Charcoal||10 lbs Joy|
|200 lbs Brown Sugar||1 lb Baking Soda||3 lbs Holiday Cheer|
|100 lbs Honey||1.3 lbs Baking Powder||15 Whimsical Pastry Chefs|
|8 lbs Salt||2 Magical Wood Workers|
A holiday tradition since 1964, The Broadmoor’s gingerbread display has been a longstanding tradition for families who visit the resort during the holiday season.
To view The Broadmoor Special or to learn more about Spencer and Julie Penrose and The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, please visit The Penrose Heritage Museum.
Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm • Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Located in The Broadmoor Hall complex. Admission is free and open to the public daily.
For more information about The Broadmoor and upcoming holiday and winter events and happenings, visit broadmoor.com.
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Colorado Springs—–Germany’s Lucy Glöckner became the first woman in PPIHC history to crack the 10-minute mark during the 97th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on June 30.
Glöckner, the lone female competitor in the race, piloted her 2019 BMW S1000R to victory in the Pikes Peak Exhibition Powersport Division with a time of 9:58.878 to put her name in the PPIHC record books. A standout rider for team GERT56 in the FIM Endurance World Championship, Glöckner loves challenges. Aboard her BMW S1000R specially fitted with high and wide handlebars, she set a new standard for the Peak’s female competitors as she is now the fastest woman ever to compete on America’s Mountain.
Race legend Rhys Millen, competing in the race for the 24th time, piloted his 2019 Bentley Continental GT to a new Time Attack 2 – Production record of 10:18.488, beating the old standard set by David Donner in 2015, by eight seconds. It is his 13th overall championship in the race.
French driver Raphaël Astier, aboard his 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo, established a new Time Attack 1 record with a nice 9:23.721, breaking the old mark of 9:37.151 set by David Donohue in 2018. Astier is a prime member of the RD Limited Team run by PPIHC legend Romain Dumas, who set the course record of 7:57.148 last year in a VW Electric.
Australian Rennie Scaysbrook brought his best package to the Peak in the motorcycle Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division, setting a new course and division record of 9:44.963 on his 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. His effort eclipsed the old mark of 9:49.625 set in 2017 by Chris Fillmore. “The race was one of those occasions where my motorcycle and I just jelled,” said Scaysbrook. “The work we did throughout the week was calculated and systematic, making the bike better and better, and I’m so grateful to have such an incredible team behind me to help achieve this result.”
Superstar Chris Fillmore completed his triple crown quest, winning the motorcycle Lightweight Division with a record clocking of 10:20.819 on his 2019 KTM 450 SX-F. His triumph means he has won all three divisions and holds the record in two of them, the Middleweight and Lightweight divisions. What’s next for Fillmore? “My dad owned a Porsche Cayman R, and I was allowed to drive it a couple of times on a track. I absolutely love the Porsches, and I believe I could adapt,” said Fillmore. “Yeah, I raced go-karts when I was a kid, but being behind the wheel of a Porsche on Pikes Peak would be awesome.”
Milwaukee’s Peter Cunningham set a record for the third year in a row with his triumph in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving his 2019 Acura TLX GT to a sizzling time of 9:24.433, the third-fastest time among all competitors. That broke his own old mark of 9:27.352 set in 2018.
The prized King of the Mountain coronation for 2019 went to 31-year-old Robin Shute, who piloted his 2018 Wolf TSC-Honda to a brilliant triumph in the prestigious Unlimited Division with a time of 9:12.476, the fastest time recorded in this year’s Race to the Clouds. “I am obviously very happy with the result this year, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a huge undertaking and I am very proud of the team for achieving this mega victory,” said the British driver. “It’s very special to be included in the list of racing greats who have been King of the Mountain. (Previous King of the Mountain titlists in Unlimited include Nobuhiro Tajima (7 times) Rod Millen (4 times), Robby Unser, Romain Dumas (4 times), and Sébastien Loeb. “I held off buying a t-shirt that listed all the race winners this year, next year’s one will be a bit better. On a more practical note, it helps illustrate the level I am able to drive to and what the team is capable of. That opens up a lot of doors for us. We had some challenges race day that meant we were not able to get the full potential out of the car. Our ultimate goal is to set a new Pikes Peak record and this victory is one important step on a path towards that. This motorsport event is unique in the world; the ultimate cars racing up the ultimate road, why wouldn’t you want to be the best at that? I’m planning on returning to the Peak next year, although I can’t say exactly what it will be in yet. As a team we like taking on new challenges and pushing the envelope of what is possible. Watch this space!”
The 2020 Hill Climb, the 98th running of the storied event, will take place on June 28.
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STATEMENT FROM THE PPIHC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
July 26, 2019
2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will not include a motorcycle program while analysis for long-term viability is conducted
The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb recently convened to review the 2019 event. It was decided that in order to determine the long-term viability of the motorcycle program there will be no motorcycle program offered in 2020 so that race organizers can gather data and analytics to review more thoroughly the impact on the overall event in the absence of this program.
“Motorcycles have been a part of the PPIHC for the past 29 years, and their history on America’s Mountain dates back to the inaugural running in 1916,” said Tom Osborne, Chairman. “That said, the motorcycle program hasn’t been an annual event. They have run 41 of the 97 years we’ve been racing on Pikes Peak. It’s just time to take a hard look at every aspect of the race, including the motorcycle program, and determine whether or not the event may change,” he added.
PPIHC staff and board members will continue to track all metrics related to the annual race and make a final determination in late 2020 about whether or not the inclusion of a motorcycle program will take place in future years.
For a complete history of motorcycle racing on Pikes Peak, click HERE.KEEP READING
Romie Gallardo, Carlin Dunnes’ Mother
It’s been two weeks now since my son left us. In my heart I knew the instant that Carlins time did not register in the 4 th
and final section of the race that I’d lost my baby boy (Yes, at 36 he was still my baby boy). Dear Lord, take care of my
boy, he is truly in your hands now.
From the moment of his crash, the entire Pikes Peak International Hillclimb officials handled the situation with my full
support. They exhibited the utmost privacy, respect, and dignity, and continue their steadfast support today. Media was
instantly shut down and an outpouring of love and support was extended from the moment that I arrived in Colorado
Springs. Megan Leatham, Executive Director of The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Tom Osborne, Chairman of the
Board of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Paul and Becca Livingston Owners of Spridergrips, Jason
Chinnock, CEO Ducati of North America and Ducati Motor in Bologna, Italy, all took care of me, protected me, and more
importantly protected my son. I will forever be grateful.
Carlin was beloved by all who knew him. He was everyone’s friend. Whether playing the role of little brother, big
brother, son, or best friend. From a young age, I shared him with the world because I knew he was bigger than me,
bigger than our mother-son bond. He fiercely pursued his passions with my full blessing and complete support. He held
the security and confidence of knowing, “Mom will take care of the homestead.” He was never reckless in action or
deed. I trusted him implicitly. Many years ago, he evolved beyond me. The funny thing is, Carlin never thought of himself
as a “big deal.” I did, but I was “just the mom.” He still did his own laundry, picked up Sonny’s dog poop. He always said,
“please” and “thank you.”
Carlin loved the mountain. She challenged and enticed him, calling him back again and again. He gave her due respect.
He was fully aware of her ability to “take.” With that being said, I know for a fact that he would not want the motorcycle
program to end. He would want us to learn from this tragedy. He would encourage the official accident reconstruction
authorities do what they are trained to do, and for the race officials to implement additional safety precautions
Three days after Carlin’s crash a reporter asked me, “How do you feel about the race now?” To which I replied, “The
same way I felt on June 29th , the day before he crashed.” All his life I’ve known that losing him was a possibility. We went
into this with eyes-wide-open. We were aware of the flip side of this sport. I was committed to him and his dreams. He
was doing what he loved. So, who are we to take away other racers’ dreams of racing Pikes Peak International Hillclimb?
In closing, I would like to give a massive worldwide THANK YOU to all of Carlin’s extended family and friends near and
far! Our family is humbled beyond words. All of your love, support, stories, videos, and pictures without a doubt have
helped me – and continue to help me. I am truly touched by your love and the ways in which you honor my son. Carlin
would have been in awe at all the attention. He would have loved everyone coming together in harmony. He truly lives
on in each and every one of us.
Rest easy baby boy, we’ve got this. We’ve got Sonny. As you told your little sister many years ago, “Just keep pedaling.”
That’s what we are going to do – just keep pedaling. I’ll see you when I get there.
Colorado Springs, Colo, — Following the tragic death of the Spider Grips Ducati motorcycle rider on June 30, 2019 while racing at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, Ducati North America and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have created a GoFundMe online fundraising account to support Carlin’s mother, Romie, during this difficult time. His loss is felt throughout the international motorcycling and racing community.
Carlin was a 4-time champion of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, won Rookie of the Year in 2011 and broke the 10-minute barrier the following year, setting a new course record that stood for five years. He then selflessly volunteered two race seasons as part of Ducati’s Squadra Alpina Team, with the Race Smart program, mentoring rookie riders as they first came to race the mountain. He was loved, respected and admired by all those whose lives he touched. Watch Carlin’s Saturday preparation video which is a true picture of who Carlin was as a man and a competitor. https://youtu.be/r3kjd-SCPd0
Following the race, at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, competitors paid tribute to Carlin as a mentor, a friend, a competitor, a racing icon and spoke of the impact he made on their lives. Awards Ceremony Video
In addition to his efforts at Pikes Peak, Carlin’s passion for two wheels took on all forms. He raced and won the Score Baja 500, competed in the Score Baja 1000, was one of the first two riders to traverse the La Carrera Panamericana, competed in the Super Hooligan series Bonneville Land Speed Racing, was a pioneer in Freeride Mountain biking, served as a partner in Ducati Santa Barbara and performed motorcycle stunt work for both television and film, among many other accomplishments.
All proceeds raised through the GoFundMe account will go directly to Carlin’s mother to help with expenses and to honor his legacy with a celebration of Carlin’s life in Santa Barbara a month from now.
The PPIHC Board of Directors have donated $932 to represent Carlin’s incredible estimated time of 9:32 had he crossed the finish line. This would have been a new motorcycle course record, beating the current by 12 seconds. We ask you to consider matching the 9:32 unofficial time with a $932 donation to honor Carlin’s remarkable run on Sunday. We would appreciate any donation to support Carlin’s mom with funeral expenses and Carlin’s celebration of life.
This is the only official channel for donations and support.
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