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Six Celebrated Drivers Have Chalked Up 165 Years Of Competition On America’s Mountain

March 16, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

In American sports history, there is a cadre of great athletes whose careers have been notable because they have carved out success for 25 years or more, a quarter-century of fame, some failures, but always answering the call.

NHL hero Gordie Howe showed hockey fans his incredible array of talent for 34 seasons.

NFL icon George Blanda was a quarterback and place kicker for four teams over a career that spanned 26 years.

Major League baseball superstar Nolan Ryan showed millions of fans his blazing fastball for 27 seasons.

Auto racing great Richard Petty set records and thrilled fans for 34 years on American tracks.

And, so it is for a roster of heroes and celebrated drivers from the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, which began in 1916. Pikes Peak has seen champions over decades who are part of American motorsport history—Ari Vatanen, Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Michèle Mouton, Nobuhiro Tajima, Bobby Unser, and Malcolm Smith, just to name a few.

This year’s 98th running of the Race to the Clouds on June 28 casts a spotlight on six drivers who have blazed their way to the 14,115-foot summit of America’s Mountain for 25 years or more, a grand total of 165 years from their rookie debuts to the present. Each will be on the Peak on June 28.

25 Rhys Millen, Huntington Beach, California. The New Zealander, son of racing great Rod Millen, another Pikes Peak legend, began his quarter century of traversing Pikes Peak in 1992 when he won the Pikes Peak Open Division and Rookie of the Year honors in a Mazda. It was the first of 13 titles won by Millen, with 11 of them setting records at the time. He has broken the 10-minute barrier five times, chalking up an amazing 8:57.1 in 2016 when he captured the title in the Electric Modified Division. He will race in the Time Attack 1 Division in June, tackling the Peak for the 25th time. With over 20 years of racing experience, Millen has carved out a solid career and reputation, becoming one of the most sought after performance drivers in the gigantic U.S. automotive scene. Rhys joined dad Rod in the U.S. as a teenager and founded Rhys Millen Racing at the age of 21. RMR (Rhys Millen Racing) is an automotive tuning and parts shop concentrating on rally, drift and movie car preparation. Besides racing, Millen has been a stunt driver for films such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also did the driving for the first Hyundai Genesis Coupe commercial.

Rhys says: “It’s been an amazing 25 years of racing Pikes Peak from winning rookie of the year in 1992 to two overall King of the Mountain titles and multiple class wins. I’ve had the opportunity to represent seven auto manufacturers in successful programs on the mountain and to compete in the event with the excitement of an all-dirt road to now fully paved in production cars to unlimited monsters. Every year the mountain challenges you as a driver and keeps the thrill of racing the peak fresh and invigorating.”

26 Paul Dallenbach, Basalt, Colorado. The celebrated veteran will make his 26th journey to the summit of America’s Mountain this summer in the Open Wheel Division behind the wheel of a 2006 PVA-03 Dallenbach Special. The Western Colorado native has been attacking the Peak since 1989 when he made his debut in the Pikes Peak Production Division in a 1989 Oldsmobile, finishing 6th in the event won by the great Rod Millen. Over the years, Dallenbach has been a consistent star, taking home ten championships, including last year’s Open Wheel crown. He’s been under ten minutes five times in the last six years, with a best of 9:36.041 in 2016, racing in the Unlimited Division, finishing behind winner Romain Dumas of France, who blazed to a then record of 8:51.445. It happened so fast in 2012 – no more than a few tense seconds – that brought racing reality to Dallenbach. A quest for another Pikes Peak International Hill Climb title ended in near disaster after only two turns up the famed fourteener. Mechanical failure caused Dallenbach’s 1,400-horsepower, open-wheeled car to careen off the pavement and into a heavily wooded area. The vehicle crashed through four pine trees, splitting them in half, and uprooted another before skidding to a stop. He was covered in dirt and was disoriented, but somewhat miraculously, Dallenbach suffered only minor injuries.

Paul says: “This will be race 27 for me. It’s crazy to think I have done over 1/4 of the races on Pikes Peak. Every year I say this will probably be my last. Then, as winter comes, the ideas of how to improve get me motivated to come back. I love coming back year after year and seeing my friends and helping out the new drivers. There are special friendships made up on Pikes Peak. We all want to win but I will help my most fierce competitors if needed and I know they’ll do the same. It’s unique compared to any other racing that I’ve been involved with.”

27 Layne Schranz, Birmingham, Alabama. Schranz, who began his 27-year tour of the Peak on a motorcycle in 1993, switched to autos in 1997 in the venerable Super Stock Car Class, where he piloted a 1994 Chevy Lumina to a 4th place finish. He competed for a total of 16 years in the Super Stocks, winning a pair of crowns and adding six runner-up finishes. His leading championship run came in 2016 race when he drove a Chevy SS to a winning time of 9:53.071. The Southerner will be aboard a 2018 Chevrolet SS in June in the Pikes Peak Open Division, where he finished third last year with a 9:40.630 clocking behind record-setter Peter Cunningham (9:24.433) and David Donohue. Schranz was born and raised in the shadow of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak. He grew up as the son of Pikes Peak Hill Climb legend Randy Schranz. Each year since his birth in October of 1971, he has been present as a spectator or competitor at the world’s most famous auto hill climb.

Layne says: “Peak Week and the race itself is extremely special and unique! It’s part family reunion – family, friends, officials, and competitors all together – whether getting a few minutes with an official I’ve literally known my entire life at Tech Inspection, seeing a friend from high school at Fan Fest or catching up with a fierce competitor after a practice run while we wait to come downhill. In a strange way, Pikes Peak all feels like family. It’s part Super Bowl – the pinnacle Hill Climb in the entire world of motorsports. You dream, plan, prepare, spend and pray for a great week for 51 weeks. You depend on the skills and commitment of your team! You face unexpected setbacks and you fight through it all with tremendous unity and camaraderie! Just a few short days after a Peak Week of disappointment with a DNF or an unsatisfying finish, sleepless nights or unexpected challenges, a powerful optimism sets in and you start getting ready for the next year. A common response when you ask competitors why they come back is “I can’t explain it.” Anything spiritual is hard to explain! Thank you God for creating us with a spirit of competition and the most amazing place to exercise it! This year will be my 48th year at the race (my entire life) and my 27th year competing. There’s nothing like it. I love my team, the event, the people, the challenge, even the disappointment that turns to drive after defeat, and the thrill of victory. I love Pikes Peak!”

28 David Schmidt II, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hometown driver Davey Schmidt made his Pikes Peak debut in 1992 and competed until 2006 in Super Stock models. He moved to the Pikes Peak Open Division in 2006 and has competed in that field since. His best finish was a second place ending in 2007 behind the veteran Leonard Vahsholtz. He was 5th last year on the Peak, driving a 2014 Ford Mustang on a weather-shortened course. This summer, he’ll drive a 2014 Mustang Howe TA2 on the challenging course to the summit of the Peak in the 98th running of the Race to the Clouds. While Schmidt has had a passion for Fords all of his life, it wasn’t until 2008 that he built his first Mustang to take on Pikes Peak. At that time, the highway to the top of the over 14,000-foot mountain was only beginning to be paved, creating a whole new competitive hill climb atmosphere. He hasn’t notched a championship yet, but it seems inevitable for the passionate driver.

Davey says: “As a Colorado Springs native I have been blessed that I can look out of my windows to the fantastic mountain called Pikes Peak. I was Rookie of the Year in the Truck Division in 1992. I have really watched the race change in many ways. When I started it was just the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and changed to The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as the number of foreign competitors kept growing. I started racing Pikes Peak when it was still all dirt. It was the biggest thrill to go up a mountain throwing rooster tails from my back truck tires. As the years went on so did the change from dirt, to dirt and asphalt, to all asphalt. As I have changed with the race, and now compete in a car designed for asphalt, I look back and know that Hill Climb racing and The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb provide the biggest thrills and challenges along with absolute enjoyment for all competitors. With 2020 being my 29th year of competing I can say this is still my Daytona. I will never get over the memories, the friendships formed, and the bonds this hill climb race has given me, and I look forward to still being a competitor when this race celebrates its 100th running.”  

29 Clint Vahsholtz, Woodland Park, Colorado. The Teller County resident of the City Above the Clouds (Elevation 8,465 ft.) is a figure known to the legions of Pikes Peak fans and followers. He made his debut in 1992 aboard a motorcycle and won three championships in four years before switching to autos in 1996 in Super Stock Cars where he was the Rookie of the Year, winning the event in a Ford. He dominated the division for 17 years, taking home championships 16 times, almost always driving a Mustang. He owns the Open Wheel record (9:35.747) set in 2017. Finishing second last June in Time Attack I, Vahsholtz will be driving a 2013 Ford Open in the Open Wheel Division in 2020. There are those who have nicknamed Pikes Peak “Vahsholtz Mountain” after his family, which includes his father, Leonard, a Pikes Peak Hall of Famer, and his son, Codie, who is a motorcycle champion. In fact, a member of the Vahsholtz family has participated in the famous race every year since 1977.

Clint says:Since 1977, I’ve woken to the sight of America’s Mountain and watching my dad race. I’ve been competing since 1996 in what is the most exhilarating event imaginable. This is a one-off event that once you’ve done it…you’re hooked for life.”

30 Steve Goeglein, Falcon, Colorado. For three decades, Steve Goeglein has packed up his truck and found his way to America’s Mountain where he raced Super Stock models for 22 years before taking on the thunder in the Unlimited field in 2013. He graduated from Mitchell High in Colorado Springs, and has never won on the Peak, finishing second in the Super Stock Car Division in 2000 and 2002 behind Hill Climb icon Clint Vahsholtz. In his return to the prestigious Unlimited Division in June, he’ll be behind the wheel of a 2002 Chevy Camaro. He plans to race as long as he’s able, which could be a while. He has failed to reach the 14,115-foot summit only three times in 29 races. It’s something he and his crew take great pride in, knowing it is the first step to a breakthrough victory that could come in June.

Steve says: “I first attended the 1971 Hill Climb and thought to myself that I wanted to compete in this. Twenty years later I entered the 1991 Hill Climb and have been competing ever since. The friendships I’ve made over the years with crew members like Mark Weller and Danny Wells, along with competitors like Andrei Mitrasca from Romania, and other drivers from around the world, are priceless. For a local guy competing in an international event it is an honor and privilege.”

Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA, and millions around the world salute these racing greats and the moments they will create in history.

 

Mike Moran – mike@thesportscorp.org

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

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Official PPIHC App (iOS and Android)

March 10, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo is pleased to reintroduce the Official PPIHC App, in conjunction with MYLAPS. Every year, over 20 million racers and athletes perform in MYLAPS-timed events, such as: NASCAR, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Super GT Japan, and FIA WEC Endurance Championship as well as countless amateur sporting events worldwide.

This free app is available for download on both Android and iOS devices. Features include driver profiles, the ability for fans to purchase race tickets, link to social media platforms, track the Race Day run order, listen to live flag-to-flag coverage on KRDO 1240AM Radio, and follow live timing during the 98th running of the Race to the Clouds.

Click here to get the app now!

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Renowned paraplegic driver Rob Parsons will make his debut on Pikes Peak in June

February 19, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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.

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Mike Moran – mike@thesportscorp.org
Senior Media Consultant
1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 338-9161
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The Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame will induct five outstanding honorees in the Class of 2020

January 21, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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:

  • Joshua J. “JC” Agajanian
  • Sonny Anderson
  • Bill Brokaw
  • The Donner Family
  • Davey Durelle
  • Rodney K. “Rod” Millen
  • Spencer Penrose
  • Frank J. & Judith K. “Kaye” Peterson
  • James J. “Jim” Reilly
  • Alfred C. “Al” Rogers
  • Nicholas J. “Nick” Sanborn, Jr.
  • Randy L. Schranz
  • Glen W. Shultz
  • Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima
  • Charles L. “Charley” Tutt, IV
  • William Thayer Tutt
  • Louis “Uncle Louie” Unser, Jr.
  • Robert W. “Bobby” Unser
  • Leonard & Barb Vahsholtz
  • Jeff Zwart

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.

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Trio of outstanding drivers join the field for the 2020 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’s 98th Running on June 28

January 16, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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.

 

Mike Moran mike@thesportscorp.org

PPIHC Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161

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Rebellion Timepieces Named the Presenting Sponsor for both the 2020 PPIHC Hall of Fame, and the 2020 PPIHC Awards Ceremony

January 15, 2020 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

 

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!

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REV YOUR ENGINES, THE BROADMOOR SPECIAL HOLIDAY EXPRESS IS RACING THROUGH DECEMBER!

December 5, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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 Flour47 lbs Molasses6 lbs Secret Holiday Spice
482 lbs Sugar412 lbs Butter300 lbs Dark Chocolate
425 Whole Eggs2 lbs Yeast100 lbs White Chocolate
700 Egg Whites1 lb Activated Charcoal10 lbs Joy
200 lbs Brown Sugar1 lb Baking Soda3 lbs Holiday Cheer
100 lbs Honey1.3 lbs Baking Powder15 Whimsical Pastry Chefs
8 lbs Salt2 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.

MUSEUM HOURS

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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Krista Heinicke, Public Relations and Communications Manager

kheinicke@broadmoor.com, 719-471-6188

Sally Spaulding, Percepture

sspaulding@percepture.com, 970-986-9063

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2019 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Drivers and Riders Notch Significant Moments

August 5, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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.

 

Mike Moran mike@thesportscorp.org

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2020 – Save the Date!

July 30, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

2020 – Save the Date!

The date for the 2020 race has been set:

Sunday, June 28 (Fan Fest, June 26)

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Statement from the PPIHC Board of Directors

July 26, 2019 |by PPIHC | 0 Comments | Competitor, Spectator

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.

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