Pikes Peak International Hill Climb An American Icon
Race Day is Sunday! But awesomeness has started and will continue all weekend. This morning at 9am, for the first time ever, Colorado Springs Airport the 1/2 mile side to side HIGH SPEED racing event and the Trap Speed Competition, the Pikes Peak Air Strip Attack. Racing will continue tomorrow Saturday June 28th.
And later tonight, you’ll be able to see the cars and meet the drivers, in Downtown Colorado Springs! Head over here, Pikes Peak Fan Fest is the best way to see all the cars that are going to be racing up the hill on Sunday. Doors open 5pm and event ends at 10pm.
What is PPIHC 2014?
Sunday we have the main event, PPIHC 2014 “Race to the Clouds”, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This is an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. Incredibly exciting. And this year it will be broadcasted worldwide live!
The race is the second-oldest motor sports event in the nation. Only the Indianapolis 500 has enjoyed a longer tradition, which makes this race an American icon as well.The first race was held in 1916, and was started by Spencer Penrose, the Colorado Springs entrepreneur who, along with some investors, built a road to the summit of Pikes Peak to attract motorists to the area. Many things have changed since then… nevertheless some remain for PPIHC 2014. For example, the current class called Open Wheel division, has been run since 1916.
What’s so hot about PPIHC?
What’s so hot about it? Are you serious? For the racers is the ultimate test for both the machines and themselves because no other race course in the world offers the mixture of distance, elevation gain, challenging turns and breathtaking scenery.
For the public there’s nothing more exciting. The PPIHC 2014 is a unique event, with amazing driver and incredible exhibitions. Right here in our very own Pikes Peak!
The track measures 12.42 miles over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,115 ft, on grades averaging 7%.
The course used to consist of both gravel and paved sections, however as of August 2011, the highway is fully paved and as a result all subsequent running’s will be on tarmac from start to finish.
This Sunday June 29, the 92nd running is set for PPIHC 2014, on the Pikes Peak Highway. As we just said, the race will be live-streamed across the world through a recently developed online media portal. Featuring footage from the PPIHC archives dating back to the 1920’s, this portal will entertain motor sports fans with rare content as they patiently wait to enjoy flag-to-flag coverage of the Race to the Clouds on June 29th.
7 FACTS ABOUT PPIHC
- The Start: 9,390’ elevation / The Finish: 14,110’ elevation / The Distance: 12.42 miles / The Course: 156 Turns, 16 Hairpins
- Race Record: 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds – Sebastien Loeb – 2013
- Winning Time in 1916: 20 minutes, 55 seconds
- Notable Winners: Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Sebastien Loeb, Nobuhiro Tajima, Rod Millen, Michele Mouton, Ari Vatanen
- Race engine types: Everything from 250 cc Motorcycles to 1500 HP Unlimited Racers
- No mountain in America attracts more visitors annually
- Is one of the world’s highest-altitude auto races
EAS will be there at the PPIHC, you should too!
Wanna a ride with the pros? At EAS we are committed to assure you the best quality products and outstanding professional service! If you are not from town or a “first timer” click here to see the map. We are located between Constitution and Palmer Park. You can also call us at 719.325.6974.