HistoryFriday, Jan. 11 2013
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. First competed in 1916 and this year marks the 100th Anniversary & 94th Running of the “Race to the Clouds.”
The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak! As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish…let alone win!
The current record is 08:13.878 and was set by Sebastien Loeb in 2013.
There is no other race course in the world like The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. That is why it attracts race crews that are willing to spend several hundred thousand dollars and months of preparation to compete for the right to be the King of the Mountain.
Penrose Heritage Museum
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is extremely excited to have a permanent home for our historical archives where they can once again be shared with the world free of charge. In the first half of the 20th century philanthropist and entrepreneur Spencer Penrose established The Pikes Peak Hill Climb, The Broadmoor Hotel and El Pomar Foundation. In honor of his legacy El Pomar Foundation, with a generous gift of land from The Broadmoor Hotel, completed a $3.5 million Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience expansion to their existing El Pomar Carriage Museum. The new Pikes Peak Hill Climb Experience was completed and open to the public on July 1st, 2014.
Address: 11 Lake Circle, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm
Website: Penrose Heritage Museum
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