Release of Rare and Exclusive Video Archives Spotlight Rich History of Pikes Peak International Hill ClimbMonday, Mar. 10 2014
2014 Edition of America’s Second Longest Running Motor Sports Event to Highlight Historical Roots While Building for the Coming Centennial Celebration
When you manage one of America’s top sporting events with 97 years of history, one of the biggest challenges is harnessing the power of the endless stream of stories and legends that help preserve your relevance and importance.
Clearly stepping up to that challenge, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in cooperation with Windstar Studios of Colorado Springs, has begun the serial release of their rarest video footage from America’s second longest running motor sports event (behind the Indianapolis 500).
“Our efforts are very much dedicated to improving our event and growing our audience into the future,” explained Megan Leatham, Executive Director of the PPIHC. “But we have the power of our rich history to build upon. With release of these rare and historic videos, our fans will be able to get a great feel for how far the race has come, as well as better appreciate its rightful place in American motor sports.”
The initial batch of videos released by PPIHC include an incredible look at the 1921 exploits of Otto Loesche, who scaled the 12.4 mile course in 22 minutes and 25 seconds…lightning speed by 1921 standards. Additional videos from 1957 and 1958, vintage video from the Unser family’s efforts at Pikes Peak, and footage from more modern races, including electric cars, motorcycles, and a “big rig,” are included as well. The PPIHC online portal will follow a monthly release schedule of these rare videos through the 2014 live Internet broadcast on June 29th.
Access to the videos is available for free by visiting the PPIHC Online Video Portal and logging into the site. This free offer will be available until April 1st, at which time the site will offer multiple levels of paid entry leading up to the June 29th livestream of the hill climb from Colorado Springs.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as “The Race to the Clouds,” is an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. The track measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, to the finish at 14,115 ft (4,302 m), on grades averaging 7%. It 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 runnings will be on tarmac from start to finish. For more information on sponsoring the media portal and live Internet broadcast or any matter related to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, you can visit http://www.ppihc.com or contact Megan Leatham, PPIHC Executive Director, at 719-685-4400.