Race Fans Will Get Rare Glimpse Into The Past On June 26

Monday, Jun. 20 2016

A Pair Of Special Exhibition Runs Featuring The Historic Yellow Devil And Rod Millen’s Record-Setting Celica Will Open Race Day For The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb On Sunday, June 26

Colorado Springs——-A special treat is in store for the thousands of fans who line the course early in the morning for the 94th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo, on Sunday, June 26.  To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the nation’s second-oldest motorsports event a pair of special exhibition runs will take place shortly before the race begins.

The Broadmoor Special Yellow Devil, driven by Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Educational Museum Hall of Famer Frank Peterson, will motor its way from the Start Line to Halfway Picnic Ground and 7:25 AM.  Peterson won the 1970 PPIHC Super Stock Car championship and competed in his last Hill Climb in 1989. Joining him will be navigator Bill Hybl, Chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation and President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee.  The PPIHC, El Pomar Foundation and Frank Peterson of Lakewood Manufacturing partnered to complete this important preservation effort.  The Yellow Devil is a fully-restored 1918 Pierce-Arrow Touring Car that once belonged to Hill Climb founder Spencer Penrose and competed in the Race to the Clouds eight times, making its racing debut in 1922 on America’s Mountain.  Though never winning, the auto finished every race it entered, a rare feat even today.

View recent footage of the Yellow Devil’s test run on Pikes Peak,

The other exhibition run will feature Hill Climb legend Rod Millen and his famous Toyota Celica Super Sport Turbo that recorded a remarkable time of 10:04.060 in the Unlimited Division on Pikes Peak’s traditional gravel racing surface on July 4, 1994, establishing the all-time dirt course record.  Millen’s record would stand the test of time and wouldn’t be broken until 2007, when more than 75% of the racing surface had been paved.

Millen, who will be inducted this year into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Educational Museum Hall of Fame, will be on hand to pilot his record-setting Celica on a short exhibition run from the Hill Climb’s Official Start Line to Glen Cove at 7:25 AM.

While gravel has been replaced with pavement, and so much else has changed in the first 100 years of the Hill Climb’s existence, the legend of Rod Millen and his dirt taming skills are and will forever be remembered in PPIHC history. Throughout Millen’s Pikes Peak career, the Kiwi claimed 10-class victories, five titles of King of the Mountain, and most notably the fastest time ever recorded on the traditional dirt racing surface.

Reminder: If race fans would like to see the Yellow Devil and Rod Millen’s commemorative run, they will need to be in a spectator area at or below Halfway Picnic Grounds.  Fan’s wanting to witness Rod Millen’s Celica’s return to the Pikes Peak Highway must be viewing at or below Glen Cove. The Gateway opens at 3:00 a.m. 

Race Week Official Schedule:

Friday, June 24, marks the return of the biggest party of the week, PPIHC Fan Fest, where top competitors, exhibitors and personalities celebrate with some 30,000 fans from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Colorado Springs. Race fans and families can see their favorite drivers, riders and their vehicles as they prepare to take on Pikes Peak for the world-famous Hill Climb. Entertainment includes motorcycle exhibitions, vendor booths, Beer Garden and Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off. It’s free admission for every fan!

 Mike Moran

Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 338-9161


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