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Yellow Devil to be Fired Up

Thursday, Jun. 15 2017

Colorado Springs, Colo. – June 15, 2017 – Spencer Penrose’s Yellow Devil will be back on the road once again during The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) race week, June 19th-25th.

The modified 1918 Pierce-Arrow seven passenger touring car raced eight times between 1922 and 1932, its most successful runs being the car’s fourth place finish in 1926 and 1930 driven by Mr. Penrose’s chauffeurs Harry McMillan and Angelo Cimino, respectively. The car is on permanent display at the Penrose Heritage Museum, however, this will be the second-year enthusiasts can see it on the road.

“It features a massive 520 cubic inch, six-cylinder motor and it sounds like a World War II fighter plane because it’s so loud,” says Jason Campbell, curator at the Penrose Heritage Museum. At its prime, he continued, “the car went 90 miles per hour.”

In 2015, the Yellow Devil was restored to operational condition and climbed Pikes Peak during an exhibition run in 2016 for the centennial celebration of the Race to the Clouds. The restoration was led by Frank and Kaye Peterson, long-time racing enthusiasts and members of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Museum Hall of Fame.

On June 16th, the car will be taken down from its ramp in the Penrose Heritage Museum to be displayed at technical inspection at The Broadmoor World Arena on June 19th and fired back up at 10:30 a.m., an event that is open to the public. After being displayed at Tech Inspection, the Yellow Devil will return to the floor of the Penrose Heritage Museum until the 22nd when the museum will host media from all over the world to meet this year’s top Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competitors.

The inaugural PPIHC was held in 1916 and, with the exception of a few years during World War I and World War II, has been held every summer since then. It is one of the oldest motor sport events in the U. S. second only to the Indy 500. Each day June 20th to the 23rd, competitors will run practice sessions up the Pikes Peak Highway from 6:00-9:00 a.m. The 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will begin at 8:00 a.m. on June 25th. Guests are welcome to purchase tickets for race week events at http://www.ppihc.com/tickets/.

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El Pomar Foundation owns and operates the Penrose Heritage Museum which is free and open to the public and located at 11 Lake Circle. For more information about hours of operation please visit https://www.elpomar.org/About-Us/penrose-heritage-museum/

El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in Colorado.  El Pomar contributes approximately $22 million annually through grants and community stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives.  Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.  To learn more please visit www.elpomar.org

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