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2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

July 3, 2012 - July 8, 2012

Event Chair: Arthur Porter 719-577-4447
Event Entry: Online Event Entry
Entry Deadline: January 31st, 2012

A separate online registration is available for the vintage cars. Registration instructions are provided in the race entry packet.

The 90th edition of the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be staged on July 8th, and another assault on the record books is in store for fans of the race. Vintage racers rarely get the opportunity to participate in an event of such notoriety and international acclaim and RMVR is proud to be a part of the Race to the Clouds™.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 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, the 2012 event marks the 90th running of this great event.

In 2012, the race will take place on Sunday, July 8th, with race related events all week long. Registration and Tech are on Tuesday, July 3rd, at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado, south of Colorado Springs. Practice on the mountain takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Friday evening July 6 is Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs, featuring motorcycle jumpers, two beer gardens, a chili cook-off, live bands and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and draws over 35,000 spectators.

PPIHC Vintage Class

Jess Neal and Ray Wilson blasting through Bottomless Pit in the 1971 Cuda. Photo Credit: Mike Rogers

Saturday there will be a barbeque party for the vintage car division and Sunday is race day. This year the Race to the Clouds™ will have over 11 classes and will feature a variety of automotive, semi truck, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro truck, vintage, and motorcycle classes with a field approaching 200 competitors.

Race fans can look for a repeat performance by the star-studded field of top international drivers, led by defending champion Nobuhiro Tajima, who set a new hill climb record in the Unlimited Division in 2011 with time of 9:51 and change. The Japanese ace prevailed over local Coloradoan Paul Dallenbach in his Chevrolet powered open wheel car (DNS), Rhys Millen in his built for purpose Hundai RMR JE09 (10.09), and Jean Philippe Dayraut in his 800 hp Dacia Duster with a 10.17. All four drivers are expected back in July to challenge the hill climb record.

Vintage Division Automobiles

Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing will be fielding 25 cars in the Vintage Division in 2012. Registration is scheduled for Tuesday July 3 with practice on the mornings of July 4, 5, and 6. Race day will be Sunday July 8, 2012.

PPIHC Vintage Class

Hill Climb great Don Adams in his 1978 Camaro. Photo Credit: Mike Rogers

In 2011, 15 Vintage Division cars entered, 13 cars made it through Tuesday’s tech inspection, and 12 made it to the top on Sunday morning. Among the finishers, four of the vintage cars were piloted by rookies who had a fantastic week on the mountain and completed their goal of making it to 14,300 feet on race day. Two vintage pilots ran with RMVR including Ralf Murdock in his 1971 Camaro and Doug Mockett with co-pilot Angeleca Fuentes in the 1954 Oldsmobile Mockett Rocket. Murdock set a new course record of 12:51 for the Vintage Modified Class and Keith Davidson set a new Division record of 12:44 in the Mighty Falcon Sprint.

RMVR sponsors a barbeque lunch on Saturday July 7 in Colorado Springs and local hot rods and vintage car owners join the PPIHC Vintage Division teams and their familys for an afternoon social prior to race day. Last year this day-off event was held at the residence of Bob Hill, a RMVR plank owner and hill climb veteran. The Saturday event is a great way to relax and unwind after the week of early morning practice.

Racer Rebate Program

The Racer Rebate Program will again be in effect in 2012. The rebate dollar amount is based on a sliding scale that depends on the number of Vintage Division entries received. The greater the number of qualified entries received, the greater the rebate dollar amount. On this basis, the entry fee can be reduced for all entrants. Therefore, each vintage entrant is encouraged to recruit additional vintage entrants for the hill climb so that a full field of vintage cars can be presented. The rebate is possible because per entrant costs decrease with increased entries. Vintage Division entrants will receive their rebate check at registration.

Pikes Peak Vintage Division Rules (Automobiles)

Revised November 6, 2011

Automobiles eligible for the Vintage Division must meet PPIHC and RMVR safety requirements. See www.PPIHC.com for required safety equipment. Vintage Division eligible cars are limited to production sports cars and sedans manufactured in 1981 or earlier. These cars must be capable of completing the PPIHC course in 15 minutes or less. At the conclusion of practice on Friday, cars having a total course time equivalent of 15 minutes or greater will not be eligible to compete in Sunday’s Race to the Clouds™.

Automobiles with pre-1981 racing history will be admitted preferentially to those without history. Other race divisions are available for automobiles that do not meet these requirements (see www.ppihc.com).

The Vintage Division automobiles consist of the following race classes:

  • Vintage Big Bore Class is limited to cars with body, frame, and chassis that are correct for the date of manufacture and carry a pre-1981 power plant and driveline having a displacement of 3 liters or greater. Note, the big bore class has been expanded to 3 liter as a result of the course being fully paved in 2012.
  • Vintage Small Bore Class is limited to cars with body, frame, and chassis that are correct for the date of manufacture and carry a pre-1981 power plant and driveline having a displacement of less than 3 liters.
  • Vintage Modified Class includes other Vintage Division eligible cars that fall outside the Vintage Big Bore and Small Bore Class requirements.

Vintage entries that do not meet these rules may have their application for entry declined or accepted at the sole discretion of the Chief of Eligibility for the PPIHC Vintage Division.

Questions about the Vintage Division Rules? Contact Ralph Veit, 303-570-5303.

Questions about your entry paperwork? Contact Rob at rvanwest@vanwest.com

Registration/Tech Inspection Tuesday July 3

Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR)
Take Interstate 25 to Exit 122 and go west into the racetrack entrance
20 miles South of Colorado Springs
Fountain, CO


Race Central
Crowne Plaza Hotel
2886 S. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO
Directions: Take I-25 to Exit 29. Go east on Circle Drive 200 feet. The hotel is behind the Shell gas station on the north side of Circle Drive.

Comfort Inn of Manitou
45 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO
Directions: Take I-25 to Highway 24 West. Turn north on 35th Street, exit on 31st Street, go north one block, go west one and one half blocks, Comfort Inn on left.

Garden of Gods Campground
RVs, Pop-ups, and Cabin camping
3704 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Directions: Take I-25 to Highway 24 West. Turn north on 35th Street and then west on Colorado Avenue. Go to 37th Street and drive straight into the campground.

Additional information about Manitou Springs accommodations: Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce (719-685-5089).

Additional information about Colorado Springs accommodations: Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (719-635-1551).

For more information about the Hill Climb, visit Pikes Peak International Hill Climb


July 3, 2012
July 8, 2012