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Speed Read: Yellow Devil’s role for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb emerges

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Man, 1916 was a big year for everyone.


It's about time to turn our gazes onward and 4,720 feet upward with another 100th anniversary race taking place a little closer to home this month - The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.


Of course, organizers are paying homage to the founder, the mountain and the town.


You'll see hundreds everywhere. The field of invited competitors was limited to 102. There's a $100,000 purse, the largest in recent history.


There's one notable 98. Mitch Snow, the Director of Promotions and Legacy for the event, said a 1918 Pierce-Arrow Touring Car that once belonged to Hill Climb founder Spencer Penrose, nicknamed "The Broadmoor Special Yellow Devil," has been restored and will lead the way in the very early hours of June 26.


Penrose's mechanic and chauffer, Harry McMillan, convinced Penrose to race it.


"It competed eight times, never won, but always finished, which is a remarkable accomplishment," Snow said.


Rod Millen's Toyota Celica, the all-time dirt course record holder (10:04:06, 1994) will leave the start line at the same time as the Yellow Devil, but go farther. They'll then return to the start line and send up the pace cars.


According to a PPIHC release, this year's race includes competitors from Japan, Canada, Great Britain, France, Australia, Taiwan, Poland, Brazil, Scotland, Austria, and Switzerland.


Kate Shefte, The Gazette


Romain Dumas, who won overall King of the Mountain in 2014, will come straight from the 24 Hours of Le Mans race the previous week to try and become the first two-time French overall winner.


Colorado Springs' own David Donner is back competing in the Time Attack I Division, driving a 2013 Porsche GT3R.


There's a lot more to learn about this year's Race to the Clouds. Check back with The Gazette in the coming weeks.


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