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Spencer Penrose's Yellow Devil will be part of the Hill Climb's 100th anniversary

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Car enthusiast Marshall Sanders checks out Spencer Penrose's modified 1918 Pierce Arrow before it was started up Monday, March 14, 2016 outside the Penrose Heritage Museum at The Broadmoor.

The Broadmoor Special made its racing debut in the 4th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and is also known as the "Yellow Devil".

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Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

It didn't take long for the "Yellow Devil" race car to come to life Monday afternoon.

Pikes Peak Hill Climb Hall-of-Famer Frank Peterson did the honors in the afternoon sunshine outside of the Penrose Heritage Museum. He methodically pressurized the gas tank on the almost 100-year-old hot rod and then confidently hit the ignition.

The original engine in the modified 1918 Pierce Arrow turned over with a few loud pops and an almost deafening roar that had everyone along Lake Circle in southwest Colorado Springs turning their heads and stopping to witness the event.

"This car represents the history of Pikes Peak, and the mountain that is our backyard," said Phil Layton, a member of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Board of Directors and a former race director. The Yellow Devil - also called the Broadmoor Special and originally owned by Spencer Penrose - drove in the annual race up America's Mountain eight times in the 1920s and 1930s. After changing owners, getting hauled away to Iowa, and then returning to Colorado Springs, where it sat in the museum since 1991, the race car underwent a yearlong restoration in 2015.

To celebrate the Hill Climb's 100th anniversary this year, the Devil will once again motor up Pikes Peak on race day. 

 

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Comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno shared the stage with the 1918 Pierce-Arrow "Yellow Devil" car during his show at the Pikes Peak Center on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

A couple of hours before the show, Leno (front, right) looks over the engine with Frank Peterson, the man who recently restored the car.

The car was owned by Spencer Penrose and was raced in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb race in 1922 and 1926-32.

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