Lands End Hill Climb moved to accommodate Pikes Peak

Blame the devastating wildfires across the state earlier this summer for the absence of auto racing this weekend on Grand Mesa.

The Lands End Hill Climb originally was scheduled for this weekend, but it recently was rescheduled to the end of September to accommodate the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which had to be moved because of the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The Lands End Hill Climb will take place Sept. 29–30 because that weekend is available for the most drivers, race director Brenda Barton said.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb took place last weekend, but Barton said the drivers wanted at least a weekend off in between races.

Pikes Peak originally was scheduled for July 8.

The Lands End Hill climb will be the fifth of five races on the Colorado Hill Climb Association (CHCA) schedule for 2012.

Two races take place at the Pueblo Motorsports Park. It is a desert race instead of a hill climb race.

The other two races take place at Temple Canyon, near Cañon City, and Monarch.

The CHCA previously held races at Buffalo Peaks near Buena Vista, but with firebans and population growth on the mountain, it has been canceled.

Pikes Peak was formerly a race on the CHCA series, but it has become a separate international event. Unlike the CHCA races on gravel, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb takes place on pavement.

There were 50 drivers at Temple Canyon and 37 at Monarch.

Barton said the numbers are up from last year, but they have dwindled from a few years ago.

Drivers can register for the Lands End Hill Climb up to a week before the race.

Drivers pay a $175 entry fee and a $200 surcharge for a road fee. The CHCA pays the U.S. Forest Service $7,000 to hold the race.

The public can watch the race at designated vantage points along the course. Tickets are $10 per person for both days in advance. They are $12 per person for both days at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. Ticket outlets will be announced at a later date, Barton said.

Classifications include open wheel, super sprint, champ, sportsman, competition truck, stock car, quads and juniors.


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