Air Academy High School alumnus Dan Novembre, Class of 1998, will be one of some 65 pilots who will race the Pikes Peak Highway on June 27 in a bid to win the coveted King of the Mountain title.
This will be the 99th edition of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb presented by Gran Turismo. This is the 106th year of the event. The race did not take place during WWI and WWII.
November will race in the Open Wheel division. He finished seventh overall last year, eclipsing the famous 10-minute mark with a time of 9 minutes, 45.360 seconds.
He finished second in his class from 2016 to 2018 and finished eighth overall in 2017.
November got into racing in 2009 when he bought a Wells Coyote race car for $ 7,000 on Craigslist. He had become a big fan of the Hill Climb and was a mechanical engineer at Harris Corp. at the time.
He had no experience working on cars, but learned the trade and reached the top on his first attempt in 2009. This year will be his 13th ascent of the mountain.
Other area riders who will be competing in this year’s race include Tommy Boileau of Monument – a 2012 graduate of Lewis-Palmer High School – in the Pikes Peak Open division, Steve Goeglein (Unlimited) of Falcon and Codie. Vahsholtz from Woodland Park.
Boileau will try to surpass his fourth place in the 2019 Pikes Peak Open division. This year he will be driving a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.
Two former King of the Mountain winners, Paul Dallenbach and Robin Shute, will also compete this year. Dallenbach, of Basalt, holds three King of the Mountain Trophies and has seven other division victories. He will race in the Open Wheel division.
Shute, a resident of Norfolk, UK, was the 2019 King of the Mountains. He is back in the # 49 Wolf GB08 TSC in the Unlimited Division.
Clint Vahsholtz, a native of Woodland Park, is not competing this year. It was his first overall championship in his rich career dating back to 1992.
Vahsholtz, who has a record 24 class wins, has decided to take a break this year – he plans to race again in 2022 in the 100th race – to help his son, Codie, compete for the first time in the race. automotive class.
The Hill Climb was first organized in 1916 by founder Spencer Penrose to help promote his Pikes Peak Highway. The Hill Climb is the second oldest car race in America behind the Indianapolis 500 (1911).
The Hill Climb is an invitation-only event and is often referred to as The Race to the Clouds. The famous 12.42 mile course – there is a length dispute – consists of 156 perilous turns and has an elevation gain of 4,725 feet. Competitors reach the finish line at 14,115 feet.