Hill Climb Museum has a new home

Danny Summers
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COLORADO SPRINGS - Amidst all the excitement the last month over the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (which took place Sunday, June 30) was the announcement that the Hill Climb museum will have a new home.

And this time it won't be on wheels.

The El Pomar Carriage House and Museum, located across the street from The Broadmoor, will expand and add a special wing dedicated to Hill Climb history.

The mobile museum has been in the back of a trailer for more than a decade.

The Carriage House and Museum is already home to several pieces of Hill Climb memorabilia. One of the staples of the museum collection is a section dedicated to “The Race to the Clouds.”

It follows the origins of the historic race that Spencer Penrose started in 1916 and its development into the race that is it today. The exhibit features three vehicles that participated in the inaugural race, two of which finished 1st. Also on display are two versions of the Penrose Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the annual event.

The Hill Climb Museum last had a permanent facility in Manitou Springs. But that closed down in September 2000 to the disappointment of car owners, drivers, mechanics, officials and other race enthusiasts know as the “Over The Hill Gang.”

To take its place, the mobile museum opened in June 2005. It has been available for display at local, statewide and national events and educational facilities.

The Over the Hill Gang was formed in 1998. It was originally tasked with protecting and preserving the history and artifacts of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Educational Museum, which included cars, pictures, artifacts and memorabilia used in the Race to the Clouds on Pikes Peak.

Members of the group meet monthly to identify historic photos, share stories of past races, discuss strategies to support the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

For information to schedule the mobile museum for educational or event purposes please contact the PPIHC office at 719-685-4400.

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