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These 5 home-brewed machines tackled the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has wrapped up a week of racing, and this year’s event was held under a unique atmosphere in light of the COVID pandemic. Scheduling changes pushed the event to its backup date in late-August and restricted the event to competitors only. With much of the field missing and no crowds, the race had a more humble feel, which was reflected in the highlight stories from the event, including the overall-win by Colorado’s own Clint Vahsholtz.
Without the big-budget prototypes on hand that usually command the most attention, this year was filled with traditional Pikes Peak specials (custom-built cars that have been developed over long periods of time solely for Pikes Peak, many with roots in the all-dirt days) and several self-built time-attack vehicles both old and new. To get an idea of what it was like on the ground, here are five home-brewed special race cars that reflect the spectrum of what takes on this famous 152-turn, 14,115-foot torture test.