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Sonoramic60
Posted 2019-12-30 10:43 PM (#592264 - in reply to #592254)
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Lads --
I'm almost positive the bottom pic was taken during the 1959 Pikes Peak Hill Climb close to an area called "The Devil's Playground." The race is next to the Indianapolis 500 as the United States' oldest motorsport event, its first running being in 1916. Since Pikes [note: no apostrophe] Peak is virtually in my backyard here in Colorado Springs, I have been up it a few times but it seems that every time I drive up, I get stuck behind some "flatland tourister" who's on his brakes ALL the time -- even going uphill!
BTW, the road is paved all the way now, but because construction at the top has drastically reduced parking, you have to ride a shuttle bus during the tourist season.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-12-30 10:59 PM (#592265 - in reply to #592264)
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Sonoramic60 - 2019-12-30 7:43 PM

Lads --
I'm almost positive the bottom pic was taken during the 1959 Pikes Peak Hill Climb close to an area called "The Devil's Playground."


This one (it's on pg. 308, this is now pg. 309):



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Ray Bell
Posted 2019-12-30 11:12 PM (#592266 - in reply to #81647)
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Yes, it's sealed all the way, and has a centreline and room enough on each side of the centreline for cars to pass. But not many fences at all...

And, with some steep drops, a variety of bends, and all those cyclists (!!) pedalling furiously to reach the top, when you're going around a big
left-hander and you look out through the windscreen across the dash and all you can see is blue skies and the tops of clouds, I decided it was daunting.

Then I went to Mt Evans. About the same height, it was sealed a lot earlier (like 30-40 years earlier) and to a different standard, similar bends,
same amount of fences (or less), that one had me thinking I should turn around and go back. Four times I let my desire to get to the top prevent me doing this.

That one wasn't daunting, it was intimidating.

But with both you've got to love that you can look down on the Rocky Mountains, and that you can see so far into the distance when there's a clear day.

And you've got to envy those cyclists at the speeds they get up to on the way down!

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1960fury
Posted 2019-12-31 7:04 AM (#592286 - in reply to #81647)
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I knew that you'd dig the photo, Joe
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1960fury
Posted 2019-12-31 7:22 AM (#592291 - in reply to #592286)
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1960fury
Posted 2019-12-31 7:32 AM (#592292 - in reply to #81647)
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Sonoramic60
Posted 2019-12-31 9:42 AM (#592299 - in reply to #592292)
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Lads --
The pic with the puddle was taken at Glen Cove which is the staging area for the race which actually starts about a mile or so further up.
Incidently, the video talks about Bobby Unser of Albuquerque whose dad, Louie, was named "King of the Hill" because of all the times he won. Bobby, of course, didn't do too badly himself but he and his brother Al are more noted for their USAC indy car work. BTW, the winning time last year was about eight minutes.
As side note, my wife and I spent the 1970s in Albuquerque and she taught school there. Two of her pupils were Al Jr. and Bobby Jr. She says they were nice little boys but were rather difficult pupils as even in the first and second grades they really had no scholastic interests at all as all they wanted to do was to be race car drivers like their dads.
And Perkins Motor Co. is still in business and one of the sponsors of the climb, although the company founder, Will Perkins, just passed away a few months ago. Even when he was in his later years he took an interest in FWL cars and the first time I took the Big-Tailed Beast in for a lube job, someone told him about it. He told the service manager not to let me leave until he came from home to see the car. He was a pretty cool guy when it came to those old MOPARs.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-12-31 10:50 AM (#592302 - in reply to #592292)
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One in colour: The 1957 Pikes Peak race featuring a 57 Plymouth in competition and a 56 Dodge (and others) as a spectator's car.

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Ray Bell
Posted 2020-01-06 7:03 PM (#592557 - in reply to #81647)
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Amazing the things you notice...

This is a Simca Vedette, probably an early Brazilian production model, sitting on the front of the grid alongside Alex Ribiero's home-built
VW-based special and another car. Driver of the Ribiero car is Nelson Piquet.



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Posted 2020-01-24 5:31 AM (#593371 - in reply to #592557)
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Posted 2020-01-24 10:54 AM (#593374 - in reply to #81647)
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