articles. Need anything more? In addition to numerous current and new Volkswagen models, like the 2019 version of the Jetta, there are two cars that will probably draw the most attention: the I.D. BUZZ, which is one of the purely electrically driven production vehicles that Volkswagen is set to roll out in 2020, and the I.D. R Pikes Peak, the official competition car for the race on Sunday.
Last but not least, there is the chance to get autographs from two stars: Romain Dumas and American Top Gear host and rallycross pilot Tanner Foust. “The fan fest is a great opportunity to meet fans”, says Dumas, who has already won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb three times.
“On the day of the race, and especially during the race itself, I have to concentrate completely. So it’s great to spend some time before the race in a relaxing atmosphere, to take my mind off things and, above all, to chat and joke around with the many, many spectators, as well as the other drivers”.
Spectacular action But the chance to chat is not all that fans can look forward to: there’s genuine action on offer as well. While talk is certainly great, motor sport action is even better, and the Red Bull Motocross Team will be presenting their impressive show on a series of outsized jumps. “Every year, I look forward to taking part in this event again”, says freestyle motocross rider Keith Sayers. “It’s just a great day, an absolute must”. And it now attracts crowds from way beyond the Colorado Springs city limits, with young and old coming to marvel at the acrobatic motorbike riders perform their daredevil stunts ten metres above the ground. “The louder the spectators are, the more spectacular the tricks”, promises Sayers. This is certainly no secret to the fans, who thunder out their applause. Colorado Springs is crazy for motor sport, World Cup or no World Cup.
Picture credits: Larry Chen