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Story: Diversity is Key
Traditionally, motorbikes are the first group to start at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
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The first race in 1916 was won by Rea Lentz in his Romano Demon Special. Up to that point, Lentz had been completely unknown in racing circles.
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The participants of the 1925 Pikes Peak Hill Climb in their starting configuration.
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Up until the 1970s, they were the measure of all things – open wheelers with front-mounted engines and free-standing wheels, made popular by the Indycar racing series.
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Almost off the shelf – the stock car class includes mass-produced vehicles with souped-up engines. This picture from 1967 shows a Chevrolet Impala SS with Bill Daniels at the wheel.
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A desert buggy powered by Volkswagen – in 1972, Roger Mears wins with a rear-mounted 4-cylinder Boxer engine, enlarged to 2.2 liters of displacement.
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So far, French national Michèle Mouton has been the only female driver to claim victory of the entire race. She won in 1985.
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Audi Sport quattro, Michèle Mouton, 1985 – the first overall victory in a 4x4.
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In 2016, Rhys Millen created a sensation by claiming the first overall victory in a fully electric car. Copyright: Alastair Ritchie Photography.
Sebastien Loeb performs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA on 30 June, 2013. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // 1372676132738-1438755041 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Holder of the track record since 2013 – 9-time rally world champion Sébastien Loeb in his Peugeot. Copyright: Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool.
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Past meets present – the Pierce-Arrow "Yellow Devil" from 1932 is a regular in the paddock to this day.
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The fully electric race car by Volkswagen will start in the "unlimited" class in 2018.
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