Stars up close
The fan fest is a somewhat calmer affair, although just as emotional, if not more so. Here, the “motorised mountaineers” are entirely at the service of car lovers and anyone who ever wanted to get up close and personal with motor sport, whether they’re a die-hard racing fan or not. “Everyone who is involved in the Hill Climb in any way helps create a family-friendly atmosphere here, and an unforgettable event, especially for children”, enthuses Doug Price, general manager of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The first fan fest was held back in 2002. “The aim was to increase awareness of the race and to come together to celebrate the long history of the event, as well as the contestants”, explains Daniel Rodríguez, event coordinator for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In the meantime, the fan fest has become the biggest street event in the Colorado Springs calendar. Since it was held for the first time, more than 400,000 visitors have taken part. In 2018, the organisers are hoping to crack the 35,000 mark.