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Winners of . . .

Pikes Peak Hill Climb 2003

Scott Whitney
Pat Holmes

2 Minutes of video action
(7 MB, Windows .wmv video)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 28 2003 - Hog Wild Racing sidecar team took their new Harley-Davidson VRod powered racing sidecar to a win at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The team of Scott Whitney (driver-Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and Pat Holmes (passenger-Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted a winning time of 14:58.47, just 6 seconds ahead of the second place sidecar. They are sponsored by Bartels' H-D, Harley-Davidson, SidecarCross.com, Works Performance, and O'Neal.

ESPN television asked Scott and Pat to carry an on board helmet-cam to capture the action from the rider's point of view. Given the multiple lead swaps, and several near crashes, the footage should be quite a thrill to see. Watch for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb motorcycle show in mid-August on ESPN2.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a unique motorsports event and is the second oldest motorsports race (after the Indianapolis 500) in the United States. The start line is 9,300 feet (2,862 m) above sea level. The finish line is 156 turns, 12.5 miles (20.1 km) and almost 5,000 feet (1,524 m) up to the 14,110 foot (4,300 m) summit of Pikes Peak. The road is primarily graded dirt with small sections of pavement, and no guard-rails. The annual one day event includes various classes for motorcycles, quads, sidecars, cars, trucks, and big-rig trucks. The fans favorites are clearly the big-rig trucks and sidecars.

The first ever Pikes Peak Hill Climb was in 1916. In addition to the auto classes, the 1916 event featured four motorcycle races. In the first, a Harley-Davidson Sidecar driven by D. Vanderhoof posted a winning time of 29:33. In the second motorcycle race of the day, Professional - Floyd Clymer on his Excelsior posted an overall record time of 21:58. In 1998 and 1999, the Whitney Brothers (Pete-driver, Scott-Passenger) put Harley-Davidson back in the winners circle at Pikes Peak aboard their nitrous-boosted Bartels' prepared Sportster sidecar. For 2003, Scott took over as driver, built a new rig powered by Harley's new fuel-injected and water cooled V-Rod motor, and posted the winning time of 14:58.47, giving Harley-Davidson a win on "America's Mountain" on their 100th anniversary.

The next big sidecar adventure for Team Hog Wild Racing is the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally in January 2006.

 





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The bike

First practice day at Pikes Peak
with snow

Scott preparing bike for second
practice day


Pat preparing bike for race day

Packing the ESPN
helmet-cam
before the race.

This photo  2003 Todd Bloomer - OnTheEdgePhotos.com
Race - Engineer's Corner
This photo  2003 Todd Bloomer - OnTheEdgePhotos.com
Race
This photo  2003 Kenneth Wyatt Photography - WyattPhoto.com
Race - At the finish


Preparing for Pikes Peak


First test of sidecar with
Pikes Peak setup
at El Mirage dry lake

Reprogramming ECM computer

Mod to TSM electronics to
prevent engine from cutting out
in sharp corners


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