Photos of BCRA at Pikes Peak Hill Climb Events
Ted Foltz driving the Hahn built, #27 on the peak in 1965. This Kurtis Kraft Chassis with a custom built Jack Hahn Body won the 1960 BCRA Championship under the controls of Jack Hahn as #41. Other drivers of this car were Roy Walker as #40 and Bobbie Herring. This car also raced as #17 & #47. It ran the Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 1955 - 1966.
Bobbie Herring in the Burt Special climbs the peak in the late 1970's.
Bertie Blanot (on right) and Bobbie Unser talk on the peak in the 1970's.
Earl Kouba sits in the Stockwell Offy at Pikes Peak in 1961.
Thurel Novotny in the "Bumble Bee" at Pikes Peak in 1965.
1920's competitor Walt Killinger in the Axle/Koch 110 Blown Offy at Pikes Peak in 1953.
Lloyd Axel pilots the Ray Koch stretch midget on its maiden voyage at pikes peak, 1950.
At The Chuck wagon On Pikes Peak Where The BCRA Was Born in 1957.
Charlie Lowderman - Ray Newbill Owner - #18 - 6 Cyl. Chevrolet in 1957.
Driver Thurel Novotney Climbs Pikes Peak in 1963
Unser #58 Jaguar powered Pikes Peak Champion car at Manitou Springs , Colorado 2006
Bob Daly, Broomfield, CO. with his Frenzel built Big car. He ran Pikes Peak, BCRA, IMCA in the 1960's. Just how it looks today.
Midget Champ Earl Kouba in the Ray Koch built 105 Blown Offy Stretch Midget at Pikes Peak 1958.
Great Picture of the Ray Koch Offy with Midget great Earl Kouba at the wheel in 1958. Earl would also drive this car on the circle tracks, with great results at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Denver.
The Dick Frenzel Lincoln's live on in this photo taken at Hutch Ks in 1966. Driver/Owners Harry Ivers(outside) and Bob Daly(inside) getting ready for the Green Flag. Both drivers would finish in the top ten in driver points for the season, with future Pikes Peak Champ, Bobby Herring the BCRA, "Rookie of the Year".
Ray Koch Red #46 and #17 Jack Hahn at the Peak in 1958. Two of the stalwarts in the early BCRA in Ray Koch and Jack Hahn.
Future Pikes Peak Champion (1975) and BCRA Hall of Famer (2006), Orville Nance on the road in his own #88 in 1956. Orville drove it from 1958 till 1961 and Brother Bob Nance ran the car in 1962. Orville was a 2006 BCRA Hall of Fame inductee in 2006
Orville Nance drove this car, the first of the Blanot rear engine cars, at the Peak in 1964 and at Belleville, Ks in 1965.
This car was one of the Champ cars owned and driven by 3 Time BCRA Champ Gordon Herring. Curt Stockwell later owned the car and Jack Hahn finished 8th at Pikes Peak in the #37 in 1966.
Gene and Thurell Novotny's GMC "Bumblebee", on display at Speedway Motors, Lincoln, Nebraska. This car ran with the Wyoming Racing Association, the IMCA, MVRA, BCRA and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Association
BCRA HAll of Famer, Curt Stockwell, at Pikes Peak with his Nash powered upright in 1951
Painting of Slim Roberts in the Grover Special at Pikes Peak .19557
Frenzel Lincoln driven by Indy's Eddie Sachs up side down in 1960
Chuck Mauro , (standing in the center), with his Pop Meyer Cragar sprinter car. Chuck ran Pikes Peak in 1948 with driver Jimmy Good who lit in a road ditch on his way up the treacherous Pikes Peak road.
1957 Photo of Slim Roberts in his new ride, the #85 Frenzel Lincoln. A young Slim lived at Oshkosh Ne, the home of '21 Pikes Peak Champ King Rhiley, before moving to Colorado. Slim would start in the Roadsters driving for Harvey Wilson, Roberts would run the Mexican Road Race, at 6ft 5" was known to squeeze into a midget and flew a variety of early aircraft. Roberts was an accomplished crop duster and once sprayed locusts in Iraq and India at the request of the State Department. On the mountain he started driving for Bill Groves ('54)and Vince Conzy in '62 before before driving a Frenzel, with his last trip in the Unser car. The "best driver to run the Hill Climb who never won", I was told once. I still wonder about the '65 race.
The Vern Root #57 staged for competition at Pike Peak in 1965. (Photo Courtesy Bonnie Ivers Collection)
Interesting story here as BCRA, IMCA competitor, Larry Dewell builds this car for Pikes Peak in the Mid-80's. The Rear end is a mechanical marvel and performed flawlessly on the mountain. Having never run Pikes Peak, Larry made several pre-race trips to Pikes Peak, got to know the road and on race day finished an incredible 8th place in his first time ever in this upright.
Charlie Lowderman was a 2015 BCRA Hall of Fame Inductee and was a Charter Member of the Big Car Racing Association. Charlie would finish in the top ten at Pikes Peak, 15 times during his career, in the Uprights and Sports Cars (Photo Courtesy Bonnie Ivers Collection)
BCRA member, Wes Vandervoort ran the Pikes Peak Hill Climb from 1961 to 1976. From 1962 through 1969, Wes consistently finished in the top five with a Pikes Peak Championship in 1967. He returned to a top five standing in 1975-76 when he finished runner-up behind Orville Nance ('75) and Rick Mears ('76). (Photo Courtesy Bonnie Ivers Collection)
Photo of Gene Pacheco's Upright on display in Colorado Springs 2016
Clyde McFarlin ran the Peak from 1958 until 1966 in the Open Wheel competition with three top ten finishes, the best was 6th place in 1966 (Photo Courtesy Bonnie Ivers Collection)
Three time Pikes Peak Champion,Ted Foltz, in a 1980 Picture on the Mountain. One of the most dedicated Pikes Peak supporters ever. Ted was Inducted into the BCRA Hall of Fame in 2013 after a 3 decade career including oval track competition, while running with the RMMRA, IMCA and BCRA.
Slim Roberts adjusting Goggles at full tilt climbing the peak!
"13 always was my lucky number" Slim Roberts after going of into Devils Playground 1962
Pikes Peak memories were shared at the VFW in Manitou Springs, CO.
L to right...Jim Willy, Ron Mabe, Darlene Roberts, Slim Roberts, Jack Guynn and Mary Ann Wolfe.
Gene Novotny ,on the left, was a 10 time Wyoming Racing Association Champion. Jack Hahn won two BCRA Championships and finished runner-up five times. Hahn built cars that would win two Pikes Peak Championships, some say three!
Lloyd Axel started racing in 1926 and won "Big Car" races across the United States from California to Connecticut and set a National Speed Record at Winchester Indiana. He was the founder of the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association while winning 33 Midget Mains from 1940 to '42. He also finished 2nd behind Louie Unser at Pikes Peak in 1941. 1954 was his last trip up the Pikes Peak course in the #29 Ray Koch Auto Parts car. Axel would wow the crowd at Elm Wood Park Speedway in 1965 while wrenching the Bud Shearston Offy with the BCRA, when the regular driver didn't show. Axel strapped on a helmet and proceeded to win the Main, all the while dicing with a young Cotton Farmer.
As too often happens, the Ivers #58 is shown here in compromised condition after the BCRA race at the Norton, Kansas half/mile, in 1962.
Paul ran Pikes Peak Hill Climb,17 seasons and consistently in the top ten while earning 10 top five finishes with a runner-up to Bob Unser in 1963.
Paul Kleinschmidt in the Cadillac powered, "Coors Special"
Gordon Herring Offys at Canyon City Colorado in 1960, New Mexico's Bernie Shires would win a Feature here for the only three time BCRA Champion and Golden Beer Distributor.
The Frenzel crew at Pikes Peak after winning the 1957 Hill Climb Championship and... a First at Pikes Peak with Slim Roberts finishing Runner-Up in the new #85, "Jone's Ford" sponsored Frenzel Lincoln. The first time the same owner won in this fashion, a real tribute to the Owner and two of the best drivers ever at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The names on the photo could use some enhancing. At this time we have (L to R) Potsy Gow a great hearted individual and mechanic, Tony Zarlengo, Merle Finney (Bob's wife), Dick Frenzel, Louise (Lou, Dick's wife) Frenzel, Bob Frenzel (Dicks brother) and driver Bob Finney.
In 1940, Ford created 10 V-8 aluminum blocks for testing in light aircraft. Extensive dyno testing yielded buckling of the 1/32 inch cylinder sleeves. The project was discontinued and these blocks disappeared, except one. Ray Schlacter of Louisville Kentucky acquired one of these engines and had it altered to his specifications.The block was bored to receive 3/32 inch sleeves, 97 Stromsberg carbs, vertex mag, a Dick Frenzel Blower and developed 140 BHP at 4000 rpm. Finished weight was 357 lbs nearly 140 lbs. less than the stock cast iron product. Success of this enhanced engine is not known, or if it even still exists.
1959 Lineup - Row 1: Paul Klienschmidt (4), Wayne Hoffman (3), Louis Unser (5) Row 2: Roy Walker (50), Bill Mytan (33), Ted Foltz (9) Row 3:Orville Nance (88), Clyde McFarlin (42), Jack Hahn (41). Pikes Peak 46 Hill Climbs, BCRA was going into its second season of Midwest competition. 8 of the 9 drivers mentioned here were members of the new club led by Art Meyers, Billy Mytan and Glen Majors
Mark Helling of Burbank, California driving his Alfa-Romero, roars by the wreckage of Jimmy Goode's car during the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Goode's car was wrecked just above Glen Cove when it ran off on the inside curve and flipped into a ditch on the side of the road. Goode, who crawled out from the car, was taken to Glockner-Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs.
Novotny Brothers "Bumblebee" at new home in Speedway Motors Collection of American Speed Lincoln NE.
Burt and Birty Blanots' garage, machine shop and auto parts store in Denver, Colorado