2017 will be the fourth running of the Central City Hill Climb (formerly Gambler’s Edge Hill Climb). IMSA, USAC, PRO-NASCAR, SCCA, FIA, NASA or other licenses may be approved at the discretion of the Competition Director. This event is a speed contest for production cars that runs one car at a time against the clock. It begins at an altitude of 6,500 feet, ascending about 2,500 feet to 9,000 feet at the finish line. The course is asphalt, four lanes wide, seven miles long, with 23 curves, a maximum ascent and descent of 8% grades on the course. The starting line is the Central City Parkway sign on the Central City Parkway hill just off of I-70 in Idaho Springs, Colorado, USA.
The highway is leased by PIT Rally from Central City and operates under a special use permit.
Every person, including without limitation, every participant and competitor and any person accepting an official appointment or acting in an official capacity in connection with the event formally agrees to be bound by these rules, and recognizing that automobile racing is a hazardous undertaking, assumes all of the risk by reason of their participation in or association with automobile racing, and does for themselves, their heirs, executors and administrators, successors and assigns, release and discharge Pit Rally, City of Central, GO 4 IT Services, Inc., and its members, officials, officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns, and other competitors from any and all liability for personal injuries that may be received, and from all claims and damages for injury to person or property growing out of or resulting from any practice, qualifications, Race or any other activity during the event whatsoever, whether contemplated or held under these rules or caused by any construction or condition of any track equipment, cars or other devices used therefore, or by reason of any alleged cause or condition of any nature whatsoever.
There will be two classes for the event; Touring and Competition. Cars in the Touring Class will be led at a target speed in groups with a lead car and a follow car. Cars must stay in single file and at or below the target speed. Exact speed is being determined, but will be in the triple digits. There is no passing during the run. All drivers for both classes must have a valid driver’s license from one of the 50 states.
Cars in the Competition Class will be released one at a time with no speed restrictions on the run.
Cars eligible for the event in either class must be production based cars, in other words, cars originally designed for the street. Specifically, no formula cars, sports racers, motorcycles, or ATVs. Sorry guys, we are just trying to have a safe event the first few years, and will maybe allow a wider variety of vehicles in later years.
Drivers for the Competition Class must have a current, Full Competition Roadracing License from SCCA, IMSA, USAC, PRO-NASCAR, FIA, NASA, or equivalent experience in wheel to wheel expert or pro level racing. Pikes Peak Hill Climb experience is acceptable. When in doubt, ask the Competition Director Michael Pettiford firstname.lastname@example.org (303)666-4113. If you need additional training to get your license, if you start soon, there can still be time to get the license you need.
Competition Class Cars must be full racecars with a logbook, full roll cage to meet your organization standards; this varies depending on your vehicle (if you have a logbook, then likely your cage is adequate), 5 or 6 point belts, racing seat, fire extinguisher, window net, etc. We need to see a copy of the current yearly tech page in your log book, and a copy of your current racing license, or results from the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, or equivalent experience. Again, if any questions contact Michael Pettiford at (303)666-4113.
All Touring Class Drivers are required to have a ¾ or Full Face Snell Foundation SA 2005 Helmet or newer, in good condition, driving style shoes (no bare feet, flip flops, or clogs), socks, long pants, short sleeve shirt.
Touring cars must have factory stock 3 point seat belts, hard top or roll bar. We would suggest that you have your car professionally inspected by a shop to make sure it is in good condition. It is your responsibility to have a car in good safe condition. We reserve the right to disqualify a car if it is not safe.
Both classes of cars can have any performance modifications. You can run any tires that are in good condition.
Waiver requests along with proof of credentials must be submitted in writing at least 30 days prior to the event.
There will be a mandatory practice and qualifying day for the Competition Class on Friday, August 12th. Touring Class drivers may attend the practice, but not qualifying. Qualifying is not a part of the Touring Class requirements.
On August 14th, 2016, we will meet in Central City. At 10:30am, we will escort everyone from Central City to the start line. Please go slowly going down the hill. Touring Class drivers group in fast and slow groups of 5 and be ready to go when it is your time. First car should be off at 11:00 am, event will be over by 7:00 pm with road opened back up to the public. Everyone must have a number on their windshield on the left and right upper corner. This number must be the same as on your entry form. The event will finish in Central City.
***2017 Updates coming soon***
RACE DAY – Sunday, August 14, 2016
6:00am – 8:00am: Parking, unloading and registration in Central City’s northern “Greek Lot”.)
8:00am – 8:30am: Racer Meeting held with all racers in the Greek Lot.
10:00am: Grand Opening Cruise begins. Racers stay in Greek Lot until the cruise clears the Parkway.
10:30am – 11:00am: Begin groups descending from Greek Lot to the Start Line. No helmets, slow speed.
11:00am – 6:00pm: Touring/Competition cars at speed on course, full gear.
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Professional drifters taking to the course to close out the show
7:00pm – ~~~ : Award Ceremony on Main St!
7:30pm: RESERVE CASINO is hosting an After-Party in their Lava Room! 21+, come wind down with us with some food and drinks in a relaxing environment!