MANITOU SPRINGS, Colorado – Racing uphill on roads with little to no guardrails at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour may not sound like everyone's cup of tea, but for the competitors of the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb, they look forward to it all year. Each June, dozens of racers come together in the Rocky Mountains to compete in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, a 12-mile sprint up to an elevation of 14,115 feet, with a total of 156 turns. In 2022, the race celebrated the 100th year of the race, which included invite-only competitors to make the event that much more special.
We followed the race for the week alongside Kash Singh, our Ford Performance Enthusiast Marketing Manager, who pilots a 1000-plus horsepower 2017 Mustang. We found several other competitors who proudly wore the Blue Oval on the mountain, including Robert Prilika in a 2022 Shelby American GT500 SE, Dan Aweida in a 2012 Boss 302S, and Jimmy Ford with his 1994 Ford Bronco -- just to name a few. While hiking through the different photo spots alongside the track, we were able to capture a few of the racers in motion during the practice days. On race day, we were overcome with a thick fog, which affected racers' times, as well as the ability to capture photos from a distance. Check out the gallery below, then prepare for our future detailed Enthusiasts Newsroom story to come on our full recap of the event:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / MARCUS CERVANTES