Article by Ryan Randels. Photography by Corey Davis, James Harris, Nathan Leach-Proffer and Sean Cridland
With race day just around the corner, everyone is gearing up for the big event this weekend. Monday was the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) Tech Inspection Day at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Open to the public, inspections began at 8 am and the last few cars and bikes rolled in by 5 pm. Being the first official fan day of the event, it provided the general public a perfect opportunity to take photos and get autographs from their favorite racers.
Tech Inspection is a great gathering of enthusiasts and participants at a fairly laid back event. There was even a Scion Racing booth where fans could hop in the passenger seat of a FR-S and take laps on an autocross course to experience the thrill of drifting, courtesy of the local SCCA chapter.
Each vehicle was inspected at their respective tent—one for motorcycles (quads and sidecars included) and one for racecars. Race "scrutineers”, play a very important role in verifying that every vehicle adheres to the set of technical guidelines set forth by the governing body. They make sure that the modifications to the vehicle fall in-line with their respective classes’ requirements. Scrutineers also check for loose bolts, fluids, secure body panels, and safety equipment. One overlooked technicality could mean the difference of a driver getting hurt in event of a crash or walking away unscathed.
After inspection, the team proceeded into the Revvolution photo booth for an opportunity to get an official shot of their team with their vehicles in-front of the PPIHC / Revvolution backdrop. Not only will the photos be used as an official record of the vehicles during tech inspection, but we have bigger, more engaging plans for them as well.
With the creation of the new Revvolution.com Ultimate Showdown, we developed a unique way to highlight each team and vehicle while also giving spectators the chance to vote for their favorites. Based on a bracket-voting system, similar to the NCAA March Madness tournament, it allows enthusiasts to select their top 16 teams from the entire contestant pool and then narrow down the field one stage at a time until they’ve selected their PPIHC favorite.
On June 30th, at the exact time that the race is completed, the PPIHC Ultimate Showdown will be complete, and the votes tallied. The top ranked racecar and motorcycle teams will be awarded a BRM trophy for the PPIHC Fan Favorite.
And then we had a little fun...
Lincoln Floyd, the Director of Development for The Sports Corp (organizers for the PPIHC event) couldn't escape without getting his very own shot! Man Lincoln, that's a sweet hog you got there!
Perhaps our favorite side-car of the event... actually, definitely our favorite side-car of the event!
Travis Newbold, your beard is epic. And so is your PBR-vinyled swing arm. We like your style.
Not really sure what to say about this...
These guys sure do know how to do it down in Texas! Pretty sure that guy in the middle (Kash Singh) doesn't belong there... just saying.
And what would tech inspection be without Mike Ryan taking out the Freightliner for a few doughnuts?
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