After announcing that the Pikes Peak International Hill climb was moving away from dirt-focused vehicles after 2017, the event organizers have issued the statement below, clarifying what they meant by the statement and noting that the rule change will primarily affect cars, not motorcycles.
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Vehicles Originally Designed to Compete on a Dirt Course
Posted Online: March 6, 2017
Last Updated: March 9, 2017
In keeping up with the transformation of the road surface/race course, and the types of vehicles being entered in the PPIHC, it has been determined by the Competition Committee that it is in the best interest of the event to transition away from vehicles that were originally designed with the intention of competing on Pikes Peak’s traditional dirt surface. Unless major modifications have been made that would allow these vehicles to withstand the increased stresses placed on chassis and suspension components, it has been determined that the 2017 event will be the last year these vehicles will be allowed to participate.
Please contact Dan Skokan, PPIHC Director of Competition, with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This bulletin will not affect competition during the 95th running of the PPIHC in 2017. The intent of this bulletin is to forewarn past, present and future PPIHC competitors of modifications that may be made to the 2018 PPIHC Rule Book concerning the eligibility of vehicles that were originally designed with the intent of competing on Pikes Peak’s traditional dirt racing surface.
It should also be noted that this bulletin is generally directed toward vehicles competing in the Car Program and only in unique instances may it affect the eligibility of potential entries in the Motorcycle Program.