Jun 26, 2010 9:40 PM by Lee Douglas

Hill Climb Flashback: Ralph's Last Ride

The 88th annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb is Sunday June 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Leading up to the second oldest auto race in the United States, News First 5 Sports Director Lee Douglas is looking back at some of the most memorable events and people from his nearly 30 years of covering the Hill Climb.

Douglas says one of the most compelling stories he's ever done was back in 1998 when he featured veteran Hill Climb driver and 8-time champ Ralph Bruning. 1998 would be the last year that Bruning would drive up Pikes Peak. Earlier that year he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. That didn't stop him from making another run up Pikes Peak. He finished second that year to Clint Vahsholtz in the Super Stock Car Division. But no doubt Ralph was a winner. It's impossible to watch the story without getting emotional.

Ralph passed away in 200. Tragically his son Chandler Bruning died in 2001 when his car crashed during qualifying for the Hill Climb.




»Topics in this article

More News

Story Photo

26 minutes ago

Adams Cafe on the move

Adams Mountain Cafe makes its move this week after floods damaged the popular eatery the last two summers. But the move has...

Story Photo

1 hour ago

Soldier's remains return

After a decades-long mystery, the family of a World War II soldier finally has some closure. Army Sgt. William Carneal, who disappeared...

Weather - Forecast
Story Photo

7 minutes ago

Cooler Thursday

Windy early with blowing dust in some areas. Wind ending overnight tonight. An isolated thunderstorm possible early. Overnight low temperatures will drop...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4