Posted: Jun 26, 2010 7:40 PM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Jun 27, 2010 2:02 PM
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.