2016 is the 100th anniversary of the legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb. It will be a year to remember and Team Johnny Killmore wants to be a part of it. We managed to set the record as the fastest sidecar in 2011 & 2012, the last year there was any dirt and the first year it was all pavement. But things have not gone our way since.
In 2013 we spun backwards into the tress. Though we managed to pull the bike back onto the road and finish, we lost the record. In 2014 co-pilot Giorgina Gottlieb came off the bike at 130mph during a race in California and took nearly a year to recover, dashing our hopes of climbing the mountain. In 2015 we made a serious effort with a new bike and new determination, but we ran out of money despite everything we tried.Caption: The best laid plans of sidecar racers can run backwards into a tree at any moment.
Now it's 2016 and the team needs your help. We've taken on a new co-pilot by way of Matt Blank. Although a rookie, he is not new to speed, working as a stunt coordinator and skydiver. Combined with the new bike-- a Shelbourne frame prepared by Superlite Cars of Fraser, Michigan-- we have managed to win three of the four races we've competed in so far, and we are still getting used to things.
On June 26, 2016 we head up 12.42 miles and 156 turns, ready or not. We don't need help making it to the summit though, we can handle that part. What we really need help with is getting to the mountain itself.Caption:The new sidecar has been doing really well so far this year. Photo: Steve Fooshee
That involves over $1000 in fuel, food and lodging, and another $1000 in tires. We will cover what we can and have put some cost cutting measures in plcae already. The Wagner family of Cascade, Colorado is proving us a generous deal on lodging at their home, along with use of their workshop. Gina is loaning us her vehicle for the week so we don't have to pull over at the top of every hill to let the old van coolvdown (not to mention the price savings by using diesel instead of gas). We are also not just going to sit here with our hand out asking for money.
This year we have set up a tiered system of rewards. If you are broke but want to help, there is a way for you to help.
We created an online store
where people can buy a ton of different gear adorned with our maniac mascot "Chivo
" or the original AK-47 logo the team rocked in years past.
People with a little more to give can choose from several limited edition items
with the "Pikes Peak Revolution
" banner logo, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak HillClimb and our humble hopes to swiftly reach the summit. We also set up some rewards for people who want a little something special. You'll find the rewards tabs down at the bottom.Caption: Mens T-shirt (many styles)Caption: Womens T-shirt (many styles)REWARDS:
*Those who can give $50 will have their name placed on the side of the race bike so they can ride with us to the summit on race day.
*Those who give $100 will receive the above award as well as a T-shirt from this collection
in a color and size of their choice (subject to availablilty).
*And the first person to donate $300 will receive an original painting by my friend Eric Benson, who created the piece in honor of our 2012 record setting run.
* New rewards added below!Caption: Original art work by Eric Benson
We hope to add more reward levels soon as sponsors come onboard. As always, the team thanks Debbie McDaniel
and the gang at Liberty Tax of Roswell, GA
, along with Superlite Cars
for prepping the race bike, the Wagner family, the gang at MyLifeAtSpeed
, and the many friends who help us every day. Oh, and we can't forget John "Crash" Sterling either for designing the graphics for Chivo. And of course, thank you. This isn't possible without the support of backers like you.
Please give anything you feel comfortable with,
either here or to the team's Paypal account.
Please feel free to share this campaign
and be sure to follow the action on our official blog
, or Twitter
. The truly lazy can even sign up for our mailing list
to get monthly updates (in months where there is something to update you about).
RAGE ON!!! SEE YOU AT THE PEAK!!!New rewards courtesy www.g-form.com :
G-Form hoodie (med)
G-Form elbow pads (SM)
G-Form knee pads (LG)
G-Form shin pads (Med)
G-Form T-shirt (med)
G-Form T-shirt (med)New Rewards Courtesy Of Evolv:
Evolv chalk bag: (2 available, one blue, one green)
Evolv beanie: 2 available, 1 blue, 1 black
Evolv Cruiser Shoe: Your choice of style, color, size.
We also have some random swag like this Evolv drink coozy to throw in as a random surprise for our supporters!