Pikes Peak museum to become mobile

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In a move that will allow the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Educational Museum a better opportunity to inform the public of the rich traditions and history of the Adelphia Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the ...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In a move that will allow the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Educational Museum a better opportunity to inform the public of the rich traditions and history of the Adelphia Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the organization's board of directors has announced the museum will become a mobile exhibit capable of visiting schools and various public events.

The museum's current home at 135 Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs, Colo., will be sold. The new mobile museum will be operational in mid-2001. Negotiations for new office space for race headquarters are underway. An announcement concerning the new locatio n will be made when negotiations are finalized.

"This change has endless potential," said Peter Freytag, chairman of the board of directors. "It will better fulfill the organization's mission statement in that it can be presented at schools and community gatherings."

The mobile museum will also cost significantly less to maintain and will reach more people. Approximately 10,000 people, mostly tourists, visited the museum each year. That number will increase exponentially with the new museum's mobile ability and free ad mittance. Plus, for the first time, the museum can be transported to the race and related activities such as tech inspection.

Plans call for the new exhibit to have a more modern look, possibly with videos, a car for visitors to sit in and a Sony PlayStation where the Hill Climb game can be played.

"This evolutionary change is a direct result of a yearlong examination of the entire organization's structure," said Mike Clark, Hill Climb CEO. "It's our belief that we have proved our ability to better meet the objective of the museum and enhance the int egrity of the entire organization by making these important revisions to the organization's infrastructure."

The museum opened in 1989 with a collection of cars, trophies, photos, media clippings and other information that reflected the legacy of the 78-year-old race.

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