Rhys Millen sells with speed, not luxury at Pikes Peak

As a car salesman, Rhys Millen makes a better race driver. Millen, the defending champion in the High Performance Showroom Stock Division of the Adelphia Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, laughs when asked if his 2000 Mitsubishi EVO is...

As a car salesman, Rhys Millen makes a better race driver.

Millen, the defending champion in the High Performance Showroom Stock Division of the Adelphia Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, laughs when asked if his 2000 Mitsubishi EVO is really stock.

"No,'' Millen admits. "It doesn't have a radio, a CD player, air conditioning, plush seats or electric windows.''

While you can't go to your neighborhood Toyota dealer and buy Rod Millen's Tacoma truck or slip into the local Chevy dealer and pick up Gary Lee Kanawyer's Wells Coyote, you can get a more deluxe edition of any car in the showroom stock division.

In fact, when the drivers in the showroom classification finish practice for the 78th edition of the Hill Climb that will be run on July 4th, they go ahead and drive their cars back to the motel, to breakfast or the nearest 7-Eleven.

"It's a fun and very competitive division,'' Millen said, "You're not allowed to do a lot of things to the car, and that levels the playing field.''

The only modifications allowed to the cars and trucks in the division are heavier tires and tubes, a roll cage, race seats and a fuel cell. Millen won.

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Series Hillclimb
Drivers Rhys Millen , Rod Millen