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Old 11-17-2011, 12:32 PM   #1
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Help Send Wil To The Peak!! Pike's Peak International Hill Climb 2012

Hi everyone, for those of you who don't already know me, I'm Wil Kitchens.

I first started roadracing with the CMRA in 2009, and had a mildly successful year - we finished 3rd overall in the C Superbike Endurance Series. 2010 was a much more successful season, seeing me win three races, take an overall class championship in Clubman, and finish third overall for the year in my other two classes. 2011 started off great, with a second-place finish at the first round, but the rest of the 2011 season saw mechanical failures and several surgeries to deal with nerve damage in my hands from a crash in 2009. HOWEVER, by the last round in October, I was back and ready to race again - I traded my 'old' racebike for an Aprilia SXV450 two days before the final race of the year, and without ANY prior tracktime other than a few laps for morning practice, managed to throw the SXV across the finish line in 4th place in the Unlimited Motard race.

Finding the Aprilia to be more fun than a garbage bag full of $1 bills at a strip club, I started looking to find out what other sorts of badassedry I could get myself into on the Aprilia, and that's when my good friend Mark Niemi told me about the Pike's Peak International Hillclimb. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual automobile and motorcycle hillclimb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, covering a distance of 19.99 km (12.42 mi) over 156 turns, climbing 1,439 meters (4,721 ft) from the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway at 2,862 meters (9,390 ft) on grades averaging 7% over historically both gravel and paved sections - however as of August 2011, the highway is fully paved and as a result all subsequent runnings will be on tarmac from start to finish. This is awesome, especially for someone like me coming from a roadracing background.

The race is on the FIA International Events Calendar and has featured competition from United States rally sanctioning body SCCA ProRally in 2004 and Rally America in 2005. It has taken place since 1916 and is currently contested by a variety of classes of Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles and Quads. There are often numerous new classes tried and discarded year-to-year. On average there are 150 competitors - a mere 20 competitors started the race for the 450 class in 2011. The 2012 race is scheduled for Sunday, July 8, and there will be race-related events all week long at Pike's Peak.

Here's the best part of it all - it's expected to draw over 35,000 spectators.

Having said that, now is a great time for ANYONE to consider getting on board to sponsor and support me in the upcoming hill climb.

"But how will ME sponsoring YOU make ME money?" you may ask yourself - and with an economy that's in the toilet and the national debt at an all-time high, that's a VERY good question. Billboard and media advertising is RIDICULOUSLY expensive, nobody reads pamphlets and fliers that are passed out, and people are now able to record and fast forward through their favorite television shows with the sole purpose of skipping the commercials - how on EARTH are you supposed to get your product out there?

Me. That's how.


Yup. That simple.


Support me, and I'll do everything in my power to make sure every single person that I run into during my quest to conquer The Mountain will know who you are and how awesome your product is. My picture and information will be printed in the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb program. I'll put your logo on my racing leathers that I'll be wearing. I'll slap your logo on the back of my trailer, which will be seen by COUNTLESS drivers on the 2000-plus mile round-trip to Colorado and back on SEVERAL occasions, not to mention the time it'll spend parked around the paddock there - it's like a super-cheap billboard for YOU, that's GUARANTEED to be seen by THOUSANDS, if not TENS of THOUSANDS of people! I'll also mention you in any and every 'sponsor list', slap your logo on every photo of myself that'll be flooding the internet, list you on my website, and mention you in any and every interview that I'll be given.

What's that? You're interested, but you don't make any products related to racing? Doesn't matter! I don't care if you manufacture super-flow maxi pads - support me, and everyone that's got Aunt Flo in the car with her that gets stuck behind my 'not to exceed the speed limit' race trailer will get an eyeful of YOUR super-flow maxi pad company's logo for as long as she's stuck behind me!

Maybe you don't have a company, you don't have funds or materials around to offer up to help, but you'd still like to help out somehow? No problem, every little bit counts! Gas cards, frequent flier miles, toothbrushes, bottled water - anything and everything helps, and I'll be absolutely sure to list and thank each and every person who makes this possible for me. Now, if you've got an extra $5 sitting in your PayPal account, and you were about to donate it to a charity for starving kids in Cambodia but are now considering helping out a racer, BY ALL MEANS feed those kids! I don't want to take anything away from someone who's more deserving of it - but in that same breath, I won't turn any shape or form of sponsorship/support away!

Even if you can't, won't, don't want to, or just don't care - forward this to your friends, because maybe they will! Pass this around on other message boards, on your Facebook, anything you want to do to help out is appreciated!


There is absolutely no other race course in the world like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and that is why it attracts race crews that are willing to spend several hundred thousand dollars and months of preperation to compete for the right to be the King of the Mountain - and 2012 is going to be MY year! Hop on board today, and let's Send Wil To The Peak!!

SENDWILTOTHEPEAK

Sign up for sponsorship, offer your support, and/or send donations via paypal to sendwiltothepeak@gmail.com

Brought to you by Wil Kitchens and IDB Racing
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More information on the 'Race To The Clouds': http://www.ppihc.com


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Old 11-17-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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Sending some love your way when I get off work today...I'll see if I can gather some corporate support from some of my contacts.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:55 PM   #4
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I don't need you to advertise fence building from here to Colorado Wil, but I will send a contribution to help your efforts...any chance I can get a receipt of sorts to make it a tax write off?
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For sure - any receipts for tax writeoffs should be easily able to be printed from PayPal
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:29 PM   #6
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And just an FYI...I'm putting a decal on your trailer!
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:19 PM   #7
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:51 PM   #8
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:08 PM   #9
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$20 sent! I can easily afford to send you a measly $20 a month until July. I know it's not much, but it'll buy a tank of diesel, one night in a hotel, or 1 tire for the bike. If you want to make some more cash give me a shout, we both know what all I need done to this car in order to get it on the road by Lonestar Round Up 2012. I'm going to keep spamming this flyer until the green flag drops, good luck !!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:40 PM   #10
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16 riders signed up in 450 class and 2 posters in this thread-good luck guys. Wish i was going.
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:05 PM   #11
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I'll send you some funds once I get this job started. Also, it looks like I'm moving to Denver so you know you and the crew will have s place to crash and party at.

All, Wil Os one of the most stand up and cool mofos around. Plz give him your support!

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16 riders signed up in 450 class and 2 posters in this thread-good luck guys. Wish i was going.
Who are the posters?
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As of the 16th, Houston area riders listed in 450 class:
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Who the fck is that guy?
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Donation sent. Good luck Wil!
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Who the fck is that guy?
I sent him 20 bux~ hope he gets it
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Who the fck is that guy?
Weird looking surfer guy I've seen hanging out at the track. He was carrying a camera, but mostly just taking pics of guys getting changed in the pit area.
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