Tommy Boileau is one of the favorites to win this year’s race at Pikes Peak. That would be cool, because since 2005, no Colorado Springs resident has won the Hill Climb. “I’m just proud to be a resident here. I like Pikes Peak. It’s something so iconic to this area. It means a lot to me. To go there and have another Coloradan win this thing, and bring it back to the US, it would be all, man,” Tommy Boileau says.
He is 28 years old, one of the youngest racers, racing one of the older cars, a 1967 Camaro. His team spent three years working on his car, but don’t be fooled. The secret to this man’s success is a family crest, Gumby, “It’s something that’s been kind of a family lucky charm. Before I was born, my mom and dad had Gumby and Pokey on their mountain bikes and race cars. I think this is the same Gumby who’s been on most of my dad’s race cars and some of my race cars are growing up things have been kinda around the corner it’s grown up all over the country and we’re going to take it to the top of the mountain,” says Boileau.
Gumby has been in his family for over forty years. It has even survived crashes and has earned sentimental value. “When I started racing carts, it was, don’t hurt Gumby! He’s been good to me so far, so hopefully he stays whole,” Boileau says.
Gumby will be there as he always is, with a man who loves the Hill Climb: ‘There’s nothing like that. Where else can you get behind the wheel of a 1000 horsepower Camaro traveling 150 miles per hour next to the edge of a cliff? Having that badge of honor to be someone who is going to win this race would be the pinnacle of my career,” Boileau said.