Hot Rod Dirt Drags Moving to Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region

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Fountain, Colo. (March 2, 2020) – Pikes Peak International Raceway is the new home of the famous Hot Rod Dirt Drags happening June 5-7, 2020.

Created by Nick’s Hot Rod Garage out of Englewood, Colo., the internationally acclaimed hot rod event brings the nostalgia of yesteryear to Colorado’s Pikes Peak region this spring. The festival celebrates the drag racing pioneers of the 1950s.

The sixth annual Hot Rod Dirt Drags are set to be the biggest yet. Previously held on the greens of the Movie Manor in Monte Vista, Colo., the festival has grown so much, it’s ready for a larger home.

Event owner and organizer, Mike Nicholas said, “Our move to PPIR brings a really unique opportunity to share our dirt drag magic with the Front Range. With an entire weekend packed with dirt, dust and entertainment, you have to experience it for yourself.”

The three-day event hosts 150 traditionally built, pre-1960 competing cars, a nostalgic, family friendly atmosphere and plenty of vintage flair. The same great cars and people will be back from last year’s Dirt Drags including some from Sweden.

Other attractions include live music, vintage campers, pre-1973 cars for cruise- in, artists, food, drinks and of course, ⅛-mile head-to-head dirt drag racing. The renowned “Barefoot Amy” will be dropping the flag on the starting line.

“We are thrilled to host Nick’s Colorado-grown event. This partnership is the first of many to showcase the flexibility of PPIR as a special events venue,” says PPIR Chief Operating Officer Joe Garone.

Tickets start at $15 per day with weekend passes and camp sites available for an additional cost.

Find more details and a full schedule of events at

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Pikes Peak International Raceway is Colorado’s premier venue for cultural music and automotive events. Located in Fountain, south of Colorado Springs, the site is open to the public year-round hosting a variety of festivals and concerts. PPIR also offers performance driving programs, training and corporate experiences. The 1,300-acre property includes a banked one-mile oval, 1.3-mile road course, ⅛-mile drag strip and multi-functional meeting spaces.

Created in 2014, the Hot Rod Dirt Drags pay homage to the pioneering days of drag racing, which began in the 1950s. The vintage celebration is one of the largest traditional hot rod events in the west, drawing competitors and spectators from across the country.

Media Contact 1: Chelsy Offutt
Director of Communications
Pikes Peak International Raceway
719.382.7223 x 119

Media Contact 2: Mike “Nick”Nicholas
Owner of Hot Rod Dirt Drags