25 June 2008

Pointed Towards Pike's Peak in July

During July 14-20, 2008, Geezer, Todd and I will join other Carreraistas racing the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs. We will be launching Moriah up one of the tallest peaks in Colorado and one of the highest roads in the nation.

Moriah has recovered from her antics at the Chihuahua Express in April - she is rebuilt, painted, shiny, smiling and ready to go! We are really looking forward to hanging out with our fellow vintage racer friends and having some fun on the mountain.

Pike's Peak from the Garden of the Gods

Pike's Peak from Manitou Springs

From the PPIHC website:

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Race Day - July 20, 2008 The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the second oldest motorsports event in the United States.

An annual event since 1916, the July 20, 2008 running marks the 86th running of the event. The PPIHC is run on a 12-mile course that begins at 9,200 feet and finishes at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. The race features a variety of automotive and motorcycle classes with an average of 150 drivers and 500 volunteers involved.

10 June 2008

With Sadness - Jerry Churchill, RIP

Jerry outside of Veracruz on Day 1 of the 2006 La Carrera

It is with sadness that I relay this message about the recent passing of Jerry Churchill, an icon of La Carrera. Even though I only knew Jerry in passing from the last two years of La Carrera, it struck me with clarity how connected we all are to each other, and in this case through our shared adventures at La Carrera. The people with whom I have crossed paths at La Carrera are a special family to me. I send my blessings to the family and friends of Jerry.
From: Gerie Bledsoe

Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 6:25 PM

Subject: Jerry Churchill -- RIP


Our friend and Carrera racer Jerry Churchill passed away last Saturday from complications arising from surgery. His presence will be missed.

I admired Jerry above all for stepping up to help the Mexican nurse, Lupita Hernandez, who lost both of her legs in 2003 in a Carrera racing accident. Jerry made sure that Lupita got a little check from us every six weeks. For Jerry and Lupita, we certainly want to continue that support. His commitment to her health and future illustrated a big heart under that tough exterior.

For Jerry La Carrera Panamerican was the Big Show and like many of us old timers, an autumn passion. He, Jim, Judy, Muriel, his beautiful yellow Studebaker and crew will be greatly missed this year in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

I will forward the information about the memorial service in Detroit just as soon as I receive it.

Sempre Fi!



Eugene Gerald (Jerry) Churchill, son of Helen Bernice and Randolph Churchill. Born Detroit, Michigan, late of Fort Myers, Florida. Beloved husband of Doris (Boyle). Father of Randy Churchill and Gwen King of Windsor, Ontario. Adored brother of Muriel Kay Weaver of Rio Rico, Arizona. Dear uncle of Clayton Smith, South Woodslee, Ontario. Dear stepfather of Joey Boyle of Monroe, MI, Kevin Boyle of Fort Myers, FL and David of Windsor Ontario. Grandchildren, Randolph, Jennifer, David, Ryan, Joey, Megan, Travis, Andrew, Bridgette, Dillon.

Gerald was a prominent member of the business community and founder of Churchill Transportation of Detroit. Jerry had an extended and varied racing career which covered many countries. Longtime participant in many racing series including ARCA and Nascar. Jerry was a avid captain and recently received his 100 ton vessel license. Jerry loved adventure.

Cremation will take place on Monday June 9th in Fort Myers, FL. Arrangements for a memorial service in Detroit are incomplete.