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Rev your Engines: The Broadmoor Special Holiday Express is Racing through December!

Led by The Broadmoor’s Executive Pastry Chef Adam Thomas, this year’s gingerbread display is a tribute to The Broadmoor Special!


Spencer Penrose converted this 1918 Pierce Arrow Touring Car into the iconic race car that was used to promote the region, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and The Broadmoor. Mr. Penrose’s chauffeur, Harry McMillen, and Broadmoor Master Mechanic, Angelo Cimino, transformed the car in 1922 into this legendary roadster. 


It competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb eight times between 1922 and 1932, reaching the summit each time, with its best finish of fourth place in both 1926 and 1930. 


In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, The Broadmoor Special made an exhibition run up Pikes Peak once more!

The gingerbread display was delicately put together and crafted by The Broadmoor’s talented Baking and Pastry Team over two weeks. The ingredients are listed below!

375 lbs All Purpose Flour
47 lbs Molasses
6 lbs Secret Holiday Spice
482 lbs Sugar
412 lbs Butter
300 lbs Dark Chocolate
425 Whole Eggs
2 lbs Yeast
100 lbs White Chocolate
700 Egg Whites
1 lb Activated Charcoal
10 lbs Joy
200 lbs Brown Sugar
1 lb Baking Soda
3 lbs Holiday Cheer
100 lbs Honey
1.3 lbs Baking Powder
15 Whimsical Pastry Chefs
8 lbs Salt 
2 Magical Wood Workers

A holiday tradition since 1964, The Broadmoor’s gingerbread display has been a longstanding tradition for families who visit the resort during the holiday season. See it this year in Broadmoor Main.


The car is on exhibit at Penrose Heritage Museum, which is owned and operated by the El Pomar Foundation, a charitable foundation established by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937 with a mission to enhance and encourage the current and future wellbeing of the people of Colorado. The museum also showcases the history and heritage of the Pikes Peak region through the personal artifact collection of Mr. and Mrs. Penrose with a special tribute to the history of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, started by Spencer Penrose in 1916.

To view The Broadmoor Special or to learn more about Spencer and Julie Penrose and The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, please visit The Penrose Heritage Museum.

Monday - Saturday: 9 AM – 5PM
Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM
Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Located in The Broadmoor Hall complex. Admission is free and open to the public daily.
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