All in the family with new Westside roofing company and defending Hill Climb quad champIt's not every roofing company that can move to a new location and have the notoriety of an in-house Pikes Peak Hill Climb racing champion.
But that's how it is with Victory 1 Roofing.
Brandon Buddy Tubbs, 17, the son of business president Lesa Lehman, was the fastest rider (and youngest winner) on a shortened course in the 2015 Hill Climb
On the business side, Lehman recently relocated Victory 1, which she opened in 2015, to its new Westside location at 631 W. Colorado Ave.
The company offers residential/commercial roofing and general contracting, as well as interior and exterior painting, decks, screens, rebuilds, remodels and gutters. The business is open Mondays through Fridays. The phone is 502-1090, and the website is victory1roofing.com.
Victory 1 marketing manager Jennifer Cipoletti, herself a third-generation Westsider, said the entire staff was pleased at the opportunity to move to this part of town. When we saw this location open up on the Westside, we snapped it up, Cipoletti said.
Lehman and her staff have a combined 25 years experience in the industry, she noted.
A grand opening to celebrate the new address is scheduled Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will include a focus on sponsoring Brandon's Hill Climb endeavor.
An online high school student who lives on the east side of the Springs, Brandon is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Larry Carnes, a former Hill Climb racer. Carnes is again working with his grandson on mechanical preparations. I love the speed, Brandon said. I'm an adrenaline junky. I like working on them too; I'm a super big gearhead. I've had my hands on all of it, my grandpa and me.
He first got his driver's license when he was 15. That was in New Mexico, which allows licenses at that age, he pointed out.
The record for the quad division's full 12.42-mile distance is just over 11 minutes. Brandon's goal is to lower that number into the 10s.
The bike is outwardly the same as what he rode last year - a 2015 Yamaha Raptor - but what's powering it will be totally different, he said. We've machined the whole thing in the shop. It's a one-off build from the ground up.
He said he expects to have the Raptor going over 100 mph on the straighter parts of the Hill Climb course, including the picnic grounds and the back stretch on the Peak.
With any luck, he'll win again - and match the name of the family business.
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