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Monster Tajima Crashes out of Race to the Sky

Monster-Tajimia-Super-86-hillclimb-car

Monster-Tajimia-Super-86-hillclimb-carMonster Tajima has crashed out of the Repco Race to the Sky in a spectacular crash that destroyed his custom built Super 86 Race Car.

See the video of the crash after the jump

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Hyundai & Rhys Millen partner up again for 2013 Pikes Peak Hill climb race


2013 Hyundai of Rhys Millen for Pikes Peak

Very exciting news this morning with Hyundai & Rhys Millen Racing announcing that they will partner up again to defend their 2012 record as well as challenge for the outright record at this year Pikes Peak Hill Climb Event.

The team will field two cars, one for Rhys in the unlimited class and one for a yet to be named driver in the time attack 2WD class.

Bring on June 30 I say.

Read the full Press Release after the jump

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Walter Röhrl to climb Pikes Peak again


– Racing legend in Audi Sport quattro S1 for Race to the Clouds
– Autograph session with Röhrl at Audi stand at Techno Classica in Essen

25 years after Walter Röhrl drifted up Pikes Peak in the Audi Sport quattro S1 and set a record that still stands today, the two greats will be reuniting in 2012. On July 8, Röhrl will be driving in the famous hill climb, also known as the Race to the Clouds, for the second time. Spectators in the U.S. state of Colorado will be able to relive a milestone in the history of Audi Sport when the Rally Driver of the Century takes the wheel of the original Audi Sport quattro S1. Beginning today, Audi Tradition is providing a foretaste of the famous hill climb at Techno Classica, the world’s largest trade show for classic cars, in Essen. Walter Röhrl will also be on hand for an autograph session.

On July 11, 1987, rally legend Walter Röhrl stepped on the accelerator of the nearly 600 hp Audi Sport quattro S1 and climbed the mountain in just 10 minutes and 48 seconds. No driver had ever been faster up the unpaved dirt road. It was a milestone in the history of the oldest hill climb in the United States and also a milestone for Audi. Faster times were recorded later, but only after paving of the course, which has now been completed, had begun.

25 years after his victory, Walter Röhrl is taking the “Monster” up the mountain for the second time on July 8. Not under race conditions this time, but it will still be challenging enough. The course snakes through 150 curves over nearly 20 kilometres and finishes at the 4,301 metre summit.

Those who are unable to attend in July have an opportunity to get a feel for the famous race at Techno Classica, the world’s largest classic car show, which opens today in Essen. Audi Tradition, the corporate history department at AUDI AG, is presenting winning hill climb cars at a 700 square metre stand in Hall 7. The highlight is the Audi Sport quattro S1 “Pikes Peak.”

But not only the original rally car will be on display, the champion himself will also be there. Walter Röhrl will be at the Audi stand for an exclusive autograph session on Sunday, March 25. Racing enthusiasts and Audi fans will have the opportunity to get to know the rally legend from 2.00 to 3.00 p.m.


David Higgins Smashes Mt. Washington Hillclimb Record



Pikes Peak wasn’t the only hill climb event being run last weekend. On the other side of the country in New Hampshire there was another event being run.

The Climb to the Clouds is held on the Mt Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire and first opened in 1861 as the Mt Washington Carriage Road.

Quote below is from Climb to the Clouds site

“The 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road is one of the ultimate challenges for driver and automobile. The serpentine tarmac and gravel road is lined with trees and dramatic drop-offs as it winds its way to the 6,288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak. Considered to be one of the oldest motorsports events in the United States, the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904, seven years before the first 500-mile race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis and twelve years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado. The last time the Climb to the Clouds was run was in 2001.”

As quoted above the event hasn’t been run since 2001, not much has been written about the event until last year when Travis Pastrana and Red Bull thought they would give the record a crack

Pastrana went on to smash the previous record by 20secs

Click after the jump to see the full videos of his run

David Higgins from the Isle of Man in the UK this year broke the official race record at the return of the Climb to the Clouds event, which was brought back to held celebrate the 150th birthday of the Mt Washington Auto Road.

As well as Higgins there was a long line of other interesting vehicles attending the Climb, including the awesome Freightliner Cascadia  race-truck, with an amazing 1,950HP, of Mike Ryan

Read on below for the full release about the event, but hopefully they bring the event back in 2012 as well

Full Press Release and more images and video after the jump

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Breaking News – Pikes Peak 10min record smashed


Well the ten minute barrier at Pikes Peak has finally been broken with Monster Tajima from Japan crossing the line and beating his old record by 10secs


Full details below

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Mt. Washington Hillclimb Returns This Weekend


Day one practice completed on the lower half of the course in rainy and challenging conditions

The Mt. Washington Hillclimb, known affectionately as the “Climb to the Clouds” is making a comeback this weekend after a nearly ten-year hiatus. The event, one of Americas’ oldest auto races, features a strong 70-car competition field with some of the best drivers and cars from around the world competing for “King of the Hill” honors.   The first day of practice, on the lower half of the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road, was conducted this morning with Subaru driver David Higgins, from the Isle of Man, toping the time sheets nearly twenty seconds faster than his closest challenger in rainy and challenging conditions.

The entry list includes two of the past course record holders, former and current rally champions, high-powered open-wheel cars, a vintage class filled with cars steeped in motorsports history and a first for the event; a purpose-built race-truck.

“What a road! Really good fun,” said Higgins, who has never competed on the auto road before. “The conditions were really slick and challenging plus I’m still trying to learn the road.”  Higgins is driving a Vermont SportsCar prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car.

Former Climb to the Clouds record holder Tim O’Neil of Whitefield, New Hampshire, who last competed here nearly twenty years ago, was sixth fastest on the morning practice session. “I don’t think the auto road has changed much in twenty years but my memory has gotten worse!”

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will see a truck race up its narrow serpentine course for the first time in its history as daredevil Mike Ryan of Santa Clarita, California takes his purpose-built Freightliner 14.7 liter, 1,950HP turbo-diesel-powered race-truck up Mt. Washington in the Hillclimb Special Class. Ryan was an impressive 31st fastest on the morning practice session.

Evening entertainment kicks off tonight with the Jim Devlin Band performing at 8pm on the Climb to the Clouds stage at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road followed by a Fireworks show.  A second practice is scheduled for tomorrow and at 8pm Boston-based TAB The Band, who recently toured the US and UK with the Stone Temple Pilots, will perform on stage.  Race day is Sunday where all teams will have two full course attempts to the summit.


Lake Mt Sprint


Lake Mountain Sprint is a annual tarmac hill climb event held on the Alpine roads in the Yarra Valley Region. It’s a small event, it doesn’t get the entries or the profile of the Mt Buller Sprint but it still pulls good entries.

This year I trekked up to the top of the mountain at the start of the day. To find that the road closure times had changed and no sooner had we got to the top of the mountain, that the road was to be closed with no time to get down to one of the bottom spots. All that was left was to walk down the road to find a location that would be ok for pics.

I found a couple of spots for the first run, shots were ok.

Nikon D2x – 70-200mm F2.8 – 1/2000 f8 – 200iso
For the second run, I walked back up to the top of the hill, to shoot them on the last corner. Shots again were only ok.
Nikon D2x – 17-55mm F2.8 – 1/160 f13- 200iso
Nikon D2x – 70-200mm F2.8 – 1/640 f5 – 200iso
All in all it wasn’t a bad day, but next year if I go back, I think I’ll try some other spots.