Certainly, I can imagine a lot, but when you have Formula cars, drift cars, and home-built race tractors, you’ve really stretched the bounds of my brain.
I’m not that familiar with this particular race – a hillclimb event known as the Course de Côte Turkheim - 3 Epis – but I’m pretty sure I want to buy it expensive lotions and stalk it like a creepy ex. Mostly because of the incredible variety of cars this race has. Here, watch:
What’s a better go-faster accessory for a big, stinkin’ wing than an Alfa Romeo 4C? Nothing, that’s what.
What’s the best way to follow up winning the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans? Winning the 100th anniversary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is pretty far up the list. That’s what Porsche 919 driver Romain Dumas did a week after Le Mans, and his bone-shakingly rough PPIHC onboard video is simply unreal.
Two weeks after redefining my standard for batshit crazy at the Isle of Man TT, I found myself sitting at the foot of Pikes Peak, about to blast off up the hill to try to best the record for front-wheel-drive vehicles. And not kill myself in the process.
That, as they say, has not gone well.
There’s something exceptionally intense about hillclimb racing. The angry automotive sounds smashing nature’s solitude– it’s all very dramatic in a “man versus nature” kind of way. This car takes that to a new level though.
This is Graeme Wright Jr. running the famous Shelsey Walsh Hillclimb in his self-built Predator single-seater chassis. Behind him is a 3.5-liter V10 engine pulled from an Arrows F1 car. It produces a solid wall of sound.
Small-time rallies and hillclimbs happen all the time, all around the world. Here are some of the most intense moments culled from the gazillions of megabytes of onboard video out there.
If there was a way to turn a Dukes of Hazzard chase scene into a race, it would look a lot like this.
Volkswagen never turned the mark 2 Golf into an official Group B rally car, but somebody in Austria corrected that mistake.
Did Quattro save him?
In fact, you can drift your bathtub even complete with a shower head. Because you’ll need to put that action cam somewhere.
This is the one-of-one Ferrari 212E, a hillclimb special that cleaned up its 1969 championship. Under the rear lid is a flat 12 engine displacing just two liters. Just listen to it.
This is Monster Tajima (of Pikes Peak fame) on a qualifying run up the longest all-gravel hillclimb in the world. And here’s his car tearing apart on the course.
How fast is too fast? This seems like too fast.
The Mazda Turnpike is the stuff of legends in Japan. This is what happens when you shut down the most infamous road in the country and let race cars loose.
This is Formula Drift Pro Ryan Mountain Man Tuerck climbing 2,000 feet up Vermont's Burke Mountain in his 'street' Scion FR-S complete with 2JZ swap. Unreal.
Porsche seems intent on writing their greatest achievements as endurance racing victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. You could argue that hillclimbs, rallies, and road races are actually their defining character. Watch this video and you'll see what I mean.