One of the drivers’ favorite cars up the Mt. Washington Hill Climb this year was Mikko Kataja’s 4AGE Toyota Starlet shipped over from Finland wailing up the hill at 11,000 RPM. We had no idea how the narrow, frost-heaved road didn’t buck him straight off the mountain. Watching the onboard now, you can see it nearly…
I’ll be honest, I was genuinely scared to be the navigator for Bill Petrow’s Broken Motorsports Nissan 240SX, racing in the Mount Washington Hill Climb. And then my worst fear was realized. Well, not my worst fear. Nobody died. But we did do a 360 spin off of the mountain.
This might be the gnarliest thing that Travis Pastrana has ever done. The Mount Washington Hillclimb runs up one of the steepest, narrowest, bumpiest roads in the country, next to thousand foot drops. Pastrana broke his own record with a 5:44 run, half off the mountain itself.
Race cars exist for two reasons: to go fast and to make exciting noises for us all to enjoy. Please take in the wonderful turbo chirp on this classic five-cylinder Audi S4 GTO from 1992.
There’s a lot of car stuff out there on the Internet today. Turn your attention here, though, to this MkII Ford Escort RS2000, with a uncorked Pinto engine screaming up a hillclimb. Let me tell you, this is the good stuff.
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.
That, as they say, has not gone well.
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.
Did Quattro save him?
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.
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.
The old adage is that real Ferraris come with big 12-cylinder motrs and the poseurs' models have little engines. Well, what about a Ferrari with a little 12?
Things get more than a little hammered.
There is no good reason why this tube frame rock climber should be able to get up this sheer rock wall, rising up out of water. But big tires and torque will do wonders.