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.
I'm struggling for words to describe everything mind-blowingly awesome in this video of Garo Haroutiounian in his BMW E46 hillclimb car.
You can trust rally drivers to powerslide next to thousand foot drops racing up the Northeast's highest mountain, but you can't trust them with pool toys.
Every car that drives up and down the road to the top of Mount Washington gets a bumper sticker celebrating the car's achievement. I didn't really understand what that meant until I found myself smelling roasting brakes in a church van loaded with a couple hundred pounds of fuel onboard.
"About a foot," says one of the marshals.
[Subaru's David Higgins broke the record at Mount Washington's Climb to the Clouds hillclimb this weekend not once, but twice. He blitzed the 7.6 mile, unguarded course in 6:09:09. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove]
"Every time it got on boost, it spun the back tires. The nose was pointing off the cliff, like, five times in just one stretch."
Very packed near-week up at the Mt. Washington hillclimb. Many stories to be told. Somewhere in the middle of everything was getting buzzed by a helicopter at speed at 5,000 feet at eye level.