Not what you probably thought.
What's his hurry? That peak isn't going anywhere.
Guess I'm glad I wasn't driving my T up or down then. hee hee
So was this a record?
Some neat footage of the modern day race. Funny, when I was a teenager (even in my twenties) and was "bullet proof" -- I would have jumped at the chance to speed up Pike's Peak -- on a cycle, car, whatever. Now days I like to have a little more margin so if anything goes wrong – I’d still be around. Of course we all do things that some folks would consider an unacceptable risk. Driving a car with two-wheel brakes and wooden spokes. Hand cranking an engine (not nearly as exciting as hand propping an airplane). Etc. But if we manage the risk it is fine. And that is what the race car driver in the film was doing. He was good.
And then my own favorite photo from the Pike’s Peak racing shows Noel Bullock’s 1922 race:
Note -- I copied that photo from a previous posting and the wheel base had been compressed somehow on that photo. I "guessed" on how much to stretch the photo above to make it look more correct. If someone has a better copy that has not been crunched and stretched etc. please let us know.
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Ive been up that mountain a few times (slowly), and I used to drive like that. (in a crazy younger life and not on Pikes Peak) But watching the video I had a couple times of that sinking in my stomach when I know he almost lost it. He was pushing it to the limit .... If you have ever driven right on the edge of your limits (no pun intended) you would know why they do it. That video gives a good feel of being there .... Herb, Thanks for posting it. now I need to take a nap, too much excitement for a old man
Not messing around with a car, my son-in-law has run to the top and back down twice (Pike's Peak Marathon).
Then you have a friend of mine from my Air Force days at Little Rock AFB. He has done four full Pike's Peak Marathons and 17 ascents only (run to the top, get bused back down). He did his first at age 33 and his last at age 75. He didn't finish the last one, but that was his only DNF. The last successful ascent was when he was 73 in 2011. (He also did two doubles when he was in his sixties - that's when you run the ascent one day and the full marathon the day after (or before, I can't remember).
I think I prefer to drive....
try this one: They Lived.