As it turns out, I know a few guys that do hill climbs in really fast cars. Actually… I’m not sure if the cars are really fast… or they are just driven really fast? In any case, I can assure you that this whole hill climbing thing is pure madness. Back when I was young and fearless, I used to ride down metal slides on freshly waxed cookie sheets (I don’t want to brag…). To this date, it was probably the fastest that I have ever traveled, so needless to say I have a very healthy fear of speed. Driving on a narrow road at ridiculous speeds with nothing but gigantic trees and mysterious creatures on both sides? Hmm. I’m guess I am probably not meant for that. I’ll be honest, when I walk by trees, I feel slightly uncomfortable knowing that if I bump into one of them it will probably scrape my arm. So speeding by them in a car at 100 miles per hour on wet pavement sounds absolutely horrifying to me. Maybe my cookie sheet sliding endeavors as a youth taught me all that I needed to know about going fast. I’m not sure, but I know that I would never do it again. I’ll let the more fearless friends of mine enjoy these fruits of life, and I’ll stick to spinning wrenches while the cars stay still.
For those of you that are far too impatient to watch the whole video above, feel free to skip ahead to about 2:05 mark. As soon as Matt (the driver) cuts the steering wheel hard left, you will probably want to pick up your feet, and shout “wwwweeeeaaaaOOOOHHHH!!” out loud. Watch it twice or thrice if necessary. Heck, share it with a friend. It’s a fact, hill climb drivers are totally fearless.
Each year, about 45,000 vehicles carefully drive up the Mount Washington auto road into the clouds. When their journey is complete, most of them triumphantly add on the bumper sticker that says “This car climbed Mt Washington”. A proud moment indeed.
Next week, from June 22 to 26th, the auto road will become a race track for completely fearless individuals to race up the mountain at horrifying speeds. Great news though! People that are scared don’t have a race car… can still go and watch the racing!
Want to see who will be racing that day and what they will be driving? Check out Climbtotheclouds.com . You can also get tickets online there! Now riddle me this: Who is going to spectate? Any of you? Bueller?
If you enjoy the sights and sounds of engines revving to the point of explosion, cars doing 100+ through the middle of the forest, and drivers with a complete lack of fear, this video is for you. It is 14 minutes of ridiculous BMW hill climbing that will get your adrenaline pumping. By the time you are done watching it, you are going to need a shower and a nap. Enjoy!
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last 10 years, you have likely heard of Rhys Millen. He does rally and off-road truck racing, drifting, and a variety of other car related endeavors. Recently he set his eyes on smashing the current “Unlimited Class” Pikes Peak Hill Climb world record, and intends to break the 10 minute barrier all together, which has never been done. His team built a goal-oriented race car called the PM580 that is running a production Hyundai V6 with about 750 horsepower shoehorned into it. From the looks of this video, and the history that Rhys and his father Rod have on this hill climb, I’d say he has a good chance of reaching his goals. To put it tenderly, this new car looks like a tire-ripping, time-bending, ungodly fast, 1-way ticket to victory.