Rhys Millen and Sebastien Loeb will be battling at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, to be held on June 30th, to try to claim the fastest ever time up the famous 12.42-mile course.
The dramatic Colorado landscape and the sheer power of the cars built to take on the event have leant themselves to some epic pieces of filmmaking over the years. Here are some of the best…
Rhys Millen’s 2012 run
If Sebastien Loeb wants to claim the record-breaking time at Pikes Peak and add another win onto his already very, very long list of triumphs, this is the run he’s going to have to beat. Rhys Millen, driving a Hyundai Genesis, set a time of 9m46.164s last year, the fastest ever up the hill.
Michele Mouton in 1985
Legendary NASCAR driver Bobby Unser was said to have been livid when Michele Mouton, Audi’s factory World Rally Championship driver and a woman to boot, had the audacity to come to his home turf in 1985 and set the Pikes Peak record in the monstrous Audi Quattro. Mouton’s response was typically fighty. “If you’ve really got balls, you can race me back down again,” the Frenchwoman told Unser.
Now here’s some bona fide cinema for you. Jean Louis Morey’s film of Ari Vatanen’s record-breaking 1988 run in the Peugeot 406 T16 Pikes Peak actually won awards at film festivals, including the Jury’s Prize at the Festival International Du Film D'Aventure Val D´Isere in 1990. It’s easy to see why, as genius car and genius driver combined to produce something magical.
Jeremy Foley’s 2012 crash
In 2012, Mitsubishi Evo driver Jeremy Foley went through every Pikes Peak competitor’s worst nightmare: he went over the edge. Losing traction on a fast left-hander, Foley and his co-driver Yuri Kouznetsov plummeted over the cliff and into what looked to be an unsurvivable crash. It was a Pikes Peak miracle and a testament to increased safety standards when both emerged relatively unscathed.
The official timed runs for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on June 30th. Head over to redbull.tv for information on how to watch the event LIVE!