Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Not for the faint-hearted

Here's a magnificent remastered video of Ari Vatanen's record-breaking run during the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado in 1988, driving the Peugeot 405 T16 GR.  He completed it in a time of 10m. 47.77sec.  Watch it in full-screen mode for best results - and turn up the volume.  That motor sounds sublime!

That's a fast mover, all right . . . and a fast Finn driving it!



Anonymous said...

It's a lonnnnnggg way down if you mess up a turn, isn't it?

A great film, here's another classic made earlier in Paris.


HeroHog said...

I don't know about anyone else but I seriously puckered up a few times watching that!

Anonymous said...

Friend Dick Dodge won it twice and held the record for quite awhile.
Considering he was an independent running against the big money teams it was a hell of an accomplishment.


Sport Pilot said...

Yep, inside, outside, bank & drift & holy mother of acceleration don't fail me now!!!

Anonymous said...

Chuck Norris owns all records. The Guinness BOR merely lists the next closest runner up. Yes, Pike's Peak too.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

I knew Louie Unser Jr back in the day. He told me his first MS symptom occurred during the Pikes Peak Hill Climb when he entered a corner and couldn't lift his foot off the throttle. He explained he used his hand to lift his leg for the rest of the climb. Those people who run that hill climb have a special kind of courage.