1st Nov 2011 by Admin
Shortly after the birth of automotive industry, in 1897, the first hill climb event was held near Nice in France, making Hill climbing one of the oldest forms of motorsport.
This competition, where drivers run their cars up public roads to the top of a mountain attracts men and women of all ages because of its simplicity.
The most famous hill climbing event in the world is Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as the "Race to the Clouds", which is held on the scenic road of the Pikes Peak mountain in Colorado Springs, US.
This competition began in 1916 and it has become the hill climb event which attracts most people. It is also the world’s second oldest motorsport event after the Indy 500 which started in 1911.
Drivers run their cars for about 20km to the goal at 4300 m above the sea level.
The difference in height between the start and the finish line is over 1400 m.
Many internationally famous drivers including rally champions have challenged this peak.
This year, Japanese driver “Monster” Tajima in a Suzuki SX4 became the first person to break the 10 minute barrier for the event and in so doing clocked up his six consecutive win.
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