With the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb still fresh in our minds, some sick media from the event is starting to hit the web to make sure we don't soon forget it. Case in point is this short by Radical Media showcasing Jeff Zwart behind the wheel of the 700 hp, BBI Autosport-prepped Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo Hill Climb Special. It was shot in stunning 4K, and if you have the means to view it with the appropriate equipment, we highly recommend it.
Welcome back; it’s been a while! We’ve been hard at work getting down to business with our Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, both part of the Pikes Peak Speed Week. While we were running around losing our minds, SCR Performance was hard at work making great progress with the BRZ build. Last time, we covered what it takes to build a bottom end stout enough to handle our power demands. This week we’re diving into the cylinder heads to see how SCR improved the breathing capacity of the FA20/4U-GSE.
The first time you hold an event in a new location, there is always the concern of if the fans will enjoy it and, more important, will they show up? Those fears were allayed for Shift-S3ctor and Revvolution as more than 3,000 spectators poured through the gates at the inaugural Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack by OB Prestige Auto. Featuring half-mile roll race and trap speed competitions, we knew it would attract a lot of attention–not only from the spectators, but also from enthusiasts and the race community as well. With over 90 competitors (per day) averaging more than 750 hp, we knew this was going to be a killer event.
Monday starts the week with a mid-day tech inspection, but Tuesday through Friday feature practice and qualifying sessions that begin at 5 a.m., necessitating wake up calls well before 3 in the morning to ensure they are on the mountain and ready to run. The days don’t end after practice as the teams continue to tweak their settings for optimum performance, sometimes even hitting up local dynos for last minute tunes that can last well into the night. Yeah, those other racing series really have it easy!
It takes a different breed of racer to tackle this mountain. You must be prepared to push yourself mentally and physically to overcome challenges not found on regular racing circuits. Focus must be on the road ahead and not the alpine trees or the sheer drops just feet away. As the heart races traversing the switchbacks, air is constantly disappearing making the physical exertion that much more challenging.
The alarms were set for the wee hours of the morning. Not that it mattered, though. Sleep was hard to come by with so much anticipation coursing through our veins of what we were about to witness after daybreak. After a long week of early mornings, late nights, a fan fest downtown and two days of high horsepower beasts tearing up the airport, it was finally time for one of the most storied races in North America: the 92nd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
In Tulsa, Okla., Thursday afternoons are synonymous with college bar specials and yard work—a day to get things out of the way for the weekend. Every year on June 12 though, Tulsa turns into an automotive stomping ground for one automaker in particular. Every year Tulsa hosts the Mid-America Shelby Nationals where owners of new and old Ford and Shelby Mustangs take to the streets to cruise by the iconic riverside. Police set up roadblocks to corral the high-horsepowered ponies.
On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Import Drag Racing Circuit/Street Tuner Mayhem made its annual stop at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. IDRC is an event geared toward import cars and domestic sport compacts (FWD or AWD with 4 or 6 cylinders). This year’s event consisted of drag racing by class (super stock, super mod, street bike, heads-up), the JDM Chemicals car show judged by INSTAFAME on behalf of DSPORT Magazine, and temperamental weather.
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