The roll races competition is really what this event is all about. The high-level competition pits competitors against each other, taking them off the streets and putting them in a safe environment where they can really show what their machines are worth. It’s put so much more into perspective. It’s not just about how many horses come pumping out, but also about the strategy, the shifts, putting the rubber to the pavement, gearing ratios and having the cajones to hang it all out on the line for that one glory pull. This is what it’s all about. We’re not trying to diminish the importance of record-enabling trap speeds, but this is toe-to-toe competition and what many of our competitors come out for!
This past weekend marked the conclusion of the 2015 Pikes Peak Speedweek, and what will go down as the most successful and largest half-mile side-by-side roll racing event in the world: the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, in our own backyard at the Colorado Springs Airport!
Breathtaking. That was our purest response upon seeing this high-tech machine at Ford’s new Palo Alto location. We’d seen it in person at Detroit of course, but this meeting would prove to be a much more intimate experience.
Technology continues to consume the automotive world at a frantic pace. Today, the entry-level vehicles we drive are safer than they’ve ever been, and instead of being appreciative, we’re pissed when a $25,000 car’s infotainment system doesn’t have the same effortless UIs as our $700 iPhones. We bitch about it on web forums, nod emphatically when consumer websites badmouth systems that took years and millions of dollars to develop and put way too much weight on infotainment when it comes time to car shop. When did vehicle satisfaction start hinging on a Bluetooth connection?
Remember the days when going 225 in the half mile was f*cking insane? We do too and feels like it was years ago! And it was. We were going through our archives and stumbled across this gem that we never released and with Airstrip Attack 8 this week, we think it's time we showed the world. Enjoy this piece back from 2013 when Underground Racing reigned supreme with a new world record at 224.9 MPH established by Stacey Barnett.