Pikes Peak Hill Climb Postponed Because of Forest Fire
America's second-oldest continuously run motorsports event takes a momentary breather.
Asked his thoughts on the changes to the road surface, Röhrl said the race had lost its mystique. “The special thing of Pikes Peak was that it was on gravel,” he said. “There are hundreds of tarmac hill climbs in Europe. The big point is gone.”
Perhaps. Few people are better equipped to have that opinion, that's for sure. At the same time, the race holds a certain mystique. It's the only truly big-league hill climb left in North America. The friend of mine who went and crashed last year did so because his navigator miscalled a turn; both men were scared out of their wits when the car went off, but both have also said they can't wait to go back.
There are rumors that the race won't last much longer. People say that, fully paved, Pikes is going to be too fast -- too deadly. People will take too many chances. Maybe. I hope it lasts, if only for one more year. It kills me that I couldn't make it this year, even postponed. I'm going. Soon.
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