The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a remarkable place to test athletes and vehicles, in part because it is so brutal and unpredictable. Unfortunately, the same things that make it exciting also make it incredibly dangerous.
The race has claimed seven lives, most recently motorcycle racer Carlin Dunne this past year, a four-time winner of the event. This led the organizers to suspend motorcycle competition for 2020 … More
The 2015 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals Presented by Garmin VIRB brought 4 days of incredible competition and lived up to it’s name as the world’s largest motorsports competition. 1228 drivers set a new record for the largest Solo National Championships ever. Pink flamingos, pools and palm trees were in abundance as the tropical theme continued with the event slogan, ‘The Return 2 Concrete Beach’.
There was trouble in paradise with the intermittent rain throughout the event, and many classes were fraught with inconsistent run conditions. But that didn’t stop competitors from some amazing drives and proving why this is one of the most exciting motorsports events in the country.
This time around, Freiburger and Finnegan travel to Santa Rosa, California, to drive a crazy ’74 Mazda REPU mini-truck all the way back to SoCal, where they’ll compete in Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Challenge.
The Mazda is an oddity, originally powered by a rotary engine but later converted to Olds Toronado front-wheel drive drivetrain sometime in the late-1980s. With a 455ci big-block and ’69 Toronado transaxle slid between the rear frame rails, the seller claimed wheelies and 10-second ETs. However, Finnegan and Freiburger quickly discover their $5,000 mini-truck has more style than substance. Can they hang with the big dogs at the races?
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