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Pikes peak hillclimb...errrh not but close!

PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:35 pm

The sunday blatt. An opportunity to gun our cars far from home on twisty mountains road full of hairpin and curves!

Last time during the shake down, i did not climb high enough to my expectations... So i needed to challenge my elan one step further...
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:41 pm

So we met with my friend laurent and his caterham. The odds were against us an ironman event was taking place close to our meeting point. It has been hell to get on the right roads, free of bikes and sweaty athletes...
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:43 pm

First good news, the road to the pass was open
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:46 pm

After overtaking cars, deutsch camping cars, bus and trucks.... Now we had to be cautious because of stones on the road. Some were bigger than others... With sharp edges, no good for a wet sump nor for the tires.
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:49 pm

Some warnings were not necessary as the sun was shinning. A really nice day for a blatt
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:51 pm

Pikes peak start is at 2865m. Wow i was not even close...
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:54 pm

We kept on pushing the engines chasing each other.
He is driving a super seven caterham sigma cup, approx 150bhp
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:57 pm

His ecu had trouble with the altitude. He was loosing power, and his exhaust was banging loud with unburnt fuel...
He could feel my breath on his neck... :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:00 pm

I drove as far and high as i could. Untill a wall of snow blocked the road
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:02 pm

Some people kept walking to the top... You might be able to see a snow truck on top of the pic
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:05 pm

Normally, you should be able to drive to the top and drive down on the other side... But it looked like the other side of the road had not be shovelled yet....
And don t you stare at me like that cause i ain ?t gonna do it!
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:08 pm

2731 m is the max i achieved with my 1972 elan.
The view was great!
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:10 pm

Snow walls...
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:12 pm

His sigma cup has some carbon bits...
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PostPost by: Pistacchio sprint 72 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:15 pm

Here better...
And he has painted red the underside of his front and rear wings...
Hence the brand sig at the rear.

Yeah... I get along well with weirdos! :mrgreen:
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