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Story: ‘An Unser always wins’
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In 1956, Bobby Unser set a new record with a time of 14 minutes and 27.0 seconds. As in the year before that, his uncle Jerry had prepared the racing car.
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The premiere – with his win in 1934, Louis Unser, Senior., laid the foundation for his family’s unrivalled series of successes.
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Rare image – in 1946, Louis Unser competed with a Maserati 8CTF rather than an American racing car. And he also won with the Italian vehicle.
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In 1951, Louis Unser only managed to take fourth place – here in the George’s Corner stretch.
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The next generation – Bobby, son of Jerry Unser, Sr., competed for the first time in Pikes Peak in 1955.
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Al Unser not only won the mountain race on Pikes Peak – here his second win in 1965 – but also the Indianapolis 500.
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Comeback at the age of 52 – Bobby Unser competed again in 1986, winning once more in the Audi quattro and taking back the track record.
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Next, please – Bobby Unser’s son Robby continued the family tradition, winning in 1992 but losing to Paul Dallenbach in 1993 (photo).
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Jeri Unser was the first female family member to compete in Pikes Peak. In 2003, she set a record in the still somewhat new class of electric vehicles.
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Eternal record – Leonard Vahsholtz won two classes in 1993: ‘Super Trucks’ (photo) and ‘Sprint Cars’. Competing in two races has been banned ever since.
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Leonard Vahsholtz’s son Clint competed on a motorcycle and in a car (1999 in the photo). Together, he and his father clinched 32 class wins – more than the Unsers.
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Toyota driver Rod Millen set a new time record on the fully unpaved route in 1994, which was only beaten once the route had been partially tarmacked.
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Nobuhiro Tajima of Japan also competed in a two-engine vehicle, falling short of a victory in the Suzuki in 1993.
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Tajima the ‘Monster’ was very fast again in his own electrically powered construction in 2013. But he lost to World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, who set the current track record.
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A Coyote built by John Wells competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 1992.