Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Milestones and records in the history of the famous race to the hill
Rea Lentz won the first mountain race on Pikes Peak in the Romano Demon Special with Curtiss aircraft engine. His time: 20 minutes, 55.6 seconds.
First of eight wins for Glen Shultz in the Stutz Special (17 minutes, 41.6 seconds). Shultz was named King of the Mountain.
Introduction of the Super Stock class for modified production saloons.
The race was broadcast on the radio for the first time.
Louis Unser was victorious in the Stutz Special (time: 16 minutes, 1.8 seconds), placing the Unser family on the list of winners for the first time.
First time that a team from abroad had participated – the Talbot factory team of France took third and fourth place.
The race was included in the IndyCar Championship for the first time (until 1970).
Introduction of a class for sports cars. The overall win went to Louis Unser in the Kurtis Offenhauser (15 minutes, 15.4 seconds).
The race was broadcast on TV for the first time, with the catchy name Race to the Clouds.
Bobby Unser (Rislone Special) finished in under 12 minutes for the first time (11 minutes, 54.9 seconds).
Mario Andretti (King-Chevrolet), later a Formula 1 Champion, won at 12 minutes and 44.07 seconds.
Introduction of the Open Rally class for European-style rally cars.
Michèle Mouton won in the Audi Sport quattro – the first overall win in a rally car and the first win for a woman. Her time: 11 minutes, 25.3 seconds.
Walter Röhrl undercut the 11-minute mark, driving the Audi Sport quattro E2 to victory with a time of 10 minutes and 47.850 seconds.
At 10 minutes and 4.060 seconds, New Zealander Rod Millen (Toyota Celica Special) achieved the final fastest time on the completely unpaved route.
‘International’ was added to the name of the race.
Efforts to tarmac the route began.
Because the route had to be shortened during the race due to worsening weather conditions, there were two Kings of the Mountain for the first and – so far – only time.
Nobuhiro Tajima (Suzuki) of Japan lowered the record to below 10 minutes (9 minutes, 51.278 seconds).
The route was fully tarmacked.
Tajima reached the summit again in less than 10 minutes, this time in an electric vehicle, a self-developed prototype.
Romain Dumas, 2018 driver of Volkswagen’s electric racing car, set a new record for the Pikes Peak Open class in the Porsche 911 GT3R at 9 minutes and 46.181 seconds.
Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb set a new record that remains undefeated in 2018, in the Peugeot with Le Mans technology: 8 minutes, 13.878 seconds.
Rhys Millen secured the first overall win in an electric vehicle of his own construction.
Rhys Millen set a new record for electric vehicles with a time of 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds.