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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – Preview

I’ll take any excuse I can to head out to Laguna Seca. Simply walking around this incredible ribbon of California tarmac is enough to send chills up and down my spine. Throw in a collection of iconic race cars doing hot laps, and I’m one very happy camper. Do it for four days straight, with a rotating variety of run groups, plus Q&A and autograph sessions with legendary racing personalities and tons of delicious food, and I’d call it pure gearhead bliss. This is the formula for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the place where the racing of Monterey Car Week all goes down. As the uber-epensive collectibles roll across the block at auctions like Mecum or Russo & Steele, and the show judges scour a field of pristine classics at the Concours d’Elegance, Laguna Seca plays host to hundreds of hardened competition machines doing what they do best – going fast.

As in years past, the 2017 rendition of the Reunion will bring together a vast collection of four-wheeled heroes, from a 1911 National Speedway, to a 1989 Mazda 767-B. In fact, there’s so much automotive goodness on hand, the event has been dubbed the “rolling museum.” We’ll be there to capture the action, but before we get there, here’s a preview of what to expect.

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PostHeaderIcon Goodbye Chevy SS, Hello Camaro ZL1 – Chevy’s New NASCAR Cup Race Car Announced!

Chevrolet has announced the Camaro ZL1 as its top-tier race car for the 2018 NASCAR season. The news comes as no surprise following the discontinuation of the Chevy SS sedan in May of 2017, the basis for Chevy’s previous stock car. This marks the first time Chevy’s pony car will battle with the big boys (and Danica Patrick) in NASCAR’s tile event, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

As with any modern NASCAR racer, the cars are only look-alikes to their production counterparts. They car merely sheet metal shells bolted to a tube-chassis and powered by custom-built racing V-8s. Not a single bolt or switch comes from the production car’s assembly line. The Camaro ZL1 Monster Energy car is no different, though Chevy’s design team has done a great job preserving the Camaro ZL1’s massive lower grille, brake ducts, menacing headlights and curvy rear haunches. The announcement was made at GM’s Detroit headquarters with driver Jimmie Johnson and executive VP of GM Global Product Development Mark Reuss on hand. Reuss said in a statement, “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans and customers.” The 2018 NASCAR season will begin in February at the Daytona Speedweeks.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 IMSA Continental Tire Road Race Showcase – Race Report

As the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship enters its final leg, we were treated to an exciting race on Wisconsin’s Elkhart Lake road course where, finally, Cadillac’s stronghold was broken. Last weekend’s action at Road America got underway in difficult, mixed, weather conditions which meant not much valuable data could be gathered for what was forecast to be a dry race. That is, until the third and final free practice session but even that didn’t go all the way. Katherine Legge suffered a significant crash in the fast Canada Corner (anyone recalls her Champcar shunt there?) which almost ruled out the No. 93 Acura she shares with Andy Lally.

Michael Shank’s crew, though, decided to repair the damaged chassis – with help from the RealTime Racing Acura mechanics who campaign the same type of cars in Pirelli World Challenged and are based close to the track – and they managed to do just that, the blue NSX being ready for the pre-race warm up session. This meant, however, that Legge and Lally – who came to Road America sitting third in the standings – had to start from the back. This brings us to how the rest of the field was ordered by qualifying. First up was the GT-D which was an impressive showcase by Dutchman Jeroen Mul who, on his first visit to Elkhart Lake, took his first ever series pole in the No. 16 Change Racing Huracan. His time, a 2:06.649, was quicker by 0,174-seconds than the best that Jesse Krohn could do aboard the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. It was the second pole in a row for a Lamborghini in GT-D while Porsche’s quickest car, that of Park Place Motorsport, was third fastest.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Blancpain 24 Hours of Spa – Race Report

The 69th running of the epic Spa 24 Hours was as much a battle between the world’s top brands as it was one between top teams in a race that was marked, like last year, by multiple penalties which shaped the finishing order as well as some scary shunts. The Spa 24 Hours, a staple in the world of endurance racing, has been around for just about as much as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and, in recent years, it has seen a constant growth since becoming the blue riband event of the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup. The SRO-sanctioned series is also flourishing and now, the Spa 24 Hours, is also part of the Intercontinental GT Cup (alongside the Bathurst 12 Hours and others) and the Blancpain GT combined leaderboard which brings together the Endurance Cup and the Sprint Cup leaderboards.

This meant that none was fazed when a 63-strong entry list was presented, which comprised of Pro entries, Pro-Am, Am, and National entries. The designations are basically using the FIA-approved driver licensing system where the Pros are the Platinum and Gold-rated drivers while the Ams are the Silver and Bronze-rated ones. The National category is an addition to the usual GT3-only classes which aims to bring lower tier machinery to Spa, such as the Porsche 991 Cup, the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo or the Ferrari 488 Challenge. This year, only two Porsches made up the National class.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura NSX GT3 To Be Sold Globally

In case you were somehow unaware, let me be the first to tell ya – GT3 racing is an awesome spectacle. Imagine a long line of production-based competition vehicles hailing from some of the biggest names in automotive performance. Forget the V-8-powered metal shells of NASCAR and the unobtanium spaceships of Formula 1 – GT cars are actually somewhat recognizable as iterations of their street-legal counterparts, plus the requisite aero enhancements, of course. For well-heeled individuals interested in playing race car driver, the GT3 class makes for a tempting adventure, especially with all the customer racing options now offered direct from the factory. Now, Acura is sweetening the pot with this – the NSX GT3 race car, available to anyone with an extra $500,000 to burn and an insatiable need for speed.

Offered for purchase globally in anticipation of the 2018 race season, the NSX GT3 is close in spec to the street machine, but with some notable differences – for example, the hybrid AWD system was replaced with RWD and gas-only power. Honda Performance Development is taking orders now, starting at 465,000 Euros, or $546,491 at current exchange rates (07/28/2017). North American buyers are directed to browse, while MUGEN2 is handling sales in Japan. Buyers in the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are advised to contact JAS Motorsport. Acura and Honda are also offering customers access to “parts and service,” as well as “training and engineering services,” if needed. Read on for more info on the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Hoonigan Names New Female Racer For Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Rally Car

For the past few months, Hoonigan and Fiat have conducted a talent search to find the “Next Female Hoonigan” racer. Today, it was announced that the search was over and a winner has been found. Taking the title is Sara Price, a 24-year-old hot shoe hailing from Canyon Lake in Southern California. Price started in motocross racing before taking on trophy trucks and side-by-side racers, and will bring that experience to rally racing in the Hoonigan Fiat 124 competition machine.

Price managed to secure her ride by beating five other finalists in a three-month long competition, which started with more than 150 individual entries from across the nation. To take the win, Price first had to take a road trip to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Arizona, before continuing on to the Gridlife Music & Motorsports festival at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven Michigan. Eventually, Price showed she had what it took to be the next Hoonigan racer, and subsequently took the wheel of a 400-horsepower turbocharged Fiat 124 at the Mt. Washington hillclimb event in New Hampshire. Specs on the car include a six-speed pneumatic sequential transmission and anti-lag system, which is the right combo when tackling the 7.4 miles and 4,500 feet of elevation change at the hillclimb. Check out the video of Price’s run by hitting play above, including a glimpse at all the hard work it takes to run at the front at such a prestigious event.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 IMSA Northeast Grand Prix – Race Report

Lime Rock Park’s tight nature makes it perfect for an all-GT contest, and that’s exactly what we had on the plate for last weekend’s IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Race at the Lakeville track. Akin to the old days of the IMSA GT Championship, the two-hours-and-40-minutes sprint around the 2.459-mile-long circuit was open only to the GT-LM and GT-D contenders which made for great racing between the two “cores” of action.

The seventh round of the 2017 season came as a lot of news was coming out of the Prototype camp which will return at Road America. For starters, Mazda announced they will cut their season short as they begin a new relationship with Joest Racing which will take over the Japanese manufacturer’s program in IMSA over from SpeedSource. The team that previously ran Audi Sport’s LMP1 program (and has a rich history even before that, with Porsche) will begin testing with the Riley/Mutimatic-based RT24-P immediately which is why we won’t see the car back on track until its debut under the new Mazda Team Joest banner at Daytona in 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG GT4

Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is the company’s latest halo sports car and replaces the SLS AMG in the lineup. However, the [AMG GT is smaller than its predecessor and aimed at a slightly different market niche, having been developed as a competitor for the Porsche 911. The sports car was also used to introduce AMG’s brand-new engine, a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Launched in GT and GT S variations, the two-door gained higher performance GT R (coupe) and GT C (roadster) models, as well as a GT3-spec race car version in 2016. In 2017, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a second race car based on the AMG GT, this time around in GT4 specification.

If you’re not familiar with the GT4 class, it’s a less powerful, more affordable version of GT3 and it’s mostly dedicated to amateur drivers. The cars are also equalized in order to allow driving skill to become key. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 was optimized for a wide range of championships, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Pirelli World Challenge in the U.S., the Blancpain GT Series Asia in Asia and the Australian GT Trophy in Australia. In Germany, the VLN endurance racing championship, and the Nürburgring 24-hours are the series that will see new race car in action. The GT4 European Series Northern Cup and the GT4 European Series Southern Cup are among the international GT4 series that Mercedes developed the AMG GT4 for.

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PostHeaderIcon BMW Confirms FIA Formula E Championship Entry

The Bavarians are once again stepping up for a little wheel-to-wheel racing action, but this time around, internal combustion need not apply. Rather, it’s all about the electricity as BMW prepares a bid in the Formula E Championship. BMW just announced its intentions to make a full-fledged factory effort for Season 5 of the battery-powered sport, partnering with the Andretti Formula E works team for battle in 2018 and 2019. BMW will provide the team with an in-house developed powertrain produced under the banner of the newly created i Motorsport division, BMW’s latest racing skunk works, which will work alongside BMW’s M Division to advance its go-faster know-how. BMW says it’ll use the opportunity to advance its all-electric technology, which will eventually trickle down to street cars like the i3 and i8, as well as future models like the iNext electric crossover.

“The borders between production and motor racing development are more blurred at BMW i Motorsport than in any other project,” says Klaus Frohlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. BMW’s timing coincides with recent rule changes that made Formula E participation more appealing to the automaker, including “omission of the car changeover” seen in previous seasons. Meanwhile, the Andretti team provides a natural fit for BMW, given the past collaboration between the two organizations. “I couldn’t pick a more prestigious or historic manufacturer to work with in Formula E,” says Michael Andretti.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Six Hours of the Nurburgring – Race Report

After a shorter-than-previously post-Le Mans break, the World Endurance Championship returned with the German round hosted, as ever, by the legendary Nurburgring. This time around, the race came amid looming concerns regarding the top LMP1-Hybrid class which is potentially in jeopardy. In spite of ACO’s early-year announcements that it will stick with hybrid technology, as stated in the new-for-2020 rule book, factory teams might step out as early as next year. Porsche is poised to take a decision on whether they will commit to their original plan – that of also doing the 2018 season – or if they will pull the plug one year short, at the end of 2017. Toyota, which had previously confirmed its commitment all the way through 2019, might, in the wake of a potential Porsche withdrawal, reconsider its position as well.

This means that, in the worst case scenario, we could be left with no works teams to fill the P1-H class next year and with a very uncertain P1-L presence to round up the debacle. That’s because, despite announcements from Dallara, Ginetta and Perrinn, there have been very few firm confirmations from teams that will actually run these new cars. Thus, the optimistic ACO-fueled figures of 6-8 cars might actually be just half, and with no P1-H, we might witness a very sorry sight at next year’s Le Mans.

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PostHeaderIcon Bruce McLaren Documentary Is A Must-Watch

We all know the names Enzo Ferrari, Ferruccio Lamborghini, and Ferdinand Porsche. They’re all titans of the industry and their legacies remain to this day in the manufacturers that still bear their name. One name who doesn’t get as much shine as he should is Bruce McLaren, the New Zealand-born driver, engineer, and inventor who founded McLaren. Well, if anybody wants to know more about McLaren and his impact on the history of motorsports, now’s your chance because a special documentary covering his life will be shown in the U.S. by video-on-demand next month.

Aptly titled “McLaren,” the documentary covers McLaren’s whole life, beginning with his childhood in New Zealand all the way up to the tragic crash that claimed his life at Goodwood. It’s a little hard to believe that McLaren was only 32 years old when he died, but in the short time that he was alive, he managed to found a company and racing outfit that would go on to win 12 Formula One driver’s championships and eight constructor’s titles. Today, we know of McLaren both from its exploits in Formula One and the supercar division that has given us exotic beauties like the P1, 720S, and the grandfathered yet still iconic F1 supercar. All of it started with Bruce McLaren, who lived long enough to create a lasting legacy of his name. Now we have a chance to see the man in ways we probably never have before.

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PostHeaderIcon Travis Pastrana Sets Mt. Washington Hill Climb Record

Travis Pastrana has accomplished a great many things in his illustrious motorsports career. He’s a motocross champion, an X-Games gold medalist, and a four-time Rally America champion. It’s fitting then that for a man who has accomplished a lot in his career, Pastrana added yet another feather to his cap by claiming the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hill Climb record in staggering fashion. With a specially-prepared Subaru WRX STI rally car acting as his stead, Pastrana sped up the 7.6-mile track in 5:44.72.

Pastrana’s record ascent to the summit of Mt. Washington didn’t just break the old record set by David Higgins in 2014. It shattered that 6:09.09 lap time by 24 seconds in one of the most incredible displays of hill climb rallying you’ll ever see. For his part, Higgins also competed in the event and was determined to eclipse his own mark. Unfortunately, his own attempt was derailed after his car went off the road, forcing him to abandon his lap time. It’s easy to feel Higgins’ disappointment in not only failing to finish the climb, but in seeing his record fall. Then again, it still took someone with the skill and experience of Pastrana to lay claim to the lap record of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hill Climb. It’s hard not to see Higgins return next year to try to reclaim his record. For now, though, it’s Pastrana who deserves the shine, as well he should considering his latest accomplishment.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 IMSA Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Race Report

It’s barely been a week since the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, and IMSA was back at it this Sunday with the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at CTMP, a race that over-delivered, as many do in the series, this time with the aid of Mother Nature. Mosport, as it was known some 50 years ago when it first welcomed the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix, is now the host of the annual trip that IMSA makes north of the border to Bowmanville, Ontario. All classes, P, PC, GT-LM and GT-D, took part in the 160-minute-long race for which mostly dry weather was forecasted “Watch out later on for that mostly!“

The weekend got going with practice where, again, prototypes showed their speed, namely the JDC-Miller ORECA which came tantalizingly close to a win at Watkins Glen. In spite of all that, it was business as usual in qualifying, Wayne Taylor Racing getting their third pole of the 2017 season thanks to Ricky Taylor’s storming 1:08.459 which was 0,128-seconds quicker than the best that Misha Goikhberg could do in the No. 85 ORECA. ESM’s Nissan-Ligiers were third and fourth filling up row 2 with Jonathan Bomarito fifth in Mazda’s No. 55 car, ahead of the winners last time out, Barbosa and Fittipaldi. The No. 31 Curran/Cameron Whelen-sponsored Cadillac performed even worse, so the duo was looking to rebound in the race after an ill-fortuned trip to New York last weekend.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin’s Gravity-Powered Vantage GTE Soapbox Is A Winner In Our Books

The Aston Martin Vantage GTE made a spectacular showing at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its LMGTE Pro class on its way to finishing 17th overall. The success has spurred Aston Martin Racing and the Vantage GTE to even greater heights as it once again took to the grid to compete in yet another racing competition. This time though, the scene of the Vantage GTE’s latest motor racing triumph isn’t Le Mans. It’s not even Bathurst or the Nürburgring. It’s Alexandra Palace in London, England, the site of Red Bull’s Soapbox Race where the Vantage GTE Soapbox finished second in the “24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally.”

Snicker all you want, but you can’t deny that the miniaturized, gravity-powered Vantage GTE looks just as awesome as its life-sized counterpart. It is a lot smaller than the actual Vantage GTE and it doesn’t have the car’s powerful V-8 engine, but where it lacks in producing an actual soundtrack, the soapbox Vantage GTE more than makes up for it in having a presence about itself. Even better, it actually had a successful go at the 24 Seconds of Le Ally Pally, finishing second overall, behind only the Brooklands Special team. That kind of success is what Aston Martin was going for when it decided to enter the soapbox in the fun-filled race, and you can be sure that the motorsports division of Aston Martin will try to build on this year’s impressive result and turn it into a better showing next year. Who knows, next year’s entry might even be the Valkyrie hypercar, or at least a soapbox version of it.

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PostHeaderIcon Norma MXX RD Limited

The Norma M20 was first introduced in 2003 as a Group CN prototype for the Prototype Endurance Challenge, the Speed EuroSeries, and the European Le Mans series. The car was also used in the FIA European Hill Climb Championship, and in 2014 in was raced at Pikes Peak for the very first time. The M20 won its maiden race with Romain Dumas behind the wheel and scored its second win two years later, in 2016, when it also ran the second-best lap. In 2017, Norma and Dumas returned at Pikes Peak with the MXX RD Limited update, scoring their third overall win in the Unlimited class.

Although it didn’t manage to best his record from 2016, Romain Dumas was a tenth-second faster than in 2014, thus posting the third-best overall time in the “Race to the Clouds.” While still more than 30 seconds off Sebastien Loeb’s incredible record from 2013, Dumas’ effort is truly impressive given that Norma is a very small company that doesn’t benefit from the same financial support as the Peugeot 208 T16. It remains to be seen whether a new update will make the Norma faster in 2018, but until then, let’s have a closer look at one of the most extreme race cars ever built.

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PostHeaderIcon The Most Exciting Goodwood HIll Climb Videos From Over The Weekend

Just as we’re coming back to earth after a festive 4th of July weekend, it’s a good time to sit back and enjoy what took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As always, the FOS lived up to the hype in bringing in a trove of vehicles from different generations. There were classic cars from the halcyon days of the auto industry. There were world debuts of new cars, public unveilings of future cars, and let’s not forget all those Ferraris in attendance that were there to celebrate Maranello’s 70th anniversary.

One of the really cool things about the Goodwood Festival of Speed is, that unlike any other auto show in the calendar, a lot of the cars that show up there aren’t just showcase models that sit idly on platforms as the world looks at them. The cars that attend Goodwood are far more active, some of them even partaking in the Hill Climb event that has come to be one of the most identifiable events of the weekend-long festivities. So as we dig into all that happened at Lord March’s estate over the weekend, might as well spend some time enjoying some of the most memorable cars that partook in the Hill Climb. Not all of them were successful in completing the short course, but these cars still found ways to get a lot of people to talk about them.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Six Hours of the Glen – Race Report

This year’s Watkins Glen Six Hours was a race to remember with many plot twists and a story of attrition at the top that somewhat echoes that of this year’s Le Mans. Cadillac still won, however, not with the usual culprits and there were more stories down the order – including many awesome one-off liveries since July 4th is around the corner. The margin for pole in qualifying was only 0.162 seconds. The men battling out at the sharp end for the pole, Pipo Derani and Olivier Pla, were not Cadillac drivers as the Dallara-based machines had been hit by another BoP change in form of downforce limitations. It was Derani who got around the Glen quicker, namely in 1:34.405. Cadillac filled the second row of the grid while the Riley/Multimatic Mazdas were at the back of the Prototype group.

The pole for the No. 22 came as very good news to the ESM crew after the sad news that Ed Brown, who was poised to drive in his final Prototype-class race at WGI, would miss the event due to an unplanned back surgery he had to undergo. That’s the precise reason why Derani made his way into that car’s lineup. James French put down another good performance in Prototype Challenge that was remunerated with the team’s fourth pole in 2017. The No. 38’s quickest time was 1:40.049 and it was also the avenue to Performance Tech’s eighth pole in the series thus far.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Pikes Peak – Race Report

The 95th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought together almost 80 competitors for the year’s most exciting hill climb race. Spread over eleven divisions that included both gas and electric drivetrains, some of motorsport’s fastest cars and motorcycles raced up the iconic hill in Colorado in search of new world records. Unfortunately, no record was beaten this year — the fastest car was even slower than last year’s winner — but the 2017 Pikes Peak was spectacular nonetheless.

This year’s event gathered 78 vehicles at the starting line, but only 66 made it to the peak to take the checkered flag. A norm for the winner in recent years, the 10-minute benchmark was broken for the sixth time, but no car managed to get below the nine-minute mark. However, this year’s winner set the third-quickest time on the 12.42-mile lap, an impressive time despite being nearly a minute slower than Sebastien Loeb’s all-time record from 2013. In all, five cars and two motorcycles completed the race in less than 10 minutes.

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PostHeaderIcon Five Cars To Keep An Eye On At Pikes Peak This Year

With the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb kicking off this weekend, we here at TopSpeed are practically giddy at the thought of watching all those high-powered machines take on one of the most exciting, long-running, and flat-out challenging motorsports events in the U.S. Finding the win at the top of the world in Colorado takes just the right combination of elements, with a wide spread of entries taking up the challenge. This year, more than 50 individual racers will sprint to the peak, with both domestic and international representatives in attendance. But one of the most fascinating things about the PPIHC is the surprisingly diverse mixture of cars, which includes modern hybrid sports cars, all-electric spaceships, purpose-built track cars, and modified street cars. There’s even a freightliner, and believe it or not, it’s quick. As such, we’ve outlined five cars to keep an eye on at Pikes Peak this year.

Some are new, while others are old standbys for the event. Each, however, is very, very fast. But as always, we wanna know – which entry will you be rooting for? Let us know in the comments section below, and don’t forget to check out our additional PPIHC pre-event coverage here and here.

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PostHeaderIcon What You Need To Know About The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

It’s affectionally called the “Race to the Clouds,” a nickname it earned for its unconventional race course, at least relative to traditional race courses. It’s also been referred to as one of the toughest races in the world and the world’s most famous hill climbing competition – no small feats for an event that it’s been around for 101 years. Whatever name or whatever description it goes by, this race will forever be referred to as the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and it’s taking place for the 95th time this weekend on June 25.

Like most years, a huge throng of people will be making the pilgrimage to Colorado Springs this weekend in what has become one of the most eagerly anticipated racing spectacles in the U.S. Pikes Peak is non-traditional in a sense that it’s not part of a racing series, nor is it an actual race track or oval circuit. Instead, competitors literally have to go up a mountain to get to the finish line. If it sounds easy in that description, it’s actually not. Far from it, to be honest. Competing in Pikes Peak takes a toll on the driver and the car in ways that no other kind of motorsport race can do. That’s a big reason why finishing it as much of a big deal as actually winning it, let alone setting an actual record. So ahead of this weekend’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, we’ve prepared a little primer to get people up-to-speed on the history of the race, the spectacle that comes with it, and the expectations that will go in being invested in the outcome of this year’s race.

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End Date: Tuesday Aug-22-2017 20:00:00 PDT
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$16,650.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Friday Aug-25-2017 9:57:09 PDT
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$10,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Aug-24-2017 10:00:00 PDT
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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Coupe 2-Door 2012 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 302 5.0 6-SPD RECARO 19'S 21K MI #223992 Texas Direct
$15,000.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Aug-23-2017 21:27:58 PDT
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$4,350.00 (8 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Aug-26-2017 19:27:54 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CAMARO SS RS AUTOMATIC 20" WHEELS 20K MILES #105619 Texas Direct Auto
End Date: Wednesday Aug-23-2017 13:18:54 PDT
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2014 Ford Mustang Base Convertible 2-Door 2014 FORD MUSTANG V6 CONVERTIBLE AUTO CRUISE CTL 21K MI #297121 Texas Direct
$5,005.00 (20 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Aug-26-2017 14:00:00 PDT
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS RS AUTO SUNROOF NAV HUD 20'S 24K #280613 Texas Direct Auto
$15,300.00 (31 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Aug-23-2017 15:09:25 PDT
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2005 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2005 FORD MUSTANG GT PREMIUM 5-SPEED LEATHER 20'S 74K #259188 Texas Direct Auto
End Date: Friday Aug-25-2017 16:56:03 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY COUPE 3LT AUTO NAV HUD 6K #102090 Texas Direct Auto
End Date: Tuesday Aug-22-2017 19:55:07 PDT
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2015 BMW M4 Base Convertible 2-Door 2015 BMW M4 HARD TOP CONVERTIBLE EXECUTIVE NAV HUD 21K #968332 Texas Direct Auto
End Date: Saturday Aug-26-2017 15:15:00 PDT
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2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe 2-Door 2008 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500 SVT COBRA S/C 6-SPEED 9K #126900 Texas Direct
$3,555.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Aug-26-2017 13:30:00 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe GT w/ Powersteering
$13,000.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Monday Aug-21-2017 18:58:14 PDT
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1967 Ford Mustang 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible 289 Automatic Power Disc Brakes 8" Rear End
$14,701.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Monday Aug-21-2017 13:30:00 PDT
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 3LT 7-SPD NAV HUD 11K #105618 Texas Direct Auto
$760.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Friday Aug-25-2017 17:42:01 PDT
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End Date: Thursday Aug-24-2017 6:46:56 PDT
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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Base convertible 2001 Corvette convertible
$12,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Aug-20-2017 9:47:06 PDT
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2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 2-Door 2011 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS RS CONVERTIBLE LEATHER HUD 55K MI #207999 Texas Direct
$10,600.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Aug-24-2017 18:04:51 PDT
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1965 Ford Mustang Mustang Coupe 1965 Mustang Coupe 6 Cylinder Automatic Transmission
$2,850.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Monday Aug-28-2017 20:16:02 PDT
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2008 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2008 Ford Saleen Mustang Coupe, S/C 465hp V8, 5Spd, Headers, Shaker, Leather
End Date: Saturday Aug-26-2017 15:20:40 PDT
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2007 Ford Mustang GT convertible 2007 Ford Mustang GT Convertible - V8 - low miles
$8,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Aug-20-2017 22:40:45 PDT
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1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT (Factory Original)
End Date: Sunday Aug-20-2017 9:08:39 PDT
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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 6.0L
End Date: Saturday Aug-26-2017 12:00:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $23,000.00
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1994 Chevrolet Camaro Base Convertible 2-Door 1994 Chevrolet Camaro Used 3.4L V6 12V Automatic Convertible NO RESERVE
$200.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Aug-21-2017 18:54:14 PDT
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