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I guess this is more of a localized event, but I am heading down there this upcoming Sunday (6/30) to watch the "Race to the Clouds".

Anybody here been to the race?

This year it's a homage for my Dad and I, as the 9 time-and current-WRC Champion, Sebastien Loeb will be racing.
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Are the wild fires anywhere near Pikes?
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Not really. Last year it was delayed until August because of the Waldo Canyon fire.


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The fire got within 2 miles of my Uncle's house and he can see Pike's Peak out his back window so I'd say it's fairly close.

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The fire got within 2 miles of my Uncle's house and he can see Pike's Peak out his back window so I'd say it's fairly close.
Black Forest is 100% contained, Pikes Peak is SW of colorado springs, Black Forest is NE of Colorado Springs.

Fun Fact of the Day : I am ~60 miles north of the actual mountain, and I can see it clearly.
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Fun Fact of the Day : I am ~60 miles north of the actual mountain, and I can see it clearly.
Haha, guess I didn't really think about that. Where I'm from you can't see more than a quarter mile in any direction. I do like wide open spaces.

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The sky is clearer here! Or maybe not...


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I aways like watching Pike's Peak when we can get footage. I suppose it is due to New Zealander Rod Millans achievements up the "hill". An excellent motor racing event. We had a similar one in New Zealand from memory "race to the sky" , a smaller verson of pikes peak. We had some good overseas drivers competing here as well. Rod Millan now lives in New Zealand, at Hahaei in the Coromandel. He has built a long tarmac driveway up the hill to his house. I think it is based on a section of the Pikes Peak road. He holds an annual event with invited top overseas and local drivers. It is held over three days. You can buy a pass for 1 - 3 days, mix with the drivers, walk around the pits and view the entire race track. From memory it is called the Leadfoot festival of speed. You can google the event. Great website, plenty of pics. Lots of older racing cars. I haven't been yet but i hear it is a cracker.

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I like the Millen racing family! Gonna try to get a tee shirt at the fan fest on Friday.


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Hittin' the road at 5:20AM, I will try to upload a video or two tomorrow night.
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Here is Redbull's Peugeot car, driven by Sebastien Loeb, he set a record that will stand for years... second place was 49 seconds behind...

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He made it look easy....very impressive even if I liked the dirt races better.

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Definitely was more of a fan, back when they raced on many surfaces.

Do you set your car up for tarmac, or dirt? How will it still handle the other surface, and more skill was required to be able to control a car on multiple surfaces.

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Definitely was more of a fan, back when they raced on many surfaces.

Do you set your car up for tarmac, or dirt? How will it still handle the other surface, and more skill was required to be able to control a car on multiple surfaces.
I don't race, just a fan.
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aw man i wish i would have seen this.... my wife and i were there

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Didnt think you were a racer. It was a general statement on how they used to have to approach the race.

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Didnt think you were a racer. It was a general statement on how they used to have to approach the race.
Oh... My bad! The last few year of dirt they had to have the tires for it, which slowed them down on the pavement. That's sorta a generality.


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I would like to see how Rod Millans 1000 hp Toyota would go up the sealed Pikes Peak hill now. He still has the car along with his Tundra truck.
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I would like to see how Rod Millans 1000 hp Toyota would go up the sealed Pikes Peak hill now. He still has the car along with his Tundra truck.
Rod was in electric this year I believe. Rhys had a 900hp Hyundai powered car.


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Rod was always pushing the boundaries. Many years ago in New Zealand Rod rallied an RX3 Mazda rotary when they first came out. I think 12a's were the motor at the time. From memory Rod was getting 260 - 280 hp out of his.
There is someone in New Zealand that's makes multi rotor engines. He couples them together. Mad Mike, Red Bulls sponsored drift car in NZ currently runs a 1000 hp + triple rotor engine. You can utube Mad Mike's run up the crown range in NZ. I read in the paper he has built a quad rotor engine. Like to see some specs on that. What's the specs on Leob's Peugeot car?
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