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SEMA Heritage: Pikes Peak With Bobby Unser

At this year’s running of the Pikes Peak hill climb, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima was the fastest man up the 12.42-mile, 156-turn course. Driving an 880hp, four-wheel-drive Suzuki SX4 clad in carbon and Kevlar composites, Monster missed his goal of breaking the 10-minute barrier; but with a run of 10 minutes, 15.368 seconds, he was still nearly a full minute faster than the next closest competitor.

Fifty years ago, it was a young Bobby Unser who set the pace on the Peak with a 13-minute, 36.5-second run that beat his own previous record.