The Pikes Peak Hill Climb may be the most dangerous road racing event in the world. Racers rocket one at a time up a sinewy mountain road with 156 turns in 12.5 miles—most of them completely lacking in guard rails or any other sort of structure to prevent you from tumbling down the side of the mountain.
No wonder it's such an enduring spectacle.
Shown above: A Pikes Peak Hill Climb contestant in 1973.
The folks at , the web presence of the Road Racing Driver's Club, put together this excellent video interviewing two-time Pikes Peak winner Rhys Millen, frontrunner Robin Shute and motorsports legend David Donohue. Each driver explains how he approaches the immense challenge and extreme danger of this outrageous race.
is a club dedicated to teaching young, aspiring racers how to be, you guessed it, safe and fast on the track. With Bobby Rahal as global president and Dario Franchitti as global ambassador, you know this program is serious.
Here's an inside look at what it takes to survive, and succeed, at The Race to the Clouds.