Records are always made to be broken, especially in the world of motorsports. At the 2017 Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Travis Pastrana destroyed the record his teammate David Higgins set during the 2014 Mt. Washington Hillclimb on his first run, 5:46.28 and 6:09.09 respectively. This 23 second gap was a monumental accomplishment all on its own, but Pastrana would proceed to smash his own record by another 2 seconds, 5:44.72 later that day during his second run.
Needless to say, there was some seriously impressive driving to behold. The Mt. Washington Hillclimb in question offers an arguably more difficult course than the famous Pikes Peak hillclimb with a steeper ascent, narrower path, and rapid transition from pavement to dirt. At times, drivers were afforded little more than a lane and a half of road that was flanked by sheer cliffs and open air. Even the pavement half of the climb offers little respite for the drivers with its rough, uneven surface and constant cracks and bumps. To attack the road with any sort of speed requires fearlessness bordering on insanity.
Ironically enough, Pastrana registered 115mph at a speed trap on his first climb and then 110mph on his second, both shy of teammate Higgins 116mph through the same speed trap. This means Pastrana’s bonkers fast run could possibly be even faster! Perhaps the Vermont SportsCar built Subaru WRX STi the pair drove still have more to offer with their 600+hp turbocharger 4-pot BOXER engine. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait another 3 years before the next Mt. Washington Hillclimb to see if the Subaru Rally Team can take themselves a step faster.