Oops: How not to drive Pikes Peak

14 thoughts on “Oops: How not to drive Pikes Peak”

  1. It’s amazing what crazy people can survive. The YouTube blurb says there was an accident at the same spot last year, and that these guys “weren’t quite as lucky” as that guy. WTF?!?! 😯

    1. Maybe the car last year didn’t actually go over the edge? Or didn’t go as far?

      I wonder if the inventor of the roll cage ever dreamed it would be used like this?

  2. Even though air bags are prohibited by every professional and nearly every amateur racing franchise, nobody seems to ask why. It’s because good drivers are valuable commodities.

    1. Presumably then, these guys had no airbags (actually, it never occurred to me that they did), just a great restraint system and a bullet-proof roll cage. One of them said after seeing this video, he couldn’t believe he was still alive. Neither can anyone else. Me, I’d take the hint and retire from racing. His nine lives have got to be down to about .2 at this point.

    1. Now that you mention it, I withdraw my statement above. Paving this road probably didn’t make it any safer; it just gives a dangerous illusion of safety. If the road is all gravel, you don’t have the potential danger of losing control if you drop a wheel from the pavement onto a loose gravel shoulder. In the video, however, it just looks like the driver was going too fast.

  3. One thing I remember about the last time we drove up and down the road there were the hot brakes! I can’t imagine anything but a crawl on that road. They should rename it to ‘Oh my God’ road! Wait…I think we already have one of those! LOL

... and that's my two cents