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As if his success in motocross and rally racing weren't enough, Travis Pastrana may be looking for still bigger mountains to climb. Mainly, Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, the tallest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft.

Autoblog reader Andrew Stowell caught up with Pastrana at the famed Mt. Washington Auto Road where the multi-medal X Games winner was reportedly scouting turns, making pace notes and filming some interviews for what should be a new YouTube sensation if he accomplishes this mission.

Travis Pastrana's Subaru WRX at Mt. WashingtonAccording to Stowell, Pastrana's plan is to break the Mt. Washington Auto Road record of six minutes and 42 seconds set in 1998 by Frank Sprongl driving an Audi Quattro (see Sprogl's run in full after the jump). Pastrana will supposedly be driving his X Games rally WRX STI, though when Stowell caught him he was behind the wheel of a stock WRX for practice.

Astute readers will remember my own tale of tackling the Auto Road this summer in Autoblog's long-term 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT, which I accomplished in around 25 minutes amidst heavy tourist traffic. The eight-mile road is not for the faint of heart with over 100 turns. True, Pikes Peak is longer at 12.4 miles and turnier with 156 curves, but that famous stretch of Colorado road rises at an average incline of just 7 degrees. The Mt. Washington Auto Road reaches for the skies at a 12-degree angle, and the road is narrower too. So let's just say it's no drive in the park.

We're not exactly sure when Pastrana will possibly attempt a record run, or if in fact that's what he's doing there. Subaru of America told us that it's a Red Bull-sponsored stunt and they're not involved, and Red Bull Motorsports has yet to respond to our inquiries. Nevertheless, our man on the ground claims the attempt will happen on Thursday. We'll keep you updated when we find out how he did.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      If AB can find out when this happens I may attempt to head ova there to check it out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "United* States" Autoblog....come on...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I did this road Monday morning on a motorcycle...and it's quite a dicey climb. You'd better be good and comfortable with your machine at 30-40 Km/hr...I can even conceive doing that run at speed...can't wait to see the video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My god, what testicles it must require to drive on the edge of a mountain like that...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious to see his run next Tuesday, but really, who cares about Pastrana when you have the true epicness of Audi Quattro on the same page?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That climb is VERY hairy. I hope he gets the record.

      The guy at the gate house wouldn't let me ride my bicycle up it. I did ride down it though, which was more fun anyway!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Travis Pastrana continues to be freaking awesome. And completely insane. All for my enjoyment.

      Thanks, Travis. Keep up the good work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did anyone else see the Stig at 1:08? Maybe we'll hear about this in the memoir...
      • 4 Years Ago
      did anyone notice how much play he had in that steering wheel, wow! i thought audi's were great rally machines but maybe it was just this car . also, wow that climb is tiny, two lanes, good on him. i think it's better than pikes peak, if not just plain scarier, smaller road, steeper angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well since the grade is steeper it's easier to scrub energy. I would always rather go fast up a hill then down a hill. That said flying off a cliff would still be bummer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If he keeps this up Travis Pastrana could be this generations Evel Knievel