• Nov 24th 2010 at 7:57PM
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Jeff Zwart shaking down his Pikes Peak Porsche 911 GT3 – Click above to watch video after the jump

There's just something about watching a Porsche 911 play in the dirt that flips all the right switches. Seeing that iconic shape throw rooster tails of silt triggers a sort of Pavlovian response brought on by years of daydreaming over shots of the Rothman 953 slinging sand in Africa. Consider that doubly true for Jeff Zwart's Pikes Peak-winning GT3.

Zwart has just released a video of one of his shake-down runs prior to this year's Pikes Peak event. The course runs up some godforsaken mountain in the middle of the California wilderness, and while Zwart isn't seen flogging the life out of the car, it's more than clear that both he and the machine are in their element. Click past the jump to enjoy the action.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      hehehe GT3 rules
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would so very much like to see an unlimited class Porsche compete in the Pikes Peak hill climb. AWD, tube frame, six cylinder boxer...Mmmm...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man even though it was made for this I still cringe when I see a porsche in the rocks like this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the old Porsche has about 5x the ground clearance. In the vid you can see the current car eating dirt on every bump.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? I grin like an idiot. I wish Porsche would run WRC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the Pikes Peak i'm familiar with is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in CO>
      the difference between the interior sounds of his car which seemed
      mostly geartrain whine and suspension bounce versus
      the external exhaust roar is interesting.
      i guess this is the type of thing the dudes in Japan
      saw before they invented 'drifting'.... yeah that's original.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Some of the first "Drifters" were the people that raced Sprint cars and Midget cars on the dirt ovals in the 20s & 30s. I still think that non-wing sprint cars on dirt are some of the coolest racing you can watch today. That being said I also love the Pikes Peak races and Rally races like the WRC. I still don't quite understand drifting. I understand the car control it requires but it still seems like motorsport masterbation to me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      He'd be a cool dad. Racing driver, Porsche lover, photographer, writer, director. My goodness, there'd be fun toys all over the place at home.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When did Pike's peak get translocated from Colorado to California? When did a heavily developed mountain (big road, much of it paved, and a pile of communications equipment on the top) become the standard for wilderness? And godforsaken?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, the Peugeot 405 T16 is still 13 times more awesome:
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how much they charge for a ride..
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