• David Higgins at practice, Day 1

  • David Higgins at practice, Day 2

  • David Higgins and his Subaru WRX STI Rally Car, Day 2

  • David Higgins at the start line

  • David Higgins, Day 3

  • David Higgins, Day 3

  • David Higgins share some champagne with his Subaru WRX STI  rally car

  • David Higgins, Day 3

David Higgins at the 2011 Mt. Washington Climb to the Clouds - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb may get all of the mountain-climbing attention this time of year, but it's far from the only game of the season. Heck, it's not even the only game of the weekend. Mount Washington plays host to the Climb to the Clouds, and this weekend, it saw the event's record fall to none other than David Higgins, who set a new best time of 6:11.54 from behind the wheel of his Subaru WRX STI rally car. That's nearly eight seconds quicker than his first run, which snagged him a time of 6:19, which was record-setting in-and-of-itself. Frank Sprongl set the old quickest time of 6:41.99 way back in 1998.

The Climb to the Clouds snakes up 7.6 miles of the Mount Washington Auto Road with patches of asphalt and gravel along the way. All told, drivers and their machines must climb all the way to the summit at 6,288 feet above sea level.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suby love conquers all!
      • 4 Years Ago
      In addition to winning, Dave was also a crowd favorite; At 5 mile turn (the 180 degree unpaved section where many of the photos were taken), he did 6 or 7 do-nuts for the assembled crowd during the "parade" back down the mountain. By all accounts of many spectators, he is a great guy. In addition to Dave, there were many other amusing/amazing/entertaining cars. Allard, MG, Coyotes, home builts. And a 2000 horsepower Freightliner (another crowd favorite....)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was at that turn as well. Higgen's pulling the ENTIRE was around sideways made the entire trip worth it. Just a spectacular day.
      Dave Estey
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys were at the hill for MINIs on Top but weren't there for this historical race... That's just lame. There was a ton more stuff going on than Higgins and his Subaru, like the only Greenwood LeMans Corvette in existence going up the hill. Yeah it's great the record got broken, but the history of this event and its competitors is the real story, which you would have known if you had arranged for somebody to be there - but I guess people putting gigantic cowboy hats on their MINI Countryman and driving slowly up the mountain is more pressing news. Pikes peak happens every single year and they pave more and more of it so the 10-minute mark isn't even what it used to be, the Climb to the Clouds may never even happen again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a record, I think, but not by 30 seconds. Didn't Travis do this last year in 6:20? 9 Seconds is still awesome, though!
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