Ride along with Monster as he races up Pikes Peak – Click above to watch video after the jump

Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima's 9:51.278 run up Pikes Peak was simply amazing to watch. We were fortunate enough to see it in person, and we've shown you still photos of the record-breaking event. This was one of those "You had to be there" moments in motorsports. Still, don't fret if you didn't make the trek to the 14,115-foot summit, because GoPro installed enough cameras to capture every angle of Monster's run, and then some.

We spoke with the GoPro team as we rode in the media van down the mountain. They have quite a job of editing ahead of them. Still, they managed to get one video out that requires no mucking about. A camera was mounted on top of Tajima's 2011 Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special, and the footage is excellent. On the tarmac sections, the video almost seems sped up, but that's what 910 horses can do.

Want to ride along with Monster from the green to the checkered? Click past the jump to watch a video that will keep you entertained for nearly 10 minutes.


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      ME
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looked to me like there was a bit of a code brown moment at 8:06?
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay, been waiting for Autoblog to post this!
      someone
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lots of idiots standing way too close to the track. Hay bail or a dude with a camera?...
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @someone
        Watch 80's rally videos to see crazy fans. Maybe try live figure skating if this is too dangerous for you.
      LilCe003
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm definitely impressed with the driver skill. Is it just me or did those people seem awfully close to the track?
        erjhe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LilCe003
        Parking is a bit of a premium when it comes to Pike Peak so a lot of people end up parking in the only place they can... such as outside of a high speed corner. I parked my car at Glen Cove and by the time the race started, the entire parking lot was packed full and required a specific order of vehicles to leave when it came time to head back down the mountain.
        karman876
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LilCe003
        I wonder if the drivers would be faster if those people weren't there. One less thing for the driver to worry/think about?
          Jeff Glucker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @karman876
          I'm pretty sure they don't worry about the people...
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for posting AB.
      Ektor
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll keep it short: Holy crap
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's called fisheye. I believe it's a setting on the camera to give a much wider view, which is great for somethin like this.
        ME
        • 3 Years Ago
        All except the very first GoPro have been "wide angle". Its the lens, it can't be changed with settings.
        ThinkAboutIt
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can clean that up pretty easily post production with video editing software. Programs like Adobe Premiere have the capability to tune that distortion out of the video.
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Nissan leaf must have looked pretty lame after seeing Monster and Rys Millan fly by
      Skywalker15
      • 3 Years Ago
      My brother-in-law used to live in Colorado Springs and my wife and I went to visit him in '96 or '97. That visit just happened to coincide with the PPIHC. It was an awesome experience. Yes, some people get crazy close to the road, but you can get some awesome pictures that way. I got a few pictures with my 35mm that look nearly professional. It went like this - get upstream of the car - on the inside of the turn, snap picture as car slides around turn, right when car passes you, turn your back to the car, duck and crouch over your camera, enjoy being pelted by gravel, etc., repeat . . . . Gotta be careful where you park, though. Some moron parked his relatively new Dodge pickup truck with camper top right at the edge of the road. Every piece of glass on the driver's side of that truck was shot out by flying rocks!! Not to mention the dings, etc. in the metal.
      POV
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks seriously fast and scary as hell.
      Skywalker15
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, I have to question the sanity of the placement of the porta-potty on the outside of the turn at about 2:57 . . . .
      MetalNerd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look at where those morons are standing at 2:50!!
        Coley Mitchell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MetalNerd
        Nevermind them, check the guy at 7:31 (left hand side)...
        DGP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MetalNerd
        thats actually a pretty safe spot. I've taken pictures from that exact spot. If a car went off the road there' all you need to do is duck. It doesn't seem steep because of the wide angle lens but it is.
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