Mike Ryan at the 2011 Climb to the Clouds - Click above to watch video after the jump

If you haven't figured it out by now, Mike Ryan is our kind of crazy. The guy helms a 2008 Freightliner Cascadia that's draped in the hallowed Gulf livery and rocking more than 3,400 pound-feet of torque. There's also 1,950 horsepower on hand, which is good enough to shoot the 10,000-pound road tractor up some of the most challenging hill climb events in the world. It does pretty impressive burnouts, too. This year, Ryan turned the big chrome grille of his beast toward the finish line of the Mount Washington Climb to the Clouds and he was kind enough to strap a few cameras to his rig on the way up.

As a result, we can all ride along with Ryan as he threads the big Freightliner up the meandering asphalt and dirt track to the top of the mountain. The drive is an absolute trip, especially considering that the Freightliner took to the course in the wet. The video after the jump is a bit campy in the beginning, so feel free to skip ahead to around 1:46 to get to the real thrills.

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      Thomas Curt
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOVE every aspect of this!
      • 3 Years Ago
      loved the spectator reactions. awesome truck.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What were those sparks at 2:53? Brakes?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The chassis bottoming out on the tarmac section.
      Grey Golem
      • 3 Years Ago
      *jaw hits floor* *crazy cheers*
      Justin Wilkinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      One word comes to mind... Something I used to say when I was a kid... This sort of thing takes me back those days when I would have said this word... COOL!
      • 3 Years Ago
      that exhaust is just nasty, glad I wasn't hiking the mountain that day
      • 3 Years Ago
      When you look up awesome in the dictionary, this is the first thing you see.
      Rico Abramzon
      • 3 Years Ago
      HELL YA!
      Chaz Adams
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was an awesome awesome event to attend and Im excited that the team videos are making their way online now! Here is the Flickr set of the photos I shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chazadams/sets/72157626988838915/
      • 3 Years Ago
      That so awesome! I really like the rear suspension shots - what a setup! *cheering*
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm with you. That's the biggest frickin' short track car I've ever seen! I have no idea of what the front suspension looks like, but the rear suspension is standard Saturday short track fare. Adjustable track bar, coilovers, and the biggest damn 3-point slider bar suspension I've ever seen. You can even do weight jacking with those monstrous springs. A lot of high tech in that rig too, with the air-shifted sequential transmission and the Racepak data logger/instrument panel. I don't know if they use this kind of gear in those road-racing cabovers they race in Europe. I think those things use air suspensions and I'm sure they've got all the techno-bits. But this Freightliner is one neat -- and huge -- piece of racing kit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having broken the rules driving up Mt washington before i must say i hope to build a car that can enter in that race, It is such a rush driving on it
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love seeing Mike Ryan's Freightliner, but I have to point out no one else noticed that Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2 at the start?
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, we saw it, but once you see that Freightliner sideways, halfway up the mountain, you kind of forget about it :P
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