For the first time in ten years, the Mt. Washington Auto Road played host to the Climb to the Clouds. Travis Pastrana had helped drum up interest by recording a time of 6:20.47 towards the end of 2010, which was quicker than the official record run of 6:41.99. That time was laid down by Frank Sprongl back in 1998, and was still the official fastest time despite Pastrana's fast dash up the hill.

David Higgins of the Subaru Rally Team USA arrived in New Hampshire intent on beating both Sprongl's official record and Pastrana's time. He did just that by throwing down a 6:11.54, beating Pastrana's run by nine seconds in the process.

We've been waiting for high-definition video of the run ever since Higgins set the record back on June 26th, 2011. Now we have it... and it's excellent. The clip, posted after the jump, shows just how treacherous the road can be, and how dramatically visibility can change. Higgins, however, believes he can go faster. His new goal? An absolutely bonkers sub-six-minute time.


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      Sebastian K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see Deegan/Foust/Block doing that! Go Higgins!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian K.
        They most likely could (except for maybe Block). Every one of them is a good driver.
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Deegan would likely get frustrated and go into rage mode as soon as he hit the fog, and would likely end up tumbling down an embankment. He has the attention span of a squirrel.
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't doubt that David can break 6 minutes next year. The guy is an incredible driver.
      Carzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      travis pastrana is the best at everything except beating higgins up mt. washington. nice vid. subie killed it up that hill
      • 3 Years Ago
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      chan625
      • 3 Years Ago
      Subaru shouldn't have pulled out of WRC...
        dinobot666
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chan625
        They didn't have much of a choice as the rules were changed so that the engine layout of the Subaru was no longer legal. They do compete in the IRC and in Rally America where they have had some pretty good competition from privateer teams running Subaru's and Mitsubishi's.
          Cristian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dinobot666
          Actually...there is no mention of the engine layout in the WRC rules. The only rule regarding the engine that is present is the engine capacity. So, as a result the WRC car can have any number of pistons in a V, Inline, Boxer engine configuration as long as the capacity is 1.6 liters turbocharged or not-turbo 2.0 liter as it is specified for the WRC/S2000 rules. For more info regarding the rules follow the link:"http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public.nsf/ADEB1630DA024E28C12578A70035BD82/$FILE/255A%20_11-12_-03.06.2011.pdf".
      Chris Goldrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, and he did that without a co-driver? Incredible.
      pnut166
      • 3 Years Ago
      Winding out 5th on the dirt section. Wow. How did he fit his massive balls in that firesuit ???
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big congrats on the record, I hope they don't pave this road over unlike a certain other hill climb event. I wonder if Sprongl will complain about this run as well.
        Curtis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I thought the same thing, but after seeing that he ran it solo I doubt Sprongl will complain. Happy to see he beat Travis' unofficial assisted time though.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        Holy spam-attack AB! I'm not a fan of validation screens, but if you asked me to fill out a Captcha screen to sign in (not every time we want to post, just when we sign in) so that we don't get these guys, I honestly would not mind because the spam is only getting worse.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      These hill climbs scare me!
      this_guy_over_here
      • 3 Years Ago
      June 26th 2011 was my 21st birthday :)
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