Spectre 341 Challenge returns for 2011 with more competitors, faster times [w/video]
The event, held on a 5.2-mile stretch of twisty mountain road near Virginia City, Nevada, allows anyone with a street legal car, a fresh set of tires, $341 dollars for an entry fee, and an unhealthy amount of bravery to run the course as many times as they want in two days. And that's the beauty of the 341 Challenge. The event is pretty much open to whoever wants to enter, no matter the budget. RJ Gottlieb arrived with his famous "Big Red" Camaro along with an entire crew and a helicopter to film the whole thing. Then there's guys like local Jeremy Kappus, who brought out his daily driver Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX, or Thomas Berndt, who competed with a Toyota MR2 he modified himself.
The affordability of the event essentially makes the 341 Challenge an inexpensive two-day track event, albeit a dangerous one with no run-off areas and very few guardrails to protect against the numerous drop-offs and cliffs. Beforehand, drivers are warned about the dangers of off-camber turns, slippery painted lines, and not cutting corners into loose gravel on the side of the roads. Most heeded the warnings, and there was only one incident the entire weekend with the driver walking away unharmed.
Overall, the this year's Spectre 341 Challenge was a resounding success. No less than 48 drivers completed 391 runs up the hill, logging over 2,000 miles at speed, and five new drivers were inducted into the Spectre 3:41 club. Most importantly, everyone went home safe. Next year's event has already been scheduled for June 15-17.
You can view photos from the event in the gallery above, or follow the jump to see videos from the event including Lou Gigliotti's run up the hill in his Corvette ZR1.
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