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Watch Travis Pastrana’s Record Breaking Run up Mt. Washington

Kamil Kaluski July 19, 2017 All Things Hoon 20 Comments

The Presidential Range is a mountain range within the White Mountains in which the highest peaks are named after various presidents. At 6,288.2 feet above sea level, Mount Washington is the highest of them, and is also the highest mountain in the northeast. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s just some hill because you’ve seen the Rockies. It’s a place known for constant weather changes and extreme winds.

Of all those mountains, only the peak of Mt. Washington is easily accessible. There is a cog railroad going up one side and a road going the other. Of course someone, may years ago, had the brilliant and insane idea of racing up that twist 7.4-mile road. For over a hundred years people have been racing up this mountain on foot, on bicycles, and in cars. This year is no different. 

In September 2010, Travis Pastrana set an unofficial record of 6:20.47 seconds to drive up this mountain. His Subaru Rally Team teammate broke that record in 2011 with 6:11.54 and again in 2014 with 6:09.09. On July 9, 2017 Travis Pastrana shattered that record in his 600-hp Subaru WRX STI by racing up that mountain in 5:44.72. And this time the record is official. 

Watch the above video from that run. Watch for the changes in weather, the climb over the tree line, and change in road surfaces from dry to wet asphalt to dirt. Look how narrow the road is and how even a small mistake can turn disastrous. 

If you live in the area, the New England Forest Rally is this weekend, July 21/22 Newry, Maine. The Subaru Rally Team will be there with David Higgins and Travis Pastrana driving their Vermont SportsCar-prepped WRX STIs. Ryan Millen wil also be there in his Toyota RAV4, probably clinching the series’ 2WD Class championship.

 

  • crank_case

    Obligitary Damon and Naomi reference (who used to be in a band called Galaxie 500) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUg3cBIBMas

  • freds4hb

    WHO DID HE WAVE TO!??!?!?! Yeah.. on the record run he WAVED TO SOMEONE!!! #199

  • Rover 1

    Would it be possible to keep the site updated so that every time there’s a new story, clicking on the ‘Hooniverse’ banner headline takes you to the latest, new story, and not another, older story?

    As I write this, clicking on the Hooniverse banner takes me to the story on Nascar drivers.

    Is it possible that with the recent invention of computers, that this operation could be automated?

    • Fuhrman16

      It’s actually supposed to bring up the latest articles on the home page when you click the banner. There seems to be an odd issue with that not working properly for a few of us. Typing in the current date after the url (hooniverse.com/2017/07/19/ for today’s date for example) will bring you the latest articles.

      • Rover 1

        I’m running Firefox and Google, I can’t imagine I’m the only one. Shouldn’t it be seamless for all?

        • This issue crops up every few months and typically resolves itself within a few days. As I recall, the technical explanation offered at one point was “Something something server caches something something.”

          I may be paraphrasing that.