Something about this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb suggested that something special was about to happen.

And in spectacular fashion, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima delivered yet again, shattering his previous mark in the Unlimited Class by over 10 seconds and setting a new record for the fastest climb up Pikes Peak.

The Japanese legend raced up the mountain in a blistering time of 9:51.278, easily eclipsing his previous record time of 10:01.408, which he set back in 2007. Taking his Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special up Pikes Peak, Tajima was virtually flawless in his ascent becoming the very first man to hit a sub 10-minute time in one of the most legendary races in the world.

What makes the record even more special was that Tajima had to battle through an overheating engine to achieve his record-breaking time.

A hearty whoop goes out to "Monster" Tajima for raising the bar yet again at Pikes Peak. Goes without saying that when talking about this event in the future, his name will go down in the record books as one of the best ever.

Check out the video of Tajima’s record-breaking ascent!

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Source: YouTube

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7 comments:

  (692) posted on 07.1.2011

Definitely, which is why he is considered to be a legend in auto racing, not only in Japan, but also the entire world. I really think that they should elect him into the Hall of Fame now.

  (619) posted on 06.30.2011

Wow! That certainly is a must see event! Monster Tajima really did a great job there. Beating his old record for a new world record is totally insane. This man really is a monster of the road.

  (444) posted on 06.30.2011

That just goes to show what an awesome driver Tajima really is. But I think that he probably isn’t going to rest easy just yet, since he is well aware that a lot of teams would want to try and break his record.

  (320) posted on 06.29.2011

What really amazes me on this one is how Tajima was actually able to pull off this one despite having earlier engine trouble. Being in that situations is really not easy, but he still broke the record.

  (458) posted on 06.29.2011

I am really not all that surprised that Tajima was able to beat his own record. He is already well experienced with the course that he can easily go through it without much of a hitch.

  (445) posted on 06.28.2011

Wow, I am still amazed at how Tajima was actually able to make that feat. Imagine that, he actually had engine trouble during his run and he still managed to break the record.

  (302) posted on 06.28.2011

Man, Tajima definitely lived up to his monicker, that lap time is simply amazing. Actually, his run is the one I am looking forward to during the race, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

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