Meet the Legends of Pikes Peak
We're off to the famous race this weekend and these are the people that make Race to the Clouds smashing
Posted: 08 Aug 2012
He's not called Monster in that ironic Little John sort of way - the man is quite literally a legendary animal. As well as establishing Suzuki's in-house motorsport division, Suzuki Sport, he's the only man that's broken the 10-minute barrier up the hill, earning himself the title of fastest man in the history of the race.
He's also been racing at Pikes since 1988, piloting everything from a Suzuki Vitara to a full-blown SX4 racer. Oh, and he's won every single event since 2006...
It might seem weird, then, that that the reigning champion will be taking an EV up the hill this year. But Monster's keen to extol the virtues of electric cars. As a more mature racer - 62, to be precise - he also wants people over 50 years old to live more active, happy lives. Awww.
There are less cerebral reasons for taking an EV too - because air pressure drops so much up the course, there are no performance decreases for the four-wheel drive racer.
You can watch last year's run here. Watch out for the terrified bee.