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
If Monster is King of the Hill, Michèle Mouton is the Queen.
The Frenchwoman was the first - and remains the only - female to have won a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. She's also pretty handy at bombing up large, Coloradoan landforms. So much so, she won Pikes Peak in 1985 on her second attempt with her Audi Sport Quattro.
She battled through a hailstorm to beat Al Unser Jr.'s 1982 record by thirteen seconds. This made some of her male competitors angry. Very angry. She responded by telling them, "If you have the balls, you can try to race me back down as well." Talk about sticking it to the (wo)man.
PUB FACT: Michèle believes that her background in dancing actually helped her rallying in the 1970s and 80s. She compared her car moving on gravel with that of a dancer's move. So, Internet, if you want to be a good rallyist, all you need to do is be good at the Cha Cha Slide.