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
There's one family who know their way up Pikes Peak like no others: the Unsers. They're the Kardashians of hill climbing as they've got more than two dozen Pikes Peak victories under their belt, with "Old Man of the Mountain", Louis Jr., being the most successful Unser with nine victories.
Why are they so good at it? Well, they grew up at the bottom of the mountain and the three young boys, Louis Jr., Joe and Jerry were the first people to scale Pikes Peak in 1915 with the help of a motorbike and sidecar - something that was previously hailed as impossible.
When wealthy hotelier, Spencer Penrose, setup the first "Race to the Clouds" the Unser boys entered and started a wave of Unser engravings on the trophy.
Since then, the family has had four generations compete in the race. Most notably Bobby Unser's daughter, Jeri , who was named the race's Rookie of the Year in 1998 and later, in 2003, set a record for electric-powered vehicles - something that Mr. Tajima is fighting for this year.