Pastrana Sets Another Record

Travis Pastrana, shown below standing at he the summit of Mt.

Travis Pastrana, shown below standing at he the summit of Mt. Washington in Vermont, looks like a rather mild-mannered individual, doesn’t he? Sort of like a young man who would gladly drive an old woman home from church. And if he did, she’d be in for the ride of her life. Last week Pastrana set the fastest-ever time in getting to the top of Mt. Washington, getting to the summit on the 7.6-mile long road in 6 minutes, 20.47 seconds.

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His time—in the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI prepared by Vermont SportsCar as part of the Red Bull Speed Chasers project—bested the 6-minute, 41.99-second record set by Frank Sprongl in 1998.

The route involves more than 100 turns, and while primarily paved, includes a technical dirt section of approximately one mile. The average gradient of the road is 11.6%.

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Pastrana said, “It’s extremely challenging, there is no room for error and the scenery is epic.” One can only imagine that he didn’t have a whole lot of time for sight-seeing on that run—which, notably, was his first run up the hill.

Pastrana, incidentally, just doesn’t’ drive quickly up hills. Last New Year’s Eve he set a world record for distance jumping in a car: 269 feet.