Tajima & the Meaning of Pikes Peak

In a story about the 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday, the day of the race, “Surviving Heart of the Storm, and Aiming for the Peak,”* there is an addendum about Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, the reigning world record holder.

In a story about the 89th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday, the day of the race, “Surviving Heart of the Storm, and Aiming for the Peak,”* there is an addendum about Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, the reigning world record holder.

Tajima set the record in 2007, racing up the 12.42-mile course with 156 turns in 10 minutes, 1.41 seconds.

According to the Times story, “Asked to name the challengers to his title, he said, ‘Me. Myself.’”

And this past Sunday he proved himself right, as he drove his modified 910-hp 2011 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special, a Suzuki, to the finish line in a mere 9 minutes, 51.58 seconds.

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(Second place was taken by Rhys Millen, in a modified Hyundai Genesis, who finished in 10:09:24—not as fast as Tajima’s previous record.)

While Tajima’s sixth consecutive win is notable in and of itself, we find it interesting from another perspective:

Certainly having the confidence in one’s self (and one’s equipment) is vital in any endeavor. And while “Me. Myself” might be taken as being egotistical, who has had tremendous success in a competitive situation who didn’t believe themselves to be a winner?

*We’d have put in the link, but then there is that paywall situation that we haven’t quite figured out yet, so if you’re interested, go to www.nytimes.com and do a search on “Tajima + Pikes Peak” and you’ll find it.