Pike's Peak: 10-Minute Barrier Broken- Monster Tajima Runs 9:51

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
pike s peak 10 minute barrier broken monster tajima runs 9 51

History made on the mountain just a few minutes ago: Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima just ran 9:51 and change in his run to the Pike’s Peak summit. Sayonara, 10-minute barrier!

I’m not sure of the exact time, but the crowds on the mountain have been shouting “9:51! WHOOOO!” for a while now. Congratulations, Monster!

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  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Jun 26, 2011

    What is the car?

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    • PhilMills PhilMills on Jun 27, 2011

      @th009 The above statement requires some finger-quotes. Tajima-san's car is "a Suzuki SX4" in the same way that a NASCAR entry is "a Toyota Camry". That is to say: not at all. The "Unlimited" class is basically "anything goes as long as it meets safety check". The car is a one-off, custom tube framed, purpose-built racecar with an engine that is rumored to have started life as the one from the Grand Vitara. It has some stickers on it and a shape that some may choose to interpret as "SX4-esque". Regardless, it is astoundingly fast and was a joy to watch come around the dirt corner at 11-Mile.

  • Stuki Stuki on Jun 26, 2011


  • Parkwood60 Parkwood60 on Jun 26, 2011

    It is a shame they are going to pave the remainder of the course in the near future. Am I right, or is that an awful rumor?

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    • CarPerson CarPerson on Jun 27, 2011

      Only been up it in a rental car so no big shakes regarding vehicle damage caused by flying rock. However, changing the last few feet between the gravel road surface and a 1,000 feet plunge with something with a bit more last-second traction is pretty cool. Observe the near-absence of guardrails...

  • Holydonut Holydonut on Jun 27, 2011

    Subscribe to this channel to see when they post his latest lap time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy8hqFiK5Sc To see his previous run, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y3OFf0ArU