2010 Pike's Peak International Hillclimb - Apple Farmer Photo Blog
Apple Farmer Racing is back and ready to take on The Mountain. As far as we know we are the first Volvo since 1958 to run the hilclimb. Check back frequently - we will begin updating this page often starting on 06/22/2010. We'll be posting pictures and videos as quickly and as often as the Rocky Mountain internets will allow.
Pike's Peak 2010!
Uploaded: Wed Jun 9 19:51:03 2010
New race, new card off to the printer.
Hero Card. Backside
Uploaded: Wed Jun 9 19:52:54 2010
Uploaded: Thu Jun 10 09:26:56 2010
Willy and Al are prepping the car for this year in the shop. New distributor, Richard's hand-grooved sticky tires, new seats and harnesses, all kinds of stuff. We still need to wash the Mexico off of it.
Uploaded: Thu Jun 10 09:35:42 2010
Richard bought these stickies and hand-grooved his own groove patterns so we can get bite in the gravel sections.
Uploaded: Thu Jun 10 09:35:41 2010
This should do the job.
Uploaded: Thu Jun 10 11:06:57 2010
Vitek at AXWare (http://www.axwaresystems.com/) is cutting us some new vinyl graphics for the race.
This piece is going on the roof, white on red.
100 point inspection
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 08:46:13 2010
Willy is going over everything
Waiting on a new airbox base
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 08:46:16 2010
Our airbox cracked from vibration in Mexico. Richard's friends at RedDot Corp. are fabbing us up a new one for Monday.
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 08:46:17 2010
Al wants to know where the new seats are. Check out his Chevelle drag car off to the side.
New distributor installed
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 08:46:18 2010
John Parker at VPD supplied us with a new solid-state 123 distributor. Installed and fired, everything looks good. Check out those OEM volvo mudflaps.
1 week to go
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 08:53:58 2010
Everything we need is ordered and in the mail.
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 08:53:59 2010
These need to be replaced every 2 years to pass tech. New seatbelts and an over-engineered rollcage are mandatory for sliding the car through dirt past turns with nicknames like "Bottomless Pit" and "Ragged Edge"
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 08:54:10 2010
Willy fine tunes the the webers. We've got a healthy collection of jets and a wideband AFR gauge to guide us but the race is a 5000' climb and carbs don't adjust to air density changes. We'll be running lean at the bottom and rich near the top of the mountain, we just have to find the sweet spot and deal with it.
New seats and harnesses installed
Uploaded: Fri Jun 11 22:07:52 2010
Starting to look like a new car.
Driving suit for Richard
Uploaded: Sun Jun 13 09:15:08 2010
Richard's design. Gray and orange nomex.
Uploaded: Tue Jun 15 17:06:34 2010
24"x72" laminated course map. Thanks to Guido H. for the stitched together digital image file used to make this map. All turns are labeled and some of the terrain is enhanced. We'll use this as a visual aid between practice sections.
Building Course Notes
Uploaded: Wed Jun 16 14:53:21 2010
A rally navigator uses pace notes to call out turns to the driver to warn them of what's next on course. I built the final notes in Indesign by combining several sources and converting them into the notation format Richard prefers.
We'll hone these during practice.
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 11:14:05 2010
Tajima's monster looking to beat 10 min record
Electric racer goes through tech
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 11:16:38 2010
Waiting for tech
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 11:18:34 2010
Teching the car
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 11:29:23 2010
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 16:03:10 2010
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 21:06:53 2010
Sonia worked all morning to get these on the truck. Top of the car looks good too.
Richard planning Wednesday practice
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 21:08:33 2010
Austin tx Subaru/Evo
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 21:12:59 2010
Lots of texans in this race
Car loaded and prepped for tomorrow
Uploaded: Tue Jun 22 21:15:39 2010
All drivers meetings and tech are done. Will post practice results tomorrow when we get time.
Practice day 1. Top of the mountain
Uploaded: Thu Jun 24 11:57:07 2010
We practiced at the top of the mountain yesterday. Glassy dirt and thousand foot drop offs were pretty hairy as we worked to sort out the mixtures. Finding Internet connections is very difficult so expect sporadic updates.
Ready for first runs on the mountain
Uploaded: Thu Jun 24 13:19:51 2010
Uploaded: Thu Jun 24 13:22:14 2010
Stock cars on the mountain
Uploaded: Thu Jun 24 13:25:07 2010
These guys are fast and loose. Really exciting to see them run.
Apple farmer day 2
Uploaded: Thu Jun 24 13:32:04 2010
Black smoke from the racing semi behind Richard. We ran well on the bottom section. Were pretty far back in the class but happy with our performance. We could sure use an extra 300 cubic inches.
Uploaded: Thu Jun 24 13:34:15 2010
Al and Richard at practice
Uploaded: Thu Jun 24 19:11:53 2010
Day 3 practice
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 10:11:04 2010
#290 3:37 for this section. We're doin alright.
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 10:21:28 2010
Willy took some time to help these guys with fueling on their car as they break it in
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:38:10 2010
One of our competitors in vintage. Sorry for the sparse updates- I've been limited to getting updates out via phone for the most part and even phone connectivity is spotty near the mountain. It makes it hard to tell a story,
Loading the car post-practice
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:42:16 2010
Wicked fast evo
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:45:23 2010
This guy caught us and passed us yesterday right before th tollbooths at Glen cove. All we heard was turbo whine and he was around us like we were standing still. Here is vid from his crew - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF1ZtTlgLq4
- pass is at the end. This guy is so bloody fast...
Open wheel cars
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:47:04 2010
Practiced today on the middle section of the course. Lots of switchbacks over a brief distance. We put in one solid practice run and decided to save the car after that and watched the big dogs head up the first leg of the mountain. If weather holds up this will definitely be a record breaking year.
Rhys Millen exits the RedBull Hyundai
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:48:45 2010
This is one of the premier cars here. The Millen family has a long history at the peak and Rhys is here this year with a purpose built car to break the 10 minute barrier.
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:54:43 2010
This guy is is a monster. Neat to meet these people in person.
The monster finishing practice run
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:54:41 2010
This car is a force of nature.
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:54:45 2010
One of the top cars dicing on the hill
Helicopters filming practice
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:54:47 2010
The media attention given the top cars is exciting. The top drivers are consumed by press and photo ops.
Fuentes and Mockett (in blue)
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:56:58 2010
These guys are dominant in La Carrera Panamericana and they are pushing for a big win on the mountain Sunday in their "Mocket Rocket" Olds (available as a hothweels car)
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:58:37 2010
Several thousand foot drop off of the road side. The natural beauty here is incredible.
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:58:40 2010
One of the great vantage points to watch cars come up the mountain.
Charles Breed in the Lister
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 20:54:12 2010
LS7 and weighs next to nothing
Tajima says "favorite car, very fast"
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 20:58:35 2010
Yokohama Electric racer
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 21:04:52 2010
Aussie Volvo rally team
Uploaded: Sat Jun 26 11:46:58 2010
Ashley and Andy stopped through during practice days to watch some pikes peak runs. They run a clean 122 in targa tasmania. Great to talk with them. Learn more at govolvogo.com
Waiting to descend
Uploaded: Fri Jun 25 18:54:50 2010
3rd practice is over. We aren't last with a 3:37 but we are further from the leaderboard than Apple Farmer Racing is used to. We're having a hell of the good time.
Race Day: Ready to rock
Uploaded: Mon Jun 28 10:49:38 2010
Getting ready to run
At the start line
Uploaded: Mon Jun 28 10:51:56 2010
15:15 - Mission accomplished
Uploaded: Mon Jun 28 11:03:01 2010
We were shooting for 15:00. The Apple Farmer is somewhat disappointed but we acknowledge that we brought a knife to a gunfight. We'll be back next year with an optimized car (sharper knife) and maybe leading a new vintage 4 cylinder class. Tons of video and hi res photos to come. Thanks for following!
More pics from the race
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:40 2010
The following pics were items I couldn't find the bandwidth to upload.
Willy says "Relax"
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:43 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:44 2010
Planning is guessing
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:45 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:42 2010
16 year old Savannah
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:46 2010
She's definitely the Rookie of the year.
View of the summit from our campground
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:48 2010
Prepping for race day
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:49 2010
Richard finds his people
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:51 2010
Bailey wanted to ride in a pickup truck bed so he could see the course better. We flagged down these guys and they gave him a ride. Several thousand people camp on the mountain the night before the race. These folks had 2 kegs of beer in the bed of the truck to get them through the race. Party on.
Someone carved this in the snow in the switchbacks on the course
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:52 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 17:47:08 2010
Richard and Sonia
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:54 2010
Sonia helped us all week with general organization and everything from food procurement to vinyl installation. She made herself a useful crew member.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:55 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:56 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:57 2010
The crew splits off and heads up to camp out while Richard and I head for the pit area.
Summit visible from the pits
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:42:58 2010
Ridgeline race truck
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:00 2010
These guys kick ass - super nice people with an all pro racing program. They did a great job representing Honda.
We made it.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:01 2010
What a race. Making it to the top is something awesome.
Richard and Tom soak it in.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:02 2010
The climb was hard on cooling systems. This was contained and cleaned up immediately.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:03 2010
We were on top of the mountain for 5 hours. During that time the temp swung 40 degrees, it rained, snowed, sleeted and the sun shone. It's a beast.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:05 2010
Winner, Pike's Peak open class
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:07 2010
This was a great team of young, smart guys from Austin who took first place. Hell yes.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:06 2010
Dave C's evo brings it home. Andrew Hawkeswood didn't make it to the top.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:08 2010
Interviews and coverage from the finish line. The driver of the electric racer is being interviewed - he just broke his own record.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:10 2010
He had a rough start in practice - we were all glad to see him and his wife/navigator make it to the top.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:09 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:14 2010
Angelica Fuentes has a 27 year pro motorsports career. She is hired by drivers all over the world. It was really great to compete and talk with her.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:13 2010
All hand written, developed over several years.
Hemmings Motor News
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:12 2010
Thanks to my employer for helping to drum up some support for the race. We also got some press support from Daniel Johnston at Volvo Cars NA.
Clouds move in
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:15 2010
NOS Evo clips the apex at the last hairpin
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:17 2010
I set up with a camera for an hour or so and snapped some good action pics
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:18 2010
Tajima sets up the turn
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:19 2010
Tajima takes down a haybale
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:20 2010
Angelica, Tajima and the chopper
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:21 2010
The helicopter was awesome. They would appear suddenly over the ridges, looked like obligatory helicopter shots from 1980's action tv shows.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:24 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:43:22 2010
Storm Rolls in
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:32 2010
Media interviews Millen
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:34 2010
His >11 min run was a far from the 10 minute mark. I heard they were having a lot of trouble with tires and traction. I'm sure we'll see them back next year with these issues solved.
The monster arrives
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:35 2010
Hay in the splitter
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:36 2010
Waiting for the bikes to run
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:38 2010
He made it
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:40 2010
Lots of emotion as people crossed the finish line
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:39 2010
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:42 2010
This guy is cool-as-shit and he sums up what is so great about the grassroots racer ethic. He once again won the vintage class (unmodified) in his Falcon this year. Keith and the rest of RMVR are the definition of class - we all really appreciate the hard work they do to make this race happen for us.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:46 2010
Bryan brought this amazing replica datsun rally car and laid down incredible times. Thanks to him and his team for helping us with jetting issues.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:47 2010
Tajima got a 10:11. This was supposed to be the year the record was shattered. Everything was perfect for the run, it just didn't happen. When he walked by the rest of the drivers in the cafeteria everyone started spontaneously clapping for him.
He won overall and still holds the record. Next year is the year.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 11:53:49 2010
We all start up engines and run downhill. Fans line the course and we get a thousand hi-fives on our way down. Everybody loves the car and we hand out cards to the kids. The best was shaking hands with Al, Willy and Sonia and all of our friends who came to watch. This was a great way to close out months of hard work and made everything worthwhile. See you next year.
Uploaded: Wed Jun 30 15:45:24 2010