Return of the king
The clock is ticking towards the 98th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and preparations are in full swing for Jeff Zwart and the Porsche 935.
Testing has moved from the circuit to the mountain, with the first rounds of foreshortened runs on the closed course providing invaluable, if limited, feedback for team. The challenges inherent in readying yourself and your car for a 12-mile sprint up a 14,000ft mountain come thick and fast, with the sheer logistical struggle ever present. “The interesting thing about preparing for Pikes Peak,” Zwart says, “is that we practice it in thirds – bottom, middle and top – and the only time you put all three of those sections together is on race day.”
King of the hill
As Jeff Zwart prepares to tackle Pikes Peak with Porsche’s new 935, the legendary filmmaker reveals how the Colorado hillclimb – and the Porsche cars he’s taken there – captured his heart.
Next in the schedule for Zwart and his team is more testing prior to race week at the end of the month, which will include final runs up each stage of the mountain before Thursday’s qualifying and the event itself on Sunday, 30 August. “It’s going to be a very interesting week,” Zwart suggests, because I don’t know enough about the car yet to make a prediction about where we’ll be. I’m so fortunate that Bob Ingram has let me drive his 935 – one of just 77 – up one of the trickiest mountains in the world and I’ve honestly never enjoyed driving a car so much there. I’m just really curious to see how everything pans out!
Info Photos action shots: Rupert Berrington
Aug 17, 2020 at 11:49