By Mark Kleis
Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2011 @ 6:20 pm
 
Every race teams and famous drivers promise to set records leading up to the infamous "Race to the clouds," but seemingly every year something goes awry, forcing the teams to promise a valiant return for the next year.

This year was different, as many teams managed to set new records at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. One such record was set thanks to the return of Rod Millen after a 10-year hiatus. Rod piloted his son's (Rhys Millen) Formula Drift-spec Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the 2WD Time Attack Class, managing a record-setting time of 11:04.912.

Luckily for all of us, Rod and his team installed cameras on his 2WD Hyundai Genesis Coupe so we could ride shotgun during his record-setting run - which he also confirmed would definitely be his last.

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But the big show for the day was watching Nobuhiro Tajima set the fastest time ever for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in his Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special with a new best of just 9:51.278, smashing the record Tajima himself set in 2007 by over 10 seconds.

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Rhys Millen didn't have quite the luck his father did, citing failing brakes as the cause for his 10:09.30 time.

A new best of 12:20.084 was set for electric vehicles, the vintage class saw a new best of 12:44.126, set by a 1963 Ford Falcon, while the vintage class modified record was set by a 1970 Chevy Camaro with a time of 12:51.004. The super stock class also saw its record fall at the hand of Clint Vahsholtz, driving a 2006 Ford Mustang.