Here is a short writeup about the hill climb challenge that I will be participating in June. I hope the get some exposure for the car in some big national magazines (Automobile, etc.) and hopefully get some cool video of me tearing down Nevada Hwy. 341!!!
All About: The Speed By Spectre 341 Challenge
Risk vs. Reward. That’s what it comes down to. If you race at Daytona, or The Indy 500, or Le Mans, or your local race track for that matter, you are racing to collect prize money and trophies and points. Maybe a pretty girl will kiss you and you’ll get to stand on a podium and get your picture taken. It’s lovely, really.
But at The Speed By Spectre 341 Challenge, if you win, you might get a .25¢ ribbon; provided one of the organizers remembers to bring them. Otherwise, all you’ll end up with are stories and memories – and an ego that’s either bigger than it was before the race…or a lot smaller. This is one race that you absolutely must calculate your risk correctly.
The Spectre 341 Challenge is the automotive equivalent of a high wire act with no net. And the wire is very high… and it’s windy… RISK:
This competition is not on a racetrack. There are no prissy run off areas, gravel traps, or tire walls; no sissy hay bales or an ambulance that’s seconds away. There are no berms, catch fences or smooth concrete barriers. None. And you don’t get practice laps either.
The “track” is a real two-lane mountain road that is crowned in some places, sloped in others, with yellow stripes down the middle. There is loose gravel on the shoulders, sometimes on the roadway but only after a blind corner, and lots and lots of thick steel snow marker poles that are best left alone. Should you lose control of your car, there’s a 50/50 shot of contacting rock formations or thin air.
Because there are few guardrails, the drop offs on some of the turns are steep. How steep? Well, if you go off on turn 7 for example you’ll probably have enough time in the air to make out your last will and testament before you hit something for the first time.
There’s your risk.
What was that reward again? REWARD:
Well, as the old saying goes, if you have to ask, you don’t understand. You can stop reading now. Go polish your helmet.
There are literally thousands of very fast and skilled drivers out there, professional and amateur. But only a fraction of them are real racers. And if you are a real racer, accept this as a friendly warning: You won’t be able to do this just once. You’ll be back. And it won’t be for the ribbon.
Conquering 341 – that’s the reward!
I just wanted to post this up to let you guys know that I will be attending the aforementioned event this June and will be representing the 1st Gen CTS-V community and this forum (unofficially of course).
I also wanted to put the word out that I would like to get some SPONSORS on board with this. I would be willing to display stickers or vinyls or possibly install certain parts to test them out on this grueling hilll climb.
I think this is going to be an awesome event and I am also hoping that my car will be very competitive as well. Obviously this event is not really a contest, everybody just runs as hard as they feel comfortable, but on the other hand, I am very competitive so I will for sure be trying to run the course under that magical 3:41 mark. For some perspective, that means that you have to average 85 MPH over the entire course (see attached pic --> in reality it is just a 5.2 mile section of Nevada Hwy. 341 between Reno and Virginia City).
Any feedback would be appreciated. Have any of you guys ever done a hill climb on public roads (sanctioned)? Do you have any advice for a first timer?
P.S. As soon as I get my used R888s mounted on my brand new TD wheels, I'll take some pix of how my V looks when it's setup for the track, as opposed to the street setup.
what i mean is, the absence of runoff versus what you would find on a track.
Basically, you don't runoff. If you do, you could fly off one the many areas that don't have guardrails and have a 200-300 ft drop. I've watched a ton of videos of the last years' participants' runs and this doesn't really seem as scary as it looks. Just like on the track, you get into a zone, and you just have to keep your concentration.