Rhys Millen loses brakes, takes second place at Pikes PeakThu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Rhys Millen, nephew of parts guru Steve Millen, didn't break Nobuhiro Tajima's world record at the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb--Tajima did that himself.
But Rhys Millen did clock a fast second-place run up the 12.42-mile course with a time of 10 minutes, 9.242 seconds in a prepped Hyundai Genesis PM580.
That time was made even more impressive by the fact that Millen lost brake power in the last few miles before reaching the peak.
The Genesis prototype, which competed in the Unlimited class, looks quite like a Le Mans racer. With rumors of factory cars coming back next year, Millen likely will face an even tougher field.
Organizers say next year's event will be moved back on the calendar to allow construction crews to finish paving over the remaining dirt section of the road. We expect more records to be broken in all manner of vehicle.
For now, check out the on-board video of Millen attacking the hill, and enjoy the drive.
By Jake Lingeman