Driver Monster Tajima will again drive an electric-powered race car at the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This will be the third straight year he will race an EV.
He is doing so after winning the high-profile Unlimited Division nine times, including six straight from 2006-2011 in a variety of high-powered Suzuki sport racecars.
The renowned Japanese driver, who was the first competitor to break the once unthinkable 10-minute mark in 2011 when he drove his Suzuki SX4 to the summit of America’s Mountain in 9:51.278, will be back on June 29 in his Tajima Motor E-Runner model in the now very competitive Electric Modified Division.
His legion of fans were stunned when his first attempt in an Electric auto failed in 2012 when his model was forced out by a fire.
But last year, he showed that he is still a champion and King of the Mountain hopeful once again when he drove his Tajima Monster Sport Special electric auto to a blazing time of 9:46.530, the 7th fastest time in the history of this hill climb, and winner of the electric division.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is America’s second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indy 500.
Nicknamed “Monster” by his fans, the 63-year old driver shows no sign of retiring from the PPIHC any time soon, and that’s great news for those who will be on the course again this year to watch the famed auto-motorcycle classic.
He made his racing debut in 1968 in the All-Japan Dirt Trial Championship where he won his first race. In 1983, he established Monster Sports International, a motorsport preparation shop. In 1986 he established Suzuki Sport and returned to the World Rally scene where he competed driving a Suzuki Cultus in the Olympus Rally.
In all, he has taken nine All Japan Dirt Trial Championship titles, four WRC Championship class wins, two class wins in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championships, and his ten Pikes Peak crowns.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 12.42-mile, 156-turn course that ends at 14,110 feet, and is a familiar hangout for The Monster.