Jun 25, 2014 10:00 AM by Jordan Mason
When Roger Bannister became the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier on May 6, 1954 with his stunning time of 3:59.4, the news travelled slowly around the world. It was the most notorious of the records in track and field and many believed it would never be broken.
At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, American Jim Hines became the first runner to break the ten-second barrier in the 100 meter dash when he ran a stunning 9.95.
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points to establish an NBA record on March 2, 1962 in a game at Hershey, Pennsylvania. Only Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, with 81 points in a game against Toronto in 2006 has come anywhere near that standard.
Records are destined to be broken, all of them, and so it was at the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb when Japan's Nobuhiro Tajima hit the Summit of America's Mountain in 9:51.278, becoming the first competitor to break the mountain's mysterious grip on the ten-minute mark that had survived since the first hill climb in 1916.
To be accurate, Tajima broke the record on the 12.42 mile course with 156 daring turns when the course was a mix of dirt, rocks and some sections of asphalt, making the time even more incredible.
But for the most part, once a sports record falls, the floodgates open, and suddenly all kinds of men and women are breaking those old marks
And, with the race course now fully-paved, fast and dangerous, with specially designed engines and frames, seeing the old ten-minute nemesis at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb shoved aside is becoming commonplace.
But who in the motor sports world could imagine what happened last year when nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb of France blew away everything on Pikes Peak, driving his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak to the Summit in an incredible 8:13.878, breaking Rhys Millen's mark of 9:46.164 by an astounding one and a half minute!
One could imagine now that the sky is the limit, because other than Loeb's incredible sub-nine-minute miracle, there are now 10 drivers and riders who have blasted through the ten-minute wall, and who knows how many more will follow this Sunday, June 29?
Here's the list:
2013: Rhys Millen (New Zealand) (9:02.192) Unlimited Division (2013 Hyundai PM580T)
2012: Rhys Millen (9.46.164) Time Attack Division (2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe)
2013: Jean-Philippe Dayraut (France) (9:42.740) Unlimited Division (2011 Mini Countryman)
2013: Paul Dallenbach (USA) (9:46.001) Time Attack Division (2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe)
2012: Romain Dumas (France) (9:46.181) Pikes Peak Open Division (2012 Porsche GT3R)
2013: Nobuhiro Tajima (Japan) (9:46.530) Electric Auto Division (2013 E-Runner Pikes Peak Special)
2011: Nobuhiro Tajima (Japan) (9:51.278) Unlimited Division (2011 Suzuki SX4)
2013: Mark Rennison (UK) (9:46.634) Unlimited Division (1986 Ford RS200)
2012: Carlin Dunne (USA) (9:52.819) Motorcycle 1205 Division (2012 Ducati Multistrada)
2013: David Donner (USA( (9:53.581) Time Attack Division (2008 Porsche GT3 Cup)
2013: Spencer Steele (USA) (9:57.513) Unlimited Division (2013 PVA)
2012: Greg Tracy (USA) (9:58.262) Motorcycle 1205 Division (2010 Ducati Multistrada)
The Electric Modified Car Division is one to watch, with Tajima, Greg Tracy, Masuoka Hiroshi and Janis Horeliks each driving an auto capable of going under ten minutes.