Where to Go: Pike's Peak International Hill Climb
Pike's Peak, Colorado (nearby Best Western hotels)
Starting at 9,390 feet and ending at a lofty 14,110 feet, the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb is one of the most demanding tests of man and machine yet invented, with racers deftly guiding cars and motorcycles along 12.42 miles of pavement and gravel, through 156 turns and past perilous drop offs -- often at triple-digit speeds. This year, race veteran Rhys Millen is out to break the elusive 10-minute barrier and reclaim the track record from four-time Pike's Peak champion Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima.
How to Get There: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Look at the list of vehicles participating in this year's Pike's Peak Hill climb, and one name keeps popping up: the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. And while it would be cool to drive a Lancer Evo to the hill climb, the ride might be a bit taxing over the long-haul. That's why we suggest the more civilized Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, a car that's relaxed enough for road trip duty but still delivers the kind of turbocharged, all-wheel drive performance talented drivers exploit every year at the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb.