Lotus Hill Climb Run Makes us Tremble in Humility [video]
Consider the spectacle of a hill climb event. In the States, we usually think of the open expanses and harrowing drop-offs of Pikes Peak, but in Europe, they have their own flavor. It calls for running a fast car up a winding, hilly road, with little to no room for error and darting among buildings that are hundreds of years old. Where do we sign up? David Baldi is a bad man. The fact that he can pilot a lightweight (and unruly) Lotus 23B is proof of his skill. And the fact that he can make the following hill climb run at Bologna San Luca makes him a superhero in our eyes: BRITISH RACERS: See More Photos of Lotus Race Cars and Road Cars
The Lotus 23B is proof that big things can come in small packages. It had only a 1.6-liter inline-4, and made only 140 horsepower. Despite this, the 23B is a beast on the track. The shifter is actually to the right of the driver, explaining why you don’t see Baldi shift.
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The Bologna San Luca Hill Climb is a terrific event, that offers drivers no run outs, minimal safety barriers, and puts the spectators right up next to the action– like rally driving in the 1980s! We could do with more events like this!
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