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Video: Before There Was Truth in 24, There Was King of the Hill with Bobby Unser


In 2008, Audi’s first Truth in 24 made the brand’s World Endurance Championship efforts into something of an overnight celebrity, bringing drivers, team engineers and crew members into the living rooms of millions for the first time.  But 22 years before Truth in 24 was released, King of the Hill with Bobby Unser documented the driver’s 1986 effort at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, vying for the overall record behind the wheel of an Audi Sport quattro E2.

As you can see in the video above, quite a few things have changed in the past 22 years.  Most notably, the surface was entirely dirt back in 1986, meaning that times were limited by traction, leaving Unser’s 11:09.220 an impressive but manageable record to beat. In fact just one year later, Walter Röhrl would head to Colorado and best the time by a full 22 seconds.  Still, the video gives a good look at how one of the most iconic names in American racing was able to team with the Germans to claim victory at a quintessentially American event that had only just begun to see international attention.

This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb kicks off on June 26th.

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