341 Challenge

Hill climb tests both car and driver

By Larry Jewett - July 05, 2011 12:36 PM


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The 2011 Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge hill climb, held in Virginia City, Nevada (aka the Nürburgring of Nevada) is in the record books, logging 48 drivers, 391 runs and five new members of the exclusive Spectre 3:41 Club. It was a wild success.

Lou Gigliotti of Wylie, Texas, came to the hill with a title to defend and like any good gunslinger, he fired first and drove his LG Motorsports 2010 ZR1 to the overall event win, pushing the supercar to a best lap time of 3:14,  7.3 seconds faster than his race-winning run last year!

Other notable entries include RJ Gottlieb, driving his world-famous “Big Red” 1969 Camaro race car that won the Silver State Challenge to a 3:29.99 run up the hill while being chased by a helicopter. Dan Weishaar, who drove his 1968 Plymouth Road Runner from Yuma, Arizona, to Virginia City, made over a dozen runs up the hill and then drove home. Competitor Kevin Wesley managed to squeeze a 3:39.9 second run out of a brand new 2011 Dodge Challenger 392 automatic, earning a spot in the 3:41 Club and making him the fastest competitor on the hill in an unmodified vehicle.

“We made 391 runs up a very fast and twisty mountain road - 5.2 miles at a time - with no guardrails and steep drop offs,” said Spectre Performance President and current 341 record holder Amir Rosenbaum. “That's over 2,000 miles at a very high rate of speed. That's almost coast to coast on a narrow twisty road at high speed!   With only one minor crunchlet and four minor breakdowns out of almost 400 runs, the 2011 Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge was truly epic. We proved that you can get a large group of drivers to be very focused and very careful and very safe and very very FAST. Next year will be even faster.”

Due to the success of the 2011 event, dates for The Third Annual Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge are set for June 15 - 17, 2012. Mark your calendars. For videos, photo galleries, driver blogs and more from the 341 Challenge, go to