What do you get when you cross 90 mph with a 5.2 mile mountain road with 500 foot drop-offs and very few guard rails? The adrenaline pumping Spectre 341 Challenge, hill climbing road race which took place this past weekend (June 17-19, 2011).

After an eight year absence, the race has returned for a second year to Virginia City, Nevada, thanks to Spectre Performance.

The Spectre 341 Challenge is the race among races. Drivers must race up Virginia City Hill, a 5.2 mile stretch of rural road with some 22 turns and a 1,216-foot rise in elevation. Not for the faint of heart, especially when considering the record time is 3:10:53 set back in 2002 by Amir Rosenbaum in a modified F40 Ferrari. Follow his record run in this video (you’ll want to fasten your seat belt about now):

Those reaching the finish line in under 3:41:00, gain entry into the coveted “3:41 Club” to join only a select few who have managed to best the 3:41, jaw dropping, time.

This year saw 48 drivers make 391 runs, and 5 of those drivers became the newest members of the 341 Club.

R. J. Gottlieb, driving his famous 1969 “Big Red” Camaro (which also adorns the Mojave Mile website) cleared the hill in 3:30:00 @ 89.15 mph.

Course record holder, Amir Rosenbaum, returned to the event this year with a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon and managed to get a 3:52:60 @ 80.48 mph out of the supercharged grocery getter.

But the bragging rights go to Lou Gigliotti of Wylie, Texas, who also returns this year in order to defend his title. Driving a 2010 LG Motorsports ZR1 Corvette, Lou set the mark by turning in a time of 3:14:40 and averaging 96.27 mph while doing it.

The surprise of the event, however, was undoubtedly Kevin Wesley and his completely stock 2011 Inaugural Edition 392 Dodge Challenger. Equipped with the 392 Hemi engine and a 5-speed Autostick transmission (NAG1), Kevin managed to join the elite ranks of the 3:41 Club by turning in a best time of 3:39:90 @ 85.12 mph. Kudos to you Kevin.

You can read more about the Spectre 341 Challenge event and final times of the participants here.

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