The 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is gearing up for an amazing race this Sunday with the likes of World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb taking on current record holder Rhys Millen.

CarAdvice has travelled more than 20 hours from Sydney to be in Manitou Springs in Colorado USA, a small town of 5,000 locals, situated about 90 minutes drive from Denver and just down the road from Pikes Peak.

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The PPIHC, sometimes referred to as the “race to the clouds” is an internationally recognised racing event that has captured the imagination of motor sport fans worldwide.

The event has been running since 1916, but it really hit the limelight in 1989 when French director Jean-Louis Mourey released a short film called Climb Dance (embedded below), which showcased Finnish former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen winning the event in his turbocharged Peugeot 405 T16 in a record-breaking time.