1949 Ford F1 is the fastest diesel up Pikes Peak
Scott Birdsall's "Old Smokey F1" diesel sets the record.
Scott Birdsall aka Chuckles Garage this past weekend set the record for diesels at the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). The record for fastest diesel vehicle up the mountain was set with a time of 11:02.065.
The truck, which raced as part of the Exhibition Class, is affectionately named "Old Smokey F1" and is heavily documented on the internet. It is a 1949 Ford F1 packing a rather large 5.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel straight-six which can put out upwards of 1200 horsepower and 2000 ft.-lbs of torque.
"WE DID IT!!! FASTEST DIESEL EVER! In limp mode from heat since Devil's playground and it still happened!!! The past few weeks have been the most challenging of my motorsport career. My crew, my friends, and my team partners dug deep, and we ground through all the BS to achieve something I have been chasing for 3 years," Birdsall said via Instagram.