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1949 Ford F1 is the fastest diesel up Pikes Peak

Scott Birdsall's "Old Smokey F1" diesel sets the record.

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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.

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  • RIGHT ON!!

    This race is straight insane. Just perfect for serious mental cases on two and hour wheels. That this old pig rocketed up that mountain is testament to just how crazy auto enthusiasts truly are. NUTS!

    True story: I was living in Denver in the late 90's. A doctor bought a brand new 911TT and raced it right off the showroom floor. Why? Just because. Upon completion it was sold for a considerable loss because the paint was so beat up. But he just wanted to race a brand new 911 to say it had been done. LOVE IT!!

      20 days ago