The hillclimb is a dying art in North America, thanks to a litigious public and an unreasoning disregard for rally-style motorsports. But at Mt. Washington, just as at Pikes Peak, it’s alive and well. Here, a Nissan 240SX makes a blazing but smooth run to the top of the mountain in rear-drive record time.

If you’re a fan of hillclimbs, or just of motorsports in general, you can appreciate the skill, intestinal fortitude, and sheer grit it takes to drive this fast up a precarious mountain pass, only partially paved.

And if you’re not a fan of the hillclimb, or worse, an opponent, perhaps the smooth, seemingly effortless ascent will help you see it’s not a license to get yourself killed, but a true test of driver and machine.