Fire is still the main scare for nearly all racing drivers, whether professional or amateur. But sudden and catastrophic mechanical failure has to come in a close second. Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima experienced the latter at this year’s Race to the Sky.
At the 1:01 mark in the video above, you’ll see exactly what we mean as Tajima pilots his Monster Sport Super 86 Pikes Peak racer. It’s dramatic, it’s sudden, and it’s scary as hell if you put your self in the driver’s seat.
Tajima, who actually was in the driver’s seat, is cool as the other side of the pillow afterward, as you’ll see around 1:09 in the video, when he says, jokingly, “I need a flying license!” He then responds to the question from the interviewer (“What happened to the wing?”) with the rather understated, “It go into air, so I cannot control it.”
Yep, it takes guts to do what these guys do—and go back out and do it again after it goes wrong. Monster guts.