» User Review: Rhodia Races to the Top of the 2009 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb


Image courtesy of Adam Kneipp

We recently received the following reader submission from Adam Kneipp, co-driver for Rally Ready Motorsports. He wanted to share his experience with us on how he used Rhodia to help navigate Pike’s Peak at the recent International Hill Climb. Be sure to check out the video clips below that show Adam in the car with his Rhodia pad as they are snaking their way to the top of Pike’s Peak.

“Just wanted to pass along how I use your amazing notebooks. This year I was a co-driver for an automotive racing team, Rally Ready Motorsports, that competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the Pikes Peak Open class. The hill climb consisted of 3 days of testing, tuning and preparing notes and 1 day, 1 run for the official timed run on the road’s 156 turns over 12.42 miles and 4500’+ of elevation gain. In the Pikes Peak Open class, teams are permitted to consist of two people in car, a driver and a co-driver. As a co-driver, my job is to relay information from a set of stage notes (a book with shorthand descriptions of the road) to the driver via an intercom system. The driver then uses the information a co-driver relays to him/her to set the car up for the upcoming straights, turns and other conditions the we know of the road….and drive it as quickly as possible.

As I said, our preparation begins days before the actual race takes place, allowing us to make our road notes as detailed as possible. I had been using Rhodia note pads off and on for a few months leading up to Pikes Peak in performance rally, but when the opportunity was presented to me, I had no question as to what notebook I was going to use for notes preparation. The Rhodia A5 with the top wire bound spiral was already a favorite of mine. With the 5/5 ruling, I could make sure that my writing was sized so that I could easily see it during the entire race, through fast straights, tight hairpins and the rough transitions from dirt to pavement that exist up the mountain road. Combined with the new Sharpie pens, there was no bleeding through and everything was clearly readable the entire race. The pages were easy to turn (my notes for the entire 12.42 miles took over 20 pages of A5) and having the heavy cardboard backing made any changes I needed to make on the fly during the race easy. I keep a smaller A6 size pad in my gear bag that I use to make any service notes or changes to the car’s setup that the driver requests.

Our result? The car itself suffered ignition trouble and turbo boost leaks just after leaving the start line. We lost well over a minute off of our projected finishing time, but we were able to battle and stay focused the entire run, putting us in first place in our class by over 20 seconds, our next closest competitor have engine issues as well. This was my driver, Dave Carapetyan’s, second consecutive Pikes Peak Open victory and the first in his Mitsubishi Evo 8, a new car for this year for the team.

I’ve attached links to our in-car camera that clearly shows the famous orange cover of the Rhodia pads.”

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Posted on September 10th, 2009 by Stephanie
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That’s interesting, it never ocurred to me before that a driver and co-driver couldn’t hear each other ober the rumble of the racing car engine. Quite neat that they must rely on an intercom system and a trusty Rhodia pad to communicate effectively.


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