If you live along one of America’s active fault lines, it’s never nice to wake up to the ground bumping and surging like those adorable twin babies dancing in their high chairs on Youtube. But if you’re from an older, less shifty/grindy region of the continent, an earthquake is always kindof interesting. It doesn’t change your life, but you’ll be talking about it for days. Continue reading
It’s a rare thing to encounter a life so full, heroic, and memorable it stretches the boundaries of belief. Most of them, it seems, have been immortalized in film. It’s a rarer thing still to encounter such a life that so few people even know existed. Continue reading
The 2013 American Le Mans Series ended last month with a spectacular show at Petit Le Mans in Atlanta. It was a fun race, peppered with close battles from the start and in every class. But the most interesting car on the track wasn’t even competing. Flat black and alarming, it looked like a die-cast toy. It looked like it was about to flip over. It looked something like an awesome Batmobile. Continue reading
Ayrton Senna. Tony Stewart. Lewis Hamilton. Darrell Waltrip. Jeff Gordon. Kimi Räikkönen. Sebastian Vettel. Mario. What do all these legends of racing have in common? What do they have in common with hundreds of other racing champions from the last several decades? They all started small. Very small. Continue reading
Often we associate huge vehicles with more fun. A roller coaster can span an acre or more. An A-10 Thunderbolt was designed around its massive, 70-rounds-per-second, 30 mm Gatling cannon. And frankly, we don’t understand why the Hulk is so angry all the time, since being big and strong enough to turn an entire metropolitan area into a multi-level trampoline sounds like a lot of fun to us. Continue reading
I’ve loved rally racing for as long as I’ve known about it. But since I’m from a place called America, that hasn’t been very long. Rally isn’t very well publicized here in the States, and despite a national championship and a solid handful of regional sanctioning bodies, the WRC skips us entirely. Continue reading
Desert racing and rock crawling may seem similar to the layman, but the equipment and skill sets required for them are as different as NASCAR and autocross. Robbie Gordon’s Baja 1000 truck or Stephan Peterhansel’s Dakar Mini would be next to useless on a rock course. And your crusty uncle’s low-geared Jeep crawler wouldn’t come close to qualifying for a high-speed desert race. Continue reading
Take a road trip. Start in Los Angeles and drive to New York. Then pull a U-ey and head out to Seattle. It’s around 5,500 miles, and Google Maps suggests you can make it in just under four days if you have enough Red Bull in your system. Now get rid of the highways. In fact, lose most of the pavement in general. Finally, copy and paste the LA-Denver terrain and conditions across the whole route. What if it were a race? If you’re not having too much trouble imagining this, you’re probably familiar with the Dakar Rally. If you still can’t picture it, read on for a picture of the most adventure to be found in modern motorsport.
Last week I told you a little about Australia’s hoontastic V8 Supercars series, that mad, boisterous rumble pit that exemplifies everything we love about Australia. Well, break out your umlauts, because the Aussies aren’t the only hoons to race ridiculous V8 brutes around a circuit.
This week, BMW and Audi both released designs for their new DTM race cars. What is DTM? I’m glad you asked. Continue reading
Australia. The homeland of hoonage. Aussies invented the term hoon, and it usually refers to someone who likes to generate tire smoke and noise, usually simultaneously. There are so many hoons in Australia, in fact, that their parliament has instituted several pieces of “Anti-hoon legislation,” the actual term. It’s a nation who haven’t forgotten their love of the automobile, and that’s why, if the great country of America ever spits me out, I’m going there. Continue reading
It’s a good season for race fans. Le Mans and the Isle of Man TT just wrapped up last weekend, and the Formula One season is running at full tilt. But what about stateside? Aside from the actually broadcast NASCAR events, where else is rubber being burned within our borders? Ladies and gentlemen, eyes to the Rockies.
The Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, known by many as the Race to the Clouds, is a rally-style time trial running between the foot and summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. Continue reading
This weekend saw the annual running of the biggest event in four-wheeled track racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But if your preferred vehicles only have half that number of wheels, you may have been watching a different race: the Isle of Man TT.
Though it is a time trial rather than an endurance race, and doesn’t run for 24 hours, the Isle of Man TT (just “TT” to the locals) is the Le Mans of motorcycle races. Continue reading
If there was one weekend around which international motorsport revolved for the rest of the year, it would be this weekend. If one event could be the lynch pin of all races to gearheads worldwide, it would be this event. To me, Le Mans is the pinnacle of track racing, exceeded only in sheer epic drama and adventure by the Dakar Rally. But what is it? Continue reading
When I was young, I used to break the back end free on my old Torino for fun. As a teenager, I thought I was the king of the street when I would goose the gas going around a corner to get the car sliding sideways before easing off the throttle to snap the car back into a straight line. I had no idea that a sport would develop based on the excitement of this seeming lack of control—the sport is called drifting. Continue reading