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Heart Like a Wheel

Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney "was the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to drive a Top Fuel dragster. She won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980, and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles. She won a total of 18 NHRA national events." She is ranked fifth on the NHRA top 50 drivers of all time. [more inside]
posted by cwest on May 26, 2016 - 23 comments

“Scientology's strategy to use motorsports as a promotional tool...”

When Scientology Sponsored Race Cars [Road and Track] John Travolta​. ​Mario Andretti.​ The Pope. Aliens​. Germans. The Indy 500. Milwaukee. The Church of Scientology. Welcome to 1988's bizarre intersection between motorsports, religion, and sponsorship.​​ [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 11, 2016 - 14 comments

"This is a man's car."

Salesgirl drifts a pickup truck Professional motorsports athlete Leona Chin (dubbed Malaysia's Drift Queen), together with Mitsubishi Motors and Maxman.tv, pretends to be a sales girl on her first day selling the Mitsubishi Triton to unsuspecting male customers. Hijinks ensue during the testdrive. This isn't her first time: she's pranked driving instructors before.
posted by cendawanita on Jan 5, 2016 - 69 comments

My money's still on Sammy & Dean

Inspired by previous Road Rally races such as The CannonBall Run, a modern incarnation of the cross-country rally has emerged. Since 2007, the Fireball Run has taken place, with its 2000+ mile course varying from year to year. More than just a road race, the Fireball Run bills itself as an "Adventur-rally", relying more on cleverness than sheer speed. Organizer's compare it more to a "scavenger hunt", suggesting that a knowledge of history and local trivia are more valuable than driving skill. (in fact, racers are monitored so as not to be allowed to drive "unsafely.") [more inside]
posted by ShutterBun on Sep 21, 2012 - 12 comments

Fast Women

Speedqueens — Women in motorsport from 1898 to the present day. Fasten your seatbelts, gentlemen.
posted by cenoxo on Sep 2, 2012 - 15 comments

In the end, what is life without love?

Motorsport - Love For Life The latest video created by Finn Antti Kalhol, Motorsport - Love For Life is a roughly four and a half minute meditation on auto racing, suffering and love. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Jan 25, 2012 - 25 comments

50 Years Sideways

The Evolution of the Drift angle: A 90 minute film on the history of the rallying motorsport for your enjoyment. (SYLT)
posted by HLD on Feb 16, 2011 - 19 comments

This is Not a Game

No reset button here, kiddo. What happens when you decide to drop a novice into the middle of the 24-hour race in your Nissan 350Z race car...? Gran Turismo game designer Kazunori Yamauchi decided to find out.
posted by lonefrontranger on May 26, 2009 - 42 comments

"It is doubtful that the popular sport in Seattle can survive,"

"It is doubtful that the popular sport in Seattle can survive," wrote a Seattle sportswriter in 1966, after three of unlimited hydroplane racing's most popular drivers were killed in one horrific day in Washington, D.C. Forty years later, what was once the most popular sport in Seattle survives, if not thrives, and this weekend's Chevrolet Cup will feature boats with safety improvements that trace directly back to the events of "Black Sunday". But it's nothing like it used to be in the 60s and 70s, when "winning a hydro race was about the biggest thing a Seattle kid could do," and everyone in town, knew names like the boats Miss Bardahl, Miss Budweiser, and the drivers Bill Muncey, Chip Hanauer, and Dean Chenoweth -- and no one, but no one would miss the Seafair hydro races.
posted by litlnemo on Aug 5, 2006 - 18 comments

Groundskeeper Willie, eat yer heart out!

The World Championships of Lawnmower Racing
posted by arto on Sep 16, 2003 - 7 comments

Rubens Barrichello robbed.

Rubens Barrichello robbed. Formula One driver Barrichello has just let Michael Schumacher win the Austrian Grand Prix. I've been getting more and more disillusioned with F1, and this has put the cap on it. No more for me.
posted by viama on May 12, 2002 - 20 comments

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