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Anybody want a Burnt Rubber Special from Randy's Donuts?

Drift master Ken Block's newest video, Gymkhana 7, is a tire smoke-filled drift romp through the deserted streets and freeways of Los Angeles. A commemoration of the Ford Mustang's 50th anniversary, his vehicle this time is a custom-built, 850hp, all wheel drive 1965 'Stang lovingly named the Hoonicorn RTR . [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 17, 2014 - 40 comments

Mad For Speed

In 1914, Joan Newton Cuneo, the first female race car driver in the United States told Country Life magazine, that she had already owned eighteen automobiles. For most people, in 1914, this was an incredible number. After three years of searching, I have only been able to positively identify 12, along with two others for which I have a description but no name.
posted by Slap*Happy on Nov 9, 2014 - 9 comments

As seen in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Ever woken up on a Saturday morning wondering how a modern wind tunnel works? (Rhetorical question; I know you haven't.) The Sauber F1 team has posted a 44 minute video explaining the ins and outs of using a wind tunnel. The video covers everything from wind tunnel design to how F1 cars are tested.
posted by daniel_charms on Oct 25, 2014 - 26 comments

"the conflation of money and heroism"

The rise and fall of Lance Armstrong is not simply a story of one man’s moral failures. To understand Armstrong you have to understand the people who use their money and power to shape the culture of competitive sports. And if you follow the trail of money and power in this particular case, it will lead you to Thomas Weisel, which is where the real story begins.

posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 10, 2014 - 82 comments

When Unlimited really meant Unlimited

Way back in 1970, there were some air racing organizers who felt that the answer to the too-short Unlimited air races at Reno might be to have a longer race, so long that it would require pit stops. In Unlimited-class piston airplanes. Thus was born the California 1000. [more inside]
posted by pjern on May 12, 2014 - 15 comments

Why crawl when you can bounce?

Rock bouncers can climb incredibly steep terrain, but on this day, none of the 30 entrants made it to the top (with 20 of them rolling over). Here's a documentary style video showing some runs and interviews at Cable hill.
posted by 445supermag on May 10, 2014 - 37 comments

Thrills, chills, spills and plastic carnage

Extreme Barbie Jeep Racing [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Mar 23, 2014 - 15 comments

Formula One Racing documentaries, from the first days to the present

It's only one race into the 2014 Formula One season, and if you're interested in knowing more about this world of specialized racing cars, there was a roundup of documentaries on Reddit last year. While the links are all dead, it's a handy guide to films you can find online. For your viewing pleasure... [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 23, 2014 - 15 comments

A three donkey race

Castletown Donkey Derby 1994
posted by rollick on Mar 17, 2014 - 13 comments

Is that an F1 car you're driving or are you just happy to see me?

Fans of the Formula 1 racing series spend the offseason poring through the next year's regulation changes before the unveiling of the new cars at the first testing session in January. The biggest change from last year is the switch from V8 to V6 engines, but since November fans and teams have fixated on something else: the new nosecone specifications result in an "ugly" car and quite phallic noses. [more inside]
posted by edeezy on Jan 28, 2014 - 50 comments

"I only hope Michael Schumacher pulls through..."

"...so that he can see all of the nice things people are saying about him." Like this. Michael Schumacher, arguably one of the greatest auto racers ever, is fighting for his life after a freak ski accident on Sunday in Grenoble. [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Dec 31, 2013 - 65 comments

“I’d say it was a pretty solid year."

Yesterday, Tatyana McFadden, a ten-time Paralympic track medalist, became the first athlete in history to win the "Grand Slam" of marathon racing, having won the 2013 women's wheelchair athlete divisions in Boston, London, Chicago and now New York. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 4, 2013 - 8 comments

All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by

September 7th marked the beginning of the battle for the 2013 America's Cup between defending Oracle Team USA and challenging Emirates Team New Zealand. As the winners of the last cup, the Golden Gate Yacht Club decided that this year's Cup match would take place in a new class of boat, the AC72 wing sail catamaran. Almost as much airplane as sailboat, these extraordinary craft are designed to lift out of the water, allowing them to sail faster than the wind and reach astonishing speeds of up to 50 knots. It was hailed as the pinnacle of the sport until a May 2013 capsize and death of Swedish crew member Andrew Simpson had some calling it the world's most dangerous sailboat. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Sep 22, 2013 - 91 comments

It's just not the same without Caaaaaptain Chaos!

There are just 2,795 miles of interstate and 31,000 highway cops between them and the all-time speed record for crossing the American continent on four wheels. Welcome to the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, later known as the US Express race: The Cannonball Run. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 5, 2013 - 103 comments

Indy 500 Pace Cars

Every Indianapolis 500 Pace Car and its driver, in reverse chronological order.
posted by Slap*Happy on May 25, 2013 - 42 comments

Fixie Nascar

The Mini Drome is one of the smallest cycling tracks in the world. Fixed gear cyclists ride the 51 foot velodrome(Velodromes are typically 1 kilometer in length) without any brakes. The Mini Drome is pretty much a fixed gear version of Nascar.
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Apr 10, 2013 - 24 comments

Hide the salami

The Klements Racing Sausages have been a popular feature at Milwaukee Brewers games since the 1990s. On February 16, the “Guido the Italian Sausage” costume was stolen from a bar in Cedarburg, WI. Happily, the missing link was returned to the bar Wednesday. Rewards for the safe return of the sausage, including a year’s supply of mustard and sauerkraut, seem not yet to have been claimed. [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Feb 28, 2013 - 21 comments

Amateur Footage of NASCAR Wrecks

Sure the television broadcasts catch every angle of NASCAR wrecks. However, I think views from the grandstands offer a unique view of the thrill and danger of these events.

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posted by zzazazz on Nov 24, 2012 - 72 comments

Formula One comes (back) to the US

After a 5 year absence, construction delays, and rumors of cancellation, Formula 1 is back to a permanent home in Austin, Texas this weekend. [more inside]
posted by ninjew on Nov 16, 2012 - 68 comments

Bicycle racing photography

The bicycle racing photographs of Timm Kolln. Tour de France 2009. The Peloton (previously). Racing polaroids. Roubaix. Jens Voight. Luis Ocana. Juan Antonio Flecha on a Winter Ride. Stage 9 2010. At the races. Bicicletas Zeus. Lo Stelvio. Federico Bahamontes. [Side scrolling photography site, your forbearance is appreciated.]
posted by OmieWise on Nov 14, 2012 - 8 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

Getting Muddy

American Gladiators: "The masochistic sport of obstacle racing has exploded in popularity. Nick Heil tries to understand why so many are signing up for the misery." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 16, 2012 - 49 comments

"That was like a speed bump for him"

On September 15, 2001, at the American Memorial 500, Champ Car driver Alex Zanardi lost both legs, and 70 percent of his blood, in a horrific crash (around 1:40, not for the squeamish). Yesterday, he won gold in the 2012 Paralympics. [more inside]
posted by dsfan on Sep 6, 2012 - 28 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

Not to be confused with 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Hey! Do you like auto racing? Perhaps you’ve wished to see a race featuring a Ford 150 pickup body mounted backwards on a Crown Vic chassis. Or maybe a two-stroke/three-cylinder powerhouse 1967 Saab, complete with Antarctic emergency airdrop sled mounted to the roof. Or even a totally ludicrous self-powered pop-out camper. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Aug 3, 2012 - 16 comments

Racing in Slow Motion

The youtube channel Racing in Slow Motion hosts short films featuring scenes from motor racing in (you guessed it) slow motion. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Jul 24, 2012 - 4 comments

Lance Armstrong: Victim?

Lance Armstrong: Victim? The embattled cyclist says USADA is out to get him—using powers that it really shouldn’t have. Brian Alexander says he’s right.
posted by fixedgear on Jul 10, 2012 - 122 comments

The Grand Tour of MTB

The 2012 Tour Divide kicked off on the 8th of June. This grand tour takes self-supported cyclists from Banff, AB CA to Antelope Wells, NM, USA along the North American Continental Divide. Riders must endure 4418 km (2745 miles) of dirt and gravel, with over 60,000 meters (200,000 ft) of climbing. If you want to win - plan on riding 16+ hours a day. Participants are now spread across the route, with the leader approaching the Colorado border.
posted by aganders3 on Jun 20, 2012 - 13 comments

Nissan build the Batmobile

Nissan's Batmobilelike DeltaWing in collaboration with Dan Gurney's All American Racers and others is car initially made to be the new IndyCar but ultimately made to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly American Le Mans using half the amount of tyres and fuel as any car. It managed to run for 6 of the 24 hours before being taken out in the race.
posted by juiceCake on Jun 18, 2012 - 37 comments

Know Your Cuts of Indy 500 History

David Letterman, Indianapolis native, racing fan and Indy Car team co-owner, sat down for an interview about the history of the Indianapolis 500, and its effect on him since childhood. No jokes, no snark, just a knowledgeable and passionate discussion about something he cares for tremendously. Parts one, two, three, and four.
posted by MarvinTheCat on May 29, 2012 - 18 comments

Carrol Shelby, R.I.P.

Carroll Shelby - racing driver, winner of the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour, legendary engineer and/or designer of the V8 AC/Shelby Cobra, the original Dodge Viper, the Oldsmobile Shelby Z, and the Shelby Series 1 - passed away on Thursday night, aged 89. [more inside]
posted by Pinback on May 11, 2012 - 56 comments

Black turtleneck optional

In most racing games you control the car. In this one you are the road (Gameplay Video). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 5, 2012 - 44 comments

Friday Non-Flash Racing Fun

Trigger Rally is "a fast-paced single-player racing game for Linux" and now, thanks to WebGL, Three.JS, and Jasmine Kent, everyone can play in a browser.
posted by mrgrimm on Mar 2, 2012 - 17 comments

"It's not a race where you need good luck. It's a race where you've got to make sure you don't have any bad luck."

With Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (results), the Belgian professional bicycle racing season has begun. Races are contested in the capricious spring weather, on devastatingly steep hills called hellingen, winding roads, and the cobbles known as pavé. Only cycling's true hardmen win these Spring Classics. [more inside]
posted by entropone on Feb 27, 2012 - 9 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

Get sideways for 1000 EUR

Folkrace is a class of rally racing originated by the Finns. Run with old, cheap cars, it's intended to be the racing class for everyone. Watch F1 champ Mikka Hakkinen train up Top Gear's James May for a Folkrace.
posted by thedaniel on Jan 8, 2012 - 18 comments

Women on Bikes!

In which we discuss a history of women riding bicycles. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Dec 29, 2011 - 18 comments

THE HOLLYWOOD MEGAMERCIAL

Gymkhana FOUR [more inside]
posted by dubold on Aug 18, 2011 - 38 comments

Still cycling, still maniacal.

Thursday Flash Fun: Cyclomaniacs 2! Several characters from the first game have created a cycling megapark. The First Cyclomaniacs post.
posted by schyler523 on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 comments

GoPro or Go Home

MeFi has seen a GoPro camera attached to a sword, but after running across a video of one attached to a Hula Hoop (it'll make you dizzy) I decided to look for more and found a trove of sports, most of which are created by GoPro and as such may come across as advertising, but some are independently shot, so put that aside if you can. I'll probably never take up any of these activities, but I get an idea of what they're like via helmet or pole-cam. There's the Base Jump; the GoPro at 80,000 feet (near space); Boogie Boarding Surf; Surfing; Racing up Pike's Peak; Mountain Biking; a Kayak Competition; Kiteboarding; Longboarding; the 2010 Highlight Reel and many more. Damn, now I want one!
posted by bwg on Jul 19, 2011 - 51 comments

Grand Prix - the Killer Years.

Grand Prix - the Killer Years A BBC documentary on how rapidly evolving technology and an indifference to driver safety on the part of car designers and track owners caused ever-escalating casualties among the top-tier drivers of the '60s and '70s, and the efforts of the drivers to introduce modern safety standards and rules. The footage is in places exhilarating, capturing the beauty and the excitement of the sport at its best, and in others horrifying and tragic, the sport at its worst.
posted by Slap*Happy on May 23, 2011 - 76 comments

L'Eroica -- A cycling classic

L'Eroica in Italy offers something truly unique: a race on ancient roads using obsolete bikes, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and fuelled by a mouth-watering selection of food and wine. [Official site]
posted by bread-eater on Mar 10, 2011 - 19 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

VROOOOOMMMMMMM!

Jet Sprint: Jetsprint racing is a small V8-powered jet boat with a crew of two (a driver and a navigator) who must negotiate a set course through slough channels 12-15 feet wide and 3 feet deep at speeds up to 80 mph. The winners are those with the fastest times; the losers often don't even finish. [more inside]
posted by bwg on Feb 16, 2011 - 8 comments

A chit for a bang-bang

In the 1920's, there was a series of race cars developed by Count Louis Zborowski, Chitty Bang Bang I through IV. Though in the film version of Ian Fleming's book the name came from the sound the cars made, there is some conjecture that the name is based on a bawdy WWI song. Zborowski died before finishing Chitty Bang Bang 4, (also known as the Higham Special). The car killed its next owner in a particularly grisly fashion and was buried on the spot by his horrified friends. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Dec 18, 2010 - 19 comments

And they're off to the races...

Andrew O'Hehir, writing for Salon.com, called Secretariat: "A gorgeous, creepy American myth". Roger Ebert described O'Hehir's review as "insane". O'Hehir responds.
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 8, 2010 - 56 comments

Vintage Racing Bicycles.

Le blog de VelosVintage is a gorgeous French blog chock full of detailed photographs and history of beautiful vintage racing bicycles from older to newer.
posted by loquacious on Aug 18, 2010 - 10 comments

Let Me Tell You The Tale Of A Hot Rod Race

Colin Berry's Spinout is a a touching, tragic story about his older brother, Kevin. Kevin competed in--and very nearly won--the All-American Soap Box Derby, but lost to Bobby Lange, the son of ski-boot magnate and engineer Robert Lange Sr.. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Aug 8, 2010 - 19 comments

Racer

RACER is a recreation of a Wipeout-style racing game using "a modified vintage arcade machine, a RC model car with a wireless camera, an a self-constructed racetrack/game level made entirely from cardboard." [via]
posted by brundlefly on Aug 3, 2010 - 16 comments

Cartracing game and zombie shooter from ConixGames

Skid MK is a fiendishly addictive and entertaining Mario Kart clone which has already taken up far too much of my week. Developers Conix Games also made a top-down zombie shooter in the Robotron tradition called Daytraders of the Dead, which is just about as addictive.
posted by Kattullus on Jul 23, 2010 - 8 comments

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