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— Thierry Neuville was somewhere on his way back to the pits right after finishing the final stage of the WRC Mexico when his Hyundai i20 rally car sprung a leak: The hole in the radiator was bleeding coolant at a scary price. If Neuville did not make the 33 kilometers back, he would get rid of his second place standing behind Volkswagen and all would be lost. (Alas, them’;s the breaks in the sometimes-quixotic rulebook of the Globe Rally Championship.) Effectively, lucky for Neuville, his sponsors at Corona had presented him with a massive bottle of beer, which he then proceeded to pour into the radiator. It worked. “I attempted to place one thing on the hole and fill the radiator with water and beer and we came back!” he was quoted as saying. “When I realized we had nonetheless 25 kilometers to go, I imagined maybe it was the end. Then we stopped the engine and the temperature went down and we believed it was Ok.” Neuville isn’;t going to drink, but his auto took to the inexpensive Mexican swill just fine — proving that in rallying and existence alike, alcohol is the trigger of and resolution to all of life’;s troubles. No word on no matter whether Vettel’;s crew chief intends to run qualifying laps on a potent potable of Red Bull and vodka.
— “First D” is a way of life, not a manga, and its Gunma Prefecture is a real place. A heavenly, verdant, mountain paradise of screeching tires, in which Mount Haruna stands in for Mount Akina, and Takumi is not just some dork who’;s destined to be Permanently Alone. It’;s also harmful: People die hiking in the Gunma mountains, as short-term Japanese expat Kat Callahan notes. When the mountains seem like jagged slabs, the danger doesn’;t end when you get off the street.
— McLaren designed the M6B in 1968 as a customer car for any person ballsy ample to enter Can Am on their very own evolving from the M6A of a year prior, it was the initial McLaren powered by Chevrolet V8s. The Shadow DN-4 was driven in 1974 by George Follmer, who explained it was “an terrible great car. Docile. Quick. It cornered properly, and it was slippery, clean, fast.” Watch these Chevy-powered legends battle it out at Road America, as a celebration of insane, rulebook-shredding Can Am goodness.
— Meanwhile, at Street Atlanta, there is vintage racing on a slightly significantly less substantial-powered, but equally higher-strung, scale: At the 2013 Walter Mitty, Jeff Dernhel unleashed a frenetic practice session in a 1974 Mazda RX-3 GT-3 with a Bridgeported 12A rotary, a tube-frame chassis and a sound like a vuvuzela. (Bear in mind individuals?) Dernhel borrows the RX-3 from his friend Gordon Zadie and promptly destroys everything at Street Atlanta, from a Porsche 911 Carrera RS to a gaggle of 914s to a newer Ford Mustang (not that new, mind you) to a fleet of Corvettes. In Counter-Strike parlance circa 2001, Dernhel was absolutely pwning noobs.
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