Gymkhana extraordinaire Ken Block has just dropped the latest Hoonigan video showcasing their Hoonigan racing headquarters, with a MTV cribs style video. The facility is something pretty special, built within a large warehouse using shipping containers to create a multi level environment. A definite must watch!
To the untrained eye, Nascar seems like nothing more than a bunch of rednecks running flat out around a track consisting of two left turns and two straights, in front of a grandstand packed full of gun toting, beer-swigging southerners. And while this is pretty close to the truth, with millions of diehard fans glued to every 10-car pile-up, the win on Sunday sell on Monday philosophy means manufacturers like Toyota, Chevy, Ford and Dodge (until it pulled out) don’t mess around when it comes to throwing money into car and engine development to gain an edge. And the sheer scale of Nascar has created its own parts market for those outside the sport scooping up spare engines, second-hand parts and complete cars at hard-to-argue-with bargain prices. All you have to do is look at a race series like the local Central Muscle Cars, with most of the front-runners utilizing Nascar components, to see the effect this has on the ability to trophy-snatch in your local series.
Michael Schumacher had been in a coma since his December 2013 skiing accident. We are pleased to hear he is no longer in a coma and has been moved from the French hospital he was in to the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.
The Formula One world champion had been in an induced coma after having blood clots removed from his brain since December 29. He ended his motor racing career last year, but he has a record 91 Grand Prix victories to his name.
We wish Michael Schumacher well in his rehabilitation and recovery.
Every year we get the inevitable call from Subaru asking if we’d like to borrow the latest iteration of the WRX for awhile, and every year, we of course say “yes please”. After all, something would have to go drastically, monumentally wrong for a week of hammering a new WRX to be unenjoyable. Right from the V1, these cars have become better and better performers each and every year, and the new MY15 is yet another step up.
When it comes to cars, Joel Robinson was always one of the more sensible out of all his mates. In his younger years, while his friends were pouring their cash into various skidders and quick cars, Joel held off. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago, at a time when most of his mates had moved on from modifying cars, or their machines had been relegated to sitting in their driveways, not going, that he decided to go hard on his own machine. The machine in question was a stock-standard Nissan Silvia that Joel had owned for a long time, a facelift 1996 S14, to be exact.
When pushing the limits of any sport, there is always a risk that things could go wrong, and while it’s often joked about, insert that overused phrase — A time when sex was safe and drag racing was dangerous! But the fact is, the sport still comes with plenty of risk. Australian Ben Bray found this out all to well during the Winter Nationals at Willowbank Raceway over the weekend.