Sunday, August 05, 2007

REAL racing

I watched Rally Racing today. And loved it. Not that I doubted that I would like it, but thats it, I didn't like it, i LOVED it. It was exciting, riveting, wildly entertaining, and sometimes flat out amusing. Guys out there are really enjoying themselves. I'll have to admit, it looks flat out fun.

If you don't know what rally racing is, it's basically off road car racing , including ice.(not to be confused with baja-type 4-wheeling.) Controlled slides (drifting) are imperative. Cars flip occasionally, which add to the excitement of the race. There are 2 people in the car, one driver and one co-driver, or navigator, who continually tells the driver what turns are up-coming in a language I have yet to decipher.

Just today one of the racers flipped at the very end, ended up on 2-wheels, supported by a railing. As the car came to a rest, the co-driver looks up from her notes, and says "well how did that happen??"

The race today began in a large open dirt arena, complete with one jump, and it continued into a converted parking lot (they race occasionally on hard surfaces) with a few sharp turns, obstacles, and a round-a-bout. The very first race wound up being the best of the lot. One car badly misjudged the jump, and ended up blowing a shock. They had to quit halfway through as the car's back end was dragging the cement. Even better, the other car ran over a shrub (one of the obstacles i talked about) which messed up how the car turned, then they ran over another, which got lodged between the bumper and the ground, which made them nudge their front right tire into the railing. 10 seconds later the tire of that same wheel came flying off, leaving just the rim to ride on. They continued on, finishing the race on just a rim.

2 races later, one of the cars smacked the railing and they finished with the trunk popped open, flopping over every bump.

I doubt you have ever heard of Tanner Foust, but he competed today and he also assists in stunt driving in very popular movies such as The Fast and the Furious and The Bourne movies. He is definitely the master of drifting.


It's not like I've never heard of rally racing. I've done plenty of it myself on Gran Turismo, and let me tell you, even on the PS2 is really hard. But I never expected that I would enjoy it so much live.

I suggest you guys check out the x-games when you can. Thats 2 posts in a row!

Here's a couple of cool videos for you to check out. I highly recommend watching them!!!

Ice Rally!




A cool wreck



If you like the wrecks heres 2 more:




And finally the ultimate in rally carnage:

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