We have an ongoing debate here at Wheels. My 19-year-old daughter began racing karts at the age of 10 and now does the occasional gig as a driving instructor. My boys, who are younger, have both driven karts and the 15-year-old will start lapping in cars next Spring. I believe that involvement in motorsports grooms not only good drivers, but good citizens. Wheels Editor Norris McDonald, on the other hand, is dead set against kids in racing. Sadly, his point was proven not long ago and the comments on the article he wrote about it are rather heated. Still, when I hear about a kid doing something cool in a car, especially a girl, it warms my heart.
Jalopnik ran a story a couple of days ago about 16-year-old Alex Taylor of Arkansas, who took her mom’s drag-prepared ’68 Camaro down the strip and turned a pretty impressive 11-second run in the quarter mile. Alex, a straight-A student, also took a week off school for Drag Week 2013, and helped her dad with the restoration of the beast, which she chronicled on her Facebook page. By the way, her dad won Drag Week back in 2007. Watch Alex on the strip, below.
Out of control driver 1, New car dealership 0
Having spent over two decades working in new car dealerships, I have seen some pretty strange things. I have seen a customer crashing a service loaner into another customer’s car and I once I was sitting at my desk, when a car came through the wall and sent me across the room. I have even arrived at work to find a bullet hole in a new car sitting in front of a Scarborough dealership. I have never seen an errant driver from the road wipe out the entire front row of a dealership. This Russian video shows a Suzuki Grand Vitara driver who lost control on a turn in front of a Lada dealership and did just that.
Launch Control: Episode 14
About a decade ago, I was channel surfing after an F1 race one Sunday morning when I came across the most incredible downhill mountain bike video footage. It was a World Cup event and had been filmed by a 17 year old Canadian kid named Warwick Patterson. In the coming years, Patterson began working with cars and became known as one of the best rally videographers on this continent and he also became a friend.
During this year’s rally season, the British Columbia resident has been working with the Subaru rally team to create a series call Launch Control which I have shared before here in the Insider Report. The final episode of the season follows the team and driver David Higgins to the final event of the season, where they do battle against Ken Block and his Ford.
This is one of the best North American rally features I have seen to date.
Pursuit of Victory at COTA
By now, chances are that you have seen Barrie, Ontario racer Kyle Marcelli’s victory dance following his win at the Circuit of the Americas. If not, here it is.
Once you stop laughing, you can follow his progress through the weekend at COTA.
On board with a ’62 Ford Galaxie at Mosport
The prototype that Marcelli races is pretty close to the pinnacle of modern racing technology, but not all Canadian racers are at the leading edge of tech. Some, like Malcolm Strachan are happy to get their kicks in some vintage machinery. Strachan races a 1962 Ford Galaxie NASCAR replica that is powered by a 427 ci V8. This thing is all about the history of speed. Ride along in the big Ford a couple of weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Columns Everything you need to know about purchasing, maintaining and driving your car.
Become a member
Register now to access all features including:
- Save and ask friends to review vehicles
- Exclusive rebates & offers from local dealers
- Premium content, reviews and tools
- You can unsubscribe at any time. Please Contact Us for details.
All for free!
Already a member?
Registration 2 of 2
Welcome to Wheels!
As a final step we've sent a confirmation to your email address as a security measure. Please click the link in the email to complete your registration.
Terms of services
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, TORONTO STAR IS PROVIDING THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IN ANY CONNECTION WITH THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEB SITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. TORONTO STAR DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THEIR CONTENTS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL TORONTO STAR BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF INCOME OR PROFIT, LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY COMPENSATORY, INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES), EVEN IF TORONTO STAR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE TORONTO STAR WEBSITES, THEIR CONTENTS, OR ANY WEBSITE OR CONTENTS WITH WHICH IT IS LINKED. IN NO EVENT SHALL TORONTO STAR'S TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.X