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Insider Report: Biker has some fun with pedestrians at crosswalk

Published January 8, 2013

Many motorcyclists believe that “Loud pipes save lives”, something I wholeheartedly agree with. As a novice rider myself, I applaud anything that will help keep me alive! I also kinda like hearing the wail of a sportbike too, but that is a whole different topic.

What we have here is a description free video posted to YouTube by the BBC on their new americanviralnews channel. They have listed no source, nor any details, so I can’t even tell you what country the prankster rider is from. All I can tell you is that this rider takes pleasure out of scaring the wits out of pedestrians who are crossing in a crosswalk where they belong. A bit of a turkey move if you ask me and it goes a long way towards explaining why many people don’t like bikes.

Coming soon: Rolex 24 at Daytona

I found out yesterday that I will be heading to Florida in a couple of weeks to cover the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Having already crossed the 24 Hours of Le Mans off my bucket list earlier this year, I am more than a little bit excited for this road trip. I’ll be making a fuel economy run in a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI to see just how little fuel I can use on the 3,600 km round trip.

The lead up to Daytona actually began last weekend, with the Roar before the 24, which is essentially a weekend long test & tune session. Canadian racer Michael Valiente was the class of the field, posting the fastest time of the sessions in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford/Riley. Now that teams are back in their shops doing debriefs, their PR folks will be hard at work editing video footage to get the fans excited about their teams. As they appear, I will share some over the next couple of weeks.

The folks at Grand-Am also had their cameras out for a few interviews, including this one of Toronto area racers AIM Autosport. Wheels.ca was on hand for the news that Mad Max Papis was joining the team for the 2013 season. In the video, shot early last weekend, AIM Team Principal Ian Willis mentions some upcoming news regarding their driver line-up. That news was that popular American Le Mans Series Ferrari driver Guy Cosmo was also joining the AIM roster for the Rolex 24.

This could foreshadow what is to come in the 2014 season, when Grand-Am and ALMS unite. Cosmo’s ride in the ALMS series is in a Ferrari 458 Italia that is co-owned by Ed Brown. Brown owns the Patron Tequila brand, which not only sponsors the ESM Racing Ferrari, but is also the title sponsor of the series. Brown has reportedly been an insider during the whole unification process. Read into that what you will, but don’t be surprised to see some major news in the Ferrari camp prior to the 2014 season.

A winter driving rant from Rick Mercer’s archives

Call me un-Canadian, but I am not a huge Rick Mercer fan, but I love a good winter driving rant as much as the next driving obsessed guy. Heck, my daughter even teaches winter driving skills. I believe that driver training and common sense are the answers to the nightmare that we experience every time the snow falls.

Think you are a good driver because you’re Canadian? I’ve got news for you: You aren’t! Get to an advanced driving school and then we can talk about it.

On the common sense side of the rant, have a listen to this Mercer bit from way back in 2008. Keep listening until you hear the bit about the Audi driver who wrapped his car around a post. Skills must be backed up with brains!

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