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Insider Report: How to make wine with a rally car

Published October 10, 2012

The annual WRC Rallye de France took place last weekend in the Alsace Region. Considered one of the most beautiful events on the calendar, the route takes competitors through ancient villages and fertile wine country. 2003 World Rally Champion, Petter Solberg, had a spectacular incident during the event when he lost sight of the road, causing his Ford to charge through a vineyard. Early speculation that the throttle had stuck was incorrect according to Autosport, when Solberg said, “We came too fast and went off to the right, I kept the throttle in to pull us through the vines – because I knew the road came back around.” Fortunately nobody was hurt in the incident.

It is said that one grape vine can produce somewhere in the neighbourhood of six bottles of wine. If Solberg’s oops has destroyed 50 grape vines, that means he has cost a farmer about 300 bottles of wine! That being said, it is rather amusing watching Solberg’s co-driver getting pelted with grapes and leaves that enter the car through the rooftop vent, as grape juice slathers the windshield. Aren’t on board cameras great?

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