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Insider Report: The luckiest pedestrian ever?

Published January 22, 2013

Distracted pedestrians come in many shapes and sizes.

The younger ones who are texting as they walk tend to have the attitude that they are in the right, because they have the right of way. Whole lot of good that will do when you are dead.

Then there are the poor souls who fall into the distracted category because of illness or, in the case of the gent in the video below, because of age. This man walks through traffic, oblivious to everything around him, including the fact that he very nearly gets flattened by a spinning car. A very, very lucky man!

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2013 WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo highlights

If you only watch one motorsport video today, this should be the one. If you are a NASCAR fan and have just never quite understood the point behind rallying, then you need to watch this video. If you are a fan of ANY type of motorsport, you NEED to watch this video.

There is no other form of motorsport that is as pure as performance rally and the most pure event on the WRC calendar is the Rallye Monte-Carlo. The video below from RallyLive.com captures everything that makes The Monte the closest thing we have to the origins of motorsport.

Power. Beauty. History. The Rallye Monte-Carlo is a throwback to an earlier time and this short video of the 2013 running, held last week, captures the essence of the event like few I have seen before.

A look inside the new Event Centre at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

To say that the team here at Wheels.ca is excited about the 2013 racing season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park might be a bit of an understatement. Not only does the Mosport circuit have a stellar line up of action, including the first ever appearance of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but the old girl has had some pretty substantial work done over the off season.

The on-track safety has been improved thanks to more paved run of areas and pit lane has been extended to accommodate the needs of NASCAR. Perhaps the most visible change is the removal of the old media tower, which is being replaced by a state of the art, glass walled beauty on the north side of the front straight. The most recent photos give a pretty good idea just how spectacular this facility will be. Just yesterday, the CTMP team, led by Canadian racing star Ron Fellows, released an artists rendition of the interior of the building. While the space looks massive, bright and open, the fireplace will sure be a welcome addition to the media building on cold and wet spring race weekends!

Los Boulevardos Cruise to the Lake 2012

It may seem like all I have on my mind these days is racing. I guess I’m guilty, as I am getting pretty wound up for my first ever trip to Daytona in a couple of days, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not on the lookout for other cool stuff. In fact, I’m trying to figure out how I can convince someone to send me to So-Cal to cover some krazy kool kar events like this Los Boulevardos get together earlier this year. Like many clubs here in Ontario (and everywhere else, car people are givers) the Los Boulevardos Car Club got together to raise funds for the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. These folks have some seriously cool cars.

Los Boulevardos Cruise to the Lake 2012 from Alex Rosen on Vimeo.

The stars of the Rolex 24 at Daytona

The Rolex 24 at Daytona is more than just the event that kicks off each year’s racing season. For many fans and racers, it is a ritual, a time to get together with old friends and make new ones. The racing is the focus, but the biggest stars in racing are also on hand for the spectacle. The folks at Grand-Am asked a bunch of those racing stars what draws them to the race for the video below.

Just three more sleeps until I head south!

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