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Insider Report: New Jersey cops lose jobs following “death race” escort

Published March 27, 2013

There was a story last year about a convoy of high performance sports cars that had a police escort on the New Jersey Turnpike, as they traveled at speeds of up to 160 km/h. Of course with the advent of the cell phone camera, the convoy, which someone dubbed a “death race”, was caught on video. Needless to say, complaints were made and now two stat troopers have lost their jobs. Bloomberg reports that New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said: “These troopers violated” policing standards “and betrayed the public’s trust, undermining public safety and the reputation of the force,” “They are justly paying a high price for their poor judgment.”

Really there is nothing surprising here. Also, just to clarify but not to belittle the seriousness of the incident, this was a high speed convoy and not a race. Also, there was no death as a result of the officer’s or driver’s actions.

Drifting with Mad Mike and the Red Bull RX-8
Whenever Red Bull attaches their name to something, you can be pretty sure there will be some world class visuals. That is because they only allow the best of the best to wear their colours. Kiwi drifter Mad Mike Whiddett is a great example. Competing in a Mazda RX-8, Mad Mike puts on a smokey good show.

Interesting that the comments section shows that the NIMBY issue isn’t unique to North America, as one New Zealand race track has been shut down because a neighbour does not like the noise associated with race cars. One must ask why they bought a house next to a race track!

Hillclimber stuffs his vintage Healey
While I’m on the topic of motorsports in New Zealand, let’s ride along with Bernie Huynen as he attacks the Mount Vic hillclimb in Wellington. The British Racing Green Austin Healey got away from the 61 year old driver on a fast corner, sending the car into a bank, very nearly flipping the car on its lid.

Hot Rod Homecoming
A couple of weeks ago, I found a series of videos called Where They Raced. The guys behind that great series of videos recently visited the Hot Rod Magazine 65th Homecoming at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum & Ponona Fairplex. The museum features some of the most significant cars in the history of hot rodding. There is some pretty neat stuff in here!

WTR HOT ROD 65th from Sunny & Mild Media on Vimeo.

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