They call it the Red Mist. In the heat of competition, the adrenaline takes over and sometimes makes drivers do things they wouldn’t normally do. You could say their judgement is clouded by their desire to go faster. It is said that the same happens to fighter pilots in battle, which would make sense.
The guy behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi rally car below is clearly blinded by the Red Mist. First, he overcooks a corner. That wouldn’t be too big a deal, as there was lots of room for him to turn around, but it became a problem when he became a little too exuberant in his efforts to get back on course.
The Real Thing
Lots of guys build hot rods, but it takes someone with a real vision to be considered one of the stand outs. Bodie Stroud is one of the guys who stands out. Stroud and his team recently built his vision of a ’69 Ford Mustang, which they called The Real Thing. Inspired by a funny car, the car’s roofline was chopped, along with other more subtle changes, but the heart of the beast, what makes it real, lies beneath the hood. One of just ten engines built for Mario Andretti‘s Can-Am car in 1969, the all aluminum 494 CI V8 was dyno’d at 777 horsepower.
The folks at Union HZ followed the build, right up to the car’s unveiling at this year’s SEMA show, where it was met and signed by Mario Andretti himself. This Boss is indeed The Real Thing.
The Need For Speed
As sort of a follow up to my mention of slot car racing yesterday, I just came across this super cool video from a super cool craft company called Cutout n Keep. The company’s tagline is “Because Scissors Paper Rock”. So what do these cats do? Well, they make cut-out paper buses. Not only would they make an awesome stocking stuffer, but they also fit perfectly over a slot car!
I’ve been pretty lucky to have crossed a couple of trips off my bucket list this year, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be a little bit jealous that my friends Liz & Jim Leggett took their lenses to Bonneville this year! They have compiled a bunch of their footage into a nine-minute video that includes sights and sounds and nothing more. Go full screen and turn up the speakers and it feels just like you are standing at the starting line.
At the 43-second mark, what might be the nastiest sounding Beetle ever built fires up and it is simply spectacular!
PSYCHOMANIA Movie Trailer
Anyone who thinks the rise in popularity of zombies has something to do with The Walking Dead TV series needs to look a bit farther back. Zombies have been around for hundreds of years. They even starred as motorcycle riding trouble makers in the 1973 B-movie PSYCHOMANIA.
The trailer for this dreadful flick appeared on my Facebook wall via hot rodder Stony Smith. Thanks for the tip Stony, but as much as I LOVE the trailer, I don’t know if I could sit through all 85 minutes of that acting!
Columns & Advice
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
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 â€œAS AVAILABLEâ€ 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 STARâ€™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