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Insider Report: Russian road rage incident explains all those dash cams

Published July 5, 2013

Gun-toting man brings escalating fight to a decisive end
Like many drivers, there have been times in my life where I have let anger get the best of me. Somewhere along the way, I learned that road rage is stupid and that nothing good can come from getting into a confrontation. Unfortunately, not everyone learns this lesson  the easy way.

The guys in the video below were ready to start a war, complete with two by fours, when a “clearer-headed” gun owner happened upon the scene and put them in their place, breaking up the battle without actually deploying the weapon. Let me be clear: I think there is nothing right about carrying a handgun, let alone waving one around in public. It’s pretty sad when a loose cannon move like this one comes off as the saner action. Hopefully all of these men learn to control their tempers as a result of the incident.

Another glimpse of Rush
Ron Howard’s upcoming movie Rush is one of the most highly anticipated racing movies of all time. It might also be the most mainstream, focusing more on the human side of Formula 1 than the actual racing. That is not to say that there isn’t going to be some great racing footage. Howard even went to the expense of using real, period correct F1 cars. With hunky actor Chris Hemsworth playing playboy party animal James Hunt, theatres are sure to be full of female viewers, which can be nothing but good for motorsport. Hunt’s rival, Niki Lauda, is played by Daniel Brühl, from the Tarantino flick Inglorious Basterds.

Rush hits theatres in September.

A visit to a very special car museum with Matt Farah
There are restoration shops and then there are restoration shops. There are car museums and then there are car museums. Combine the best of both and you have the showroom at Canepa Design. My buddy Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire recently visited Bruce Canepa’s incredible facility to check out the drool worthy place. This is one showroom I need to visit!

Alex Tagliani jumps in to Honda school in Toronto
I’m a firm believer that the sad state of drivers on our roads is in large part due to the decline of of the manula transmission. Most buyers choose an automatic transmission because a manual is “too much work”, which basically tells me that most drivers are just too lazy to shift themselves. If they are too lazy to focus on the act of shifting, it explains why they are too lazy to do things like signal turns or look over their shoulder before changing lanes.

Honda builds some pretty cool cars that are best enjoyed with manual transmissions, so they recently hosted their second Manual Driving School. The primary focus was to teach newbies how to drive stick, but they also put some effort into helping more experienced drivers refine their technique. The school, operated by long time racer and driving instructor Chris Bye also featured a visit from Canadian Indycar Star Alex Tagliani, who managed to get a Civic Si airborne at the Toronto event.

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