Insider Report: U-Turning cabbie gets a blast of instant karma
Many drivers would disagree with me, but I hate the concept of U-turns, even legal ones. How much effort does it take to make a proper turn into a driveway or parking lot to turn around safely? Washington cyclist Bill Walsh has had so many scary encounters with that city’s drivers that he has taken to posting videos of offenders on his YouTube channel. There are some great videos in there, as four-wheeled commuters seem to take no notice of push bike commuters despite the clearly marked bike lanes.
The rider’s latest video, however, is a great display of karma in action. A Toyota Prius-driving cabbie makes a U-turn in front of Walsh and in front of a No U-turn sign. He was also in front of a police cruiser!
You know that old saying, “There’s never a cop around when you need one”? Does not apply here!
Retired race car drivers have all the fun
I get invited to lots of lapping days and sometimes I even get offers to drive other people’s cars at these events. That is nothing compared to the fun opportunities that being a retired 7 time Formula 1 World Champion bring.
As part of the opening festivities for the 24 hours of the Nurburgring, Mercedes-Benz brought out a few rather special AMG cars, including a new SLS AMG Black Series, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 that were driven by the likes of Nico Rosberg. They also brought out a 2011 era Formula 1 car and let Michael Schumacher have a go. Sadly, they didn’t allow him to push the car and possibly create a new all time record around The Ring.
I hate it when this happens
Even with expensive mounts, attaching cameras to cars can be a tricky business. The folks at American Detours found this out the hard way while filming their Brandywine Valley road trip.
Rain Dance – Porsche style
Speaking of the Nurburgring 24 hour race, this year’s event was interrupted when Mother Nature had a bit of a temper tantrum. The race was red flagged for a full nine hours due to the unsafe driving conditions.
Rather than slamming on the brakes and puttering around like ninnies though, professional race car drivers have to do their best to soldier on until they are told it is time to come off the track. Ride along with Leh Keen in a Porsche 911 GT3 R, just before the red flag came out. This is some spectacular driving skill, backed up with testicular fortitude unlike anything most mortals.
Keep an eye on the digital display. Despite not being able to see, at one point on a long straight, Keen is running at close to 230 km/h!
Mats Baribeau drifts at Road Atlanta
Last month I introduced you to Brockville, Ontario drifter named Mats Baribeau, who was planning his first foray into competition south of the border. Baribeau has released his second video, showcasing some of the action from the Formula D event at Road Atlanta. Watch him turn some Falken tires into smoke!