INSIDER REPORT: Video surfaces of $1 million luxury car crash in Monaco
It has been close to a year since Wheels wrote about a woman who crashed her Bentley Azure into a gaggle of parked luxury cars in Monte Carlo. Having already had a collision with a Mercedes in the round-about in front of the posh Place du Casino, the Bentley crashed into a Porsche 911, a Ferrari F430 and an Aston Martin Rapide. Total damage estimates varied from $60,000 to $160,000 at the time.
They say time heals all wounds, so here’s to hoping that our heroine’s embarrassment has subsided since then, as her story is breaking again with the appearance of a video that has been posted recently by jacobskristof100. I’ll bet this was not the type of fame she had hoped for her 15 minutes. It is amazing that no pedestrians were injured.
Aussie craftsman builds half scale Healey’s
If you want the best, sometimes you’ve just got to build it yourself.
Not content with the plastic pedal cars available in stores these days, Colin Rule began restoring vintage pedal cars. Soon this wasn’t enough and the avid Austin Healey fan decided to develop his own clone of the Healey 3000 in half scale. Rule’s scaled down Healey is correct right down to the burled wood dash. The first version, a 3000 Mk3 BJ8, is powered by a 24-volt electric motor. His next project was an equally stunning MK2 BT7 pedal car and he has continued building dreams from there.
His newest versions are 100cc kart engine powered versions that are race prepared and capable of reaching speeds up to 160 km/h. Head on over to Hemmings, where Dan Strohl has even more images of Rule’s stunning workmanship.
Robby Gordon announces new truck series with possible Canadian events
As a kid I read about the exploits of guys like Ivan “Iron Man” Stewart and Walker Evans and then went crazy when they actually came to race in Toronto. It was so long ago that I can’t remember where for sure, but I think they raced with the Supercross guys at the CNE. Regardless, it was real racing and the big trucks were a blast to watch. It has been a long time since the big guys came to play in Toronto’s dirt. Long time racer Robby Gordon, who has raced everything from desert trucks to NASCAR and even Indycar, announced last night in Las Angeles that he would be launching a new stadium truck racing series. Sponsored by RC car maker Traxxas, the series will be feature identically prepared trucks and the drivers will not get the chance to choose which truck they will drive.
Sounds like there might be some pretty exciting racing, but will the series make its way to Toronto? If a Twitter exchange between Gordon and Toronto area motorsport PR type Jason Sharpe this morning is any indication, we might just get to see them race in our city.
In case you’ve never seen stadium trucks in action, Gordon put on a bit of a show at LA Memorial Coliseum last night as part of the announcement. Of course there was the obligatory appearance by a monster truck too, which says that maybe the Stadium Super Truck Series might travel with Monster Jam.