When a police officer pulls over a motorist, they don’t know what they are facing. That’s why many of the lame excuses people use just don’t work. When Florence, Ala., motorcycle cop Troy Gurley tried to pull over a car for traffic violations recently, he had no idea the driver was going to flee. Nor did he know that he was about to become an Internet sensation.
Alleged bad guy Justin O. Sanders led Gurley on a five-minute chase on April 8, which ended with Sanders’ arrest for traffic violations along with firearms and drug charges. The City of Florence police department put the officer’s helmet cam video on their YouTube page on April 10. As I am writing this, the video has already been viewed close to 3 million times. This is what is high speed chase looks like through the eyes of an officer.
From Russia with Love: Ken Block style
From San Francisco to Russia, extreme driver Ken Block continues to shred tires with wild abandon wherever the cameras will find him. On his recent European Tour, we have seen him tearing up Hungary with the fans and now we get to see what happens when the folks at Go-Pro load Block up with dozens of HD HERO2 cameras.
The most romantic wedding of all time
This fall, my wife and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. She half jokingly suggested that perhaps we should hold our party in the new events centre at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. I immediately agreed, but our kids shot the idea down immediately. Come on, what is wrong with having an important moment at a race track? Especially one so historic as Mosport.
Well, there are a few other tracks out there that have similar depth of history and there would seem to be at least one other couple who are as motorsports obsessed as one half of our partnership is. One lucky couple recently held their wedding ceremony on the start/finish line of the historic Lime Rock Park in rural Connecticut. It was lovely, as the day began with a lapping session before the wedding. The bride arrived in a Porsche 911. Following the exchange of vows, the couple departed in another 911. What could be more romantic?
Peugeot set to return to Pikes Peak
In 1988 and ’89, Finnish rally legend Ari Vatanen drove a rally prepared Peugeot 405 T16 to a win on the famed 14,000 foot climb. The ’88 run was filmed for a documentary called Climb Dance. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest autosport videos of all time.
A lot has changed in the years since and the 2013 running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb this June will see drivers compete on pavement the entire length of the climb. The gravel is no more and that means the times have dropped substantially. Also this year, Peugeot will return with a new champion. The all-but-unbeatable reigning WRC Champion, Sebastian Loeb. The Frenchman will drive a Red Bull sponsored 208 T16 that would look sinister if it weren’t for the silly grin it wears on the front grille.
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