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INSIDER REPORT: Granny screams through bucket list rally car ride

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An Aussie granny seems to have bitten off more than she can chew when she added “ride in a rally car” to her bucket list. The charming lady made her way to a rally school, where she was strapped into a car with Australian Rally Championship driver and rally instructor, Tom Wilde. While Wilde tosses the car around, wearing a big grin, the lovely lady screams blue murder. Not surprisingly, at one point she begins complaining about her bladder. Should have made a visit before that ride gran!

Gun firing Hoosiers use Porsche 911 as mobile shooting stand

While the American Constitution gives our neighbours to the south the right to bear arms, as a good Canadian boy, I just can’t wrap my head around the whole gun culture thing down there. I don’t need to see pick-up trucks with guns in the rear window and I don’t need to see boxes of ammo next to the cigarillos and chewing tobacco when I pay for my gas. Don’t get me wrong, even I get the giggles from blowing something up, I just don’t see the need to keep a loaded handgun under my pillow.

Now that I have that little rant out of the way, I find the following video more than a little bit disturbing. YouTube user thesecondfez has actually posted two videos of himself shooting out of the roof of a moving Porsche. The folks at Porsche Purist contacted him to see what his deal is and he responded:

The car is an 02 Carrera, I was shooting my Daniel Defense 16” barrel AR15. The other video shows two 1911 pistols, one in each hand. I will b uploading a few more vids soon. We were in Indiana near Jasper County.

I don’t know what the gun laws are like in Indiana, but I hope someone shuts this guy down before he kills someone!

Sebastian Vettel drifts in Jersey and cusses on Letterman

Part of a World Champion’s job is to travel the globe as an ambassador for their sport. As the reigning Formula 1 World Champion (two years running), Sebastian Vettel is the guy who gets to trot around and do some promotion. With the F1 circus returning to the United States this November, there is a lot of work to do to build buzz in the country that typically is more interested in NASCAR than F1. The 2012 race will be held in Austin, Texas, but just about everyone is more excited about the street race in New Jersey in 2013. And so, following the Canadian Grand Prix this past weekend, Infiniti brought Vettel to Jersey to tear up the streets in an IPL G Coupe. The police had the roads closed so that Vettel could hoon it up a bit for onlookers, who likely thought they were watching the taping of some police show.

After shredding some tires in New Jersey, a trip to Manhattan was in order, where Vettel was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman. As an avid racing fan, Letterman was trying to draw some technical information out of the champ, which eventually led the frustrated 24-year-old to drop an F-bomb which was carefully edited out. When he joked about the size of male equipment needed to race on the New Jersey track, Letterman was not impressed. The audience however had a good laugh.

Looking ahead to the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans

“This is the most important race in the World.” -Patrick Dempsey

Since 1906 and the first ever French Grand Prix, the town of Le Mans in France has held a special place in the hearts of motorsports enthusiasts. The famous 24 hours of Le Mans began in 1923 and since then, the greatest cars and drivers have come to challenge themselves. Some have won, some have finished, some have perished. Winning Le Mans is the ultimate prize for most drivers, even eclipsing the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix for some.

During the 2012 preview below, actor and accomplished racer Patrick Dempsey goes on to describe how at 4:30 in the morning during his first visit to Circuit de la Sarthe, he broke down in tears as he realized that the team might actually finish the race. Just finishing Le Mans is considered a milestone.

I am fortunate to be attending the race on behalf of this weekend, and will attempt to supply updates over the weekend providing I can access a reliable internet connection. For now, sit back and soak up a preview from the American Le Mans Series. To learn more about the history and the future of the race, check out the Wheels section in this Saturday’s Toronto Star.

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