Now They’ve Gone Too Far!

The 2008 Dakar Rally, scheduled to start tomorrow, has been cancelled due to a threat of terrorists:

PARIS (AP) — The Dakar Rally, the epic motorcycle, car and truck race across the Sahara desert, was canceled Friday by organizers citing “direct” threats of terrorism from al-Qaida-linked militants.

The race was deemed too inviting — and too easy — a target for the terror group’s new north African affiliate. The roughly 550 competitors were to have embarked Saturday on the 16-day, 5,760-mile trek through remote and hostile dunes and scrub from Europe to Senegal in west Africa.

This is the first shutdown in it’s thirty-year history. Five hundred and fifty have been hung out to dry at the last minute. It’s always been dangerous, but everyone knows that going into it.

In 1982, Mark Thatcher, son of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, got lost in the desert for six days. In 1988, the leading truck crashed and killed a driver, and over the last three years the race has claimed seven lives — five motorcyclists and two spectators.

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Dakar race organizers based in France were urged to avoid Mauritania, where a family of four was reportedly killed by militants linked to Al-Qaida.

Individual stages of the event have been cancelled in the past, but this is the first time the entire event was cancelled — much in part because eight of the stages would’ve taken place near the terror-plagued Mauritanian desert.

“It’s a weird time now when you have to cancel races because of terrorist activities,” said Bill Auberlen, driver of the No. 23 AJR Porsche Crawford. “You have to because it’s a safety issue but where’s it going to end?”

Of course, some folks first reaction is to sue.

For me, this race and the 24-hour race at Daytona Speedway have always heralded a new season of motorsports.

I’m pissed-off.

The official word from the organizers.

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Happy New Year!

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Rolling Thunder 2007

The 20th anniversary of Rolling Thunder rolled and thundered into Washington, DC on Sunday.
The show lasted for hours. Here are a few photos:

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The parade route was from the Pentagon to Constitution Ave. to Independence Ave. then back across the Potomac.
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Plenty of interesting rides.

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A very supportive crowd turned out to watch.

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Some of our Canadian brothers and sisters.

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Don’t forget lunch.

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I was most impressed with this gentleman.

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They come from all over the country to keep our memory active.

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Peace out.

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Take A Ride…

From Tartu to Tallinn (in Estonia) in 4 minutes at 2000 kph.

One word: Mesmerizing.

Published in: on April 21, 2007 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Formula 1 Engine In Full Song

The Renault R25:

via Tim Blair.

UPDATE: Oops. Double-click on the screen, please.

Published in: on April 15, 2007 at 11:16 am  Comments (1)  

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Gray seal pup killed crossing LBI road.

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Top Gear Looks at the Spyker C8

This show, a BBC production, is a load of fun to watch.

Published in: on January 8, 2007 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment