Pikes Peak is the home of the dramatic wreck, thanks to its 156 twists and turns over a 12-mile-long mountain course. Thanks to Paul Dallenbach, we got a really cool first-hand account of one of the two most dramatic wrecks of this year’s run. Fortunately, he is doing well and seems ready to hop back in the driver’s seat.
By far the most dramatic wreck, but only because we get to see the entire thing unfold, is the one that Jeremy Foley and his co-driver endured. As his Lancer Evolution was heading toward an area very appropriately named “Devil’s Playground,” Jeremy lost control of his Evo and went straight over the hill, rolling about 10 times – by our count – before finally coming to a smoking rest. The two had Dallenbach-like luck, as neither broke any bones, according to reports, but the co-driver is suffering from a sore shoulder. Check out the dramatic video above.
Click past the jump to see additional footage of other wrecks from the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
After we lost racing and general automotive legend, Carroll Shelby on May 10th, a squabble ensued over his remains. His estranged wife, Cleo, claimed that she had the rights to his remains and the documentation that his children had, which requested that he be cremated and his ashes split between his children and his burial plot in Texas, was forged.
According to reports, Shelby had filed for an annulment of the marriage, citing that his wife had lied about her background and even her name, just before he died. Unfortunately, the annulment was not awarded posthumously, so it appeared as if the only other way to settle the dispute was in court.
Fortunately, the two sides managed to keep the case out of court by coming to an agreement on Monday and Mr. Shelby’s body will be laid to rest in the way that he requested, except for one minor compromise. The minor compromise is the fact that his estranged wife gets part of his ashes.
We’re glad to hear that the issue is settled, though we would have preferred to see his wife completely cut out of it. The most important thing, however, is that the issue is done and this legend can now be laid to rest peacefully and his children can hold their heads high that their father was laid to rest in the way he requested, though his son Michael says that they are still not happy with the results.
We told you before exactly how awesome RallyCross really is. It’s full of carnage, contact, and even bicycle ramps. Well, on the flip-side of that coin is extreme danger, especially where the jumping part is concerned. At the X-Games RallyCross running this year, there was a jump with a 50-foot gap and clearing that is typically not a problem.
Well, RallyCross rookie, Toomas Heikkinen, found out just what can happen if you take the jump a little too slowly. As Toomas exits his jump, you can tell something just isn’t quite right. Your feeling would be accurate too, as he slams headfirst into the landing ramp, absolutely destroying his car and landing upside down.
Toomas managed to get out of his flipped Ford Fiesta, as it spewed fluids and fortunately got out prior to it catching fire. Also fortunate is the fact that Toomas escaped with his life, though he does have a broken ankle and some abdominal pain, according to X-Games representatives, to deal with. This means that he will likely not compete in the remainder of the X-Games, but you never know about these RallyCross guys.
Our best wishes go out to Heikkinen for a speedy recovery and a successful return from his injury. Since he is doing well, we feel some good video of the crash is in order. There are two different angles of the crash, with the first being the best, and you can just imagine how much that wreck hurt.
The best video is above and the alternate angle is after the jump.
Carroll Shelby touched the lives of many people in the automotive world. During his racing career, he greatly changed the fortunes of Aston Martin by helping the British automaker take home a 1st place overall finish in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Shelby was not alone in this victory, as his co-driver, Roy Salvatori, and the car’s chief engineer, Ted Cutting both had heavy influence on this notorious victory.
Sadly, the automotive world has lost all three of these men this year, all within a handful of weeks of each other. First came Cutting’s death on March 22nd, then Shelby’s passing on May 10th, and finally capping off with Salvatori’s passing on June 3rd. Aston Martin feels that all three men deserve the proper send off and what’s better than bringing the car that all three of these men had a hand in to the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Unfortunately, it appears as if this 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 will not be making a tribute run around the course, but it will be present for the pre-race festivities. While this is not quite on the scale of the thousands of cars that gave Mr. Shelby a moment of noise in tribute, it is still a gesture that proves Aston Martin truly feels that Carroll Shelby, Ted Cutting, and Roy Salvatori are extremely important to its storied racing history.
Our hats have to go off to Aston Martin for rolling out the old DBR1, we are very curious to see what kind of condition it is in. We are willing to bet it is exactly as it was the day it pull out of Le Mans boasting the checkered flag on June 21, 1959.
Whether you are a drifting novice or a hardcore hand-brake pulling machine or even someone who watches it on TV, you may want to perk up your ears. Bosch, a leading global supplier of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, is celebrating 125 years of success on the market, as well as the launch of the Bosch Iridium Spark Plug with a giveaway like no other. Not only do we have the opportunity to offer exclusive access at the 2011 Monster Energy Drink Super Cross Cup with 2010 Formula D Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., but we’re following it up with a Bosch Shotgun Drift ride along with Gitten himself!
Here’s how the giveaway is going to work. Every person that “likes” us on Facebook from now until September 15, 2011 will get their name added to the drawing (Entrant must reside within the 48 contiguous states, sorry Alaska and Hawaii!). At the end of the contest, we’ll draw one name and that person will win a 2 day/1 night trip to a racetrack to participate in a meet-and-greet and ride-along with Vaughn Gittin, Jr. on October 15-16, 2011.
The prize will also include a GoPro HD Motorsports HERO camera, a set of Bosch Iridium Spark Plugs, and Bosch branded apparel (collared-shirt and cap). To top it off, your private drift session with Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in his custom Ford Mustang will be captured by in-car video and posted on Facebook!
Ford is taking safety into their own hands by creating a program to teach young adults the skills they need to be good drivers. Ford Driving Skills for Life is a driver’s education program that began in 2003 created by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts. In their ongoing mission to teach kids how to drive they developed a contest that will enable kids to use their creative talents to spread the word about driving safety. Ford’s "Belt it Out: Sing for Safety" campaign has allowed thousands of teenagers across America to write and record their own music that carries with it a message to learn how to drive safely and the winners will receive scholarships of up to $5000 each. Not bad for a weekend project with your friends.
Car accidents are the number one killer of teenagers in America with a death rate of 5,000 teens per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The four key areas that can drastically reduce the number of teenage car crashes are hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management, and space management. By taking these four categories in to account the number of car crashes involving teenagers could be reduced by as much as 60%. This is an incredible number and obviously a problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible.
The video above shows our favorite contestant in the “Belt it Out” contest and after the jump you can see the rest of the story and a few more of the finalists as they sing their way to safer driving and a scholarship. Oh yeah, the press release is there too.