Forget about downhill skiers, hockey players and figure skaters. The most famous â€” and marketable â€” athlete expected to go for gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler is a snowboarder.
It’s much more likely you know him, and his mop of long, curly red hair, from magazine covers or Hewlett-Packard Co. commercials than for his seemingly impossible 1260s â€” 31/2 full rotations, picture a spinning top â€” as he explodes from the steep walls of a snowboard halfpipe at the X Games.
Shaun White, already a star before gold at the Turin Games in 2006 launched him to …Â More info
‘Saab 96 two-stroke singing.”
Watching and, more importantly, listening to the above-titled YouTube video clip of a mid-60s Saab 96 rally car tackling a gravel stage in snarling snap-crackle-and-popping fury is a better introduction to the charm of these feisty little Swedish cars than I can manage with mere words.
Sounds and smells often take a back seat to the visuals that can pop up unexpectedly on memory’s monitor. But when they’re triggered, they can transport you back in time with an astonishing degree of intensity.
A V-12 Matra Formula One car on a misty long-ago Mosport morning. The smell of Castrol R “bean oil” cooking off a Manx Norton single that’s being rhythmically revved to warm it up in a racetrack paddock and emitting a ripple of crisp-edged thuds on the way up and a unique twitter on the way down. These are just two memories that come readily to mind….Â More info
Australian Mark Webber calmed fears about his fitness Wednesday after stepping back into a Formula One car for the first time since he broke his leg in November.
The 32-year-old Red Bull driver completed 83 untroubled laps in testing the new RB5 car at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain, leaving new German team mate Sebastian Vettel with nothing to do.
Vettel had been on standby in case Webber felt any discomfort but …Â More info
Lake Arbutus was filled with the sound of motors on Sunday, and the dust certainly was flying at Russell Park.Â Ice dust, that is.
About 630 people came out to Hatfield on Feb. 8 to watch and participate in the sixth-annual ATV and motorcycle ice races, put on through the Hatfield ATV Riders club. A moderate winter day with temperatures around the freezing mark provided an enjoyable opportunity for those who attended.
â€œIt went really, really well,â€ said Bob Ehlen, trail boss for the club. â€œEverybody that I talked to had a good time, and the racers enjoyed …Â More info