A blast from my motorsport past

I’ve mentioned a few times that I used to do rallying in South Africa when I was (much) younger (and a lot less wise).  I drove a Ford Escort Mk. 2 most of the time, with a two-door body and a 1,600cc engine with a manual transmission (stick shift, for Americans).  It had a few components replaced with upgraded versions for sporting use, but basically it was pretty much the same vehicle you could buy off any Ford dealer’s lot.  It’s probably long since been scrapped, but I remember it with fondness. I was therefore very happy to come across this video

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This one’s for Old NFO

Every year, fellow writer, blogger, and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Old NFO, undertakes a pilgrimage to Augusta, Georgia, to assist in the running of the US Masters Tournament.  He always seems to enjoy himself, and regales us with stories of the fun and games when he gets back. Me, I’ve never played a round of golf in my life – not even a single hole.  I’m one of those who regards a golf course as an unconscionable waste of a good rifle range!  That being the case, I giggled loudly when I saw yesterday’s “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip.  Click the

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Ever heard of “rabbit hopping” as a sport?

I hadn’t either, until I came across this article about competitive rabbit hopping in Australia. A cute companion, a pest and a free lawnmower — that is usually how a domestic rabbit is described. Now ‘athlete’ can be added to that list, because rabbit owners are training up their furry friends to hop competitively, like a miniature version of the equine sport, show-jumping. . . . President of the Rabbit Hopping Society of Australia (RHSA), which was formed in 2013, Neil Worley, said hopping rabbits in Australia were yet to achieve elite status but were on the right track. Elite rabbits can typically

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The Great Knaresborough Bed Race of 2019

The annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race was held a few weeks ago in England.  As usual, a lot of fun was had by all. The event was born out of the enthusiasm of the newly-formedKnaresborough Round Table in 1966, an organisation looking for a major charity fund-raising push. They came up with the idea of a time-trial in which teams would follow a pre-determined course pushing beds around the town. It could have been a chariot race, a tug-o-war, a raft race on the river, a soap box derby or any of a hundred other ideas. But they plumped for a bed race,

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Blink, and you’ll hit something

I’ve posted rallying videos in these pages several times before.  I participated in rallying as an amateur enthusiast in my younger days, but never at the level the professionals attain.  They’re the true master drivers of the motorsport world, able to handle almost any terrain and road conditions. Here’s Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio, from the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, in action during the recent Tour de Corse (Corsican) rally, held at the end of March this year. RallySport reports: Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville finally won a nerve racking Tour de Corse in which the lead changed on

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This bird is the (last) word!

I was mind-boggled to read about a recently retired racing pigeon. A champion pigeon has been sold for a record €1.25m ($1.42m; £1.07m). Auction house Pipa called Armando the “best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time”. He’s also been dubbed the “Lewis Hamilton of pigeons”. Before this sale, the record was €376,000 (£321,800). However, Pipa says this was beaten within a day of Armando being put up for bids. The champ, who turns five this year, is now enjoying his retirement and has already fathered a number of chicks. There’s more at the link. $1.42 million for something that I’m used to thinking

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OK, that was a goal to remember!

I’m not a big fan of ice hockey, and seldom watch it:  but this goal by Aleksander Barkov yesterday, for the Florida Panthers against the Montreal Canadiens, was really something.  He fired the puck backwards, between his legs, to wrong-foot the goalie.  Watch the slo-mo replay to see it. Talk about a man on top of his game!  What’s more, he’s only 23 years old, with many years of development still to come.  What’s he going to be like at 33? Barkov ended up with a hat-trick, and the Panthers defeated Montreal 6-3.  Congratulations to all concerned. Peter

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Sissified?

Stephan Pastis takes on the National Football League. Click the image to be taken to a full-size version at the comic’s Web page. I think he has a point.  When I arrived in this country, more than two decades ago, I can still remember getting the distinct impression that American football was a license to fold, spindle and mutilate everyone except the man with the ball!  No longer . . . Peter

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