Car Rallies (Almost) Anyone Can Do (Infographic)

Not every car race is in single-seaters or purpose-built racing machines. For some big races, all you need is a car and the willingness to chew through thousands of miles from Point A to Point B. That’s what’s great about car rallies. If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can race. To help you figure out if you can handle a rally, we have a handy infographic for you.

Also, why is the distance rated in Grosjeans? Have we forgotten about Tom Kristensen?

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Wednesday Link-Off: Coming and Going

anna-kendrick-elle14-03I don’t know how I’ve managed to get so unbelievably busy that I’m losing track of what blogging needs to be done. I nearly missed yesterday, I haven’t started on Thursday’s F1 Power Rankings and I didn’t get a chance to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans write-up. Well, maybe next week will be better.

In the meantime, it’s time for the links. Here’s blog favourite Anna Kendrick.

Hold on to your butts! Rob Ford is coming back to Toronto returning to his old job. This should be fun. (Toronto Sun)

So while Ford won’t resign after admitting to smoking crack, London mayor Joe Fontana resigned after a fraud conviction. How does that work? (The Globe and Mail)

Fake Twitter followers is a common thing on Twitter but could the prevalence of fake followers affect how pundits assess politicians’ chances in upcoming election. (Politico)

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Who Is Canada’s Next Racing Hero?

Now that the Formula One season is over, it’s time for us to look ahead to the future of motorsport. In Canada, we have an amazing motorsport history. Formula One’s best and most exciting driver, Gilles Villeneuve, hailed from Quebec. His son, Jacques, won the Indy 500 and IndyCar championship before becoming the Formula One World Drivers’ Champion. The most exciting F1 is consistently the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal. West Hill’s Paul Tracy is one of the winningest drivers in Champ Car (formerly CART) history.

But who is left for Canada to cheer for now. No one is at the top echelon of the sport right. But that isn’t to say we don’t have some potential racing heroes waiting in the wings. So here’s a look at the future of Canadian motorsports. Continue reading

50 Years of the Bathurst 1000 (Infographic)

This weekend marks the 50th running of the famous Bathurst 1000. The Bathurst 1000 is the most famous race in Australia that every team and driver wants to win and where the legends of Australian motorsport are made.

Today, we have an infographic looking back at the history of this spectacular race over the last 50 years. Continue reading

Wednesday Link-Off: The Long Reads

Let’s not waste any time kicking off the post. Here’s Kate Upton. The photograph was taken by Terry Richardson who is still one of the creepiest looking guys I’ve ever seen.

Last November, NBC’s Bob Costa interviewed Jerry Sandusky after he was charged with child molestation. Now, the prosecution is considering entering the full interview transcript into evidence. That full interview went 36 minutes instead of just the 8 that aired. (The Centre Daily Times)

An unnamed athlete’s PR guy talks about his job of lying to everyone to protect his client’s name. (Deadspin) One of the commenter’s put it right when he said that the PR guy happily taking the money to lie sounds like the man lying to himself.

I’m legitimately excited that Microsoft has a near ultrabook level tablet coming out this fall with the Surface for Windows 8 Pro (which will likely get shortened to “Surface Pro”). Here’s a hands-on look at the upcoming Surface. (Engadget)

After the jump, the odd sports moments of the week, Arsenio is coming back and nobody likes Mr. Worf. Continue reading

Sunday Link-Off: Changes

I really don’t have anything witty to start off today’s linkdump with. Maybe I should get some more sleep. Screw it. Sleep is for the week! Anyway, here’s Gio Ott in her first appearance on the blog.

You’d think that two years of unemployment would make people reexamine themselves but it’s not always the case. Jay Mariotti is still Jay Mariotti and that means he likely won’t be finding steady employment any time soon. (Deadspin)

GoDaddy is going to completely overhaul its marketing strategy. That means they’ll be dropping the “racy” commercials and de-emphasizing the GoDaddy girls. (The Daly Planet)

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is this weekend. There are a few interesting storylines. There’s the hybrid battle between Audi and Toyota. There’s also the futuristic looking Delta Wing which is trying to achieve the same speed as the Prototype 2 category with half the power, half the weight and half the drag using half the fuel. How difficult would it be to build one of those cars? Top Gear Magazine tried making their own. (Jalopnik)

After the jump, insane Japanese wrestling, the forces behind Star Wars 1313 and some late night hilarity. Continue reading

Saturday Link-Off: Pre-E3

Never fear. Jackie will be here. Just not today. He’ll have the Entertainment Link-Off tomorrow. Next will be a big one on the blog because it’s both E3 and Canadian Grand Prix weeks. How will we be disappointed with the E3 announcements this time? But don’t worry, Lindsay Ellingson never disappoints.

Ten years after Ken Caminiti admitted to using steroids, which started the PED witch hunt in baseball, Tom Verducci looks at some players’ choices whether to juice or not. (Sports Illustrated)

We’ve all heard of the McLaren F1. It’s the classic 90s hyper car which does over 240 MPH. Well, its designer, Gordon Murray, is back with a micro car which is smaller than a Smart car, gets 96 miles per gallon and does over 100 MPH. It’s probably the future of affordable driving. (Bloomberg)

Windows 8 is nearing release. The Release Preview edition shows that Microsoft has a complete game changer on their hands this time. (Engadget)

After the jump, mutiny at Indy, Doctor Who compared with Community and soccer goal celebrations go Michael Bay. Continue reading

Wednesday Link-Off: Better Yet, Don’t Call Me

For a post-Memorial Day blog, I’ve ended up with more links than I expected. Usually this is one of the quieter blog weeks of the year. Christmas/New Year’s is the only quieter week. Out of spite, here’s Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort.

In case you didn’t know, the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring what you write on social networking sites. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we now know which words trigger their filter. (Forbes)

The Republicans are bitching about how awful Obama is but some of his supporters aren’t too happy about the last four years either. (Gawker)

Boxer Johnny Tapia died this weekend. He was probably best known for having a 4-1 record against death having been pronounced clinically dead four times prior to the last time. (Deadspin)

After the jump, Star Trek’s lamest aliens, what went wrong at 38 Studios and a couple of good Call Me Maybe covers (if there is such a thing). Continue reading

Wednesday Link-Off: In-Depth

I’m still waiting on G4 HD to show up here in the Western part of Canada (as deemed by the CRTC) so I don’t get to see much of Alison Haislip which is a damn shame.

A perpetual discussion at my 9-to-5 is the correct use of the English language. That’s why I have to link to this list of the nine most misused words in the English language. (Cool Story)

In slightly less happy but much cooler news, here’s a look inside the Essex County Homicide Task Force which tackles crimes, in among other places, Newark. (Star-Ledger)

And speaking of crime, here’s an in-depth look inside the corruption that mires FIFA. (Grantland)

After the jump, what’s not coming to the NHL R&D camp, Warren Buffett wants to pay more taxes and when safety cars aren’t so safe. Continue reading

F1 2010 Season Preview: The Teams

It’s that time of year again race fans. We’re days away from the V8 engines of the Formula One World Championship firing up in anger for the first time in 2010. This season is a whole new game. Last season, 20 cars started every race. This year, 26 cars are expected to be at most races but not all of them. Of course, that’s assuming that there will be a full grid at any race this season. To start our look at the 2010 F1 season, we look at the 12 teams that will be in the field and the other two that missed the cut. Continue reading