Sports

Side-Wheelying into the Record Books

07/07/2015

Since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been the place to be for epic car stunts and hillclimbs. The 1.16 mile track in West Sussex, England is the birthplace of jaw-dropping world records-- and this year was no different.

Stunt driver Terry Grant challenged his four-year-old Guinness World Record for the quickest mile driven on two wheels. The old record that stood at 2 minutes and 55 seconds was completely annihilated. Clocking an average speed of 30mph, Grant hit the mile mark in just 2 minutes and 10 seconds, navigating nine turns and a 300-foot elevation change. 

The record-setting ride was Grant's first attempt of the day. He six scheduled trials just in case, but clearly didn't need them. His Nissan Juke RS Nismo wiggled here and there but maintained remarkable balance. Check out the incredible feat below.

Grant, who currently holds 20 World Records, commented on his performance post-climb: "To break [the record] by so much on my first attempt was a great way to kick off the weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can go faster".

If you want to go faster than 30mph, check out some Corvette speed secrets brought to you by Ray Evernham and the Americarna crew. 

Van Party of Two

07/04/2015

It may be America's birthday today, but check out this hysterical birthday video that's gone viral. In less than a week it boasts 450,000 views.

The video has gained worldwide traction prompting the creator, Chris Daines, to change his name on YouTube from Bludgeoned Guitarist to The Double D's (the other party-goer is Daines's brother Paul).

The Cambridge, UK resident posted a short statement on his page about his recent fame: "I made an innocent video for me and my brother's own enjoyment, not realising that it would go viral and reach out to millions across the world I've been blown away". According to Daines's Facebook page, the brother duo has signed a licensing contract with Defy Media, who will feature the video on television advertisements. Perhaps someone should throw the brothers a party...

Have you ever hosted a celebratory bash for your set of wheels? Tell us your story and maybe you can go viral too!

Sideswiped by a rock? No, THE Rock.

06/22/2015

As Augie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. crossed the street to assess the new damage to his left side view mirror, he immediately came face to face with the culprit. Bridges’s mirror had been smashed a rock. It wasn’t just any rock, however. International superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accidentally caused the damage while driving to a movie set nearby. The San Andreas and Furious 7 star claimed via an Instagram post that he was distracted behind the wheel due to blasting music and his subsequent “one man dance party”.
 
Johnson, channeling his action-movie macho, whipped his truck around and rushed back to the scene. He attempted to present his registration and insurance information, but Bridges was too starstruck by the shear size of the former professional wrestler to engage. After a breath of silence, Bridges broke out laughing.
 
“Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story,” said Bridges to Johnson, who stands at hulking 6’5''. The two, according to Johnson, stood in the street “laughing like two ol’ crazy buddies”. 
 
The Rock & Augie
Instagram: therock

 
In the days following the incident, Johnson checked in on his unlikely pal. Bridges refused to accept any payment from the megastar and fixed the mirror himself. Johnson called out Bridges on his Instagram account for being “so cool about the whole thing”. The post has over 500,000 likes and 6,500 comments. For Bridges, the story of a lifetime set in the small Boston suburb is enough compensation.
 
As a star in the Fast and Furious franchise, Johnson has had the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of some of the world's most drool-worthy vehicles. Check out Rick Hendrick gush over his favorite iconic movie car the "Mello Yellow" from Days of Thunder on Velocity's AmeriCarna. 
 
 

 

Racing Porsches

08/25/2013

Racing Porsches

by Ken Visser

With Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans series about to start, I thought we would take a look at some special Porsches. As we will see, racing improves the breed.  (Continued below)

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I photographed this 1953 Porsche 550 Coupe at the Amelia Island Concours in 2007.

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Congrats to Dempsey Del Piero Racing On A White Hot Fourth Place Finish!

06/23/2013

All of us here at Velocity have been on the edge of our seats this weekend. Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster and Patrick Long of Dempsey Del Piero Racing have been sweating it out in the 90th Anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and we couldn’t be more proud of their competitive finish, just shy of the podium, with their fourth place GTE-AM finish. Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long each led the race twice at points, and Foster raced in the top three.  

Running the team’s No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, the all-American team fought an incredible battle in
what ultimately proved a dangerous and rainy race. According to a team release, Dempsey and the team is already eyeing next year:

“We were competitive the entire race,” said Dempsey. “This is really what you want to be. Patrick did a great job on his opening stint, Joe was incredible in what seemed like every session of his in the rain, and our Porsche from Proton Competition was perfectly prepared. It was just a great race, we came up just a little short on the podium, but we will reach that goal soon enough.”

Those of us here at Velocity don’t doubt how serious Patrick is about achieving that goal. Not only
has he proven it to the world the race he just finished, but he has also allowed cameras to document his road to get to the race as he juggles the demands of his acting career, being a loving family man, searching for sponsors, and most importantly putting in time on the track. Velocity will air his
journey with all the highs and lows, in a four part special Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans on August 28 at 10|9c. Anyone who watches all that Patrick goes through will know that he and Team Dempsey Del Piero are as serious as they come about claiming a spot on the podium.

Congratulations Patrick and Team Dempsey Del Piero from all of us at Velocity. Keep up to date with Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans here at Velocity.com as we continue to update you all summer.

 


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