George Lucas wanted to be a racecar driver when he was a teenager. In 1962, he suffered a terrible car accident when another driver broadsided him. He required emergency medical treatment. The incident caused him to lose interest in racing, but inspired him to pursue other interests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Executives at McGraw Hill were curious to find out why their accountant was on television racing a Mclaren F1 GTR, chartering Concorde trips and showing up to work in a Ferrari. Turns out he had been embezzling Β£2.8 million from them the past 5 years since he was recruited! telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
The origins of NASCAR racing go back to the prohibition era when moonshine runners would upgrade their vehicles in order to outrun authorities while leaving the vehicles looking ordinary so as not to attract attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
African-American men once dominated horse racing, among the USA's most popular 19th Century sports. Most of the Kentucky Derby champions then were Black men who established huge names, winnings and followings for themselves. Eventually they were shut out of participating in the sport. youtu.be/pJxuUSZ4Z70
The Preakness, part of horse racing's Triple Crown, has a mascot named Kegasus, a "half-man, half-thoroughbred, party manimal." Kegasus starred in ads to promote the course's all-you-can-drink β€œMug Club," after attendance had fallen 25% when outside drinks were banned in 2009. vinepair.com/articles/keg…
Lamborghini Supercars excist because of a 10-Lira Tractor clutch. Ferruccio Lamborghini noticed issues from the clutch of his Ferrari, he told Enzo Ferrari about the imperfections but he didnβ€˜t want advice from the tractor mechanic. This started Lamborghini’s passion for racing cars kissfromitaly.com/en/blog…
In the early Byzantine Empire, chariot racing was the most popular sport, with 4 teams competing: the Greens, the Reds (later absorbed into the Greens), the Blues, and the Whites (later absorbed into the Blues) - each supported by passionate fans. Emperor Justinian was a fervent Blues fan smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Aston Martin once started a drag racing program with an employee’s boyfriend, making a 2800 horsepower Vantage. jalopnik.com/aston-martin…
Due to a unit conversion error (lbs instead of kg), Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and glided all the way down on an abandoned airfield being used as racing circuit. Everyone survived and the plane was barely damaged it was flown out to be repaired. nationalpost.com/news/can…
The teenage Jimi Hendrix adored speedboat racing. His drawings of hydroplanes powered by loud aircraft engines are preserved at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needsomefun.net/jimi-hend…
Today I learned about the state sport of Colorado: Burro Racing theknow.denverpost.com/20…
The "Formula" in F1 refers to the the set of rules and specifications that racing teams and drivers have to follow, especially when it comes to car construction dummies.com/sports/auto-r…
John Delorean, creator of the DeLorean car, invented the first muscle car when he, against the wishes/policies of GM who were trying to distance their brand from racing, put a v8 engine into the Pontiac Tempest wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontia…
, the Midnight Club was actually a underground street racing team in Tokyo carthrottle.com/post/nd9p…
The Voyager I and II space probes, which are currently racing through interstellar space, each include a golden record with 115 analog-encoded photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of sounds on Earth and 90 minutes of music (including Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Good') smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The term "Hands Down" comes from the world of horse racing, where a jockey cruising to an easy victory would loosen the reigns and drop his hands, thus winning "Hands Down". mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Between 2005 and 2010, NASCAR had a licensing agreement with Harlequin to print over 30 romance novels, based on racing. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Walter Arnold was issued the first speeding ticket in 1896. After racing across the streets at 8MPH and being chased 5 miles by an officer in a bicycle, he was fined 1 shilling. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
Today I learned about Spinal Track, a nonprofit specializing in giving disabled drivers the opportunity to operate high performance vehicles on a track or off-road. Co-founded by Nathalie McGloin, the only female tetraplegic racing driver in the world spinaltrack.org/
The German word Elefantenrennen (literally: Elephant Racing) describes the event of one truck overtaking another on the autobahn and thus slowing traffic in the process. dw.com/en/word-of-the-wee…
A 1966 World Cup match was moved from Wembley because the stadium owner refused to cancel regular greyhound racing held on the same day footyfair.com/2016/07/5-s…
North Korea has made a single video game. "Pyongyang Racer" is a racing game reminiscent of 32-bit era graphics. It was developed by university students and published by the country's travel company wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyongy…
In order to get their muscle and pony cars into a lower drag racing class, several manufacturers stated a lower horsepower rating than the real one. For example, Ford stated a 335 HP rating for the 428 Cobra Jet Mustang, while the actual one was about 410 HP. autowise.com/the-true-hp-…
Today I learned about Kenny brack, a former Indy racing car driving who got into a crash & experiencing a declaration of 214g, holding the record for surving the highest G force experienced by a human. It also made his body 214 times Heavier for a fraction of second, weighing 15 tonnes. youtu.be/8onD87zQqAw
An American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse in 1995, Artax, was named after the fictional horse from The Neverending Story. Artax equaled or broke three track records during the 1999 racing season when he won the Breeder's Cup Sprint, Carter Handicap and Forest Hills Handicap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
The term β€œthe big apple” originally referred to horse racing. The city got its most famous nickname from a local newspaper’s horse racing column in the 1920s. Prior to the city’s adoption of the nickname, the phrase β€œBig Apple” was used to describe a big money prize at important horse races. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Ultra endurance cyclists' necks can just give out and stop holding up their heads after a week of sleep deprived racing. Some racers continue by kinesio-taping their heads up or tying their helmets to a makeshift back brace. welovecycling.com/wide/20…
After a unit conversion snafu, Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 41k feet. The pilot, who flew gliders in his downtime, brought the plane down on an abandoned airfield which was being used as a racing circuit and everyone got out alive with only minor injuries. cbc.ca/archives/when-a-me…
Charles Vance Millar, a rich Canadian financier, made his will one giant practical joke. In it, he left three men who hated one another a join lifetime tenancy in a villa, some protestant ministers $700,000 in Catholic beer stock, and anti-horse racing advocates $25,000 in a Jockey club. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
NASCAR is rooted in Prohibition bootlegging. They souped up stock cars to outrun the police and that led to competitive racing between gangs. prohibition.themobmuseum.…
Dick Seaman became a Nazi sporting legend after he was hand picked by Adolf Hitler to become a racing driver for Mercedes-Benz in 1937 theguardian.com/observer/…
Sylvester H. Roper invented what may have been the first motorcycle. He died when he fell off his invention while racing riders on normal bicycles. The cause of death was found to be heart failure, although it is unknown if the crash was the cause of it, or if his heart failed before the crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
Ford almost bought Ferrari in the early 60's, but Enzo Ferrari killed the deal when he learned he wouldn't oversee the racing division anymore. Henry Ford II was so pissed that he directed his engineers to build a car that would beat Ferrari at Le Mans, which it did from 1966–1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Today I learned of Alex Zanardi, a Formula One driver who lost both of his legs in a major crash in 2001. After, he designed and built his own custom prosthetics for racing. He started racing again in specialised touring cars. He also took up handcycling, and won medals in both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
George Lucas enjoyed racing cars and owned a souped-up, high-powered Fiat in high school. Shortly before graduating he was involved in a serious car accident, nearly dying from his injuries. After recovering from a three-month hospital stay, Lucas decided that he wanted to go to art school notablebiographies.com/Lo…
Justify failed a drug test one month before winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby/Triple Crown. Instead being disqualified, the California Horse Racing Board dropped the case and lightened the penalty for the substance Justify tested positive for. nytimes.com/2019/09/11/sp…
Top Gear's "tame racing driver", The Stig, would often eat his lunch in the back of an ambulance to avoid being identified. He would also remain in his racing overalls and helmet throughout the day and would put on a French-like accent when talking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of cable car racing, also called spindizzy's capable of reaching speeds of 155mph+ youtu.be/vkjnpgMjUac
Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia. This is because their own camels are bred for domestic purposes and racing, with the camels from Australia being used for the meat, which is considered a delicacy. commodity.com/saudi-arabi…
The Plymouth/Dodge Neon ACR was so competitve in its racing class that SCCA, the governing body, had to start accepting new add-ons for other vehicles to keep them competitive with the Neon. allpar.com/neon/engineeri…
Murphy’s Irish Stout, Brewed in Cork, Ireland, had a 60 second anime advert produced by the creators of Ghost in the shell In 1997. It was the first anime advert shown in Ireland and the UK and shows six Samurais racing to make β€œLast orders” at a pub. youtu.be/fWdY_o2B_0E
Jingle Bells is actually a Thanksgiving song, written about sleigh racing. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Mercedes-Benz developed the a racing car for the 1999 Le Mans that had a tendency to take off and flip mid-air. This incident happened three times before Mercedes exited the race. Luckily none of the drivers were seriously injured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
Today I learned about the centuries old history of men and women racing against horses in multiple day endeavors of physical endurance. ultrarunninghistory.com/m…
Today I learned of the Southern Cross Expedition, which put the first humans on Antarctica in 1898. Led by an explorer with no scientific experience, the ten-man team spent the winter eating penguins, relaxing in an improvised sauna, and racing dogsleds en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Mexican Racing driver Pedro RodrΓ­guez always traveled with a Mexican flag and a record of the national anthem, because when he won the 1967 South African GP the organizers did not have the Mexican anthem, and instead played the Mexican hat dance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
There are 4 distinct roles in a sled dog racing team from front to back: "Lead dogs" apply the musher's commands & set the pace; "Swing dogs" help turn the team left/right, "Team dogs" are the muscle & maintain speed; "Wheel dogs" guide the sled around obstacles. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The song "Jingle Bells" was originally composed as a drinking song about horse-racing. It had no connection to Christmas, but was initially associated with Thanksgiving. The composer, John Lord Pierpont, was a deadbeat dad, and uncle of Wall Street banker J.P. Morgan. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Star Wars Episode I: Racer holds the Guinness record as the best-selling sci-fi racing game, having worldwide sales of 3.12 million and beating other series like Wipeout and F-Zero. The team had to develop their physics simulation in the game from only a few short clips of the film given to them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In 6th century Constantinople, riots that began over a murder by chariot-racing hooligans escalated into a city-wide riot that resulted in over 30,000 deaths and the destruction of half the city en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…

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