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“The Unspoken Code of Chivalry Among Drag Racers”

Kenneth L. Untiedt, editor University of North Texas Press PDF

THE UNSPOKEN CODE OF CHIVALRY

AMONG DRAG RACERS by Gretchen Lutz

At a typical race among “outlaw” pro mod drag racers, spectators see relentless competition among perennial rivals. During warm weather months, fans gather at local drag strips to see the show put on by Texas Outlaw Racing, an organization of pro mod racers. To the observer, it appears that a racer is single-minded in his or her need to beat the car in the other lane. And that is true. But that is not the whole truth. What the fan does not see is how the racers interact with one another before and after that four-second-pass down the track. Until the moment the tree goes to green, the typical pro mod racer will do anything he can to make a fellow racer’s car go faster. An unspoken code of chivalry informs the way racers behave toward one another, creating an enigmatic, even genteel brotherhood that the unrestrained speed, power, and dazzle of the sport belie.

To the spectators, the pro mods are indeed outlaw racers, not being restricted by the rules imposed on bracket racers or even on the pro stocks. Pro mods can run with nitrous oxide, with blowers, with extreme scoops, or with outrageous wings, the functional features exaggerated by flamboyant paint jobs. With only the restrictions for safety and the requirement that the cars be “door slammers”—that is to say, have two doors—anything else goes.

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Chapter 15: The E30 in South Africa

Andrew Everett Brooklands Books ePub
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4 The Portly Virginia Gentleman

Rush, Jr. Loving Indiana University Press ePub

When they met, Alfred Perlman and James Symes agreed once again that New York Central shareholders would get 40 percent of the new company and that the Pennsylvania’s owners would hold 60 percent. The “new” company actually would be the Pennsylvania Railroad, but it would assume a new name, Penn Central Corp.

The shareholders approved the merger, and the Interstate Commerce Commission began more than a year of hearings in 1962. As the sessions were getting under way, McClellan was starting his job at the Southern Railway. Although he paid scant attention to rail mergers, his bosses cared, and from their vantage point just nine blocks from the ICC’s ornate quarters on Independence Avenue, they watched with concern as the Penn Central argued its case. Symes and Perlman both defended the size of the proposed railroad, Symes reminding the commission that the combined system would be moving fewer cars than the Pennsylvania carried without any disruptions in its heyday, a reassurance that would help shake the Penn Central’s credibility later.

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5: THE FRYING PAN AND THE FREEZER

Neil Peart ECW Press ePub

THE FRYING PAN AND THE FREEZER

JULY 2011

DURING THE FIRST RUN of this year’s continuation of the Time Machine tour (part deux) in April, Michael and I motorcycled between shows in the eastern United States and Canada. As described in “Eastern Resurrection,” the weather was cold, wet, and windy—even snowy farther north. Verily, we did suffer most grievously, and there were great chatterings of teeth and shiverings of limb.

Likewise, as told in “Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle,” May in Europe was cold and wet for Brutus and me. (If not quite so biblical.)

However, back in the U.S. in June, riding with Michael again, all that changed. We went from the freezer to the frying pan—then back into the freezer.

Hence a couple of other titles I considered for this story: “A Season of Fire and Ice” (which felt too similar to an earlier Far and Away story, “Fire on Ice”) and “A Season of Swelter and Snow.” But the best metaphor seemed to be the frying pan.

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The Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM)

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Most people know the Trans-Siberian Railway, but how many can say they’ve heard of the ‘other’ Trans-Sib, its poor country cousin, the BAM (Baikal-Amur Mainline or Baikalo-Amurskaya Magistral)? The branch line to end all branch lines, the BAM begins as a set of points at Tayshet and ends more than 4200 lonely kilometres further east at Sovetskaya Gavan, passing through some jaw-slackeningly off-the-map places en route. As great railway journeys go, this is a Soviet epic, a rail-clanging odyssey you’ll never forget.

But it’s a miracle the BAM was ever built at all. Costing billions of dollars and declared a ‘Hero Project of the Century’, construction was fraught with seemingly insurmountable difficulties. The line opened fully in 1991, just as the USSR collapsed. Today only a handful of trains ply the route.

Riding the BAM’s snail-paced trains takes you to some very out-of-the-way places. Only Severobaikalsk on Lake Baikal is geared for visitors.

AMar Ponder the weird shapes into which Lake Baikal freezes from the shore at Severobaikalsk.

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