Speedy little vegemite
sapping engine restrictions in 1988 to reduce the likelihood of bulky NASCAR vehicles achieving flight and landing in adjoining counties.
A quick YouTube scan turned up footage from that last 200mph race, at Alabama’s fearsome Talladega track. More terrifying than the outright speeds were the prevailing driver protection standards. Ambrose and his NASCAR pals are braced inside a cocoon of metal and padding; in 1987 drivers basically just sat there amid a few roll cage bars. There were no full-face helmets.
That’s not to say that risk is absent from the modern scene. During a race-day rain delay, Ambrose amused himself by preparing Vegemite sandwiches for the NASCAR commentary team. Some reviews: ‘‘ That’s miserable. That’s like salt on bread. I can’t even swallow it.’’— Pit reporter Marty Snider.
‘‘ He may be the fastest man on the racetrack. I may be the fastest man on TV headed for the bathroom,’’— Eight-time NASCAR winner Kyle Petty, who qualified at 338.5km/h for that 1987 Talladega race.
‘‘ Oh, my God. Are you sure this is edible? God! I need SaniFlush or somethin’.’’— Former NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds.
Ambrose went on to finish ninth. Watch for him to clean up this weekend at Sonoma in California, a track with left and right turns. IN THE interests of providing automotive news to all readers, the following item is presented in two versions.
For female readers: Go to YouTube and look up Fiat TV ad seduction. This ad, which ran during the Superbowl in the US and during State of Origin in Australia, is a shameless return to an era of sexist exploitation that we hoped was gone. Fiat should be reminded that it is 2012, not 1972, and that modern women will not tolerate this kind of base lechery.
For male readers: Go to YouTube and look up Fiat TV ad seduction. TOYOTA has just launched a new high-performance wing, called TMG. Similarities to Mercedes-Benz’sAMG performance group don’t end with the title. TheTMG logo is also very similar toAMG’s, right down to the parallel stripes. TMGis even based in Germany, at Toyota’s Cologne skunkworks. Reaction from Mercedes may be interesting. As might be aTMG Prius. THE first Honda Accord Euro is one of the finest sedans ever made and now delivers crazy-good value second-hand. Among the best might be this 2005 example, with just 70,000km on the clock and a $15,000 price tag. This one is in Canberra and there are seven other Accord Euros on the
site. Grab a good one and revel in peak engineering for the next decade. carsguide.com.au