I found the entrance to hell and it’s this nearly 400-foot long tunnel of fire. When Enrico Schoeman and André de Kock hop on their motorcycle and burn through the tunnel, it looks like they’re on the surface of the Sun. The tunnel reaches temperatures of 900 degrees and you can’t even see where you’re going when… »
Simona de Silvestro’s cars have an unfortunate history of catching fire at the Indianapolis 500, it seems. Today’s practice session fire was her third fire in five visits to the famous race. Fortunately, she was able to hop out of the car before flames caught up to her seat inside.
If there’s anything the late model crash we posted this week really shows, it’s why you should let the response team do their jobs. As some have pointed out, the first two people to arrive at the car weren’t part of the response team at all. They were a pit steward for the series and a member of the driver’s pit crew. »
Here’s the worst-case scenario that any racer could imagine. Driver Shane Mitchell’s car got airborne in a crash at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, landed on the wall and caught fire as it came to a stop. Mitchell suffered a back injury in the accident, so he was stuck there until a rescue worker pulled him out.
A Jerusalem woman who really, really wanted a smoke set a man and his car on fire when her request for a cigarette was denied. The incident was captured on a short but terrifying CCTV camera clip, and is a good reminder why not to both smoke at a gas station and be so maliciously stupid. »
Brendan Gaughan’s pit stall exploded into flame when spilled fuel caught on fire during tonight’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Gaughan’s car even drove off, still on fire.
Rock, paper, scissors. Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, scissor beats paper. How do those holiest of rules apply to fire and water? Well, let’s blast a water hose at a flame thrower while the flame thrower is firing off at the water hose to find out. Guess who’s the winner? »
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team hasn't been doing so well this season. After suffering issues due to overheating front brakes at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, the team switched from this year's Hitco brake system back to 2014's Brembo brakes. How did that work out? Not well, if you're Daniil Kvyat. »
Phoenix International Raceway hasn't been kind to right rear tires during today's CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Sam Hornish Jr. ate the wall earlier after his right rear tire failed, but it was Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s tire that was the most explosive failure of them all. »
I've driven the new Jeep Cherokee, and while I liked the car, its possible I may have mentioned in passing to a Jeep engineer that it'd be nice to have an option to have the car burst into flames a day or so after you got it. For, you know, that exotic Italian car feel. Looks like maybe someone took me seriously. »
A still-under construction luxury apartment complex in LA by the intersection of the 101 and 110 freeways is burning in Los Angeles, damaging surrounding buildings and temporarily closing down freeways. The full-block complex, called the DaVinci, is still smoldering, but firefighters have it under control. »
When Fernando Alonso's car started to catch fire during during the second round of practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, he simply pulled over, got out of the car and brought over a fire extinguisher as if this were a normal, expected thing to do. »
My alarm had already gone off three times by 1AM. "Smokey odor," was elevated to "smoke showing," and finally "structure fire in progress." When my station, almost ten miles from the scene, was called to action I knew it was gonna be a long night. »
It's exceedingly difficult to become a professional firefighter. But in Los Angeles County, it seems one insurmountable hurdle may be standing between hundreds of would-be applicants before they're even allowed to attempt rigorous entrance exams: nepotism. »
There are good days in racing. There are bad days in racing. Sometimes, there are cars that just won't stop being on fire in racing, too. For the Lotus CLM P1/01 at the 6 Hours of Fuji, this was one of those crazy never ending pit lane fire days. »
In case you needed a reminder to *not* drive around with fire in your car; check out the complete obliteration wrought on this Ford Fusion when it was left unattended with a burning candle inside at a gas station. »
Last month a fire caused $750,000 worth of damage at a Boston area car dealership. Investigators determined the cause was a 2004 Jaguar with electrical problems. The fact that a ten year old Jag would have electrical problems seems quite improbable, but this really did happen. Seriously. »