On June 20, Bob “Weatherman” Steinberger passed away after a long battle with cancer. To off-road racers, Weatherman was an arbiter, a messenger, and sometimes, a life saver. But even more than that; Weatherman invented backcountry communication decades before cell phones and GPS, and helped make some of the coolest…
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Longtime Road Atlanta volunteer Hazel Harrell died from injuries sustained after being struck by a motorcycle on Saturday, reports Roadracing World. Harrell was volunteering there as a corner worker at Road Atlanta’s Turn 7 during the WERA Cycle Jam racing event. She was 60.
A U.S. Navy SEAL in the Leap Frogs parachute team died this afternoon after his parachute malfunctioned during a Fleet Week aerial demonstration, according to a Navy press release. The demonstration was at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Until Nicky Hayden showed up in MotoGP, there was little anybody could do about Italian legend Valentino Rossi’s dominance on motorcycle racing’s biggest stage. But the kid from Kentucky with the aggressive riding style honed on the dirt tracks of middle America managed to halt Rossi’s five-year winning streak in…
American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden succumbed Monday to injuries from being struck by a car while cycling Wednesday in Italy ahead of the World Superbike race at Misano, multiple outlets are reporting. Hayden was the last American motorcycle racer to win a MotoGP world championship in 2006. He was 35.
Racing is full of wealthy weirdos, but a good many of them are well-pedigreed offspring out to blow the last of their family’s money in an attempt to stave off boredom. That wasn’t Preston Henn, who used his self-made fortune to win the 24 Hours of Daytona—twice. Henn died Sunday at 86, and leaves behind one of…
One of the most fascinating stories in racing is Preston Henn—the outspoken Florida man who built up the successful Swap Shop flea market empire and then went racing. Henn, a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, passed away Sunday from natural causes, reports Racer. He was 86.
As General Motors shuts down its Holden manufacturing in Australia this year, we’re all supposed to mourn what had been the new frontier of ute-loving, V8 freedom. But the shutdown was a bureaucratic decision; a slow bleed to avoid the prospect of a much more painful collapse.
The Targa Florio road race around Sicily left the international calendar in the 1970s for being too dangerous, but it has made a comeback in recent years as a vintage and a rally event. Today, the race was canceled following a fatal crash between a father-daughter team and a course marshal.
Last year Tom Putt, 20, and friend Nikki Willis, 23, were found dead in England by mysterious circumstances in Putt’s modified Ford Fiesta ST. Now the cause of death has been determined: those mods killed them both by carbon monoxide poisoning, according to law enforcement officials.
In 1964, John Surtees won the Formula 1 World Championship of Drivers behind the wheel of a Ferrari. This, coupled with his seven titles in two different motorcycle racing classes he’d collected over the past few years, made him the only person to take world championships in cars and bikes at racing’s top levels. It’s…
The Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was tunneled through in the 1880s, has fallen due to severe winter weather. It was believed to be hundreds of years old.
When most people think about what the original group of American astronauts were driving back in the ‘60s, usually Corvettes come to mind. This is a safe bet, because six of the original Mercury Seven astronauts drove ‘Vettes. You math whizzes may note that there’s one astronaut left over. That astronaut was John…
It looks like 2016's unquenchable thirst for the blood of great people has struck again, as the first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn, has died at the age of 95.
A woman in Japan died Sunday of injuries sustained from being hit in the head by a loose wheel while spotting at a D1 Street Legal drifting event. Her death is the first known fatality in major-series drifting, or at least the first one most fans can remember in some time.
In 1992, my dad left his shoes on top of his car. He saw them an hour later on the feet of a guy walking down the road. Those shoes fared better than the $1,000 camera owned by this kid’s dad.
A car racing in the beloved Rallylegend event in Italy this past Sunday struck people standing in a spectator area adjacent to a stage, reports The Sun. One died and eight more were injured in the crash.