Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-06-29

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A legendary THS Guest list this week: Monster Tajima like you’ve near heard him as he lounges on the beach after a record-setting run winning his sixth straight Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Rolex GT Road America winner Eric Curran, Continental Challenge VIR & The Glen winner Billy Johnson, Corvette/Le Mans winner Tommy Milner, the only American driver on the team, European Rallycross Norway winner Mats Lysen and Le Mans legend Allan McNish. No where else will you get these headliners in the same hour: Weds, 8pm Eastern, Race Fan Radio. I promise!

Marc Basseng damages the splitter of his Audi, leading to some spectacular looking sparks under the R8 at the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hours Race.

On the day Ken Block announced his involvement in the Goodwood Festival of Speed again, this is from the Goodwood Festival of Speed two years ago: See Hannu Mikkola being re-united with the first ever quattro rally car built by Audi Sport in 1980. Hannu first drove this car on The Algarve Rallye in Portugal, 1980. Registered IN-NE 3, this car was the very first rally car to combine 4 wheel drive and turbo charging. Can you imagine a WRC without these factors? Well, meet the ACTUAL car that revolutionised everything you see in WRC today. This is the real thing. Here is a quote from Audi press office:- Hannu Mikkola leaves the opposition dumbstruck when Audi officially launches the quattro on the Algarve Rally. Mikkola, running as a course car on the quattro’s first public outing, sets a searing pace. Had times counted towards the event, the Audi would have won by over 30 minutes! The car has been restored by and is owned by John Hanlon, UK

A review of the first three rounds of the STCC, as well as a look ahead to the City Race in Gothenburg. Produced for VolvoPolestarracing by Linder Media Sweden.

Volvo Cars Switzerland presents: the final Volvo Art Session film. 10 street artists spent 5 days repeatedly painting, spraying and designing a snow-white Volvo S60 against a white background. A high-end camera shot an image of the vehicle and the background every ten seconds. Now, after extensive post-production, the final Volvo S60 Art Session timelaps clip is finally premiered.

Here’s more on the Volvo art project: On 9 February 2011, 10 popular artists will assume temporary ownership of a brand new white Volvo S60. This will mark the start of a public work-in-progress art event spread over five days. Each artist will be allowed half a day. As the artists repeatedly paint, spray and remodel the vehicle, they will turn the Volvo into a creative work of art. The setting: the magnificent hall of Zurich main station. The set: a three-dimensional canvas with the Volvo S60.

While Volkswagen develops its new Polo WRC, VW Motorsport will contest a number of selected rallies using Skoda’s Super 2000-spec Fabia as part of a talent assessment programme ahead of its full-time arrival in the sport in 2013. VW’s first foray into the WRC with the Fabia will come on Rally Finland next month, with the announcment of the entry list revealing the news that Andreas Mikkelsen and Joonas Lindroos will tackle the event in Fabia S2000s entered under the Volkswagen Motorsport banner.

Although experienced VW driver Nasser Al-Attiyah is believed to be close to signing a deal to drive one of the Polo WRCs and Petter Solberg has also been linked with the team, motorsport director Kris Nissen said the manufacturer was keen to give young talent a chance – with the initial outings being used to evaluate new drivers in competitive conditions. Here’s more: An interesting video from a radio show! Carjam: New Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2011. Carjam Car Radio Show — A Car Show About People.

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Last week you overwhelmingly decided that the one driver you’d most like to see invited to make a debut at X Games was Sebastien Loeb. Thirty-six percent agreed with that choice. But, just like they’re close on a rally stage, they were close in this vote. Mikko Hirvonen tied with another 36 percent of the vote turned in Next came Tony Stewart at 14 percent. Then Patrick Long and Lewis Hamilton followed at seven percent each. Tom Kristensen and Scott Pruett didn’t receie any votes. Thanks for your help last week. Did you learn anything from participating?

Now, What Do You Think? this week: Would you like to see fundamental changes in sports car racing that would separate slower classes into their own races? Yes? or No? You can vote at GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself!

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming the refusal of Major League Baseball to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.

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