taken from the 2005 VHS of Shark Tale
51st Annual Virginia City Camel Races
Yes, men and women really do race camel and ostriches in Virginia City!
In accurate Virginia City spirit, the Camel Races began as a hoax. Camels were introduced to the American frontier as pack animals, and were brought to the Comstock to carry salt and basic supplies. As Virginia City grew and the V&T Railroad took above the drayage chores for the region, the occasionally disagreeable and smelly animals were turned loose in the hills, and sooner or later disappeared. Bob Richards, late editor of Lucius Beebe’s "Territorial Enterprise," wrote a fictitious account of the city’s "Camel Races" in 1959, and followed up the next 12 months with an editorial announcement of the approaching races. Regional residents, wise to this form of humor which dates back to the tall tales of Mark Twain and Dan DeQuille, early "Enterprise" reporters, watched the initial true race that 12 months. The San Francisco "Chronicle" took up the challenge thrown down by Richards and movie director John Huston charged to victory in that very first race on a camel borrowed from the San Francisco Zoo. In 1962, Ostrich Races have been additional to the event, and in 1987 Virginia City took the competition to its sister city, Alice Springs, Australia, and added "International" to the title.
By RenoTahoe on 2010-09-ten 00:38:08
There is a selection of varieties of tracks utilised for ice racing, which includes ovals and road courses. Some tracks are grime track racing tracks with the snow plowed off them. When there is no organic snow, an icy surface could be developed by spraying the grime surface with water when the temperature is beneath freezing. Artificial ice tracks (usually velocity skating ovals) are utilized in which it is not feasible to construct natural ice tracks. Some tracks are created by plowing the snow off an region of a frozen lake. Spectators often park their vehicles all around the outdoors of the track on a frozen lake.
In the United kingdom ice meetings have been staged at a amount of ice rinks. The longest operating event, at Telford, characteristics riders employing conventional machines with spiked tires. In the late 1960s ice racing was staged at a variety of rinks in Scotland but the machines utilised have been “scrambles” variety machines fitted with spiked tyres.
A near-up of a studded tire
Ice racing tires are either studded or non-studded. Studded tires have some type of stud this kind of as a screw or bolt to provide much better traction and escalating speed. Some studs are sharpened to boost penetration. Tires can not be obtained with studs, so the pit crew requirements to attach the studs to the tire. The sanctioning body’s rule book typically specifies the length and/or sort of stud. By means of 2008, Menard’s Racing in Wisconsin produced and offered studded racing tires for cars, and they were required in several ice-racing lessons. These tires are no longer developed. Vehicles with studded tires are normally required to contain a roll cage and elevated security gear because they accomplish considerably a lot more pace with the greater cornering talents.
Non-studded tires are standard production snow tires, as used on highway-use passenger autos in colder climates. Drivers usually use winter tires. Favorites amongst ice-racers include the Bridgestone Blizzaks and Nokian Hakkapeliittas.
Motorcycle ice racing
Principal write-up: Ice speedway
Motorcycle ice street racing
Motorbike ice racing using studded tires
Ice racing includes a motorbike class which is the equivalent of Speedway on ice. Bikes race anti-clockwise about oval tracks between 260m (.16mi) and 425m (.264mi) in length. The race structure and scoring is comparable to Speedway.
The bikes bear a passing resemblance to individuals employed for speedway, but have a longer wheelbase and a a lot more rigid frame. The sport is divided into courses for complete-rubber and studded tires. The studded tire category requires rivals riding on bikes with spikes up to 30millimetres (one.2in) in length screwed into every tread-significantly less tyre, every bike has 90 spikes on the front tyre and 200-500 on the rear. The use of these spikes in this discipline necessitate the addition of unique protective guards (similar to mudguards) over the wheels which lengthen practically to the ice surface. The spiked tyres produce a great quantity of traction and this implies two-pace gearboxes are also necessary. As with speedway, the bikes do not have brakes. Historically Czech manufactured four-stroke Jawa motorcycles have been the dominant force in this sport.
In the studded tyre class there is no broadsiding all around the bends due to the grip made by the spikes digging into the ice. Rather, riders lean their bikes into the bends at an angle in which the handlebars just skim the track surface. Speeds strategy 80mph (130km/h) on the straights, and 60mph (97km/h) on the bends. The security barrier usually consists of straw bales or banked-up snow and ice close to the outer edge of the track.
The riding type necessary for studded ice racing is different from that utilised in the other track racing disciplines. This implies riders from this discipline hardly ever participate in Speedway or its other variants and vice-versa.
The bulk of Fdration Internationale de Motocyclisme sanctioned staff and personal meetings are held in Russia, Sweden and Finland, but events are also held in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary (given that 2000),the Netherlands, and occasionally other countries. Countries that dominated and won the vast majority of titles in Personal Ice Racing Planet Championship (held since 1966) and Team Ice Racing Planet Championship (held since 1979) had been the USSR and considering that 1991ussia. Canada’s nationwide touring series is sanctioned by the Canadian Motorbike Association.
Car ice racing
Ice racing automobiles in constrained visibility
Automobile ice races have been most productive in France, in which the Trophe Andros series, sponsored by an industrial jam manufacturer attracts ex-F1 drivers like Alain Prost or Olivier Panis, manufacturer-backed entries of sophisticated 4WD automobiles and international television coverage. In fact the Trophe Andros races largely use damped snow (that is not extremely distinct from ice relating to automobile managing) tracks in French ski resorts with a final race on artificial ice in Paris Stade de France. The 2006 trophy involves a single round in Andorra. On several occasions a round also took spot in Canada, in the Canadian Challenge, which is held yearly and is the most critical Ice Racing occasion in North America.
In the 1960s and 1970’s, there have been two major Ice Racing Championships, the North American Ice Racing Championship and the European Ice Racing Championship. The North American was held in Anchorage, Alaska and their champions include Earl Bennett and Chuck Higgins, even though Mexican F1 driver Pedro Rodrguez, won his class and an exhibition race in 1970, and was 2nd general.
Elsewhere, ice racing has proven to be a largely recreational pastime. There is no specialist ice-racing sanctioning body in North America, but there are energetic clubs in many Canadian provinces (Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan) and American states (New York, Michigan, Maine, Wisconsin, Minnesota). Some amateur and expert dirt track and paved track racers use ice racing to hone their expertise or to practice for the summer season.
There is a new class in Canada referred to as SS (street studs) exactly where a car can run with the very same modifications as a rubber to ice class, with no the need to have for a roll bar. Some clubs even encourage folks to ice-race their everyday driver, and have rigid no-make contact with principles to let that safely.
In Russia there is a rally raid event, known as the Northern Forest run on ice and snow in the last days of February in the outskirts of the city of St Petersburg.
Conventional rallying also requires location on ice. Most notably, the tarmac of the Monte Carlo Rally is occasionally covered with snow and ice. Also, the Sno Drift Rally in Michigan.
Race motor vehicle
There are a lot of classes of racing autos. The racing autos are regularly divided into studded or non-studded tire lessons. Practically all dirt track racing automobiles could be raced on ice. Flying snow and ice powder limits visibility, so some autos are necessary to have a brilliant light, generally red or yellow, on the back of the auto for greater visibility in the powder.
Non-studded cars are picked by their bodyweight given that non-studded vehicles are not able to carry large velocity through a corner and vehicles can not get considerably electrical power to the slippery surface. A lightweight front-wheel drive autos are usually the quickest.
Ice racing in movie
Ice racing was featured in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Services with George Lazenby and Diana Rigg as they attempted to evade their pursuers. The track was in Switzerland.
Motorcycle ice racing footage can be observed in the Bruce Brown documentary On Any Sunday.
Ice racing stock automobiles in Wisconsin, USA two.3 MB
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^ “International Championship Events”
^ “Weekend Warrior: Motorbike Ice Racing – The Boys of Winter” Mitch Brown Dirt Rider magazine Retrieved February one, 2007
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^ a b c d e f Scott Owens (April 2007), Ice Racing is Hot on Lake Speed, Fastrax Monthly
^ Speedway FAQ: World Champions
^ CASC Ontario – Residence
^ “AMEC Getting Started out”
Popp, Dennis (1973) Ice Racing, ISBN -8225-0403-
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