Rallying, also known as rally racing is a form of auto racing that takes place on public or private roads with modified production or specially built road-legal cars. This motorsport is distinguished by running not on a circuit, but instead in a point-to-point format in which participants and their co-drivers drive between set control points (special stages), leaving at regular intervals from one or more start points. Rallies may be won by pure speed within the stages or alternatively by driving to a predetermined ideal journey time within the stages.
It seems that this is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to information about rallying, at least in Wikipedia. There is information about the "world rally car" providing specifications about engine, horsepower, chassis, etc. There is an article on World Rally Championship, a rallying series organised by FIA, an acronym which stands for Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is a non-profit association established as the Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus (AIACR) on 20 June 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. To the general public, the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for many auto racing events.
Headquartered at 8, Place de la Concorde, Paris, the FIA consists of 213 national member organisations in 125 countries worldwide.
As is the case with football's FIFA, the FIA is generally known by its French name and acronym, even in non French-speaking countries, but is occasionally rendered as International Automobile Federation.
Its most prominent role is in the licencing and arbitration of Formula One motor racing. The FIA along with the FIM also certify land speed record attempts.
Good gravy, there's a whole other world out there. Ha! This started out with finding some videos about car crashes and turned into a lesson about a sport I knew nothing about. Okay, enough background material, on to the crashes!
YouTube: Off the road and into the drink - July 2009
I have no idea what happened but for whatever reason, the driver of this car goes straight off the road and into a pond.
YouTube: Rally car hits horse - August 2009
The commentary is in Spanish - good luck with that - but what's amazing is that the car hits a horse. A horse! And wow, does that animal go sailing.
Uploaded on Oct 11, 2009 by KubaRallyFaan
YouTube: Top 10 Rally Crash 2009 - October 2009
All I can say is, "Ouch!"
Published on Sep 1, 2012 by Porsche torri
YouTube: Latvala Horror Crash - Portugal Rally 2009 - April 2009
This is just unbelievable. These guys driving are absolutely freakin' nuts and it's incredible that reports say the two guys are okay. - I'm sorry I couldn't find a copy of this video without the music but it turns out this is the best video of the crash. - This car is driving like a bat out of hell when they cut inside a corner and roll the car. Unfortunately, they roll down the side of a really steep hill and they roll and they roll. Gawd, they're okay after this? Amazing! No way I'm going to try this.
An odd entry for Valentine's Day, eh? :-)
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