Insider Report: Suzuki rider creates new type of smoke

Operating an internal combustion engine indoors is never a good idea at the best of times, and there is no evidence that there are any windows open

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When movie producers are planning a holiday-based comedy, it’s a pretty good bet that they’ll work a burnt turkey incident into the script. Leading up to American Thanksgiving, YouTuber Carlos Acevedo decided that smoke of a different kind should fill his kitchen.

Acevedo brought his Suzuki GSXR indoors and proceeded to light it up right in the middle of the cooking area. Operating an internal combustion engine indoors is never a good idea at the best of times, and there is no evidence that there are any windows open. The rider doesn’t make any comments as to why he did it, but at least he was wearing a helmet.


Watch the 2013 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductions
Earlier this fall in a sold-out ceremony at the Glen Gould theatre, the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inducted six new members. Wheels editor Norris McDonald was the emcee of the event, which was presented for the first time by new partner Canadian Tire. Six Canadians, including racer and administrator Bob Armstrong, sprint car racer and team manager Jimmy Carr, track owners Sharon and John Fletcher and racing superstar Ron Fellows were inducted. Formula 1 and Indycar legend Mario Andretti was inducted into the International category.

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If you were not fortunate enough to be on hand for the emotional evening, you can now watch the entire ceremony below.


Rally of the Tall Pines shakedown day
On Friday, I spent the day at Rally HQ for the 2013 running of the Rally of the Tall Pines, following up on my interview with co-driver Nathalie Richard, who was returning to her brother’s side to compete in the iconic blue Subaru. As I suspected, Richard won her ninth North American Championship for co-driving, tying the record held by legendary driver John Buffum despite the fact that the Subaru did not finish the event.

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While I was wandering the paddock, I grabbed a bit of video of the pre-rally action.


Fan video from Tall Pines
Tall Pines is known for throwing all sorts of drama at competitors and the 2013 event was no exception. “Crazy” Leo Urlichich was in the lead for most of the rally, outpacing the entire field by a substantial margin. His event ended in then evening with a broken driveline. Likewise, the Subaru of the Richards was plagued with flat tires and ultimately a driveline failure. In fact of 36 cars to start the rally, only 13 finished and 5 of those were from the slower two wheel drive classes.

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In the end, the rally was won by Chris Martin and Brian Johnson, who put on a nearly mistake free performance in a beautiful 20 year old Subaru.

By finishing 3rd, Antoine L’Estage captured both the Canadian and North American rally championships in his Rockstar Energy Mitsubishi.

It will be a few days before I can edit my video footage from the rally, so here is 10 minutes of fan footage from the Iron Bridge spectator stage.


A snowy drive home
After spending Friday and Saturday covering Tall Pines, it was time to head home from Bancroft. Mother Nature decided to create a Winter Wonderland for the drive. My ride for the weekend, a 2014 Subaru Forester wearing a new set of Winter tires, was right at home in the white stuff. The drive home, which could have been a bit of a nightmare, was a dream!

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