Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An Embarrassing Admission

Apologies for the long break here - two reasons: (1) the trip from Boston to Querétaro takes about as long as the Shackleton Expedition, though without the sub-zero temperatures and the relentless diet of seal meat, and (2) what, you're not getting your money's worth out of this blog?  Fuck you.

So, the Carrera Panamericana is passing through the region right now.  We've written a few things about this before, and have taken a casual interest in auto racing[*],  but we were a little surprised when driving through the state of Guanajuato today to suddenly find ourselves being passed on the shoulder by a series of barely street-legal Porsches held together with corporate decals.

The road to Celeya, 2PM

"Hmm," we said to ourselves, "I assumed they took the precaution of closing the roads to traffic during this transnational, 300-car auto race."  Then we laughed and laughed and laughed and felt slightly embarrassed.  Of course they run the race right through civilian traffic in the middle of the day, with no police escort or traffic detours whatsoever.  This is Mexico!  Honestly, we can't even begin to explain why we would have assumed this.  It's like we haven't been awake a single moment of the last five years. 

* Personal History Bonus: We take a casual interest in auto racing only because our very first job in TV was cobbling together scripts for a Nashville Network series called Winners, starting racing legend Neil Bonnett, who's ill-advised return to the track after a devastating narcolepsy-inducing head injury ended the way anyone not suffering from a narcolepsy-inducing head injury might have predicted.  Anyway, thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can marvel at the wordcraft we applied to Winners: Jeff Gordon back when George Bush Sr. was still president.


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