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How to Get Started in Autocross 0

Posted on May 15, 2020 by Martin Banks

If you’ve ever wanted to hurtle at high speeds around a track, but didn’t have the skills or the connections to become a NASCAR or Formula One driver, you might feel like your calling is passing you by. Why not give autocross a try? It’s essentially amateur racing and is the perfect place for anyone who dreams of racing cars but can’t do it for a living. 

Find an Event

Before you start buying race gear and a new car, find an autocross event near you and head out there as a spectator. This can be an incredible opportunity for information gathering. Learn what the requirements are, what you need to do to enter a race and what could help set you apart from other drivers. 

See what you’re getting yourself into before you start spending money on your autocrossing career. Check out the SCCA website, put in your zip code and see what’s available in your area.

Choose Your Car

Once you’ve resolved to head to the track, you need to start looking for your car. Are you planning on using your daily driver to race, or are you going to buy a dedicated racing vehicle? This is where your first step also comes in handy. Take a close look at the makes and models people are driving, especially those that are coming out on top. 

The new 2020 Mustang is a good choice for new drivers. In addition to being affordable, the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is great for anyone who needs a bit of extra control but isn’t quite ready to make the jump to manual transmissions yet. 

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How to Organize Your Sports Equipment 0

Posted on May 14, 2020 by Martin Banks

Locked up in the house and looking for something to do? Get organized! It’s a great way to relieve stress, and you get the added benefit of being able to find all your stuff!

Think of it — you’ll never again spend hours searching for that pump to inflate a soccer ball, or wonder where the other badminton racket you know you own has gotten off to. The savings in redundant equipment alone are impressive, but the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing where your stuff is makes this a truly worthwhile endeavor.

Step 1: Divide and Conquer

Chances are good that if you have enough stuff to need some organizing, you have lots of stuff! Before it can be in the right place, it all has to be in the same place. From there, you can categorize and plan storage solutions for each of your specific items.

Decide where you want to work. Many families like to store their sporting equipment in a mudroom or a well-maintained garage with easy in-and-out access and plenty of space. Then, gather your gear. It might look messy right now, but you’re on your way!

Step 2: Corral Those Loose Items

After you’ve collected all of your sporting equipment and placed it in a good workspace, decide how you’ll separate and create homes for different items. We suggest using containers, which you can get at many hardware stores in rectangular, square and cylindrical shapes.

Another tried-and-true method is the old plastic trash can, but the use of dedicated containers can make it easier to find a specific item without digging through every piece of sporting equipment you own. It’ll also help you avoid damaging sensitive items when they are crushed by larger ones.

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Top 4 Excellent Tips about Online Gambling You Didn’t Know About 1

Posted on May 07, 2020 by Cathy Carter

Did you know that online gambling has developed into a multibillion-dollar industry globally? It is a profitable way of having fun, and there is no guarantee of winning, but the gambler can take actions to give them the best chance of gaining some wins. The gambler always wants to have the best possible encounter. Below are the best tips for online gambling, which you will need to follow.

Don’t drink and gamble

Gambling and drinking are a terrible combination. Drinking impairs the gambler’s ability to make decisions. It can make the gambler not stick to the laid down plan of winning. Drinking can also mislead the gambler to reckless gambling. If the gambler is winning, they can end up stepping up their bet to a level beyond what is reasonable for their bankroll, and in case they are losing, they may end up chasing their loss until the bankroll is down. When a gambler is drinking, the chances of being short-changed are very high.

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South Africa’s Main Sporting Events 0

Posted on May 01, 2020 by Lee Lija

Looking Back on the Nedbank Golf Challenge 2019: A Spectator’s View

For the weekend of November 14th2019, Sun City was home to another successful Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Gary Player. As one of the biggest sporting events in South Africa, fans are always in for a treat; the Nedbank Golf Challenge has more to offer annually. 

Something for the Fans

A major focus this year was fan engagement and activities. Spectators had so much to choose from; from virtual reality experiences, dinners prepared by culinary geniuses,real-time sports betting, to the premium hospitality that has come to be expected from, Nedbank Golf Challenge sponsor, Sun International. 

Eager punters could visit the Sunbet marquee, where they gave away hundreds of promotional free cash bets and double-ups vouchers to go with the player activations. Other competitions were rife throughout the weekend events and celebrations, and some lucky supporters got the chance to win epic prizes.  

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The History of Ford Racing 0

Posted on April 13, 2020 by Martin Banks

Ford is often thought of as the father of modern automotive technology. The man the company was named after created the world’s first assembly line for automobile production in 1913. It could build an entire car — at the time, the Model T — in two and a half hours.

They might be best known for being pioneers of automotive innovation, but the brand also has an exciting and colorful racing history. Let’s take a closer look at what made Ford stand out on the racetrack as well as on the highway.

The Early Years

While Ford might not have made a name for himself until the early 1900s, at least when it came to car manufacturing, he was still trying to make his mark on the world. In 1896, in his first car, which he called the Quadricycle, he reached a top speed of 20 mph — the fastest vehicle at the time. Five years later, in 1901, Ford won his first race by beating Alexander Winton in a 10-lap race at the Detroit Driving Club. You can see that exact car, known as the Sweepstakes, at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

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The 5 Best Sports and Games to Play in Your Own Backyard 1

Posted on April 08, 2020 by Martin Banks

It’s easy to get restless when living the lockdown lifestyle. Regular activity is important for your physical and mental health, and while you could spend all your time doing projects and cleaning the house, there’s only so much dust. Plus, after it’s gone, it comes right back. You might as well find some time to enjoy yourself.

Why not indulge in some old-fashioned backyard sports? It’s a great way to pass time and occupy the whole family. Here are a few great ideas to do just that.

1. Soccer

The world’s game earned its title because you can play anywhere with only a ball and an open space. Before you declare that you don’t have enough room for a soccer match, keep in mind that you don’t need a FIFA-approved pitch to pass, juggle, shoot and improve your skills. The multitude of mini-games and exercises you can do in this sport is part of why it is so beloved. 

2. Horseshoes

Here’s another classic that you can play in a fairly small space. Millennials and Generation Z may require some instruction, but the game of horseshoes is one of those perennial favorites that has endeared itself to generations over time. It’s a simple game of tossing u-shaped “shoes” at a stake sunk into a pit of sand. This is one you can build yourself — all you need are some simple digging tools, a couple of stakes and sand. 

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Randy White: The Manster
      September 4, 2020 | 5:14 pm

      In recognition of the start of football season, we have selected a two-time All-American from the University of Maryland who went on to earn a spot in both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames as our Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month.

      Randy White actually came to the University of Maryland as a fullback, but as a sophomore new head coach Jerry Claiborne recognized that he had the skills to be a great defensive lineman and quickly moved him to defense.

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