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How To Bump Start a Race Car Without Getting Out

by Stirling Matheson

Vintage car races almost always result in some shenanigans. Those cars did weird things when they were new and piloted by the best of the best, so when you add a half-century of deterioration and, often, significantly less skilled drivers, amusing things happen.

The latest YouTube-worthy video is this one from the Goodwood 73MM of a Maserati 250F losing traction and stalling before being bump-started in the second most amusing way possible. The most amusing would have been a bumper car, but this paralympics-style handcycling job is almost as good. I would have loved to have thought to try this when I was constantly spinning and stalling F2000 cars at the Bridgestone Racing Academy; waiting for mechanics to have a moment to run over and help out was a pain in the ass. Regardless, what are the most amusing vintage racing shenanigans you’ve seen?

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