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Video: A lesson in how to go from last place to first
Join driver Brad Newman in his E-Production 1965 Austin-Healy Sprite, as he makes his way around Willow Springs Raceway back in March 2018. Competing in the Sunday Flag Race of the Vintage Auto Racing Association’s High Desert Challenge (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?), Newman starts the race at the back of the pack.
But what unfolds in this 23-minute video is nothing short of miraculous, with Newman displaying his deft driving skills, and working his way through the pack, from dead last to first. He makes light work of the fast, open Californian circuit, prompting some viewers to question whether he’s the only driver actually racing.
In the process, he passes dozens of equally-capable cars, proving that it’s the man not the machine that takes the top prize. Of course, his finely fettled car probably helped…
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