Paris-Dakar RallyIf the average person found themselves lost in the Sahara desert, they'd probably decide (once rescued) that it's not the kind of place you make a habit of visiting. But when that happened to Thierry Sabine, he determined that the sandy wasteland was the perfect location for a rally race. If that seems like a crazy idea, the race Sabine ended up launching was every bit as absurd. Stretching from France across the Mediterranean to Senegal, the Paris-Dakar Rally, the off-road endurance race requires drivers travel upwards of 800 km every day through some of the most rugged and deadly conditions imaginable. The concept seems like a work of fiction, but with the race taking the lives of 50 racers and bystanders since it was first run in 1979, the race should be brought to more people's attention. Whether they support it or fight to stop it is up to them.
Andretti vs. FoytIt's a question few modern racing fans ask: how did we get from the open-cockpit, front-engine roadsters of the 1950s to the mid-engine, 'grand prix' style that now defines open-wheel racing? It may seem like a logical evolution, but the shift was so divisive in the American racing community, it forever changed American motorsport, and helped clear the way for NASCAR's dominance today. And situated at the very front of it was A.J. Foyt, a swaggering Texan with grease under his fingernails, and Mario Andretti, an Italian immigrant who grew up idolizing Formula One. The two drivers quickly took their rivalry to the top of Indy, combining to win 11 of the last 13 races in the 1967 USAC Championship. Struggling between old and new, paved and dirt tracks, and polarizing personalities, Foyt and Andretti's place in racing history deserves more attention. Photo Credit: ESPN
Earnhardt vs. Gordon
NASCAR tracks may not be as complex as some of their European brethren, but with 75 million fans and broadcasting to 150 countries, it's baffling that more films based on the sport aren't made. And if one rivalry is fit for film, it's the clash between Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jeff Gordon. Every fan knows of Earnhardt's legacy; the man who bore the nickname 'Intimidator' without a hint of irony, prowling the track in his all-black Goodwrench Chevy. When the veteran came face to face with the up-and-coming Jeff Gordon - hailing from California and sporting a rainbow paint scheme - the gloves came off. With the future of the sport in question, Earnhardt's 'good old boy' attitude was a complete opposite of Gordon's camera-friendly demeanor. And the war of philosophies, fans, words and racing that followed is tailor-made for the screen. Photo Credit: NASCAR Images