Friday, April 18, 2008

Fuel for sport

Can motorsport survive in the age of peak oil? Fast
machines, I guess, will always give some people a
thrill, but surely the day will come when Super V8
cars and the like are regarded not just as boys'
toys or luxuries but ecological outrages. One could
imagine protesters lining the racetracks objecting
to the waste of petrol—fuel that could be used for
more urgent purposes. Perceived as barbaric,
motorsport might well go the way of gladiatorial
combat, consigned to the history of a more primitive
age. As for boy racers, like it or not they’ll have to
become more environmentally sensitive. Coming
soon to a neighbourhood near you: boy walkers.

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