10/17/09 116 W - + 14 - 11 Firematic Racing

Found by a reader, here's something fun called firematic racing. Old-school competitions with teams racing up ladders or quickly flowing water or so forth. Just like the stuff we watched in Warrenton a couple weekends ago, and which dates-- in North Carolina, at least-- back to the 1880s and earlier. In New York state they are serious about their racing. Check out the site for the New York State Drill Teams. They have an information page about the races. And they have superb videos, which include motorized events that must be seen to be believed. Like the drag-racing ladder and hose wagons in this clip of the Hampstead Invite 2009. Start watching about 1:15. Hilarious!

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