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Tugboats and bugboats

As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2010

Jane Austen + Grinder Girl

Occasionally, my editor would remind me that I have written about balls and pucks, but never monster trucks.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 29, 2010

He all lives in a yellow submarine

In just over a week, the Brown University senior will batten down the hatch and take the submersible on its first major voyage: dropping into the murky depths of Massachusetts' Long Pond.
Will Sean Bagge's one-man submarine last or will it swallow him whole?
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  July 17, 2009

Kid Rock

It takes a special kind of white trash moron to equate racecar drivers with National Guard members serving in Iraq, as Mr. Rock recently did in a television commerical. One risks their lives for the glory of fat rednecks and money, while the other fights
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Road to nowhere

Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. Or so they say in the world of sports.
DiRT  never gets going
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 01, 2007

America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007


Letters to the Portland editor: June 15, 2007

My love of racing and love of the environment have been at odds with each other as my environmental awareness has increased.
Racing green

NAScar-bon neutral?

Anyone trying to get their minds around the complicated puzzles of greenhouse gases and global warming can learn a thing or two by watching how motor sports are adapting to the growing pressure to become eco-friendly.
Motor sports make an improbable environmentalist example
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 30, 2007

Ridin’ dirty

What’s to like about MotorStorm ?
Is MotorStorm the PS3’s killer app?
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 14, 2007

The Year of living strangely

So let’s see if we have this straight.
A year in media
By JOHN CARROLL  |  December 20, 2006

Blue movie?

Despite what the people behind Talladega Nights might tell you, the film makes its target audience — NASCAR fans, rednecks, Red Staters of various descriptions — look like a bunch of idiots. Watch the trailer for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky
Talladega Nights will have some seeing red
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 04, 2006


Ferrell behavior

Will Ferrell might spend a lot of his on-screen time with his pants off, running and screaming, but in person, promoting his new movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby , he can be as buttoned down as Tony Snow before the White House press cor
The star of Talladega Nights drives a hard bargain
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 02, 2006
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Slow + steady

On May 11, local artist and alternative car enthusiast C. Michael Lewis will compete in the 18th annual Tour de Sol Green Car Show and Competition.
Portland artist to race in Tour de Sol
By SARA DONNELLY  |  April 26, 2006