HAKSKEENPAN, SOUTH AFRICA
Just you, your car and the horizon: since 2012, the Kalahari Desert Speedweek has attracted motorsport enthusiasts from all over the world with this promise. It’s foot-to-the-floor competition without the constraints of the road, be that on four wheels – like this 1974 5.4-litre V8 Chevrolet Kommando – or on two. Over an area of desert 600km2, drivers and riders attempt records in a speed trap where the radar gun goes off at the 5km mark and nothing else matters.
On the Red Bull Local Hero Tour, four world-class BMXers visited UK skateparks to show off their skills and ride with the local talents. Between stops, the quartet – from left: Anthony Perrin, Simone Barraco, Bruno Hoffmann and Kriss Kyle – took the opportunity to do their thing in uncharted territory, like on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament. This was one time no one minded cyclists straying out of the bike lane.
Fact of the day for you: a cenote is the water-filled sinkhole that forms when a limestone cave collapses They’re common in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, and one especially splendid one made for a fine final stop on this year’s Red Bull Cliff Diving World Tour. In the foreground of this mass training dive shot is Gary Hunt; the British plungeman won the event, which clinched his fourth overall title. “On the platform I really felt the nerves,” he said, “so I’m over the moon that I got it.”
Coffs Harbor, Australia
It’s quite possible that Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala roared with delight as he plowed through this huge puddle during the World Rally Championship stop in Australia. Finns love racing and Latvala loves speed, no matter what surface he’s driving on. Two weeks later, he bagged his first WRC win on tarmac, piloting his Volkswagen Polo R to victory in France.