Morning Qualifying: "We Don't Need No Steenking Crosswalks!" Edition

Hey!! I'm walking here!!

Here in the Hooniverse, we consider motor sport to be important.   Really important.  However, a little perspective can be a valuable thing.  Here, in a scene from the 1953 Carrera Panamericana, we see Joaquin Castillo de la Fuente’s Porsche 356 being held up by this pedestrian with more pressing issues.  Señor Castillo ultimately finished over the time limit in the race.  I’ll bet our hard working vaquero de medianoche took care of his bid’ness, on schedule.
So remember pedestrians, be sure to look both ways before entering the crosswalk.  And drivers, always yield to the guy with a couple of boxes of stuff tied to his back.
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  1. muthalovin Avatar

    So, I am assuming there was a penalty for mowing peds down? I thought Mexico was lawless.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Mexico has been "lawless" but that doesn't make the Federales any less intimidating or the prospect of Mexican jails less frightening. A foreigner mowing down a local? That's what I call Big Trouble ©.

      1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
        Jeff Glucker

        I got stopped by a Federale once in Rosarito… and he let me go.
        One of the most amazing things that's ever happened to me.

        1. tonyola Avatar

          When my brother and I drove through Mexico in the late '70s, we had Federales stop us a few times at internal checkpoints and hold us at bay with machine guns while they were searching my car for drugs. We were absolutely clean but it was a little scary nonetheless. In beach towns, American kids would come up to us and offer us weed at good prices. We learned that they were tourists who had been arrested for dope and were pressed into narcing and entrapment in lieu of a long prison term. In Guadalajara, we also discovered what police will do when you're illegally parked – they take the license plate off your car, then pull you over when you drive off for not having a plate. A $20 bill got our plate back with a warning.

        2. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

          I got stopped by a Federale once in Rosarito….<n>handed over my driver licence together with some money</n>.. . and he let me go

    2. BGW Avatar

      The judge asked me, "Didn't you see his tamale wagon?"
      I said, "Judge, I didn't even notice his fly was down!"

  2. SSurfer321 Avatar

    Some of the locals don't appreciate the Baja races roaring through their neighborhoods either. There's been multiple years that booby traps have been set by locals to disable the trucks. Typically they dig large ditches perpendicular to the path of travel along the track and build up a small rise at the edge of it so driver's can't see the ditch. In past years, Sal actually stopped the race so that the ditches could be repaired because it was taking out ALL of the trophy trucks, endangering both drivers and spectators.

  3. Alff Avatar

    Por favor, señor, me dejaron pasar. Esta es una Carrera.

  4. kvhnik Avatar

    I think it's always good to remember that other than the interstates/dual carriageways/autobahns of the world, most roads were NOT originally design to be the sole domain of motorized vehicles. A little over 100 years ago, there were no cars yet many of the roads that most of us travel daily were already there. Public roads are created to get people around. I cringe when I hear "roads are for cars!" Living in a rural area, I have to always be aware that I may come around a bend and see a walker, cyclist, tractor, horse and rider or combine. Or a dude with two boxes of pinatas on his back.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      The combines especially. You ever play GTA: San Andreas? They will eff you up good.

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