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Formula One in Jerusalem: Accelerating past regulation

Formula One in Jerusalem: Accelerating past regulation

THERE is something different about taking a ride from Shlomi Bakish.

Not only can he get from Haifa to Tel Aviv in half the time, but passengers also don’t feel the road. The car accelerates without strain. Unlike many Israeli drivers, Bakish doesn’t express rage when a slower car cuts him off. He sees his opportunity and easily passes on the right. It’s as though he’s driving in a race.

For the past decade, talented Israeli drivers like Bakish were stranded in traffic by an unpopular law regulating motorsports.

But new regulations approved in March, 2011 by the Knesset’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee have opened doors for enthusiasts of Formula racing — which encompasses several forms of open-wheeled, single-seat racecar driving, including Formula Renault, Formula One, Formula Two, Formula Three and World Series by Renault — to get back in the driver’s seat.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:06 )

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After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 miles

After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 milesMike Samuelson, 67, doesn’t “fear the force of the wind, the slash of the rain.” He “[faces] them and [fights] them ... to walk like a man.” These are the words of Samuelson’s favorite childhood poem, “Do you fear the wind?” by Hamlin Garland, that are inspiring him to bike 3,000 miles on the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to New Mexico. Samuelson grew up in South Africa. He was a very active boy and teenager, always playing sports. In 1970, at the age of 20, he made aliy...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:53 )

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Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take gold

Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take goldTHE United States open men’s soccer team, including Rock Canyon High School graduate and goalie Jacob Lissek, proudly represented the red, white and blue in Israel at the 19th World Maccabiah Games. In nail-biting fashion, the team defeated Argentina to win the gold medal for the first time. Lissek and the team arrived in Israel on July 7 for training camp, 10 days prior to the start of competition. A team of athletes, aged 18-35, from all across the country, this was the first time the teamm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:49 )

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JCC Sox unseat HEA-brews as Denver Jewish Softball League champions

JCC Sox unseat HEA-brews as Denver Jewish Softball League championsDENVER’S notoriously successful Jewish Softball League came to a close Sunday, Aug. 11. But something different happened this year. For the first time in eight years, new kings were crowned. The JCC Sox snatched the league title and will celebrate a full year as the new champions. And they won with conviction. They didn’t lose a single game during the regular season (they tied a game with The Denver Synagogue’s Bullets) and secured the title with a commanding win over the runner-ups, the...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:46 )

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Donald Zuckerman: Movie producer turned film commissioner

Donald Zuckerman: Movie producer turned film commissionerTRYING new things has never been a problem for Donald Zuckerman, Colorado’s relatively new film commissioner. He’s tried plenty of new things, many of them connected to entertainment in some way, some not. He has been comfortable on both the financial and creative sides of cinematic and other pursuits. In his 67 years — he looks an easy 20 years younger, despite his silver hair — Zuckerman has succeeded at many of his ventures and failed at a few. He doesn’t mind discussing any of t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:52 )

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