Sunday, 6 May 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
Peterson, or MP as he was better known, died from a suspected heart attack at his Coolangatta home. He was 59.
Before 11-time world champion Kelly Slater came along, Peterson was regarded as the great surfer ever. He was just about unbeatable in the early 1970s, winning most of the world's major events including the famed Bells Beach Classic three times.
His trademark manoeuvre - a savage, sweeping turn dubbed the 'MP cutback' - was immortalized in the classic surf film Morning of the Earth.
But his career hit the rocks due to the combined effects of drug addiction and paranoid schizophrenia.
After numerous drug busts, he ended up in Boggo Road jail, in 1983, after being chased by what he thought were Martians. In fact, it was a posse of police.
A roadblock of 15 police cars had to be set up on the Story Bridge to stop his 1966 Falcon after a chase in which 120km/h speeds were clocked.
Peterson gave up surfing and lived with his mother Joan on the southern Gold Coast, but remains a revered figure in the sport.
"He was a legend to me," Slater said on Twitter yesterday.
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
"First Lady of Drag Racing"
I used to see Shirley race in the early 80's at Orange County Dragstrip Ca.
Not only was she the first female drag racer of all time she also won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980 and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles.
She made her final drag racing pass in 2003.
|Pictured here with her first husband (and mechanic) Jack Muldowney in the foreground.|
|Shirley and Jack's gas station.|
|Shirley and Don "Big Daddy" Garlets.|
They made a movie about her and it's awesome.
The part at the end of this clip when her crew (her actual family) pulls up after her win brings tears to my eyes...
|Shirley and Skippy|