• May 19, 2010
Team Polizei and the Battle of Rome – Click above to watch video after the jump

It's been five years since Alex Roy and Team Polizei took on the infamous 2005 Gumball Rally in their equally sinister BMW M5. Through the blessed passage of time, the statute of limitations on most of the infractions the team accumulated during the race have lifted, meaning that the rest of the world can now safely enjoy/be enraged by Roy's battle with a blue Porsche 997 X50 as they race toward Rome. The video after the jump is the first part of a multi-part series that covers the 100 mile race at speeds of better than 120 mph.

Now, here's the thing. We've been known to push on a vehicle a time or two and we have plenty of faith in Roy's driving skills, but the clip after the jump should serve as a blatant reminder of just how stupid races like the Gumball are. As easy as it is to get your car on a proper race track, there's zero excuse for engaging in this kind of lead-follow on public streets. We know Roy's a folk hero among those who prefer putting the skinny pedal down and that we aren't going to be gaining any friends by denouncing his former activities, but those that participate in racing on public streets are playing the worst kind of numbers game. Avoidable tragedies like what happened in the 2007 Gumball Rally are why Roy himself abandoned the sport in favor of sanctioned events.

Hit the jump to see the video. Thanks for the tip, Jason Bordeaux!

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow that's alot of infractions all at once. Put the morons on the watchlist in case they ever try to gain entry to the European Union again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey guys. This is a subject which I have pondered over for a long time - to speed on public roads or not and whate are the moral implications. So... as it happens, i ended up writing a short essay on it :-D If you like it or if you hate it, let me know!

      http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=717382919&v=app_2347471856
      • 4 Years Ago
      THAT WAS AWESOME!!!

      I wish I could pull that off. All of these people hating on street racing are just a bunch of chickens. These guys were not doing anything too ridiculus on the streets. Just going fast on a nice day in average conditions(too much traffic for me). I love street racing but I do it in a smarter way. No racing at night and no racing in bad weather(rain). None of the cars I have owned are capable of the speeds they are moving in the video but hundreds of times I have gotten in the range of 80-110 mph. I have never had a wreck and I don't race in traffic. Just when we have open roads and good conditions. Most of us don't live near a race track and want to have a good time somewhere. I applaud these people for taking it to the next level.

      Go ahead let the insults begin and tell me why I should not street race when I have NEVER hurt anyone doing so and have had a great time. Along with never damaging my car or anybody elses.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just to be helpful RF - when you play Russian Roulette always use a pistol and not an automatic. People of your limited scope need that sort of advice....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really look like funny,,,,,,
      Force Factor
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Absolutely ridiculous. They should be banned for life from driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I used to like Alex roy, but after learning more about him, it just turns out he's a spoiled daddy's boy playing with big boy toys he wouldn't have otherwise been able to play with. Perhaps i'm jealous but it sure puts his shenanigans in a totally different light.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since no one else was immature enough to say it...

      @ 3:54 "...they beat us off."

      • 4 Years Ago
      EU countries and US State Dept. need to revoke his visa-wavier privileges and put his passport on a watch list as a likely future offender, and asshat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      . . . too bad the Porsche didn't hit a parked transport on the shoulder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like fun...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just another spoiled, rich d-bag who can't make it on the track with real racers so he feels compelled to engage in a d*%k measuring contest on crowded public roads endangering innocent families and their children. Yeah, you're soooo cool. Why don't you use some of your trust fund to go to a school and then race a properly prepared car at the 'ring?

      Nice gloves! :roll eyes:
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember there driving in Europe. European drivers have better discipline then north american drivers. They don't drive in the left lane, unless there passing. They check their blindspots before changing lanes, they check to see who's behind them. They have better judgement.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your point?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Remember there driving in Europe. European drivers have better discipline then north american drivers."

        Having lived in the UK, the Benelux and the States, I wholeheartedly agree with this comment in general. That said, in Europe the standard of lane discipline does vary ... it can be quite lax in Italy, but nowhere near as blatant as the left-lane and middle-lane hoggers so prevalent in America. In Germany however, and to a slightly lesser extent the UK, what you say is spot on. Much of this has to do with how traffic policing is adopted - in the UK, the police won't care if you're driving at 80mph on a 70mph motorway, as long as you're not doing it dangerously. What they will nail you for is lane-hogging in the middle and outer overtaking lanes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      niiiiice
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