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Insomnia + more Google racing videos

For the second time in as many weeks, I had bad insomnia last night and couldn't go to sleep until almost 4 AM. This is an experience that is rare to the point of near obscurity for me, and after laying in bed for 90 minutes and still feeling like it was 2 in the afternoon, I went downstairs to the computer, read for awhile, then starting surfing Google Video for racing footage. I found LOTS.

The first time I did this was last September, so I can console myself with the knowledge that I'm not wasting a lot of time on it. But the proceeds of my search are below. And take note that these are the best of my search -- I probably viewed a hundred or more videos throughout the night.

Speed bike at the Nurburgring
Different experience than in a car. Cornering speeds are much higher and more exciting, and this bike has a digital speedometer that seems to be in km/h and not mph, but sometimes I'm not sure.

Reversing a rolled-over Porsche 911 on the Nurburgring
A sad sight: requiring a tow truck to slowly right an highly-modified upside-down Porsche 911 next to the track.

The wipeout that led up to this
I found this video much later: it's the actual wipeout that required the tow truck to right the Porsche.

A terrible, flaming crash

Another audacious crash, with air

In-car commentary plus a roll
A unique in-car view of a rollover, with some choice words from the driver after full stop.

Crashes in a Russian tunnel       
A long series of ridiculous and crazy crashes inside an underwater tunnel in Russia -- all taken by a CC camera.

Ridiculous, long rally crash footage
Ridiculous as in good, but a long video to watch, this is a Japanese montage of dozens of spectacular rally car driving moments and lots of incredible spills and rollovers. It's astounding how much abuse rally cars can take and still keep driving.

Car Crash Kings Part 1
Self-explanatory, but good.

Car Crash Kings Part 2
More of the same goodness.

Insane downhill cycling race
This has to be seen to be believed, but be forewarned that there's a slightly nauseating crash partway through when the rider's front end falls apart on his bike. These downhillers ride full-suspension mountain bikes down a 45-degree slope and reach speeds of up to 172 kph!!!

That famous Plug-N-Play blue screen of death video (Win98)
I thought this story was urban legend, but this is a short clip demonstrating how Windows 98's famous "Plug And Pray" technology crashed when Bill Gates was unveiling it at a tradeshow.

SCARY crash montage

BMX roof crash
Some whackjob tries to ride a BMX up a ramp to land on the roof of a house and... fails.

The corniest rap video EVAR
I'm pretty sure these dudes are taking themselves seriously, but it's impossible to take them seriously as a viewer. Yikes.

Wild car chase in Houston
Texas Highway Patrol versus BMW M Series -- the Beamer lasts almost forever!

The unstoppable one
This guy goes on forever...