Mac & Mike's Pick: Man Vs. Car

By WEEK Reporter

April 25, 2011 Updated Apr 25, 2011 at 10:34 PM CDT

This would seem to be a no-brainer: a race between a man and a car. Of course, "no-brainers" are sometimes referred to as "sucker bets".

An athlete in Latvia got the idea from the BBC TV show "Top Gear". That athlete proved yesterday that a man can be faster than a car.

Gatis Zalitis saw a rugby player tried to outrun a vintage Aston Nartin on TV. The rugby player lost that race, but Zalitis had a trick up his sleeve.

The 50 meter race involved a turn around. Zalitis just had to turn on his heels and keep going, while the driver of the Nissan had to drop into reverse .

But it was a different story in his second race against an an automatic 140 horsepower Volkswagen Passat. So in the challenge of man vs car- it was a split.

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