thanks to Ottopart :hapy: , can you beleive all this :wow: ?? Have we ever had newspaper reports or radio DJ's telling us that TAR is coming through town ? Can it really be a race across the USA ? According to this article Talladega is next.. I wonder if they be apart of a racecar challenge ~
'Amazing Race' makes pit stop at Space Center
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
By CHRIS WELCH
Times Entertainment Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Family teams face challenges on their way to Talladega
About midnight Monday, with Hurricane Dennis' last breath soaking Huntsville, there was a flurry of activity at the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 500 Church St.
Between midnight and 4 a.m., one by one, a fleet of eight to 10 GMC Yukons
rolled out of the parking lot and sloshed down Interstate 565, got off at exit 15 and headed toward the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Motorists driving by on the interstate had no idea they were passing celebrities - members of the eighth installment of the CBS reality series "The Amazing Race."
The popular reality show zipped into town Monday night and, after a series of challenges involving the Aviation Challenge centrifuge and a computer station at the Space Center, host Phil Keoghan counted off the contestants - "You're first, you're second. ..." Then, after a much-needed rest at the Huntsville Marriott, the teams packed up Tuesday afternoon and headed to Talladega. The show is expected to air this fall.
Space Center officials were asked to sign $10 million confidentiality agreements with CBS but declined. Most did agree not to talk and wouldn't comment on the show, but sources involved with the filming of the show detailed what happened on the condition their names wouldn't be used.
Larry Capps, CEO of the Space Center, is in Florida for today's shuttle launch and not available for comment. Holly Beech, marketing director for the center, declined to comment.
A call to Jeremy Murphy in CBS' communications office in New York wasn't returned. But according to the network's Web site, the eighth edition of the reality series is a one-time family edition that includes traditional families (mom, dad and two kids), blended families (newly married with step-siblings), four sisters, four brothers, multigenerational (grandparents and grandchildren) and engaged couples with in-laws-to-be. Each team must feature at least one team member who is at least 21. The race, according to sources, started Thursday at an undisclosed location with 11 teams. The remaining eight to 10 four-member teams arrived here late Monday from somewhere in South Carolina on two
"Amazing Race" producers wanted to come to the Space Center after hearing about its annual Moon Buggy Race. There had been talk about building a moon buggy track for the "Amazing Race" contestants, but CBS officials apparently nixed that idea.
Upon arriving at the Visitors Bureau, the contestants were given clues to find the Space Center. Once they found the museum, the teams went to Aviation Challenge for their first challenge that involved the centrifuge - an astronaut trainer that provides 3 1/2 to four Gs. After that, the contestants raced on foot to Rocket Park under the replica of the shuttle, where they were given clues to find a computer station inside the museum.
The teams completed their two challenges and then went to their rooms at the Huntsville Marriott. They were then given a 12-hour break before leaving Tuesday afternoon for their next challenge: Talladega.