Rail Car Racing

9 years 10 months 1 week ago January 20, 2007 Jan 20, 2007 Saturday, January 20 2007 Saturday, January 20, 2007 3:32:50 PM CST in News

During the 1940s, World War II era cars used to inspect and maintain the tracks, but now the job is a welcome distraction for anyone looking to slow down and change gears.

"You meet all of these neat people and you have fun," said ?

One of these runners is a guy named "Hunk".

"No, it's my nickname," said Hunk. "A coach gave it to me in high school, course that's been three or four years ago."

Hunk, 84, is a former politician tired of a high-paced lifestyle. So now, he travels the country taking it slow.

"I got this up to 55 once in South Dakota on a rippin rail, but we never go that fast," said Hunk. "We go about 25 to 30."

Hunk's taken his car across the country and back losing the race with a patient pace. To him, the finish line is all around him.

"The scenery we see, nobody sees in a car. We see everything from the rear end and man, just some beautiful scenery," said Hunk.

At the halfway mark, operators turn their cars on the rails and head back the same way they came, but with new direction.

"It's just a pretty ride," said

To these runners, it's not about speed, but the momentum gained from taking it slow.

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