Last month Stephen and I attended the 2007 Vancouver International Auto Show, where we signed up for the Code Zero course. Basically, the course simulates day 1 of what police recruits would go through in police academy. They have to finish the entire obstacle course with appropriate sirens (they use different sirens at intersections, when in tandem pursuit with another cruiser, etc.) and using the radio, without hitting one cone. One knocked over cone spells failure.
Stephen drove his new Suburu Impreza (with the benefit of AWD) and I drove my Ford Mustang GT, so I’m glad it was nice, dry and sunny. Wish I could of taken more photos of Stephen and I thrashing around the course, but hard to do that when we’re both driving The end of the course was a cool ride-along with the trainers in their police cruiser as they ran a course in full “emergency response” mode, the coolest experience. I took a video as I rode shotgun, the second part I jumped in the back for a rear-view experience. Almost lost my camera a few times, we were going a LOT faster than the video depicts, so sorry in advance for the camera shake. The bottom video shows Stephen doing a nice recovery after losing control, you can hear the trainer yell, “Well, he didn’t hit the truck!”