We are now at the halfway point of Bullrun Season 3. The proverbial herd is starting to thin out and teams are finally starting to realize that they must a adopt a do or die attitude if they want to stay in the game. Last week we saw the unfortunate demise of Team Mustang which meant only 6 teams remained to battle for the Bullrun trophy. For both the teams and the viewers this is a pivotal time in the season. Viewers of the show have now had plenty of time to get to know, and decide on who their favorite teams are. We’ve seen how they deal with navigation, challenges and have been granted some insight as to what their strategies are. We’ve also gotten to know them on a somewhat personal level by seeing them interact with each other throughout each leg of the event. The teams on the show are at the same point, but at a much different level. They’ve sized up the opposing teams strengths and weaknesses and know now who their biggest rivals are. Now it all comes down to strategy.
The teams started out in route to the High Desert State Prison, but out of the box problems started arising. Team Hemi Cuda has apparently been plagued with a fuel issue, more specifically there was some water in their tank – this is never good. Poppa’ Janos however took control of the situation by drilling a hole in the tank to drain the fuel. Now, I am not advising this, but as mentioned before, he knows his car better than anyone, so if he felt this was a safe idea then so be it. I was just hoping we weren’t going to see a Matt Kutcher style explosion at the hands of Hemi Cuda’. Speaking of Matt (the stunt coordinator)… Dude, are you trying to blow up the Earth because the explosions seem to be getting bigger and bigger… LOL!
We also saw some tensions begin to rise amongst drivers and co-drivers. Team Hummer was bitching at each other, the Brothers Wu were all pissed off and even Team Lexus had their panties in a twist. Teams NSX, Challenger and BMW however were all having a jolly good time. BMW stopped for some chow at an In & Out Burger which was a risky move (they do make good burgers though), NSX were just their normal happy selves and Team Challenger was all stoked because they found a great short cut down a dirt road, which by the way was a very good call… way to go guys.
We then saw Team Lexus almost get T-boned when they went to make a u-turn. I do have one question here. We all saw the Lexus get stuck and a guy from a van was helping them out. Now if this was a camera guy from one of the chase vans then I have to call bullshit and throw up a red flag. The deal is there should be NO assistance from ANYONE on the crew in times of trouble. Hell, the crew we had almost saw us die due to sleep deprivation during a 20 hour filming day and they didn’t do shit for us. So… Lexus, how about some clarification on this one.
The next checkpoint was Lakeville, Oregon. Teams got their cards and proceeded on their way but since Team Hemi Cuda was already in last place Poppa’ Janos decided it may be a good time to teach little Julia’ (I got your name right) how to drive. A few 0-60 starts later and she was driving like a pro. Good thing to because those skills were going to come in handy at the end of the show. Now on their way to Lakeville teams Lambo, Hummer and BMW were in a caravan until the Wu’s got pulled over, thus letting all the other teams go fourth and pass them. This is twice now that Team Lambo has been stopped by the cops.
First into the checkpoint was Team Challenger. This meant that they were not only immune from the days challenge but had the fun task of selecting someone to be placed in harms way. Team Hemi Cuda came in last so they were automatically in the challenge, then came Team Lexus and finally Team Lambo. Once again though they got the immunity wrench and stayed safe on the sidelines. I am still perplexed as to why no one else aside from Team Challenger has gone for this. With Lambo out Team NSX was chosen for the challenge. I was pretty stoked about this because I really wanted to see that little rice rocket run.
The challenge, Switchblade, was definitely the most complex of this seasons challenges thus far. The basic premise was to launch the car and navigate through a slalom course, through a pane of glass, spin the car around and then back into a spot. Once complete driver and co-driver would switch places and repeat. Up first was team Lexus. Now we all know the Tracy is a professional race car driver or so she said, however when the time came to step up to the plate, she must have forgotten her driving suit because she let the car get away from her and nailed a post. On the return trip Emilie took the wheel although she didn’t hit a post, she did miss one and then tagged the water barrels in the stop box. All in all not an impressive run
Up next was Team Hemi Cuda. Mark is always fun to watch behind the wheel as he’s no bullshit and lets it all hang out. On the return trip it was Julia’s turn behind the wheel of the big Cuda’ and honk my hooter if she didn’t handle that bad boy like a pro. Julia’… you did good kid, way to go. NSX was up next and as this was their first challenge no one really knew what to expect. When the go flag dropped NSX blitzed through the challenge with no worries whatsoever. From this point on, if the next few challenges are on pavement that NSX is going to be tough to beat. In the end Team Lexus ended up going home as they choked in the challenge, Team NSX took the win and Team Hemi Cuda lived to fight another day. Only 6 teams remain ladies and gentleman, so make sure you stay tuned.