Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Red Bull Charges into France

In 2007, some 3.5 billion cans of Red Bull were sold in more than 140 countries. France was not one of those countries — until Tuesday when Red Bull prend la bastille. The English translation is “Red Bull takes the castle.”

The castle in this case is France, which lightened up a little and finally opened its borders to Red Bull. And Red Bull made a grand entrance with Wings for Paris day.

Swiss BASE jumper Ueli Geganschatz started with a leap off the top of the 1,036-foot Eiffel Tower. A French police officer saw the Red Bull chute and was quickly at the landing spot 650 yards away. He even briefly detained Gegenschatz. Two hours later, rush-hour commuters in Paris’ La Defense business district witnessed French trials rider Julien Dupont defy gravity with a motorcycle ride up, over and down the 164-foot arched roof of the CNIT center building.

The best, however, was the Minis. The blue and silver Minis, 150 of them carrying 300 sampling girls, flooded and circled the Arc de Triomphe, the tricky roundabout at the end of the Champs-Elysees. They parked and surprised curious Parisians with samples of Red Bull. Reportedly, all 300 sampling girls were arrested.


Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Classic! I'd arrest them too, they are probably smokin hot!

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take one of the cars.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Nomar said...

Why did AJ not get any seat time in one of the Red Bull minis? This is ridiculous TRB!!!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Dude! Let it go! AJ will be back in the car in Phoneix!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this brand...funny about AJ driving a mini! even he would laugh at that. All this talk and anger, AJ and SS are super talented. They both will be just fine. We're pretty lucky RB provides the ride. No other company in the world supports racing like Red the math, count the teams/drivers. Keep it up Red Bull, you are one in a billion!

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our family has known AJ for most of his life. I would like to say one last thing, and I say one last because I, as well as many of his friends and family probably wont come back here. All drivers have a side we see at the track - and then there is the side only the people closest to them ever see. If you are one of those people you wont find a more loyal, caring person than AJ.

We come to this website to find out what is happening with AJ and his team. This is his team, right?
The people and fans that are supposed to be behind him? I have no problem with when people talk about the issues involving the team or drivers when things arent going well. We are all entitled to our opinions. But to come here while people who dont even know AJ write nasty comments about him as a person is totally uncalled for.

I hope AJ is back in the car by Phoenix. I hope they find some help for the 84 team to bring them up to the level they need to be.
But we wont be looking here anymore for those answers.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Nomar said...

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5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm such a Red Bull husband thinks I should drive one of these or the little trucks with the can on the back. (I would if I could get one)
Good luck this weekend at Texas, lets see both bulls in the race again!
AJ, keep your chin'll be back and can't wait!

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well with that kind of intro and the reputation of France Red Bull may not be there long, but at least it would have been a wild ride. Too funny!!! Hope you didn't wear your welcome out too quickly.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to ask this question says on Brian's web site about getting new merchandise, there is still the OLD stuff on there. Where do we go to get the new things?
I have been at the shop and bought things but would like to get more, love the new shop store.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

All you people stressing about Aj's future with RBRT need to listen to Scott Speeds radio clip on the RBRT website. He is saying what everyone who is paying attention has heard...there is a 3rd car somewhere in the future...

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay so A.J. is going to be back for Phoneix which is next week right? Now they took him out and put skinner in to see where the team is at. Now ya Skinner made races but he hasnt really done anything spectacular(not ripping on Skinner cause hes a great driver dont get me wrong), but I have no doubt that A.J. could have done the exact same thing. If you wanted to evaluate the team put him in for 1 or 2, cause he really hasnt done much points wise that A.J. couldnt have topped. Also they say A.J. needs more seat time THEN GET HIM SOME! That being said Good luck in Texas TRB everythings bigger there so heres to 2 red bulls in the top 5 for a big finish!!! See you in bristol boys!!

Canadian TRB Fan!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ will be back in the car at Talladega, not Pheonix. And he will be driving a diferent color scheme than the current blue car. Just heard it on a blog

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think putting A.J. back in a car at a restricter plate track with no seat time in a month is a good idea. Put him in at Phoniex at be done with it, Skinner isnt going to do anything to special

4:49 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Anon, what blog is this? There is no reason for RBRT to not put him in at Phoenix, he was 2nd fastest in the last test session and 16th overall. You are just starting trouble, post a link.

5:22 AM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Brian is right, never trust an anonymous post with no link- for real info.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

What the hell is wrong with BV in qualifying?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Suzie said...

We weren't good in practice, either.

But if you remember, it was like this last week too. We sucked in practice. We sucked in qualifying. Then we ran well. The 84 was good in practice, so it makes me think one team is on race trim and one isn't. Don't worry about it until the race.

It is a little disconcerting, though. The first thing I do when I get home from school on Friday is check practice speeds, and it sucks when we're at the bottom.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous 83fanatic said...

Can't start out back every week without it catching up to you at some point. Like to see the 83 start a little closer to the front-away from the knucklheads.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic, both RBRT cars in the race. Good job to both teams, especially the #84 making the race. Now lets all support both teams and crews. We are behind you all the way.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Curt said...

the #83 team will be fine. remember the Vickers' #25 days, he always used to qualify upfront and the balance on the car was horrible. i'm not worried a bit. they're working on long runs. and BV also runs the high line and that's another reason why his laps aren't so hot.

don't sweat it guys. BV should kick some serious ass this weekend. he was 3rd fastest in the N'wide practice too.

and good job by the #84 team. i can't wait till AJ gets back in.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, no worries for BV - he is going to do awesome this weekend. I have a good feeling about Sunday's race.

I was at the racetrack today for qualifying and was pleasantly surprised at the RBRT merchandise out at the truck. Awesome!

Go get 'em boys!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to stir up trouble but....
Allmendinger now expected back in #84 at Talladega: AJ Allmendinger, originally expected back in the seat of the #84 Red Bull Racing Toyota April 12 at Phoenix, said Friday he will not return until the following week at Talladega. Mike Skinner made his first appearance in the # 84 at Las Vegas and has a best finish of 27th (at Atlanta) in four starts entering Texas. "He's said the same things that I've been saying, so just more than anything there's a peace of mind of getting back in the car and [saying], 'OK, so I'm not crazy. I am feeling the right things," Allmendinger said. He has tested for the team at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and Nashville during his hiatus from competition.(

5:10 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

Anon, I apologize for calling you out before but I still would like to know what blog this was from so I could start reading it!

6:59 AM  
Blogger Suzie said...

I think putting AJ back in at Talladega is actually a better choice. It's a lot harder to mess up a qualifying run there. It's who has the most power, basically, and Toyota has a shitload of power.

I'm usually pretty good at NASCAR rules, but I had an idea. Would we be allowed to race a different driver than we qualified with? Namely, if Skinner qualified and got in, could AJ step into the car and race it?

7:03 AM  
Blogger Suzie said...

It's on Jayski, now.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your right Suzie, cause when drivers are sick or away other drivers quilify for them and then the other diver starts the race.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Mouse said...

I love this photo. I'm picturing one of those cans on the roof of my Prius...

6:22 PM  
Blogger MFN said...

Lucky me i bumped into one of these cars during the charge! Was on a holiday for week in Paris. Yeah the girls are smokin hot! But it took them some time to get the attention from the french people...

Not until the near end of the campaign, when people start storming the cars... even in the middle of the road!

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