Mercedes ML races a gas balloon
TG embarks on the world’s most graceful car chase
Posted: 15 Dec 2011
Next morning, and ground crew is playing catch-up again - more pounding miles - as we head out into north-eastern Colorado along the Kansas border. It's difficult to adequately describe the scale, the absence of sound... the sheer emptiness of this landscape alleviated occasionally by desolate towns with ageing grain elevators and abandoned houses.
There has been no weakness in the armoury of the ML so far, save perhaps the tow bar which clunks around behind us like a freight train running over worn points. And even that feels strangely appropriate. But our spirits are lifted by the sudden sighting of our balloon, a tiny white blob hanging gracefully in the unlimited expanse of blue above.