X-Games: Now that's entertainment

X-Games: Now that's entertainment

For the last few years Los Angeles city centre has been closed for a weekend in August in order to host an extravaganza of extreme sporting action. Toby Moody is your guide to the X-Games

Twice over the years has there been word of a London Grand Prix. Park Lane, Oxford Street, pits in Hyde Park… Fabulous. Once, back in 2004, the then mayor Ken Livingstone allowed a showcase event with Formula 1 cars in the middle of the city during the build-up to the Silverstone race, but it was all for show; burnouts and engines on the limiter in order to please the crowds hanging off lamp posts to see over the acres of 'health and safety' barriers.

Closing the streets of downtown Anywheresville will get harder and harder as the state gets ever more cautious. California though; now that's a different matter altogether. Only two weeks ago the main Figueroa drag through the centre of Los Angelis was closed to allow rally cars to race around for three days with massive live TV action and more than 141,000 people coming to watch. Welcome to the X-Games.

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