npr.org – Video of a man driving his girlfriend’s Volkswagen onto a British race track during a competition became an Internet hit this summer. But footage of the stunt didn’t impress a judge, who sentenced Jack Cottle, 22, to eight months in jail Monday. The prank might represent a daydream of many would-be racers. But it also proved why such dreams should be pursued with both care and the proper equipment, as the standard-issue VW Polo (a slightly smaller version of the Golf) moved around the Brands Hatch course at dangerously slow speeds compared to the souped-up Beetle race cars.

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