A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NHRA chief starter Mark Lyle dies while trying to rescue friend

NHRA chief starter Mark Lyle dies while trying to rescue friend

NHRA chief starter Mark Lyle dies while trying to rescue friend
Mark Lyle, NHRA Chief Starter
Greg Anderson
Eddie Krawiec
Robert Hight
Brittany Force
Jason Line

NHRA chief starter Mark Lyle, only the third to hold that position in Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history, has died while on vacation with wife Marcia, the series reported on Monday.

Lyle, who happily accepted the job in 2012, succeeded the late Buster Couch (1955-1996) and Rick Stewart, who held the post from 1996 through 2011.
Lyle was ever the hero at the dragstrip and in his final hours. While celebrating his birthday in Mexico with family and friends, he was attempting to rescue a friend struggling in the water before being lost, according to family reports.
Prior to assuming the NHRA’s chief starter position, Lyle was the official starter at Pacific Raceways in NHRA’s Northwest division, beginning in 2000. He was named the official starter of that division in 2005. He was born and raised in the state of Washington, most recently living in North Bend, Wash.
Lyle brought a sense of calm to his position, standing between two cars or motorcycles as they staged. In between rounds, he always had a ready countenance and smile, and was first to assist the NHRA’s Safety Safari with any work that needed to be done. From competitor to participants to media, Lyle’s positive attitude always influenced those around him. He presented the appearance of a man who loved his work - and he did.
When not engaged in running the start line and racetrack at NHRA’s 24 annual events, Lyle and wife Marcia enjoyed travel throughout the world. They recently experienced a winter vacation in Spain and Portugal and were celebrating Mark’s birthday on Sunday in the Mexican town of Zipolite, Oaxaca, by the ocean when this tragedy occurred.
As NHRA searches for its fourth chief starter, Division 6 starter Mike Gittings will serve as interim NHRA chief starter for this weekend’s DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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