Friday, October 20, 2017

F1: 2017 USGP Tidbits



By now, Y'all know that Kiwi' racing Bad Arse Brendon Hartley will be making his Formula 1 Debut this weekend at Circuit Of The Americas, nee COTA for thee 'lil Bulls', aka Scuderia Toro Rosso as Pierre Gasley's substitute.


As the 27yr old New Zealander has established quite the reputation in Sports Cars, as a Hired Gun for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship, (WEC) having won the 2015 title, along with this year's 24 Heurs du Mans!

As I've got NO idea if this changes his plans for 2018? Since the strong rumour is that he'll become Countryman Scott Dixon's team-Mate at Chip Ganassi Racing in Indy Cars.

But what driver would pass up the possibility of racing in Formula 1 instead? As Hartley's CV seems quite superior vs. Daniil Kvyat's. While Hartley appears to be a Hondre' Man who will be Toro Rosso's PU supplier next year...


Meanwhile, as 'Ol Fred Suave, nee Fernando Alonso keeps toying with us over his contract extension at McLaren next year. Alonso has announced he'll wear an Indy 500 motif crash bucket at this year's USGP in honour of his stellar rookie drive at Mother Speedway this past May...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Off to COTA, again...




Tomaso & Claudio' pose with the McLaren Boyz', aka 'JENSE & Kevin Bacon' Magnussen on Halloween during Austin's F1 Fanfest. (The Tomaso Collection)
As hopefully it'll be a Whole Helluva Dryer than last time I went in 2015. Although a Fortnight before leaving, I'd heard rumours to expect it being 90 degrees f & Sprinkling...

It's funny, over what swayed me into returning to Circuit Of The Americas this year, after a very miserable 2015 outing...


Since although I almost always enjoy being trackside, and watching the racing cars; Uhm, Yo Tomaso Thar Over there Dude! NO! Over to the right, a little further right; Hya!

Nope, it AIN'T the Formula 1 Circus that convinced Mwah to go back, it's the Post Race's Concert Performer, although NOT that Justin Kid! As I'm looking very forward to hearing the legendous' Stevie Wonder perform Sunday evening! As Stevie's so Hip' and righteous...


Hmm? After Lewis was so mesmerized by Taku-Sans' Indy 500 bling at Suzukre! May be he'll do some sort of Duo Onstage with Stevie?


Meanwhile, I'm ARSE-Sumin' we WON'T have to worry 'bout our glorious leader being in the house, like seriously Trump', you've got nothing better to do in your abominable presidency besides calling your fellow citizens Son Of Bitches and then having your Sidekick Mr. Pence continue the charade in person at another football game; SHEISA!


Whilst thank goodness 'Ol Chris Horner doesn't believe Thars' any Political machinations occurring in Formula 1...


But Circuit Of The America AIN'T exactly endearing itself to Mwah anymore, as they're currently sitting on two strikes and have also fouled two more pitches...

First COTA, or was it Austin itself? Got rid of the wonderfully entertaining, enjoyable FREE Downtown Austin F1 Fanfest activities.

Strike Two! Is not only the fact that COTA once had FREE Shuttle service, but now has the audacity to charge you an extra $35 per day if you wanna be dropped off directly at the gate? Otherwise your measly $15 per day Shuttle transport will drop you off 20 minutes walking distance AWAY from the gate's entrance; BASTARDOS!

As I'll Skip any comments 'bout the environment, pollution; Oh Never Mind!

Suppose it's a petty foul, but when I receive an email telling me that my tickets have been mailed, and being Blind, naturally I'm expecting that means traditional paper tickets have been sent instead of two cloth wristbands, like where's my tickets Vern!

And Seriously! The best Y'all can do for support races is the Kindergarten F4 and 'Ol Timers vintage racecars? As personally the Ferrari Challenge and Porsche Supercup races were far more entertaining than thee pinnacle 'O motorsports is!

While lastly, hopefully not too many of our brightest Bulbs will be displaying Thar intelligence over the Grand Prix weekend...

More History made at The Brickyard...



Nice story 'bout this past weekend's Red Bull Air Races at Mother Speedway, where the first Japanese pilot not only won the race, but claimed his first ever championship! As his fellow countryman, a Bloke named Sato was On-hand to witness his success.


While the first woman won a race at Mother Speedway also!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

When ThrustSSC went Supersonic on Land - 20 years Ago



ThrustSSC at the Desert Pits having set the first ever supersonic World Land Speed Record. )Image source: thrustssc.com)
Whale Gollee, where has the time gone, eh?


For Mwah, the most entertaining part 'bout recollectin' ThrustSSC's momentous accomplishment, besides the good natured daily ribbings I endured from a Bloody Brit' Cohort, named John I believe?

As I can vaguely recall his vocal English Colloquialism and wearing glasses a la another Brit named John Lennon; but I digress...

Is not only knowing exactly where I was, but what Hit song was "Top of The Pops!" At least for me, as it was Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue.


As I mostly recall somehow, sometime, somewheres' watchin' video footage of the ThrustSSC's Supersonic Wake being shown via motorized hang gliders showing the Black Rock Desert Sands vortices...


Whilst I also recall that the record for breaking the sound barrier would have Officially occurred on October 14, 1997, exactly 50 years after Chuck Yeager was the first person to accomplish the feat, but...

Although RAF Fighter pilot Squadron Commander Andy Green made two sonic booms that day, the record wasn't official, since due to issues stopping on the first run from a troublesome parachute causing ThrustSSC to overshoot stopping by some 1.5 miles on Nevada's Black Rock Desert!

ThrustSSC required 61 minutes to turn around for the second run and hence broke the rules allowing only 60mins maximum!

But never fear, Andy Green successfully completed a two-way run the following day, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier on land by averaging 763.035mph.


As it's easy to forget how quickly history overlooks Andy Green's first record run of simply breaking the current land speed record, then held by his boss Sir Richard Noble, set 14yrs earlier.  

When Messer Green became the first person to surpass the 700mph mark when he recorded a two-way pass averaging 714.144mph on September 25, 1997... 

Yet what always  has fascinated me most about the ThrustSSC, besides it's momentous accomplishments, is that the ten ton plus rocket vehicle utilized active ride technology.


Although it's funny, since whenever I think of Active Suspension, I immediately think of Team Willy', aka Williams Grand Prix Engineering and those Oh, So Bloody Fast Williams F1 racecars penned by the legendous' Adrian Newey!

As in the Williams FW14B and FW15C that 'Ol Nige', nee Nigel Mansell and "the Professor," aka Alain Prost drove to world championships in 1992-93 consecutively.

Which I suppose is why, whenever I think of ThrustSSC's active ride suspension I Cornfuze Williams with the rival Lotus Formula 1 team the project's engineer came from...


Alas, we should probably give the late Colin Chapman and his iconic Lotus F1 Team the recognition it deserves, since as F1 Fanatic's Keith Collantine points out, it was probably his last technical innovation before his death.

While ironically, Ayrton Senna scored the sport's maiden Grand Prix victory with an active suspension ride racecar, the Lotus 99T, for which Messer Bliss was involved, at the 1987 Detroit Grand Prix...


Whilst Y'all may be interested in strolling thru various ThrustSSC photos...