Monday, July 25, 2016

NBCSN pulls Rope-a-Dope upon Hungarian GP weekend Broadcasting

Otay, know I'm in the minority on this but! Since I currently have NO recordin' devices available for television programmes, I'm forced to either get up at A-L-L sorta WONKY times or watch the event "live."

Thus, I deliberately went into total media Blackout phase, even going so far as to turn on the Seattle Mariners game; GASP! In order to make sure the Blatherheadz' foaming 24/7 at Mother Speedway for some Brickyard 3999 race - wouldn't slip in who'd won the Pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix!

Instead choosing to wait somewhat patiently for the 7PM Pacific rebroadcast of Qualie preceded by Saturday Nite Boxing... For which surely Y'all can imagine my DISGUST when 7PM came 'N went with the FREAKIN' Boxing match still on Thy Telie; SHIT!

As I mused about how 'Dem is the strangest lookin' F1 cars I've ever seen in my life; Hya! As the announcer prattled on 'bout the boxer in the red shorts, appropriately whilst I was seein' R-E-D!

As this NO NAME Boxing match from Texas, perhaps San Antone? Went to 19mins past 7PM on my talking clock before we were whisked off to the most disjointed replay of F1 Qualie I can recall! Since we just inexplicably came in with 13mins remaining in the 18-minute Q1 Qualie session; FUCK!

And whilst I'm happy I didn't have to sit thru the 72min Quadruple Red Flag Rain delayed Qualie session, nonetheless, I'm still peeved about the shoddiness of the coverage! Especially since Peacock-lite hacked I-T up to run from 7:20-8:50PM Pacific, although I tuned out at 8:46PM as they went to another of the B-B-Baa Zillionth commercials; BARF!

Then I got up at Oh DARK-30 in order to listen to the Booth Boyz' Preamble at 4-FREAKIN' AM! For which I thought the race was supposed to begin at 4:30AM Pacific? For which I think they went Deep; Err long? Since it just went on 'N on.

Although I also noticed they did their usual Chain sawing of the "Canned" replay of Qualie that only ran for 1hr prior to F1 countdown by NOT even showing the Post-qualifying Top-3 interviews! Which apparently was a pre-cursor of the upcoming race programme. Like what's 'Ol Golden Child say 'bout Floating like a Butterfly and Stinging...

Since Leigh Diffey alerted us first round twenty-to-seven AM that the Post-race show F1 Extra would only be available upon the NBC Sports App to make way for some bicycling race! Which is absolute BULLSHIT! Which 'Wee Willie Buxom (Will Buxton_ would probably denote I'm being a Potty Mouth a la 'lil Sid Viddle's becoming, especially regarding the RIDICULOUS Radio Silence rules...

Which to Mwah, sure sounded like Lewis Hamilton was getting coached via in-car radio by the Mercedes engineers during the race! For which only 'JENSE got penalized for.

As the "live" TV broadcast format appeared to being sliced N diced for the re-airing Monday morning, which is listed as only being a two hour programme vs. the three hours time allotment Sunday morning. That is, if they actually bother to re-air at the listed time...

Uhm, where's 'Ol George Foreman when Yuhs need him? Like George, how do I get my TV Show to air in its entirety? Huh? What's this about getting my invention patented...

Somebody give me a Cheeseburger! Err some ground beef to sizzle up in one of George's grillers; Oh Never Mind!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Which Young Guns' will Graduate to Open Wheel Race Seats Next Year?

Originally this Questione came to Mwah during that Oh, So Riveting Toronto IndyCar race, as I found it somewhat galling to hearing the Pitlane Reporters pointedly asking the 40 Somme-thuns' if they thought they'd be keeping their jobs next year?

As Y'all may know? This triumberant includes in order of age: Cheep' Ganassi Racing's TK Follow-your-Schnoz' Kanaan, who's currently 41 and turns 42 on December 31st.

Toni's followed by his Bosom Buddy thou 'Ol Dancing Fool 'HULIO also being 41 and turning 42 next Month 'O May. With Team Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya, who's currently thee B-I-G 4-Oh, (40) turning 41 on September 20th.

Naturally, this elder statesman status makes you wonder how much longer Thou trio with six Borg Warner trophies collectively can continue racing Indy Cars, giving Geo. Phillips the opportunity to rue Montoya possibly bowing out first...

Obviously the Hottest Driver in Indy Cars soon to Heat Up Silly Season is Josef STUD! Newgarden, who's been showing off his true grittiness by persevering with a broken shoulder and hand by not only continuing to race, but winning in dominating style at the season's highest G-loading event! As Ho Hum, I fear he'll be swallowed up by either Thou Cheepster or El Capitano, nee Chip Ganassi or Roger Penske respectively.

As I won't try evaluating every IndyCar team and what potential seats exist? Other than KVSH Racing surely has a vacant seat provided somebody can bring the dreaded Sponsorship cheque - as IndyCar seems somewhat akin to F1 right now with there being more suitors than seats available. And Hondre' (Honda) really needs to find a few Starz' of the future to combat the likes of Ganassi and Penske.

Meanwhile, Formula 1 sees a somewhat similar picture, albeit believe the once mighty Herr Schumacher, Michael not Ralf; Hya! Was the last 40 Somme-thun' to race in F1, as the push has steadily been towards the youth movement in Thy Pinnacle 'O Motor Racing for several years now, especially since the advent of the "Verstappen rule" requiring F1 Drivers to be at least 18yrs old.

Although the F1 Driver Market has simmered down to a low boil with the recent announcement that thee Iceman, nee Kimster', aka Kimi Raikkonen and his Oomphlats will remain intact at la Scuderia thru 2017, closing the door upon Ferrari's most coveted second seat.

thus with Kimi at age 36 turning 37 on October 17th, as the Sport's elder statesman's future's secure another year, speculation now falls upon Bloody 'Ol 'JENSE's future. With his McLaren contract up at the end of the season, leaving the 36yr old Englishman the main Domino waiting to fall.

as it's even harder to believe having witnessed a fresh faced youngster named Jenson Button burst onto the scene sixteen years ago as a rookie for Williams BMW, When he had his Driver's license suspended for flogging a Bimmer' Diesel too FAST! As he's currently the longest tenured driver on the F1 Grid, along with presumably being one of the Fan favourites.

The next oldest driver by a mere three months ahead of the fourth Senior member is the most affable Felipe Massa, having just turned 35 on April 25th, while his ex Scuderia Ferrari Sparring Pardner' "Fredrico Suave," aka Fernando Alonso who's currently not faster than Massa; Hooah! Will shortly celebrate his 35th birthday on July 29th.

Alas, presumably McLaren wishes to keep the services of Fernando a further year? As I believe he's still under contract for one more season, albeit think his salary is nearly double Buttons! As it would seem a tragedy to retain both and leave the promising GP2 Phenom and reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne waiting another year, unless the team's willing to farm him out for one season?

Hence, with speculation suggesting the young Belgian Vandoorne will replace Button at McLaren, this puts the spotlight firmly upon Massa's future, who's also out of contract with Team Willy at season's end, with rumours linking Button retiring from F1 with the team he began at with a Shaken 'N Stirred Swansong at Sir Frank's house in 2017?

With These preceding moves, apparently leaving few F1 drives available next year, with just la Reggie's rookie Jolyon Palmer under threat of being dumped at season's end, whilst Indonesia's debutant F1 Pilote Rio Haryanto continues being rumoured to be in financial difficulties at the Minnowesqe Manor Racing outfit and may not finish out the year?

Thus Renault seems widely tipped to install promising Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who's a contracted Mercedes Junior Driver, currently plying his trade in Deutche Touren Wagons, (DTM) in hopes of  emulating  reigning DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein's graduation to Formula 1 next year.

While Jordan King, son of ex-Sainsbury's CEO Justin King, who dabbled in the Manor hierarchy could be set to step-in for Haryanto if he fails to deliver the required final portion of his ride buy apparently running out after the upcoming Hungaroring race.

All of which begs the Questione? Which aspiring Open Wheel Racing Drivers will move up to racing gig's in 2016? since although I wish nobody being terminated, nonetheless, I'd like seeing the Youngblood's get their chances.

Henceforth I'd enjoy seeing Newgarden take a starring role at Andretti Autosport, with Spencer Pigot getting a Fulltime ride next year. And also would enjoy seeing Zachery Veach, Mattie Brabham, Dean Stoneman and Felix Rosenqvist step up to the B-I-G CARZ' next season. Although Rosenqvist is probably hoping to land a European Open Wheel Racing drive instead, hopefully leading to Thou promised land 'O Formula 1.

In F1 I'm hoping we'll see another promising cast of rookies joining the grid with the likes of  Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Ocon and a Player to be named later. Perhaps this Oliver Rowland Chap - who I know absolutely NOTHIN' about! But just claimed the points lead during the BREXIT; Err British GP weekend - landing at Manor?

And sorry 'JENSE, (and Felipe) but I'd prefer seeing your younger Countryman Joly' (Jolyon Palmer) taking Massa's seat at Team Willy, thus leaving the way clear for Vandoorne to join Fernando and Ocon to partner Magnussen, albeit Toto Wolff would probably prefer his prized pupil Pascal Wehrlein landing the Williams drive instead.

As Y'all Make thee Call upon who'll go where next year...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

F1: Did Mercedes show Rosberg who's Boss?

Buckle Up Y'all, time to put your Tin Foil Hats on here...

During this year's British Grand Prix, a strange thought struck me immediately upon Mercedes and Nico Rosberg's obvious breaking of the current Draconian F1 Radio Silence rules ridiculously put in place by the FIA, albeit I agree with the idea that Drivers MUST Drive their cars on their own merits.

So why did the following thought strike me? That Mercedes had simply thrown Rosberg underneath the virtual "bus" by usurping these radio rules in order to show him exactly Who's The BOSS! In a nice little Payback for the Austrian GP Debacle. Since surely the Team knew they were breaking said rule.

And secondly, the team appears to have been doing what every Formula 1 team does, i.e.; pushing the rules, ultimately in a veiled attempt to find out exactly where the boundary lay...

As reportedly Mercedes has appealed the Stewards ruling of Nico's 10-second time penalty, which I personally find to have been too light of a slap on thou wrist, bizarrely growling at Lucy', Thy ARSE-Steamed Screen Reader when hearing the news that Rosberg should have been Disqualified!

Which is pretty wild banter for Mwah, especially since I personally wish for him to be world champion this season instead of whom I'm simply calling "golden Child!" (Lewis Hamilton)

As I'll let Y'all Make thou Proverbial Call in whether or not there's anythingy' clever going on here?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Riddle Me This? Just how many Batmobiles are there?

The original 1960's Crime Fighting Batmobile created by the late King of Kustom, George Barris. (Source: Images)

Ah, it must be Summertime, eh? As what Mid-season points battle? Since isn't this when all the B-I-G' SCREEN Summer Blockbusters come out...

Y'all know that 'Ol Bruce Springsteen song 'bout 57 Channels and NOTHING On! Which is exactly how I feel towards my CRAPOLA comca$'s  television service! Especially since the wait between Indy, having missed Belle Isle's "Double" and then sitting thru not one, but two days 'O Rainout at Texas...

Thus, Thanxs to our Florence Friends, I was reminded of Jay Leno's Garage Show for which I hadn't watched a single episode of until the June 22nd episode featuring Cop Cars, Batmobiles, Ghostbusters Ambulance Chasers and some sort of armoured personnel military vehicle...

With Jay doing some pretty hokey voiceovers, along with rubbin' elbows with the LAPD's Chief, Dan Ackroyd and Whoa Nellie! A cameo with Adam West, with the piece de la resistance being Jay and Adam going thru a Drive-thru and eating hamburgers in the original Batmobile!

As I had NO idea that Adam West was still fightin' crime; Hya! As an Octogenarian, and BAM! BIFF! SLAM! SMASH! Just learned that this Crime Fighter was born in Walla Walla, Washington NO less!

And while I enjoyed Jay reminiscing with Dan Ackroyd and getting time to talk briefly 'bout that legendary Blues Brothers movie, along with his other hit Ghostbusters, I was more intrigued over the Batmobile segment instead.

Naturally, although I couldn't SEE IT! Due to my rapidly diminishing eyesight... Whilst as Leno mused how the whine from the latest version's transmission was a bit excessive! Nonetheless this got me to ponderin' just how many different iterations of the Batmobile of TV and Movie fame exist? Since after all this is a Car Guys' Blogsite - meaning I'm only interested in working full scale versions, excluding replicas.

Although I was previously unawheres' that a second 1960's Batmobile complete with one of Ford's legendous' 427 Big Block V-8s prepared by Holman & Moody NO less! Had been built as an exhibition Drag Racer, for which "Wild Bill" Shrewsberry was apparently famous for doing Smoke-laden Wheel-stands with!

Batman TV Show (And Movie)
Batman: Adam West
Robin: Bert Ward
Years: 1966-68

Surely the original 1960's Batmobile is the most famous and well known version of all, for which I won't try recounting all of its gizmos, i.e.; nose-mounted cable chain cutter, Detecta-scope, Batfone and dual rear parachutes to aid in making quick 180-degree turns...

Being heavily featured during the TV Series three seasons on ABC, for which 120 episodes were produced. Also in 1966, Leslie H. Martinson directed a feature film involving the same cast members.

Yet, if you know anything about this most iconic Bat-fighter mobile, then surely Y'all know it was produced by the late King 'O Customizers, nee George Barris, who wisely leased the car to the movie studios after having converted the 1959 Lincoln Futura which he'd purchased from FoMoCo' (Ford Motor Company) for the outlandish sum of $1.00 and then crafted the Batmobile upon it's flanks in a miniscule three weeks!

As Barris, who retained ownership of the car throughout his life, decided at age 87 to sell it, where it fetched an astronomical four plus million dollars at the Barrett Jackson auction in 2013.

Then just a scant two years later, Mr. Barris took the "Deep Freeze," passing away at the age of 89...

Director: Tim Burton
Batman: Michael Keaton
Year: 1989

In 1989, Tim Burton revived  Batman to the B-I-G' Screen for Warner Brothers as the movies Director and Producer, which starred Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader, opposite his nemesis The Joker, appropriately played by none other than "Here's Johnny's" Jack Nicholson, with Kim Basinger of Nine Weeks fame playing Viki Vale, a reporter attracted to Bruce Wayne while trying to prove he's Batman.

 Along with the all new set designs, reportedly of an Art Deco theme, naturally the bubble-top dual open cockpit Batmobile of 1960's fame was completely updated to modern standards, becoming a very low-slung, long and sleek canopy coupe instead.

As this new, modern Crime Fighter machine was built atop a 1985 Chevrolet Impala with a Chevy V-8 powertrain, and retained the "JATO" Rocket' assist afterburner for maximum speed.

Batman Returns
Director: Tim Burton
Batman: Michael Keaton
Year: 1992

Michelle Pheiffer
For 1992, Tim Burton reluctantly agreed to direct his second and final Batman movie after Warner Brothers reportedly gave him more "Artistic Control" over the movie, which saw Michael Keaton donning his cape one final time. Now fighting against such criminals as The Penguin, played by Danny De Vito and Catwoman played by Michelle Pfeiffer; MEOW! As this is the last Batman movie I recall watching, as how can I ever forget Catwoman, eh?

Presumably the same second generation Batmobile was utilized in this movie, and subsequently retired afterwards, residing now in Los Angeles in the Peterson Automotive museum.

Batman Forever
Director: Joel Schumacher
Batman: Val Kilmer
Robin: Chris O'Donnell
Year: 1995

The third major incarnation of the Batmobile, as scarily I'll use 'RASSCAR, or is I-T Corvette Bodywork numerology slang? As I'll denote this Batmobile as the GEN-3' chassis which truly represented Movie Studio customization.

For which I'm 86% certain believing I've never seen this version. And now having 'Lucy, my ARSE-Steamed Screen-reader read me the plot, I'm 99% certain I've never seen it! Due to the starring cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carey, Chris O'Donnell and Nicole Kidman.

As funny how whenever I think of Val Kilmer I immediately picture him in Top gun as "Maverick's" adversary, opposite Tom Cruise who once was married to Nicole Kidman...

This "GEN-3" Batmobile features custom vacuum-Bag-form bodywork being molded out of carbon fibre. Having been upgraded to include Kerbside Shin Breakers along with grappling hook technology enabling it to climb walls!

The car retained it's now surely de riggour Afterburner propulsion with the main powerplant being upgraded to a "Bowtie" (Chevrolet) ZZ3 V-8 displacing 350 "Cubes."

Batman and Robin
Director: Joel Schumacher
Batman: George Clooney
Robin: Chris O'Donnell
Year: 1997

After the "Boy Wonder" takes the previous GEN-3 Batmobile out for an unauthorized joyride, the car is ultimately destroyed by The Riddler.

Hence,  the GEN-4 Batmobile arrives in this movie, which reputedly critics panned as the worse Batman movie produced! Whilst if I'm understanding the car's technical features correctly? It only contains a single seat cockpit? Which seems quite odd since the film includes Batman and his Sidekick.

Having learned this is correct, with thou Boy Wonder scampering round Gotham City Solo upon his motorbike! Although it's still STIR-RANGE to me that they'd be forced to utilize separate vehicles...

Batman Dark Knight Trilogy
Director: Christopher Nolan
Batman: Christian Bale

2005: Batman Begins
2008: Batman Dark Knight
2012: Batman Dark Knight Rising

Batman v Superman
Director: Zack Snyder
Batman: Ben Affleck
Year: 2016

Know absolutely nothing 'bout the three Dark Knight movies, nor the latest episode  featuring a clash of Super Heroes in Batman v Superman, which I think is the Batmobile Jay Leno drove the latest Caped Crusader's film director Zackary Snyder around in on the Jay Leno Garage episode which sparked this whole BAM, SMASH, BIFF! Wacky story.

And it seems a 'Wee bit odd to Mwah that Batman would switch to some sorta Crossover SUV/Offroad vehicle, as this Tumbler mobile utilized in all three Dark Knight movies sounds like a sappy nod to thou Pornification 'O Militarism fever sweeping Thy Nation...

As the actual driving versions utilized a 5.7-liter V-8 Chevrolet motor for which apparently six were built at a pretty steep price 'O $250,000 apiece! While other scale model versions were utilized along with the contemporary use of CGI, nee Computer Graphic Imaging.

Now supposedly, the latest Batmobile, which would be the GEN-6 edition in this Uber clever numerology scheme, is reportedly a cross between the Tumbler's Offroad utilitarianism and the previous sleek low slung Speedster of the past...