Friday, September 9, 2016

Seattle's Rhinelander Express...



One never knows what snippets 'O conversation Y'all may hear as the wheels go round 'N round in Seattle...

Last week I was riding the bus in Downtown Seattle, on my way to a picnic lunch with my Mum Snowbird MJ' at Freeway Park, seated in the front of the bus. Snaking our way thru the mid-day traffic, a female rider who knew our chauffer took up station alongside the door as the two fell into deep conversation.

Eventually their Chinwag' revolved around Gaming, with the lady saying she wanted a Confuzer Set-up like the driver's, with a wheel. Naturally my ears pricked up a 'Wee Bit over the discussion of Driving Syms', especially since they were both fairly vociferous.

 As the Metro Bus driver mentioned the names Logictec, etc, the lady said she wanted one with a wheel and pedals like his; Huh? And then the driver mentioned how for twelve years you could only drive a Porsche in Electronic Arts (EA) games, 'cause EA apparently had an  exclusive licensing deal with the Stuttgart car maker, before Microsoft apparently sub-letted the licensing agreement, as both snickered about Microsoft...

Just before it was time for us to depart the bus, the driver began talking fondly of the Nurburgring, whilst navigating his long articulated "stretch" bus along Seattle's congested Third Ave.  Followed by a word only Aficionados and Diehard Revheads would know, which surely isn't spoken daily, as the Ring was quickly followed by the single word Nordschleife!

Exiting the bus with a grin on my face, I said I hear you're talking about the Green Hella', to which the driver beamed back you know! To which I couldn't resist, turned towards him with the doors still opened and said I've been on I-T! Leaving the driver amazed (and impressed) as I stood there with my white cane in hand...

As it seems like a whole different era when I scribbled the following tidbit about this truly epic piece of Ash-fault' Wayback in Twenty-oh-Seven; CRIKEYS!


Even more ironic at the end of the day, upon returning home, reading Geo. Phillips latest Oilpressure post was in regards to his recent visit to the decaying, decrepit Nazareth Oval-track and the final demise of his Nashville Super Speedway, which ironically the first suitor's of Nashville's Concrete palace was NeXovation, who'd once planned on purchasing the famed Nurburgring.

For which apparently NeXovation's less than scrupulous business tactics were part of the Ring's current financial plight, as the ensuing litigation ultimately leading to second purchaser of the track has tossed the German Grand Prix into a quandary.


Although it's hard to fault the Ring's current owners balking at Uncle Bernaughty's astronomical sanctioning fees for the privilege of hosting a Formel Ein race Ja-Ja! Whilst Mr. E now schemes of becoming Hockenheim's promoter...


As my affinity for the Nordschleife, Nurburgring and Germany in general once mightily revolved round Il Wurld de Schuey, aka DER TERMINATOR, nee Michael Schumacher! As it's scary to think it's already been fourteen years since that fabulous trip to Der Fatherland to witness my "Hero" in action Ja-Ja! Where some locals taught me the phrase Immer Ferrari!


As one of my recent fond thoughts of the Uber Fantastico Green Hella springing to mind was when a current version of the iconic Dodge Viper reclaimed the lap record round the Nordschleife, which surely has been broken since then.


As think the McLaren P1 Hypercar now is King of the Ring? Although I've never confirmed this, which naturally is always a moving target... 

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