If you haven't heard of the YouTube sensation, Antti Kalhola, you've either been hiding under a rock or under your car for way too long! Basically he is a one man show, dedicating all his spare time to capturing the essence of motorsport competition. An eclectic combination of music, narration and footage, some of it rare, bring out the emotions of fans around the world. Read More
The Porsche 917 is arguably the most well-known and loved Prototype race car ever to leave the factory doors of Stuttgart. Great sportscar drivers such as Derek Bell, Richard Attwood, Brian Redman, Pedro Rodriguez and Mark Donohue all drove this conquering machine, albeit in difference guises. It ruled the circuits of Europe and the United States from the late 60's to the mid 70's and even made a brief appearance in the early 80's at Le Mans.
The video below is of the car and marque's most well known driver, Derek Bell, who gives a brief rundown on what it was like to tame one of these beasts. The sound of the flat-12 cylinder motor in my opinion, rivals that of Maranello's finest at the time. Whilst the Porsche 956/962's of the 80's and 90's were much more successful, it was this car that truly launched the Porsche name as a force to be reckoned on the racetrack. This blog entry is just a little bit of a warmup, there will be more to follow over the next week...
Tyrrell, Cosworth DFV and man. Three perfect ingredients. However, when you throw in lots of rain and standing water, it's spectacular! The car control displayed by Depailler is inch perfect. Slithering between the armcos at Montreal, let alone any other circuit is certainly something you don't see any more. It really puts into perspective the skill that some of these drivers had back in the days of no electronic aids, less mechanical grip and even clutch pedals! Sit back, enjoy and replay it over and over again.
Earlier in March this year, I was invited by my good friend George to be a pit crew member for his friends entry in the Wakefield 300 endurance race. Considering I had nothing else doing and I wasn't racing in it myself, I happily obliged. The Wakefield 300 is grassroots motorsport at it's finest. The 300km race around Goulburn's Wakefield Park is an opportunity for all levels of machinery and driver skill to race head to head. It's basically a case of, run what you brought and hope you brought enough! Whilst it is highly competitive, the race is all about fun and giving the opportunity to club level racers to expand their motorsport horizons. An identical event is run at Winton Raceway by the same organisers. The mix of cars and driver talent always creates great racing and sometimes some hairy moments. However all in all, a great amount of respect was displayed by each of the drivers and even though when the flag fell the red mist set in, the sportsmanship did not go willing.Read More
Gatebil is an event held in Scandanavia which represents the fun side of motorsport. It's very laid back and hosts itself to a lot of drifting and general track mayhem! It is certainly geared to the younger generations of car enthusiasts - you won't see any tweed jackets or cross-ply tyres here! If it's one thing the Scandanavian's know how to do, it's build cars with way too much power (if there is such a thing). This event is their superbowl. Everything from hypo, truck turbo'ed Audi Group B replica's to the finest from Japan grace the circuit. It is certainly an event to put on the bucket list. I think I need another lifetime to do everything on mine! Enjoy!
This video is of the Japanese driver, Takao Wada's amazing escape from a 300+ kp/h accident at the Fuji round of the JSPC (Japanese Sports Prototype Championship) of 1991. It was a freak accident where right at the fastest point of Fuji Speedway's 1.5km main straight, Takao's left rear tyre suffered a massive puncture. The car at these speed spun and sky rocketed in the air, crashing down in a fireball. Thankfully, Takao walked (ran) from the wreckage of his barely recognisable Nissan R91 sportscar unscathed. It's rare to get a drivers point of view in a massive accident such as this. It really hits home that we aren't playing kids games here.
Stay safe and keep it on the black stuff!
The 2012 Formula One season has dawned upon us. With the recent rule changes regarding the height of the front nose on the cars, the majority of this years cars ar equipped with the controversial "step nose". A lot of fans, journalists and even teams have been commenting how ugly and unsightful they look. In my opinion, they honestly do not look that bad! I'm sure with time, they will be accepted by the fanbase and media as the norm. Today, we will look at some of the cars that have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Welcome to the X-Files... Read More
I recently watched this video interview with Allan McNish. The man should need no introduction, but just a re-cap of his career: Formula One driver, twice Le Mans victor and twice American Le Mans Series champion. So it's pretty safe to say he knows his business.
The interview is in conjunction with simraceway.com (Jim Russell racing school) and goes through the basics of driving - from the horses mouth (no offence intended ofcourse). It gives an insight into a world class drivers techniques and habits. Everything from being comfortable in the car to braking technique is covered. I certainly picked up some useful information that I will be trying out at my next track outing. I hope you gain something from it too. If not, well then you might be the next Allan McNish!
Unfortunately, this site is not my job (yet). I work a regular 9-5 in Insurance Underwriting. My employers kindly handed me a gift voucher to the website Red Balloon to spend on whatever I pleased for referring a fellow colleague and racer, Chris Quick to our business. As soon as I got the voucher, I knew what I was going to put it towards - as many laps as possible in a Formula Ford car! As you can imagine, the process was simple... 5 minutes later I was booked in to do 40 laps of Wakefield Park with the Peter Finlay Race Driving School! Read More
Ryan Bestulic - a diehard motorsport enthusiast from Sydney, Australia. I am an 80s kid (born in 1984) and I currently race my own car - a Nissan Pulsar SSS (I can hear you snickering from here!) around the country. From the age of 3 (or possibly earlier according to my folks) I have been an absolute gearhead. If I am not doing something related to cars, there is something drastically wrong!