So what did you do over the weekend? I dropped by Griot’s Garage, where they hosted an event, showcasing several Formula 1 cars. It was pretty interesting to see some of the machines I’ve read about up close.
I’m all about setting goals and setting BIG ones. Goals that will stretch you, make you learn new things and make you do things that you never thought you’d do before. When I started working with race karts, one of the things that I did was sit down and think about some long terms goals for myself, when it comes to racing. Of course there are those standard ones. “Win a race. One day win a class title”, but that’s pretty standard stuff.
If I’m going to do something, I need to have a big goal. What I call a ‘stretch goal’. Basically, a “you’re going to do what?!” goal. So I’ve decided.
A crucial thing about motorsport, both at a club and at a professional level is the level of preparation that it takes from both the driver and the equipment to be successful. Leaving a ten-cent bolt loose, or forgetting a tool, can be just as tragic for a race weekend as a driver not being properly ready physically.
This time-lapse video from Carlin Motorsport just gives an example of how much work it takes them to get ready for a race weekend.
I’m just winding down from a practice day at the kart track, and I’ve just been thinking about why I enjoy going to the track so much.
It’s more than just the speed, or the different racetracks. The most important thing that keeps me coming back to the track are the people. It’s what a good friend of mine called to “the racing family.”
Anthony from OversteerTV.net, recorded a podcast about our Pikes Peak Trip, (which ironically we wrote about on an entirely different site. ;)) . It just went live a few days ago. We covered Pikes Peak, and spoke a bit about StartingGrid.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
Every car guy has their favorite engine note. Whether it’s the V12 of a Ferrari or the roar of a WRC car. This video from Honda has got me thinking. What’s your favorite engine note?
Leave a note in the comments, tweet me (@relaxeddriver) or leave a note on our Facebook page and let us know.
Unless you’ve been hiding a rock for the last few months, you’ll know about the upcoming Ron Howard movie – “Rush”. I’m super looking forward to seeing the dynamic between James Hunt and Nick Lauda shown up on the big screen.
Drift King Bear – by John Kimball
Artist, racing driver, martial arts pal of Starting Grid, John Kimball has made another cool piece of automotive art. He created this picture for his nephew’s birthday. It’s the Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya, in teddy bear form, drifting a Miata.
We’ve featured John’s work before: His GT40 and 767B were cool, but not quite as awesome as Drift King Bear.
Who else wants this as a T-shirt?
For more of John’s art, visit his Tumblr page.
Now I know this doesn’t have much to do about cars, but this is so awesome, you need to know about this. The project has been called “Red Bull Stratos”, and it is insane!
Felix Baumgartner is attempting to break the speed of sound in freefall by jumping from a space capsule, at a altitude three times higher than what commercial jets fly at. The air is so thin at that altitude, 40 seconds into the jump he should hit 690 miles an hour.
Things should get started in around 40 minutes or so. Check out the live stream as he progresses. Wishing you massive luck, Felix.
Check out more about Red Bull Stratos here.
Update: 10:30pm- The countdown is underway!
Update: 10:43pm- Mission aborted due to gusty winds. We’ll try and cover more when it happens…
10/10/2012- Update: Meteorologist Don Day has confirmed that a Thursday launch will not be possible. The next weather window opens on Sunday October 14th at 6:30 AM MDT.
Update: 10/14/2012- 10:48: Launch going well. OMG, he’s about to leave the capsule!