Normally, I’m not a fan of motorcycle powered go-karts, because the ones I see are build with crappy frames and just have too much power to really do anything with.
This one is basically a micro-formula car or hyper-superkart. Sounds like this builder is thinking of installing traction control and putting a full body on it.
I want one…
Maybe that's just me, but I like it Hearing the 2.9 Twin Turbo V8 of the 288 being used as it should, just makes my car-guy heart valves flutter. Since we never got to see a 288 GTO really used in competition, this is the closest that we'll probably get to see one being used in anger.
Besides, there is nothing more frustrating than seeing a supercar sit idle, so props to these 'Tax the Rich' guys for using the car as it should.
Having been previewed at SEMA this last weekend, Gymkhana Six just went live on Youtube today. Take a watch, because I know you’d rather see Ken Block do donuts, than read my words
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.
Ever wonder how to start a 90′s Formula 1 car?
Yeah, me too. It’s not easy.
Check it out and tell me your thoughts in the comments.
Seattle has a large population of driving restoration projects as may be evident by the number of “in progress” cars I seem to find Street Parked. This handsome, ready to be painted, sedan is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle. The Chevelle nameplate was used on a wide variety of midsize Chevrolets, from coupes, to station wagons, to convertibles, and the legendary SS396 muscle car. The 1966 Chevelles are favorites of mine because they have a cool shark nose style.
This car is a legend among 1980s sports cars and needs little introduction. As a high school lad, I dreamed of having a 944 as my “do it all” sports utility car. The space offered by the hatch would allow me to carry anything I might ever own, and the Porsche pedigree would allow me to satisfy my hooning needs on curvy back roads. What more could one ask of a car?
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.
Ordinary cars from the mid 1970s to the early 1980s are becoming more rare with each season that passes. This run of the mill in its time AMC caught my eye for being the first one I recall seeing in over a decade. AMC sold a variety of mid sized cars in the 70s and 80s, the most famous perhaps being the AMC Eagle four wheel drive station wagon. Our subject car is nothing special, just a humble sedan. However it has an interesting story with connections to Porsche and the little known VAM Lerma.
Take a look at this short video from Mercedes GP, where they give an overview on the survival cell technology of Formula 1 cars.
Just on a side note, I like how they filmed most of this in a tiny garage. I think it gives people more of a ‘race car’ feel to the video. You almost forget that they are working on a multi-million dollar race prototype formula car. Do you think so?
I went to Pikes Peak this year, and wondered why we never saw any Formula cars on the hillclimb. Watching Liber Federico, the winner of the 2013 Cividale Castelmonte Hillclimb, these cars are clearly freaking awesome!
World War Two presents a problem when trying to identify the age of cars made in the years immediately before and after. Built between 1941 and 1947, this truck is probably a 1941 or a 1946 as none were available to the public during the war years. However, it could be military surplus sold after the war, with untold stories of wartime service driving the Burma road or chasing Patton east through Europe. There’s no way to tell, so I’m calling it a ’46. This 68+ year old truck still works for a living.
Ever since I heard about the introduction of the all-electric Formula E championship for 2014, I’ve been super excited for this. I really want to see it successful. However, each new announcement that I’ve read seems to show that series has done everything that it can to completely turn itself into a joke before the first race has even started!
So while we’ve been getting our sprint karts in order, an old autocross friend got back in touch with me whose been racing Superkarts. The talk went something like this…
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.”
I’ve been spending a good amount of time with my World Formula kart, just getting used to it. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the important thing over the fall and winter has just been getting as much seat time as I can, and getting used to preparing going to the track properly.
Getting together with Team Xccel, our karting team for a practice day at the SUMAS track
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything in this project log, but plenty of things have been happening! Since we’ve got our karts running, my teammate Steven Taylor and I have been having several practice days, at different tracks in the Pacific NorthWest area.
This video checks all of the boxes. Great cinematography, great audio and providing enough information to let people know what happened without overwhelming technical chatter.
Plus it has Randy Pobst in it, who is just a legend.
Well played guys, I’ll definitely be watching more. I want to make videos for |StartingGrid| teams like this in the future, for sure.
Ron Howard’s movie: Rush has been very warmly received by fans of racing and good movies alike. I immediately followed filmmaker Ron Howard on Twitter when I heard he was starting production of this movie. Mr. Howard is a very good tweeter, sharing lots of details about his current projects; he did provided a gearhead’s feast during Rush production.