Big Stock Honda engine on the stand. My little World Formula engine on the ground. :P
So finally I got around to writing the first project log of the year for the World Formula karts. It’s been a busy first few weeks, which is why it’s taken me so long.
Here is some in car footage from the Chase Race 1952 Hudson Hornet competing in the 24 Hours of LeMons event held at The Ridge Motorsports Park on July 20 and 21, 2013. This car is incredibly fun to drive and was very warmly received by the LeMons judges and competitors. Later in the week I’ll have a more detailed post, with pictures and more videos.
Long story short: we won! The Hudson won the top prize in LeMons, the Index of Effluency.
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.
If you’re a Senna fan, then you need to watch this video. Antti Kalhola makes amazing racing videos that he’s released on Youtube. I’m always super shocked when I find out how few views his videos have!
Dramatic, intense and insightful. You need to give these a watch.
You don’t need to be Lewis Hamilton in order to get faster.
Amateur racers can improve themselves if they practice a little bit each day. There are simple things that drivers can do to improve their racing that only take 15 to 30 minutes per day, and cost you very little. The sweet thing is that a lot drivers aren’t even attempting to do many of these little things during their ‘downtime’. That gives you an advantage.
You’ve got 30 minutes today, right? Then you can start becoming faster.
Last week, I wrote about the negative effects on driving when over-stressing one area of the body. Now what happens after the entire body has been stressed?
Another thinking has emerged, using the tensegrity model, that your body’s fascia plays a large role in determining your posture and structure. Fascia is the connective tissue that makes up nearly 60% of the muscle. It also encases and suspends the muscles and bones of the body.
Fascia is plastic in nature, which means that it cannot change its structure quickly like muscles that contract and relax – rather it adapts and grows around the structures and strains placed on the body.
So what does that means in terms of racing?
With the introduction of popular social media tools like Twitter, people stay connected better than ever before. Through your social network, people are able to share life experiences anywhere around the world. People gather in these online communities when they find something or someone that they find to be interesting.
As its impact has become more mainstream, more people are reaching out on a social media platform of some sort. They are people who are looking for some sort of engagement.
In real life, no one likes being talked at. They like being talked to. They like feeling that they are part of the conversation, rather than just being forced to observe one at a distance. Social media works the same way. When fans feel like they are a direct part of the experience, the more they want to engage with it and bring more people to experience it too.
With all that being said, why don’t more racing drivers engage more directly with their fans? In a world where finding sponsorship dollars is harder every day, you would assume that racing drivers would do whatever it took to engage more with people in order to prove to sponsors that they are a person with large market appeal?
Surprisingly, that doesn’t happen.
One thing that isn’t really captured well when we watch Formula One on television is the sheer volume of noise that a F1 car can put out. I’ve heard one F1 car up close, and the noise was earth-shattering. I can’t help but wonder what twenty-four of them together sound like.
However, this guy just traveled to Singapore to watch the F1 Grand Prix. Problem is…he might not get any sleep before the actual race starts. ;)
It’s pretty good timing that Codemasters released this trailer for F1 2012, as I just finished winning the WDC in F1 2011.
On of the ‘highlights’ of the real F1 2012 season, has been that the field has six drivers who have won the drivers championship. Codemasters has taken advantage of this by creating a special game mode, where the player can take on each champion driver in ‘unique’ race scenarios.
To be honest, I’m not sure how it’s going to exactly play-out since you’re always racing these drivers during the regular season. Although, since the Codemasters series is one of my current favorites, I still wanted to highlight the video.