Thursday, February 5, 2009
This picture was taken at a party in Indy during one of the recent USGP races. I made all the races until there were no more. Peter Windsor and I were at the Speed party in this shot. Peter still does the driver interviews for F1 at the end of every race...check the latest rumor....not sure I am biting on this one but I am already a fan if it happens!!
Here is a link to the logo:
New F1 team set for 2010 – Made in USA?
Despite the fact that motorsport worldwide is reeling from the current global credit crunch, it has been revealed that a new Formula 1 team could be set to take to the grand prix starting grid in 2010 – made in America.
German website motorsport-total.com has reported that the new squad – called USF1 – has been in the offing since last summer, with at the helm former Williams and Ferrari team manager Peter Windsor and highly-respected IndyCar technical and design guru Ken Anderson, whose cars have triumphed in no fewer than five Indianapolis 500 races and claimed four IRL crowns.
Having in the past worked alongside such F1 luminaries as Nigel Mansell, Carlos Reutemann and John Barnard, Windsor now plies his trade as an esteemed journalist and television pundit. The 56-year-old is well-known in the States by dint of his commentary for SPEED TV. Anderson previously featured in F1 with Ligier and Onyx back in 1989 and 1990 respectively, and has also worked with success in NASCAR circles, with Haas/CNC Racing.
It is claimed that the new team – which began to take shape following the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix and is said to have received the blessing of the sport's commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone – will be unveiled to the public before the end of this month, and hopes to be ready to make its Formula 1 debut as early as 2010.
USF1 will allegedly have its base in the heart of NASCAR country in Charlotte, North Carolina, with an agreement in place to make use of the new Windshear wind tunnel in the Deep South state. There could also be a European headquarters in Bilbao in Spain.
Other rumours, meanwhile, suggest that Anderson – who is understood to have attempted to purchase the defunct Super Aguri outfit last year – is formulating a bid to buy-out Honda F1.
It is claimed that Anderson's goal in the USF1 project is to provide a showcase for both American drivers and technology. The last US-born driver to compete in the top flight was Scott Speed back in 2006 and 2007, whilst the only American drivers to have lifted the world championship laurels have been the late Phil Hill in 1961 and Mario Andretti in 1978. The sole time an American driver and American car have run together as a combination was Dan Gurney in his Eagle more than four decades ago.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
As you look over my MINI you can see the green grass of the the grounds at VIR. Every time I think of VIR I think of a country club setting. This place is just awesome. Look over the bridge and you can see the new brick condos. (click the picture to enlarge it) That's a place for the ultimate in race track living.
Until next time, I'll see you down the road.
As the title of this post says this is just a random photo I caught with my pocket camera as I was walking the paddock area. There were some nice cars here and it is always fun to walk through the garage area to see how racers move their equipment and work on cars at the track. Now if I could play some audio for this picture it would be the sweet song of a Porsche at full throttle.
I am just back from VIR http://www.virclub.com/ and I thought I would share a few sights from the trip. This weekend VIR held the three day Koni Challenge. http://www.konichallenge.com/
I really like these cars. This is some serious horsepower in a small package. I stuck my head inside one of them all all you could smell was leather. Very nice.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Paul Newman. I knew the day would come when he would be gone. He was reported to be sick months ago and was looking rather thin now for the last couple of years. I never met him but I saw him from a distance several times. I met his racing partner of many years, Carl Haas in Indianapolis at the US Grand Prix. I should show you that photo sometime.
This morning I was chatting with a list of friends from around the world as we watched the Formula One Grand Prix qualifying live from Singapore. A friend of mine from Canada told me via a chat message that Paul has just died. Bummer.
In the picture above you can see the red, white, and blue Oldsmobile with Paul driving in 1990 at the F1 USGP in Phoenix. His car usually said "PL Newman" He never really liked anyone to know who he really was. He was an awesome driver and from the local talk on this day he had his pal Tom Cruise in tow for the weekend. They were just hanging out for the weekend watching F1. He had a chance to drive in this warm-up race and went for it. And he was good at it. I took this 35mm print with my old Pentax ME Super from my seat that day.
I don't have much to say about Paul that the media hasn't already said. I will say I love the fact he was good at what he did no matter what is was. He lived well and was true to his friends and family. He gave his time and money to the greater good. A true mentor, I never met him in person but I will never forget him.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It's been a bit slow on the MINI adventures lately. Sorry I have been VERY busy with all my interests! I never stop. I only slow for corners to hit the proper apex in life.
Ok it is no secret I am a Ferrari Formula One fan. Always have been, always will be. I watch every practice, qualifying, race, you name it...and I have the tape and dvds to prove it..9 USGPs to date attended and here is hoping for a return for F1 to the US in 2010...oh yeah..sorry I have a Nick Heidfeld hat to wear at BMW events as he is my next favorite. If I had not been a Ferrari fan since I flew my red flag in Phoenix in 1989 I would be a BMW fan.
Back to the title of this post....I was... naturally visualizing a Ferrari 1/2 finish at the Italian Grand Prix!
What I got was a Ferrari P1 finish alright, except it was the Red Bull chassis with a Ferrari engine! Well. My numero uno sports drink I buy by the case and drink once a day whether I need it or not...they win! Formerly known as the Minardi team they have NEVER won a race. Well it rained, Sebastian Vettel leads from the pole and beat everything on the track! Well I would have bet BIG money against that outcome.
At any rate...I have to say Congratulations to the Red Bull team. You earned it. A historic finish and well done. Cheers Dietrich Mateschitz! (That's him in the middle of the picture)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The line-up in the parking lot today at Springwood Park in Burlington, North Carolina.
The Tar Heel MINI Motoring Club was having a Club Blast and it was a good one...someone said there were almost 100 cars there. I really lost count in the afternoon...
Here is a link to the Newspaper article in the Burlington Times....
Monday, May 19, 2008
The NHRA legend. John Force. This guy is the nicest person on the block. His team brought the car they had just raced in Bristol and several drivers. They had all barely slept but they signed everything in sight and John kept everyone entertained with his personality. I can't say enough good things about him. He is the man. I am a big fan of his, as a driver and most of all as a real person. You rock dude.
From John's web site...
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Now that he's driven in his 500th NHRA race, won his 1,000th round, made his 201st final round appearance and celebrated his 59th birthday, all within the last three weeks, John Force acknowledged Wednesday that he may be ready to take the final step in his recovery from career-threatening injuries suffered last fall in a 320 mile-an-hour crash.
"Every race I'm feeling more comfortable in the car," proclaimed the 14-time series champion. "The car's gotten better. I'm better. I think we're ready to win again."
Tony Stewart today at work....fresh off his helicopter which landed right in front of our building from Charlotte.
Oh my MINI was parked about 30 feet from all the action...with the sun shade on the dash and under the shade of a nice tree....
Sunday, May 11, 2008
"Mr. Clean" sits adjacent to the car washing station. I must have washed my car five times in four days. Between the rain and the bugs it was tough on the old boy. Should I mention the complimentary products we used to wash our cars? Awesome stuff..my personal favorite is a product called 'Slick." I left with several bottles of these products. They Rock.
Did I mention there was fun to be had at the Second Annual MINI Monte Carlo Night?
Thanks to all from the PittStop MINI Club....
Not a good sign. I was standing by my car as Sumpter, who works for Dan at Grassroots Garage, installed an engine damper on my car. Suddenly we hear what sounds like fireworks in the distance. Then we see smoke. On my radio I was told balls of electricity were flying down the wires behind the houses on the side of the mountain. With all the wind we were having at the time this was not a good thing. The nearest fire department was quite a ways down the road.
This is what happens when you drive hard and roll your car. I must say when this fellow drove through the village he got a round of applause! He was all the way from Canada!! This image is a testimonial to the structural integrity of these cars. Other than a bad windshield the car survived the altercation with the embankment and the resulting roll pretty well.
It didn't take long to make it down to the giant venor tent and start flashing my cash.
Here I am getting an install from the seller of MINI eyes. Nice job Stoopid Girl! Here are links to her sites:
Another year, another MINIs on the Dragon. We had a small caravan this year out of Clemmons, NC and we collectively decided to stop at a very nice local pizza place in Black Mountain. http://www.myfatherspizza.com/
After a really nice lunch we all decided to stretch our legs and visit some very cool local shops. This place has that old small town feel and the shops are worth visiting for some really unusual stuff. This picture shows a view back down one of the streets.
A picture of one of the best MINI mechanics in the USA. Dan Zipkin. We are lucky to have him so close to us in North Carolina. Here he is seen in action installing yet another supercharger pulley. He must have installed a truckload of pulleys this weekend!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Some of the clubs members had several cars on display. Here is a shot of two of them. There were quite a few MINIs there, my only comment is we needed more room to park them. This place is not small and it was packed with cars! I have this event on my calendar for 2009.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The inside of the engine compartment of a red Austin Healy Bugeye Sprite. What a nice car! I have always liked these cars and I owned a MG Midget myself. One day I need to dig some pictures of my car out...In the mean time I have to stay away from these cars, if one were to come up for sale I might be tempted to pull my wallet out.
Looking back at the large building that houses the gift shop, a huge tasting room, and other things you can see the music shell on the hill. This building will be the stage for some awesome music this year. Take a look at the schedule...these people have most of the classic beach music bands that ever hit a stage....I will be back. Soon.
I have seen the vineyards in California but there are no vineyards that exceed this place in layout and beauty. As I came through Dobson for my first visit to this area I was stunned at the large entrance gates and the detail in the landscaping. I am a landcaping nut myself and this place reminded me of some of the best I have seen. I thought I had arrived at Biltmore! Nice job folks!
On the way to the vineyards we stopped by Mount Airy. http://www.mountairy.org/
This is a very nice town I really enjoy walking around in.
The Snappy Lunch is the place to get your pork chop sandwich. Just remember it closes at 1:15 sharp on Saturday! http://www.visitmayberry.com/detailsnorthcarolina.asp?BusinessID=58&BusinessCategoryID=85
As I motor down the road on my way to the British Car gathering at Shelton Vineyards http://www.sheltonvineyards.com/ I picked up a bit of a caravan of really three nice English automobiles. I captured this picture in the western edge of Rockingham County from my driver mirror. I thought it was cool that we just casually met on a country road.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
You have to understand something about my car. It lives a protective life. I watch the weather constantly and if there is a chance of rain my car stays in the garage. That is the temperature controlled garage. I never let it get dirty and it has only been driven in the rain once when I got caught in the rain at the Dragon run last year. At this point the car even still has the new car smell in it..well this trip I was made fun of for my "pristine MINI." OK by me I like my cars in like new condition baybe. SO I finally named my car. He is now "Mr Clean."
As we finished our day at the Hickory Tavern for some fine British Ale and great food this picture was taken in the parking lot by some MINI paparazzi...Not to matter...I was out in 30 degree weather the next day washing Mr. Clean and detailing the fender wells...All is good...
We continued our ride through a bunch of twisty roads and through a mountain pass. We tried to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a short stint but the road was closed due to snow. So we changed the planned route and had to detour. Our leader was using google maps on his Iphone. I asked him on our radio frequency if he was lost. He said trust me and I did. The next thing I know we are on a frozen dirt road! OMG. There were all kinds of people making comments on the radio like..."if I had known we were going four wheeling I would have brought my WRX!!" "Don't look now, he has a gun." "I swear I hear banjo music." As I crossed a bridge of hand-hewn trees I prayed the weight of my car would not break it. Rifle Range Road...what a story.
Now our trip has become the Ned Beatty Classic" adventure canoe trip / world rally championship training run...
Thursday, November 1, 2007
As we headed home..some of the gang went to the winery, some went to the Woolwine Festival..and we had a bit of fun on the twisties...although there was some slow traffic in front at times the roads are great...here is a link to a short video of one of the runs...