Even with all of the controversy, politics, and sometimes stagnant races, Formula 1 continues to be the pinnacle of auto racing. The first race is a week away. Bring on Melbourne.
The Clipsal 500 at Adelaide is a formidable race to make a series debut at. The old guns of Holden and Ford are up for any challengers. NIssan and Mercedes were easily dispelled in their first season last year. I had figured Volvo S60 would be in the same boat this year, but after Race 2 at Adelaide the pecking order in V8 Supercars needs a shakeup. Volvo has jumped to a podium finish. Scott McLaughlin, the 20 yr old 2013 rookie of the year, had an epic fight with THE V8 Supercar hot shoe, Jamie Whincup and won out. Is there a better looking touring car currently turning laps? I don’t think so.
Scoot McLaughlin vs Jamie Whincup
Race 2 Highlights
Race 1 Lap 1
Race 2 Lap 1
Early February means one thing for us…. we get to attend press day for the Canadian International Autoshow. We are privileged to be accredited media for the event. Roaming the show floor with only press minus the hustle and bustle of the general public is a totally different experience. We are allowed to take much better photos and get a more in depth and personal experience with most of the cars. We’re not in the market for a 6 figure luxury sedan anytime soon, but it’s nice pretending for a day.
The Mclaren P1 is hands down THE one car you need to see at the CIAS. It is the new bedroom poster king. Taking over from our F40, 959, Countach, and F1 posters. Pfaff also brought out their MP4-12C Spa-F and roadster to the super car hall. While the Heffner Turbo R8, Porsche 964 Turbo and Mercedes SLS Roadster were among their other display cars in their other display.
One would think racecars standing still are a sad sight. They unfortunately can`t be racing all of the time. Luckily they look just as fast standing still. Can`t get enough splitters, diffusers, wings, toe hooks, centre locks.
Road cars and concepts make up most of the show floor. The last few photos show off an awesome paint finish from Ferrari. Also great shades of blue from BMW and Subaru.
There are very few racing series left that harken back to true production based machines. Even WTCC and V8 supercars used highly modified vehicles. Trick motors, trannys, diffs and tons of body work. The US based Continental Tire series however, is one of the few true production based series left. The GS class consisting of sportscars with large displacement 6 or 8 cylinder engines, or boosted 4 cylinders. Including the Chevlrolet Camaro, Porsche 911s, Subaru Impreza WRX STIs, Ford Mustangs, BMW M3s, and Aston Martin Vantages. The ST class supports smaller displacement 4 or 6 cylinder coupes, sedans and roadsters. This includes Honda Civics, Mazda Miatas, Hyundai GenesisPorsche Boxsters, Mazda RX-8s, BMW 330is, VW Golfs, Mazda Mazdaspeed3s, Kia Forte Koups, and BMW 128is, I’d love to see the FIA fund and promote a true worldwide showroom stock series. Imagine adding Audi S5s and S3s, Mercedes-Benz C63s and A-Classes, Mitsubishi EVOs, Lexus RC-Fs and ISs, Renault Meganes, Lotus Evoras, Jaguar F-Types. An abundance of full works teams battling it out on big name tracks? It would bring back the win on Sunday sell on Monday sales pitches.
I was waiting for this ride to air out watching that video. Ohh… it’s static. Gotcha, -_-.
The FIA announced the other day that the season finale race will now award double points. DAFUQ? No don’t give single points for pole or fastest lap, let’s double the points for the shit show that is Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. They also scheduled the American GP (in Texas) the same day as the NASCAR race in Texas. Genius. Who runs the FIA? Rob Ford? I’ve been an F1 proponent for years, even though I know the product is sometimes suspect. But COME ON, listen to the fans for once. We can’t go back in time for low downforce, wide, big tire’d, balls out cars anymore. But these retro liveries, liken to bygone years of smokes and retro graphics, make it possible for us to time travel..sort of.
All images produced by CdeB Design.