179 DRIVER OF THE YEAR 2019

First of all, please have a look at the video. Ott Tänak – a well-known driver! An overview on the past year caused The Castiron to award such a title to this driver; it is just a personal and unofficial choice.

It is the really special story: the last 15 years always a Frenchman (9 times Sébastien Loeb and 6 times Sébastien Ogier) became the Rallye World Champion. And now, for the very first time, it is a man from Estonia – the first driver from the Baltic area, from the whole of Eastern Europe.

He secured this historical title, together with his co-driver Martin Järveoja, on the second last competition of the season in Spain. It was very impressive: by winning the last special stage and classified 2nd overall (less than a second before the third one), the two got the necessary points for the uncatchable lead before the final event in Australia.

To sum it up: driving ability and ride feeling, car control, speed and constancy, courage and cleverness, alertness and much more – very, very brilliant and impressive! Deserved world champions!

The Castiron has always held the rallye drivers in high esteem; he takes a bow and takes his hat off to Ott Tänak and his co-driver Martin Järveoja – the latter rarely in the focus as the man on the hot seat, but eminently important!

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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PS   Source reference: MOTORSPORT aktuell Nr. 46 / 2019; www.motorsport-aktuell.de

PPS   As an encore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPnjMhXNQ3Y

178 MORE THAN 100 PERCENT IS LESS THAN 100 PERCENT

Also a racing driver wishes to reach 100 percent whenever possible. Life itself teaches us: sometimes it is less, sometimes you think over 100 percent is more – is it, really? Is more than 100 percent really of use or does it eventually lead to faults?

Today’s topic and motorsport correlate closely. Always 100 percent is the racing driver’s aim – is it possible? Some examples speak for themselves. Hill climb: already the start is crucial; too much wheel spin, too little engine speed and 1 second or more is gone – you will never get it back, it cannot be compensated. Circuit races: the start is crucial, too; practice session, fastest lap and reaching 100 percent in every sector – hardly ever one single driver attains all fastest sector times.

Missed fastest sector times are often the outcome of more than 100 percent. The driver pushes too much (not too little) and drops below 100 percent. The loss of time is the least of the evils; sometimes, the car control becomes far less than 100 percent, in the worse case combined with the loss of the car. Generally possible basic influences: accelerating, braking, cornering.

Today’s video presents some more examples; please, no malicious joy – a haughty spirit goes before a fall (The Holy Bible, Proverbs 16, verse 18). Or a bit different, according to Lewis Hamilton: racing drivers are also human beings who make mistakes and want to give 100 percent, neither 101 nor 99; with that, the point has been made.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Proverbs16

177 LIKE A BOOK

The beginning of a new year provides a useful opportunity to look back and ahead – back on 176 blogposts, ahead to some or many more. The Castiron does not know what future brings along – do you? We will see, let us focus on today’s topic.

Like a book, written word, on one hand – on the other hand, something specific, something unique. According to Wikipedia, a blog is a discussion or information website consisting of informal text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that recent posts appear first, at the top of the webpage. The Castiron offers the possibiliy to search and reach out to the archives.

It is like a book, or even more. Any time you want, you can read whatever you like - always easy to find. Those who really want to know can read everything from the beginning to present: for instance, by starting to read daily one of the former posts – in less than one year you will get to the present and you go on weekly.

The Castiron appreciates all the current followers and is happy to welcome new ones. Once again it is time to say: thank you and enjoy yourself!

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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176 TREASURY 201912

Some basics have been presented inter alia in former blogposts on the crucial subject treasure chest on the occasion of the past year ends. Today, we face a „Notschlachtung“ (emergency slaughter).

The German word „Notschlachtung“ (emergency slaughter) is used allegorically in motor sport. To handle a specific critical situation, a „Notschlachtung“ is a must – as an immediate action. 

This situation: your car begins to spin, you are more passenger than pilot; are you, really? As it is occuring, you have to hit the brake pedal as soon as possible – quick as a lightning and with all the power. There are quite good prospects if done correctly.

The result of the „Notschlachtung“, car without ABS (not unusual in motor sport): your car continues to slide in the very last direction the vehicle was driving before all the 4 wheels blocked. Speed diminishes, probably you are able to handle the car correctly at a lower speed, probably you have to wait until the vehicle stands still or the unavoidable crash is not too heavy due to the drastically reduced speed.

A car equipped with ABS: it is not possible to lock the wheels. In this case, the situation is hard to assess, quite unpredictable – because of the still turning wheels, which influence the vehicle’s movement, too. Genuinely realistic: diminishing speed, and looking forward to the same outcoming as described above.

In any case: for the real „Notschlachtung“ a car without ABS is required. Either way, this is not an easy subject, and you have split seconds for your decision and the implementation – both have to be completely accurate!

This ride’s ending is next ride starting. Again, fasten your seat belt firmly, start the engine – you are ready to go. Have a safe drive!

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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175 CHRISTMAS 201912

The Castiron shares some of the content of the song Silent Night with you. Here, two verses of this song, performed for the first time in Oberndorf / Salzburg by Franz Xaver Gruber (melody) and Joseph Mohr (text) in 1818.

Silent night, holy night. Son of God, love’ pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face. With the dawn of redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night. Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar. Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia. Christ, the Saviour is born. Christ, the Saviour is born.

For those, who want to know more: The Castiron invites you to read the Holy Bible, Luke 2 (see recommendation).

Christ, the Saviour is born. Merry Christmas!

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Many thanks to all who made the video possible!

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174 GRAND PRIX SUISSE 1952 – JEAN BEHRA

This is the strange and almost unbelievable story of Jean Behra and the Grand Prix Suisse 1952. Jean Behra was a French racing driver, also participating in the Formula 1 (F1) World Championship.

The week before the Grand Prix Suisse 1952: Jean Behra’s team was short of money and for this reason, he had to waive the free practices on Thursday and Friday. An unconventional approach to the solution was adopted: helpful and with a quite successful outcome.

Jean Behra drives with his Gordini T16 race car (today’s video shows these vehicles) from Paris in France to Switzerland (more than 350 miles), a day before the Grand Prix. Hereby he kept on making the final adjustment for the best possible preparation of his car – all this on public roads.

During the race Behra’s Gordini loses its exhaust. The only spare part is disassembled from another participant’s Gordini and fixed to Behra’s car. The crazy weekend in May 1952 has a happy ending; ranking podium finishers: 1st Piero Taruffi, Italy, Ferrari   / 2nd Rudolf Fischer, Switzerland, Ferrari /   3rd Jean Behra, France, Gordini – not bad under these circumstances!

And, at the very end: two years later, in 1954, Jean Behra did not finish this Grand Prix; nonetheless he and the other drivers received a quite special price – a quarter of a Swiss Emmental cheese, a delicious and heavy gift! At that time nobody expected, nobody knew, that this was the last Grand Prix Suisse on the Circuit Bremgarten.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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PS   Source reference: Grand Prix Suisse 1934-54 Bern im Rennfieber von Marc Höchner, Nora Mathys, Severin Rüegg, Lisa Schlittler, Oliver Schneider

173 GUARDIAN ANGEL JOHN

No, it was not Dallas, as in today’s video; it was the Swiss Canton of Graubünden with its mountains, pass roads and tunnels – but it was the same klaxon of the German limousine belonging to John, a friend of The Castiron. The two spent holidays in this beautiful region and enjoyed the sound and melody of La Cucaracha, too. Yes, the child in the man.

It has been some time since this experience. Cars were not as reliable and safe as today. The limousine packed up before the journey home – defective differential, no longer mobile. John decided to leave the car to a garage on-site. Now remaining: two persons and their luggage, some hours away from home;

The Castiron calls his brother, asking him for help. He arrives the same evening, together with his girlfriend, with an Italian compact car. The situation now: the small hatchback car, four persons and luggage. Finally, everybody and everything in the car, the journey home begins.

Some hours later, still The Castiron’s brother behind the steering wheel, passing through a town. Around 40 miles per hour, deep darkness and almost no traffic. Suddenly John shouts: „watch it“ – a parked road trailer in the car’s light beam! The Castiron’s brother can avoid the crash in a split second. Nothing happens; on the other hand, a crash with this obstacle would have resulted with a very bad ending.

Call it guardian angel or whatever. Former blogposts and especially life experience show: some situations, some things we do not have in our own hands. And: often, there is a thin line between fortune and misfortune.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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