After last week’s blogpost, which emphasized the achievements of several men, let us also have a look at the other side of the coin. Best – or worst – example are the happenings on the occasion of the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016. It is a story of joy and pain. 

Last week’s blogpost presented some WEC World Champions: the three Swiss Marcel Fässler, Sébastien Buemi, Neel Jani. Just one of them won the race in Le Mans: Marcel Fässler. The other two aimed at this prestigious victory. Neel Jani brought it to the point; he said: „these colleagues make life always a little bit difficult“ - in other words, on one hand compatriots, on the other hand tough opponents on the track. 

The aim was clear: Neel Jani (together with Marc Lieb und Romain Dumas), Porsche 919 Hybrid and Sébastien Buemi (together with Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima), Toyota TS050 Hybrid wanted the first victory in Le Mans. But there can only be one winner. 

One victor possible and two answers: less than 10 minutes before the end of this 24 hours Sébastien Buemi’s Toyota is on the lead, at this time Kazuki Nakajima behind the steering wheel. First victory for Sébastien Buemi, first victory for Toyota in Le Mans ... here comes the very sad end of this story: a technical defect stopped this car, just a very few minutes before the end of the race. The second and final answer: Neel Jani finished in lead after the 24 hours. And says: „unbelievable, there are no words.“ 

Especially to everybody who loves sports: it hurts to watch the video. But it is sports, it is life. To finish first first you must finish. 

The story will continue next week with Part II. 

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

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The Three and the Swiss Confederation, The Castiron’s home country. A long time ago, in 1291, the Swiss Confederation was founded, by three brave men – as the legend says. Walter Fürst of the canton of Uri, Werner Stauffacher of the canton of Schwyz and Arnold Melchtal of the canton of Unterwalden came together in a time of great oppression. Their aim was to lay the cornerstone for a land of freedom; the Federal Charter of 1291 began with the words: In the name of God, Amen – today: In the name of God Almighty. 

This country, today known as Switzerland (geographical in the heart of Europe) still exists. In the hundreds of years since 1291 have been times of freedom and times of oppressions and prohibitions and certainly many three brave men. One great story is about the Three in the 21st century and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) - circuit races forbidden in Switzerland since 1955. Nevertheless, they reached great things, worth for a single short paragraph for each of them. 

WEC World Champion 2012: Marcel Fässler, Switzerland (together with André Lotterer und Benoît Tréluyer), Audi R18 e-tron quattro. 

WEC World Champion 2014: Sébastien Buemi, Switzerland (together with Anthony Davidson), Toyota TS040 Hybrid. 

WEC World Champion 2016: Neel Jani, Switzerland (together with Marc Lieb und Romain Dumas), Porsche 919 Hybrid. 

Do you understand, why The Castiron is a little bit proud to be a compatriot of Walter Fürst, Werner Stauffacher, Arnold Melchtal and Marcel Fässler, Sébastien Buemi, Neel Jani? 

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

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Nürburgring Nordschleife. Just Nordschleife, just Nürburgring? Let us have a look back to 1927, the year of birth. According to Wikipedia, the track was completed in spring of 1927 and the first races took place on 18 and 19 June 1927. Rudolf Caracciola was the winner in a Mercedes Compressor. 

The whole track extended over 17,5 miles, consisted of 174 bends and the fastest time ever around the full „Gesamtstrecke“ was 1929 by Louis Chiron, at an average speed of 70 mph in his Bugatti. And: it was Nürburgring „Gesamtstrecke“ with a long North Loop Nordschleife and a shorter South Loop Südschleife. The really legendary and fascinating part was and remains the Nordschleife, Nürburgring Nordschleife. 

And now, 90 years later: on 16 to 18 June 2017 the Nürburgring Classic, the historical motorsports meeting, will take place. Part of this event is the „ADAC-Eifelrennen“, a 3-hours-race; the name „Eifelrennen“ was born in the opening race in 1927. 

Please note: each year many events and much more are taking place, not merely the one in June (see recommendation). Not only the 90th birthday is an invitation to visit this region; once you have been there, you will come again and again, as The Castiron does, too. It is always time for anticipation, be it as spectator or participant! 

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

Recommendation:       http://www.nuerburgring.de/en/events-tickets/oldtimer/nuerburgring-classic.html


Tractor Pulling Team Kaiser – Family Affairs Pulling Team. This team is a family pulling team from south Germany. They compete with their Alky-Burner Super Stock tractor called Best Solution in the German championship series and took home the title in 2016. 

They started Tractor Pulling in the early nineties and grew up to a top team in the German series. Main thing about the Kaiser Pulling Team is, that it is a family project. They compete with a tractor, based on a 40series John Deere model (see at the end „men and machines“). 

They started as a „just for fun team“ in 1993 running regional pulling events. A few years later the claim for more power and professionalism raised and Thomas Kaiser, the team founder and captain, stepped up into German series with the team’s first Super Stock tractor, based on a Deutz 8006 (see at the end „men and machines“). 

One year later the team imported a John Deere tractor from the USA to keep up with the top. At this time, Margret Kaiser stepped into pulling driving duties (see at the end „men and machines“). 

From the beginning of 2003 the team started with two John Deere Alky-Burner tractors and stepped into European series (Euro Cup) until 2007 to battle with the top of Europe. After an absence of several years, Team Kaiser stepped back on the pulling tracks in 2015. The same time they got announced to be a part of a TV documentation called FULL PULL on DMAX. This season turned out with the third place in the German championship and a lot of nice demo runs in Austria, Switzerland and on German promotion events. 

In 2016 the DMAX broadcast went into a second session and Team Kaiser started in a perfect season, capturing the German title one event before the season finale. For 2017 the goal is focused on capturing the title again - and to get another tractor ready to rock and roll in 2018. 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Tractor Pulling Team Kaiser!

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Instagram: #tractor_pulling_team_kaiser 

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

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Men and machines. 

Men.       Team Kaiser was Thomas and Margret Kaiser with their 3 boys Marcus, Stephan and Christoph. Today, the crew increased by the sons’ wives and girlfriends. Many people ask how can it work as a family. The answer is: „It works fine. Everyone got his job. Only together as a team, a family, we can handle it.“ The team’s credo is: „Who grows together, can be strong together.“        And: Margret Kaiser also stepped into pulling driving duties and powered the team’s tractor to a German title. She is the first female driver capturing a national title in Europe.        The faith in God is the family’s power to go on, even when things get tough – in sports, interpersonal, anywhere else in life. The team reflects their faith by presenting the conviction on the tractor, on the trailer, in the sports as a personal statement. Therefore, Team Kaiser is part of SRS motorsport since 2015, to connect people in sports and show, that it is not boring and compelled to be a Christian in racing. 

Machines.       Actually, the 40series John Deere model with stock motor block, 530 cubic inches, 3 turbo chargers in 2 steps, CNC made hemi cylinder head with overhead camshaft and belt drive, MSD ignition, CNC made pistons and rods uses methanol as fuel, creating about 3300 hp at 6500 rpm with 95 psi boost. This tractor is „selfmade“, every single part is manufactured in-house at the Kaiser Performance workshop.        A Deutz 8006 was the basic for the team’s first super stock tractor, with 3 turbo chargers, Diesel fuel and about 1100 hp. 


Well prepared and ready? This question has to be answered in advance. If „no“, you better would have stayed at home. If „yes“, let us go! First of all, former blogposts give a little help: 20 TREASURY 1612 and 29 THE CASTIRON’S P P P P P. At least the correct seating position is a must and the proper preparation of man and machine is essential. 

Also a trackday simply gets off to a better start if you slept well. After breakfast it is time to drive to the track. Interior space and trunk are as empty as possible – on one hand for your safety, on the other hand for a lighter car. This stripping (including loose carpets) helps that no object can harm you in case of an accident by flying around in the interior and saves between 30 and 70 lb easily. 

And then: driver briefing. Listen and reflect – and memorize! A few minutes later you will be sitting in your car, ready for the first lap. Ready? Helmet on and chinstrap fastened, between strap and chin just space to put one finger between them – not more! And please note: helmet on does not mean brain off! 

The first lap is the opportunity to scout out the track and its conditions. You are responsible for yourself! Look for a rhythm that fits bests for you! The Castiron recommends to increase the pace step by step and to take a break after 30 to 75 minutes, depending on the track, the conditions and especially the car. Eleanor V forces The Castiron to pause after about an hour – because the fuel tank is almost empty (on the track, almost empty is very, very close to completely empty). Do not forget: not only your car needs fluids but also yourself! 

Finally, enjoy the day and keep in mind: do not underestimate the challenge of such a day and do not overestimate your own abilities and, it is a trackday not a race, with the major aim for a happy end – driver and car both well, after a satisfying day with a lot of good experiences and fun! 

For those, who want to know how passengers go through a ride with The Castiron and Eleanor V: you are invited to read blogposts 13 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 1611 and 28 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 1702, both trackday experiences. Enjoy yourself!

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

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36 UNIQUE 1704

Last week’s blogpost dealt with the story of Good Friday and Easter, of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ – truly unique.

And human beings? Seemingly each person has less than 10 lookalikes, if at all. Almost equal or quite similar in the outward appearances, everyone is different. That means: unique. You are unique!

This is probably a reason why we want to have our vehicles individualised – in other words: unique. This is more or less a matter of taste. Therefore be fair. Shared joy is twice a joy! You will appreciate that, too. And do not forget, today’s topic: unique!

Next week The Castiron will bring you closer to a trackday’s daily routine.

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


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35 EASTER 1704

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? The Castiron likes to share the main content of this impressive hymn with you. According to the English Wikipedia, this American spiritual was composed by African-American slaves and firstly published in William Eleazor Barton’s 1899 Old Plantation Hymns. It is the story of Good Friday and Easter, of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!

Were you there when the stone was rolled away? Were you there when He rose up from the dead? Oh! Sometimes I feel like shouting Glory! Glory! Glory!

Essential questions. What are the answers, your answers?

For those, who want to know more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, Luke 24, verses 45-48 (see recommendation).

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


Photos: Tom van Egmond, Ersigen. Thank you Tom!

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