Henry Ford (30th July 1863 – 7th April 1947) is well known as the founder of the Ford Motor Company. In 1908, 110 years ago, Ford brought the Model T to market, the first affordable automobile; in 1918, 100 years ago, approximately every second vehicle owner in the USA had such a Ford Model T. Hence today it is a good time to focus on Henry Ford.

According to www.britannica.com Henry Ford was an American industrialist who revolutionized factory production with his assembly-line methods. He spent most of his life making headlines, good, bad, but never indifferent.

Celebrated as both a technological genius and a folk hero, Henry Ford was the creative force behind an industry of unprecedented size and wealth that in only a few decades permanently changed the economic and social character of the USA.

Last, but not least a statement (see recommendation) from Henry Ford, which impressed The Castiron: „I believe God is managing affairs and He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe that everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?“ To trust in God and being not idle – it appears that Henry Ford succeeded in doing so! 

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

Recommendation:       http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/421763-when-i-asked-him--mr-henry-ford--if-he-ever-worried


As people of motor sport we are interested in everything that stinks an rattles. No surprise, that on a Monday in October 2015 we sat in front of the TV, watching on DMAX – the men’s Monday. Filled with excitement and curiosity, we watched what these men did with their hp-monsters in the telecast „Full Pull“. After that, I talked to my wife: The Kaisers, they are different; due to the way they are dealing with each other, they might be Christians. 

After the third telecast we contacted the Team Kaiser. Marcus answered and we got along well immediately. So I invited them to the yearly SRS Motorsport meeting in January 2016. The same year, we visited some pulling events. So we witnessed their winning of the German championship – impressive! 

In 2017 we visited almost all competitions of the German championship to support the Team Kaiser. Now for two years, DMAX broadcasted „Full Pull“. That gave a never expected boom to the scene and the events were much better attended; more people were coming to the team truck in the open paddock, asking for autographs, selfies and ... talking with the team members. 

There is an African saying: „People are listening to winners!“ Through the conversations in the paddock you can reach the people, talking about the sport and anything and everything and finally about God. It is very important for the Kaisers to live their Christian faith in sport. Therefore, Thomas the team leader campaigned for SRS Motorsport with an info point during their home event in Holzheim. Furthermore, we could hand over a sportsman Bible named MORE to the ones on the winners’ podium; the same was possible at the season final in Berghausen. 

For the Team Kaiser the season 2017 was better than expected, better than the year before. They reached the German title already two events before the end of the season. Despite the success, there have also been backstrokes, for instance, the serious gear box damage during the show pull in Grimmen. 

There was not only the champion’s trophy at the season final in Berghausen. No, the Team Kaiser itself provided a trophy, made from a bush and a piston rod, out of a scrapped engine. It was auctioned in support of SRS-Werteoffensive (see recommendation) for a good cause. 

It’s a fascinating story. And one thing is for sure: The Team Kaiser will get going again in 2018 for their 25 years jubilee! 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Rainer! 

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

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PS. You can read more in blogpost 38 TRACTOR PULLING.


Today’s video tells its own tale - quite loudly and dramatically. The Castiron shares some of his experiences; it was always a well-balanced car, always a rear wheel got damaged. And: a burst tyre or a slow puncture, the final outcome is the same - a flat tyre! 

Slow puncture on the country road, around 50 miles per hour. Moderate speed, a familiar road, the car slightly unstable. A stop at the next garage, checking the tyres visually and with the tyres pressure gauge, asking for help: a mechanic could repair the tyre, because it was not yet damaged (just a nail had to be removed first of all). Sometimes the tyre can be repaired, sometimes it has to be replaced. 

Slow puncture on the German highway, around 100 miles per hour. Not a very familiar route, quite heavy traffic, an irregular unstable car. Is it a bad road surface or is something wrong with the car? You guessed it: the stop on the breakdown lane and a tyres’ check lead to the issue, that one wheel had to be replaced (thankfully a car with a spare wheel on board, with a regularly checked tyre pressure). This time it was not possible to repair the tyre. 

Burst tyre (rear left) on the track in Hockenheim, Germany, right bend „Nordkurve“, around 75 miles per hour. You presage it: a huge task for the driver. The vehicle rear swung extremely to the outer side and The Castiron did everything possible to keep the car under control: counter-steering as fast as possible to the maximum and pressing the clutch pedal. The car slithered across the track and at the last moment, The Castiron could finally handle this matter - driver and car in good shape, the tyre destroyed. 

Former blogposts give some hints: 21 FOUR POSTCARDS and 22 BEST CONFEDERATES 201701 may help to avoid such situations. Anyway, a happy end is not guaranteed; type of the vehicle and its load, speed range and the driver’s reaction are major components and play an essential role. 

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

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The way human beings differ, so do driving-styles. Circumstances and situations are not always the same, too. There are various ways to keep on track - successfully, fast and safely. 

Often, the cause of the mean sneering was a critical situation; the racing driver lost time and knows his last chance is: now more than ever! You know the two basic thoughts: I still get you, too and there is no way for you to overtake me. At this point, you are close to doggedness. 

In these cases, you are mentally right at the limit, you drive all the time at the limit or even a little more. In other words, you drive with the knife between your teeth. And: what about fairness? Too aggressive? Under all these circumstances it might go wrong, but not necessarily. 

The result of such a driving-style can be a best effort (he made the impossible possible) or several additional critical situations lead to a race to forget. 

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

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Concurrently between 1782 and 1826 lived three men with a common main concern: the well-being of children. This lead to the establishment of the Kindergarten. Let us have a look at these three, chronologically: Oberlin, Pestalozzi and Fröbel. 

Jean-Frédéric Oberlin (1740 – 1826), Frenchman, pastor, has been called the „true precursor of Christianity“ in France. His orphan asylums for the protection of children are particularly noteworthy. He is also termed as a forward-thinker of Fröbel. 

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746 – 1827), Swiss, pedagogue and educational reformer; his grandfather, a pastor, gave him an understanding of charity. He founded several educational institutions and wrote many works explaining modern principles of education. 

Friedrich Fröbel (1782 – 1852), German, pedagogue and a student of Pestalozzi, son of a pastor. After his first job as an educator in Germany, he worked for some time with Pestalozzi in Switzerland, where his ideas further developed. In particular, he emphasized the children’s individual gifts and talents, as well as the promotion of self-acting, motor skills, fantasy and creativity. Fröbel is considered to be the founder of the Kindergarten in 1840; the first one was in Bad Blankenburg, Germany. It was the beginning of a new early childhood education. 

Hence, it was Fröbel who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He created the concept of the Kindergarten; the second part of this word - „garden“ - speaks for itself. A garden is a space for the cultivation of plants and other form of nature – growing, thriving, developing! 

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

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PS. Source reference: Wikipedia and the newspaper D’REGION 11. Jahrgang Nr. 27


On the occasion of grandson’s Mickey birthday, The Castiron had the opportunity to visit the Kindergarten. It seemed to be a normal day with a special hour for the birthday boy. 

All together sung several songs, one of them with special wishes for a guardian angel for Mickey. He got some presents and the children played together, too. Everyone was in a good mood, and also this seemed to be normal – not least because of the committed nursery school teachers. 

Of course, the birthday cake had to be present. Baked by Mickey’s dad, shape of a car, orange-coloured, this chocolate cake was big enough for everyone (also for The Castiron) and was quickly eaten. 

Today’s blogpost picture, a sunrise, is meant to be a symbol for these children. Often, they show some similarities: like a rising sun, they represent brightness and lightness, to name a few aspects. The Castiron hopes and wishes, that all children always have the sunshine and the guardian angels with them. 

This was mainly grandfather’s view. You will read more in Part II next week, from the pastor’s perspective. 

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

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The video is worth a thousand words. Have a look at it, more than once. Is the saying „who brakes loses“ really correct? Or rather: the later you brake the longer you’re fast? 

Some risks of braking (too) late: problems on the track, beside the track or even a crash. Loosing time is guaranteed. In addition, there is the possibility for an immediate uneven tyre wear (in case of no ABS). The Castiron made this experience several times. In extreme cases the tyre showed the steel belt at the flat spot – a destroyed, standing (instead of trundling) tyre, unnecessary costs and usually an unsuccessful practice or race. 

Some chances of braking late: make up time, winning some positions, probably winning the race – this is also the occasion’s objective. In case you are the race leader right from the start, often you can hold this position, when also your braking is just on the right point – the ideal situation, but not always the case. And: easier said than done. 

It is up to you, in combination with various circumstances. Take the right decision at the right time at the right place – and implement it perfectly, when ever possible. Good luck! 

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

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