203 MORE ON ELEANOR V

The Castiron and his Ford Mustang, Eleanor V – this time primarily as facts and figures.

Ford Mustang GT (Option: Premium package)   model year 2005
Eleanor Body Kit   (CERVINIS)
Engine   V8   281 CID / 4.6 l   310 PS   452 Nm
5-speed manual transmission   (Hurst short-throw-shifter)   SPEC clutch Stage 1
Final-drive ratio  3,73 : 1  (41/11)   limited slip 

Wheel size / type   8.0 x 17 with offset of 35 mm   OZ Alleggerita
Brakes   EBC GD Sport Rotors vented discs
H&R coil springs   Eibach shock absorbers   ground clearance approx. 3.5 in / 9 cm
Curb weight (ready to start, without driver)   3395 lb / 1540 kg

For more pictures please see blogpost 200 and others more. Enjoy yourself!

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

Recommendation:       http://thecastiron.ch/en/contact.html

PS   Websites on today’s topic:  
https://www.cervinis.com/  
https://www.holley.com/brands/hurst/  
https://www.specclutch.com/   
https://www.ozracing.com/  
https://ebcbrakes.com/   
https://www.h-r.com/en-index/  
https://www.eibach.de/en/   

202 LE MANS 1955

This is the excerpt of a report on a very sad incident in the history of motorsport, the unconceivable 1955 Le Mans disaster in June, 65 years ago – probably the greatest catastrophe of all, with many, many wounded and over 80 dead; may their soul rest in peace.

According to Wikipedia, a major crash caused large fragments of debris to fly into the crowd. At 125 miles per hour, Mike Hawthorn (Jaguar), Lance Macklin (Austin-Healey) and Pierre Levegh (Mercedes-Benz) were involved; for one of them, Pierre Levegh, that was the price of life, too.  

Hawthorn pulled to the right side of the track in front of Macklin and started decelerating for his pit stop. Macklin swerved out from behind the slowing Jaguar into the path of Levegh; his Mercedes-Benz touched Macklin’s Austin-Healey. Levegh’s car made at least two impacts within the spectator area, the last of which caused it to disintegrate, throwing him onto the track where he was instantly killed, sending large pieces of debris (including the engine, parts of the suspension / axles and the hood) into the packed spectator area. 

When the rest of the wreck finally landed, the rear-mounted fuel tank exploded. Meanwhile Macklin’s car, heavily damaged, rammed the left-side barrier, then veered to the right into the pit lance, hitting the unprotected pit-wall, ending up once again in the left-side fence; Macklin survived the incident without serious injury.

Even today, 65 years later, all this leaves one consternated. And, one has to accept the fact: it is not all in our hands. Tragedies are not only in motorsports.

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

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PS   Le Mans 1955 caused a lot, also the end of the Grand Prix Suisse, the prohibition of circuit races in Switzerland, The Castiron’s home country – still valid today, strange and incomprehensible. At this point, no further comment from The Castiron to this.

201 REVIEW ON 152 TO 200

It is a good time for a short review, an overview emphasizing some points: memorable personalities, around the big family, contributions from third parties, practical helps for drivers (be it road or track) and last, but not least some pastor’s perspectives.

Memorable personalities. Gerhard Mitter (blogpost 155), Clay Regazzoni (156), George Whitefield (164), Toulo de Graffenried (170), Jean Behra (174), Ott Tänak (179), Herbert Müller (195). It is just a limited choice, based on The Castiron’s very personal dismay and point of view.

Around the big family and relatives (in the broadest sense of the terms) of Eleanor V, The Castiron’s Ford Mustang. Some facts and figures on a remarkable brand, as well as related persons, are presented in blogposts 167 and 186.

Contributions from third parties. Blogposts 152 and 200 help to give a broader view, this time both about   IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT:    thanks a lot, your contributions are a great benefit!

Practical help for drivers. Blogposts 161, 162, 163, 166, 169, 176, 178, 188, 189, 198 are mainly basic topics for road and track, such as   FEAR IS A POOR ADVISER   /   CLOCKWISE   /   MORE THAN 100 PERCENT IS LESS THAN 100 PERCENT   -   they mostly base on experiences of and insights from The Castiron himself.

Finally, some pastor’s perspectives. Blogposts 173, 194 and 199 dealt with subjects as   GUARDIAN ANGEL JOHN   /   TRANSIENT   /   PREACH AND DRIFT.   Further noteworthy, the blogposts 175 and 191 focus on   CHRISTMAS   and   EASTER   -   two of the principal Christian festivals!

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

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200 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 202006

Finally it was time – we have been looking forward joyfully to this day for quite a long time: the opportunity for a ride with The Castiron and Eleanor V, his Ford Mustang. Arriving at Hockenheimring: increasing anticipation, the familiar scent of gasoline and brakes in heavy use, dry and cool conditions – what is in store for us?

First of all following a guide vehicle, then really getting started: tremendous, impressive and truly breath-taking – I got very quiet, or in other words, the female passenger is silent and enjoys! But The Castiron seemed concerned and asked: “everything ok with you?” – “Yes, definitely, it is great” was my answer.

These first few laps followed many more, we were three co-drivers, who took turns. Anyone came into the enjoyment to get many impressions from the passenger seat and to see The Castiron in action! It was an awesome day and a great pleasure, to share and experience the fascination of motorsport and car control.

He let the car fly over the track and appeared all the times sovereign and serene. He was the calm itself, readily explained, patiently answered questions – no matter how busy it was all around. For us it was terrific to see how late one can brake and still made it around the bend correctly. If necessary, The Castiron also handled upcoming drifts skilfully. 

We were astonished about the precise and dynamic manner of this car’s handling – also about the fact, that two to three gears suffice to bang with a V8 through the track! This vehicle convinces already by the outward appearance, but the experience inside the car tops everything!

Some quotations from this day: “How late you can brake and still turn the corner in the right way! Respect. Circuit is not that boring, as I always thought.“ “This Ford Mustang’s handling dynamics! The subtle feeling when the car changes from understeering to oversteering will remain with me. A great joy to live to see the harmonious interaction from The Castiron and the vehicle!“ And The Castiron himself: „He who is familiar with his horse (Mustang), to whom it obeys.“

We would like to thank The Castiron again for this memorable adventure; we will not forget this anytime soon!

Many thanks from The Castiron to The Triple S!

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

Recommendation:       www.goaia.org

199 PREACH AND DRIFT

Some time ago, The Castiron was asked to preach on a special occasion: a service at a hill climb, halfway along the track – on a truck semitrailer. Yes! The Castiron, the pastor – and what about The Castiron, the racing driver? A question, quite easy to answer: demo rides at race’s breaks, preach and drift.

Demo rides not for the fastest time, but just for the spectators’ fun (same for The Castiron) and entertainment. That sounds good – as good as the church’s intention, to approach the spectators during the Sunday morning race break for the weekly service.

The race day, summer, great weather, time for the service, the truck semitrailer arrived at its place. The Castiron, not yet tired from some demo rides with drifts and burnouts at certain spectator’s areas, arrives just in time and climbs in his race suit on the loading platform – ready for the service, ready to preach.

In front of thousands of spectators, one major subject of The Castiron’s sermon: run in such a way as to get the prize; I do not run like someone running aimlessly – relevant for racers and  human beings’ lives.

For those, who want to know more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 9, verses 24-26 (please see recommendation).

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

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/NIV/1%20Corinthians9%3A24-26

PS   Websites on today’s topic:   https://kirchereitnau.ch/gottesdienste/bergrennen/   and    https://bergrennen-reitnau.ch/

198 NORDSCHLEIFE 202005

Things go in cycles: spring, summer, autumn, winter – a fact on one hand, on the other hand the Nordschleife, always good for a surprise. Today, spring’s perspective, based on an overview on the last decades and related gained experiences.

The Castiron attended the Nordschleife with a number of different cars, with quite different tyres, too. During spring, sometimes you are confronted with additional challenges, often not quite unexpectedly.

Heavy, normal or light rain (in combination with low temperature close to snowfall) with a wet or just humid track surface, as a variation dry, humid and wet in combination; to that, spring offers also the experience of pollen grain and moisture (please see blogpost 137) and the low sun in the morning and late afternoon as an extra. 

Especially in April weather can be very unpredictable. Conditions change dramatically, up from one moment to the next. Surprises for every driver, sometimes leading suddenly to emergency situations.

The Castiron likes to drive in difficult, even harsh conditions; but when Nordschleife is in combination with a quite powerful vehicle, such as his Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, and the track conditions are wet and inconsistent, he does not feel very comfortable. Then, one fact dominates: it is unpredictable and can go almost up to the ride feeling on a snow covered surface.   

Nordschleife is and will remain Nordschleife! Keep in mind: do not underestimate the manifold challenges of this track and be aware, that weather in this region and all its related factors do not make things easier. Be alert – have a safe and effective drive, being it on the track or on the road.

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

Recommendation:       http://thecastiron.ch/en/links-en.html

197 MILLE MIGLIA PART II

A quarter of a century ago, The Castiron got the unique chance to participate in the Mille Miglia 1995 – as co-driver of a German aristocrat. The car originated from the late thirties – a collector’s piece belonging to a prestigious German vehicle manufacturer. 

Those days in Italy are simply indescribable. Anyway a few headings: support by the manufacturer, a good team spirit in general, especially between the aristocrat and The Castiron and many, many unforgettable impressions – men and machines, the route and the scenery, above all the enthusiastic crowd from the very young to the really old.

Just a few facts: though the two were novices in this multi-day regularity race, they achieved to win one stage, overall they finished into the first third of the classified cars. They brought the car back to Brescia as they received it a few days before – no accident, no damages, no technical defects, everything very well. For The Castiron, all this was a gift from the Lord the heavenly Father, too.

Less words, more pictures – please have a look at them. Again: a picture is worth a thousand words. Not even in thousands of words this adventure, this experience can be adequately described.

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

Recommendation:       www.1000miglia.it/?lang=en