28 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 1702

A ride in a Ford Mustang’s jump seat. Just a normal Ford Mustang? No, it was Eleanor V! 

Having the chance to drive together with The Castiron on the jump seat, or let us name it the passenger seat, in his Ford Mustang was a huge benefit for me.

Why am I talking about a jump seat? In aviation some aircraft type have a third seat installed in the cockpit. The pilots do their jobs in the front and on the jump seat you can see, feel and listen from the back of the cockpit what is going on, not having a real chance to interfere with the pilots. May be some screaming?! 

The same applies for the ride with The Castiron: see, feel, listen! 

Listen how the 8 cylinders bang during shifting the gears up and down. This sound is untouchable. 

Feel the safety belt and all other g-forces during breaking and do not think you should not be belted – the brakes do a wonderful job. 

See how the next corner is flying onto me, the curbs are getting closer and see how The Castiron handles the car. Altogether never any feeling to be lost on the racetrack. This Mustang with its street legal high performance tyres looks so easy to handle, every corner the car is in motion, sometimes from slight understeer to full oversteer; the combination of steering the wheel and punching the powerpedal makes it wonderful. 

Rauno Aaltonen (the rallye professor) or Walter Röhrl would have a smiling face. Me too! 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Martin!

See you next Friday.

 

God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron

 

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27 GRIP BEFORE LINE

Accelerating, braking and cornering – in any case grip is helpful, is essential, a must. Grip and ideal line. Sometimes grip or ideal line. A topic for the track? Yes, but also for the street – or is the road you are driving on always in a perfect condition?

Especially on the famous Nordschleife and on hill climbs (these are usually routes for the daily traffic), you are faced with many challenges, such as different road pavements, bumps and other irregularities – in wet and dry. Let us have a look at these points, step by step. 

Different road pavement, bumps and other irregularities. In dry conditions there is a great impact on the breaking distance, cornering speed and acceleration. Hopping wheels are not helpful; the same with skidding ones. In wet conditions it is more or less the same, but even more difficult. 

On the road, on wet leaves or snow. It is similar. When ever possible, avoid the wet leaves. When you have problems to start or accelerate on snow, change your driving line just for a few hand’s breadths (which is possible in most instances). 

Driver’s eyes and mouth wide open and a vehicle, that is solely at the mercy of the law of physics – this combination seldom has a happy end, neither on the track nor on the road. 

It is up to you. When the ideal line does not allow enough grip, look for a line, where you can find more grip. Sometimes it is just a little bit more, sometimes quite a lot. And overall, it is a gain of safety and on the track of speed, too.

See you next Friday.

 

God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron

 

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26 LET’S DO THE DRIFT

Chubby Checker’s famous song „Come on baby let’s do the twist“ (see recommendation) inspired The Castiron for today’s topic „Come on baby let’s do the drift“. Similarities? Movement, you know what you are doing, great fun and some more 

The Castiron is a drifter, too. With the cars of the sixties and seventies, sometimes it was a question of survival, how the driver could handle an over-steering car. There were not many speed limits. Therefore, The Castiron very soon experienced the joy of being able to master an over-steering car. Back then, he did not even know that he was a drifter.     

Some friends told him, he had gone mad. But this is not the end of story. Around the turn of millennium, The Castiron began to take part with street legal cars in drift contests, where you also have free practice before the performance. Firstly just for fun, secondly for achievement and last but not least for great personal benefit. 

Finally, The Castiron knows that a drifter is a master of car control - and sometimes this can be the decisive difference in a difficult situation on the road or on the track. That’s why we sing „Come on baby let’s do the drift“ - with a twinkle in the eye and a broad smile on the face! 

See you next Friday.

 

God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron

 

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25 MICKEY’S VEHICLE FLEET

The Castiron visited grandson Mickey, who is the proud owner of a quite varied vehicle fleet. Some vehicles allow a self drive experience. They have just the right size for Mickey, but not for the grandfather, who monitored grandson’s way to handle different situations. Watching with the eye of the grandfather, the racing driver, the instructor and the pastor. 

The grandfather’s view. Just impressed and proud. Mickey radiates joy and easiness! 

The racing driver’s view. The grandson drives precise and quite fast. No reason for concern. He avoids obstacles. Accelerating, braking, cornering - all to the point. 

The instructor’s view. How accurate he parks. Backward parking close to a wall - no problem. Also in this point the same conclusion - safe handling and sovereignty!   

The pastor’s view. Just thankfulness. The Castiron thanks God for his grandson and is astonished about the versatile talents of children. 

Overall, the central concern remains - may God especially bless and guard our children and grandchildren!

See you next Friday.

 

God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron

 

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24 RENT4RING 1701

Germany, 53520 Nürburg, Rent4Ring Burgstr. 1 and Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Some time ago The Castiron decided to rent a race car. He chose the company Rent4Ring and a Suzuki Swift - for Nürburgring Nordschleife, what else!

 

The Suzuki Swift. Not several hundred horsepowers, just a fraction of that. A light car with front wheel drive. The right choice?

 

This well prepared Suzuki is ideal, from novices to experts. On one hand the car is not too fast (but mostly fast enough), good to handle and safe; on the other hand, underestimation can be punished.

 

The Castiron enjoyed many laps. Do not forget, it is Nürburgring Nordschleife, different conditions: dry, wet, humid! One beginning of a new lap was quite impressive: in one of the first left corners, the rear tyres lost the grip. Surprise - no chance, just breaking! The car stopped a few inches before the crash barriers, rectangular to the driving direction. Dry surface, after the start and still cold rear tyres. The Castiron’s brain was still programmed for cars with rear wheel drive and all the hill climbs, where all four tyres have to have approximately the same temperature soonest possible.

 

Are you reminiscent of the blogposts 21 and 22, which emphasized the importance of the tyres? Not only this experience with the cold rear tyres made these laps on the Nordschleife thrilling; even with this Suzuki Swift, it was a memorable event with a lot of instructive driving pleasure.

 

Please note: Rent4Ring is planning to have cars available for 2017, from March, weather allowing. This leaves a few weeks of anticipation!

 

See you next Friday.

 

God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron

 

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23 BOOKS 1701

An English book, a German author - Michael Krumm, who won the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship, beside many other triumphs. Driving on the Edge, The Art and Science of Race Driving by Michael Krumm, published by Icon Publishing Limited and printed in the United Kingdom is a book for The Castiron - and hopefully for you, too. 

First of all, the basic quotation: „Written by a professional, Driving on the Edge covers the basic skills and reveals the latest advanced techniques for driving a racing car on the limit. Essential reading for beginner and experienced driver alike, it will also interest race team engineers and car enthusiasts who want to peek behind the scenes to learn more about the challenging world of the racing driver.“ 

The Castiron could tell you much more - because the author shares a lot of valuable experiences with the readers. Another quotation from the back cover of this book: „In this easy-to-use book, his analytical approach covers all the aspects of racecraft that a driver needs to improve his skills and performance on the track.“ 

It really covers the basics for driving cars on the limit - valid yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Castiron wishes you a reading with many great practical benefits. It is up to you to apply what fits you and your driving style best - you will enjoy the improvements! 

See you next Friday.

 

God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron

 

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22 BEST CONFEDERATES 1701

You, the tyres and the wheels. After last week’s blogpost, which emphasized how important your car’s tyres are, some more information. You remember, just a few square inches are the only four spots between your car and the road or the track. That means, your life depends on these four small contact points whenever you are driving a car.

 

The tyres and you - really the very best confederates! Therefore: check the tyre pressure, have a look at them - both regularly. Should you not be sure, if they are damaged or not, caress them accurately; with the palm of your hand you will feel possible irregularities. What do you prefer: dirty hands or a flat tyre in an impossible situation? In such a case, impossible often means dangerous and in extreme cases life-threatening, probably on the road at 50 miles per hour, on the track at 100 miles per hour or more.

 

In case of doubt, contact your tyre specialist. Tyre and saving money do not go together, definitely not! When you buy new tyres, choose the correct ones for your car from a reputable tyre manufacturer. Cheap stuff usually is really cheap stuff - personal experiences of The Castiron in the last decades confirm this, as also tyre tests do!

 

In this context also a few words on the wheels. Of course, they must fit your car. To improve, The Castiron focuses on wheels that are light (preferably combined with a light tyre) and have an open design, which allows the brakes to do their job with as much fresh air as possible; sometimes it is opportune to get a wider track by choosing an appropriate wheel offset. And also here: cheap does not really work!

 

Have a safe and effective drive, on the road, on the track - and never forget the tyres, your very best confederates!

 

See you next Friday.

 

God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron

 

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

 

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