162 NO FEAR DOES NOT MEAN NO BRAIN

Daily traffic, motorsports and human being – not always free of conflicts. Today, let us have a look at motorsports and the competitors, some brainless or with temporary blackouts, some forcing the issue under any circumstances (a borderline case, close to brainless).

No brain, brainless. Often, you find typical situations in the very first part of a race, immediately after the start; sometimes with the effect of a chain reaction, up to mass collisions. Please have a look at the video: it speaks explicitly for itself.

Temporary no brain. Blackouts are seldom helpful. It is a difference between permanent and temporary states – but both can have serious consequences. In any case, either way: additional difficult external conditions make things worse, usually.

Forcing the issue under any circumstances. Sometimes, this comes very close to brainless. The Castiron and his Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, the Circuit Zandvoort, the straight before the „Tarzenbocht“ right turn. A hot hatchback on the left, side by side, close to 125 miles per hour. Late breaking point, Eleanor V on the inside begins to prance: reducing brake pressure, countersteer, enhancing brake pressures, countersteer and reducing brake power again, continuing braking and turn into the corner. Space requirement: on the outside room enough due to a fair opponent with good overview, on the inside a little bit of lawn area touched. Finally, both made it, „Tarzanbocht“ left behind, less than 60 miles per hour curve speed.

Fortunately, people are capable of learning. Experiences and time help, sometimes it takes longer, sometimes improvement comes quite fast – let us hope for the best.

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161 FEAR IS A POOR ADVISER

Fear makes you uncertain. Uncertainty, lack of self confidence and little trust in the car and circumstances entail mistakes. All of this matters: in a nutshell, the highest level of trust, without arrogance – instead of fear. The event, the car and demanding sections on the track are in today’s focus.

The event. For today, let us concentrate mainly on rallies, hill climbs and drift contests. The video says everything. Not the slightest room left for fear and faults. Rallye sport in this extreme action – a matter of life and death, especially for reckless spectators. Hill climbs are similar, but usually safer for the enthusiastic crowd. Drift contest equally are mentally challenging; when you are afraid, that your drift will fail, usually it will: understeer instead of oversteer, false line, disharmonious drift, and so on. The inevitable happens: it won’t come out the way ist was supposed to. It will come out the way it is feared.

The car. Walter Röhrl, the driver of the car in the video, once said: „A car is only then fast enough, when you are afraid to unlock the door in the morning.“ The car in video is such a beast. No fear, just respect! When your car is scaring you, too powerful, too bad chassis or whatever: do not forget, fear is not helpful.

The demanding sections on the track. Nürburgring Nordschleife, „Schwedenkreuz“, „Fuchsröhre“, to name just a few. Passages, where for split seconds this feeling can arise: I am passenger, not pilot! Without fear, mentally prepared, you know directly before such key sections: a good outcome can be estimated, usually.

And again, what matters: self-confidence, trust in the car and circumstances; in a nutshell, the highest level of trust, without arrogance – instead of fear. Have a safe drive!

Next week: NO FEAR DOES NOT MEAN NO BRAIN

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160 THE DAYS BEFORE ELEANOR V 201909

And again, this is about the days before Eleanor V, The Castiron’s Ford Mustang. For today, let us have a look at another used car – a Plymouth Barracuda S, first generation, built from 1964 until 1966. Please note: it was not exactly the specific car presented in today’s video.

A quick one on the automobile manufacturer. The company wanted to have an entry in the quickly growing sporty-compact car market segment. The Barracuda debuted in fastback form on April 1, 1964 – a few days before the Ford Mustang!

The Castiron’s aquarium. Due to the shape of the huge rear window, The Castiron’s friends named this used car Plymouth Barracuda S just „the aquarium“ – with a loving, silent mockery. This car with the „S“ package made a lasting impression: a V8 engine, a 4 speed manual gear box and a limited slip differential – just to name the essential. And: it was The Castiron’s first car with a V8 engine!

And the first opportunity to exceed 125 miles per hour? One day in Germany it was ready: the speedometer needle passed this magic limit – immediately followed by ugly noises from the engine compartment; catastrophic loss of performance, standstill, diagnosis bearing damage.

Back home, several long days later: engine replacement (a used one), the car ready again! A friend asked for the damaged engine and made a „V8 statue“ consisting of crankshaft, piston rods and pistons – shining with a new look, close to 100 lb, a nice ornament for every living room.

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159 CIRCUIT ZANDVOORT PART II

According to the English Wikipedia, the town of Zandvoort is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands and hosted the Dutch Grand Prix from 1952 to 1985, as part of the FIA Formula One World Championship. During its absence from the Grand Prix calendar, the circuit had been extensively modified.

The track of Zandvoort is as follows: the length is approximately 2,68 miles. It is really diverse – a challenging task for the racer. Some compare it with a roller coaster ride; nevertheless you are pilot, not just passenger.

The circuit is located in the dunes, very close to the sea. There are some key passages. One of them, the blind passage „Slotemakerbocht“ before „Scheivlak“ can be a dance on razor’s edge – the uneven surface does not help either.

Please have a look at the video. Impressive pictures from the good old days – not merely good, but also often quite dangerous.

Particularly noteworthy: it is a beautiful region, which invites you to stay for a few days and, Zandvoort will be again the host of the Dutch Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix, next year in 2020 – a special highlight for this World Championship.

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158 CIRCUIT ZANDVOORT PART I

One of The Castiron’s basic information was the description of this legendary international motorsport track by the Dutch racing driver Robin Frijns: „a track of the old school, does not allow mistakes – otherwise you will end into the gravel bed or directly in a rampart. Upwards, downwards and often squally wind – sometimes blowing sand onto the track; the grip level can vary from lap to lap.“

These were some of The Castiron’s basics, when he attended a trackday some weeks ago in late spring, one cool and wet morning. The Castiron and Eleanor V, his Ford Mustang, enjoyed this day so much. Wet, and finally dry conditions – this broad range was the setting for a fantastic day!

Eleanor V and wet tracks is a delicate combination. After a few laps, it was just great fun. The road surface’s feedback was confidence building, predictable with a good response – a wet track like this, just a great pleasure! Later on, it was dry – the pleasure lasted for the whole day, the challenge was a bit easier.

The Castiron loves this varied track. One part must be mentioned extra, the blind passage from „Slotemakerbocht“ to „Scheivlak“. The Castiron and Eleanor V experienced this challenge as follows: you reach this passage, shifting from 3rd to 4th gear and you know, somewhere before the right-hand bend „Scheivlak“ is the braking point – behind the crest. Flat out or not? Flat out works, but the car becomes really unstable. Flat out or not: you have to find the point and the feeling of satisfaction answers the question, whether you reached the perfect fit – or not! Please note: it is a description, not a recommendation!

Part II will bring you closer to the Circuit Zandvoort.

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PS   Source reference statement Robin Frijns: sportauto EXTRA  Alles über die DTM 2018

157 THE ONE AND ONLY – THE ONLY ONE

It has now been 3 years since The Castiron published his very first blogpost. Today’s subject is primarily on one’s own account. And again, it is a good time to say thanks to everybody!

There is the only one, the one and only: The Castiron (your-real life blogger), the man. As well: his Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, the machine.

Grandfather, racing driver, instructor, pastor – all in one, one in all. The focus: sharing many things from many years and actual ones, with you! As life is, with daily business in different realms and topics – based on The Castiron’s life and biography. Or, in other words: the real-life blogger; real life with ups and downs, with victories and defeats, not only highlights!

More about the man and the machine: The Castiron – please see recommendation; Eleanor V – please have a look at former blogposts (such as blogpost 6 and 8). Enjoy yourself!

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156 THE INDESTRUCTIBLE

It is now exactly 45 years that Gianclaudio Giuseppe Regazzoni, known as Clay Regazzoni (5th September 1939 – 15th December 2006), was in the lead of the current Formula 1 (F1) World Championship – a racing driver known as The Indestructible, with a great moustache, from the small country of Switzerland.

It was after the Nürburgring race in summer 1974 which Clay Regazzoni finished first – one of his greatest victories, after his first one in Monza in his Formula 1 debut season. After a dramatic slipstream battle, he won this race ahead of Jackie Stewart; it was this first weekend in September 1970, when Jochen Rindt died in an accident during the qualifying practice session. The race, Regazzoni’s victory, everything: overshadowed by this tragedy.  

Clay Regazzoni survived all racing accidents – most of them uninjured – and got soon his nickname, The Indestructible. Please have a look at today’s video: Regazzoni ducked in his racing car and passed through beneath the crash barrier – one of the most incredible accidents with an unhurt driver in the history of auto racing.

Sadly, in the Long Beach Grand Prix 1980, a broken brake pedal caused a heavy accident; this crash brought The Indestructible from the Formula 1 race car into the wheelchair.

This compatriot of The Castiron remains unforgotten. It is not surprising that the man with the moustache – intrepid, reckless and courageous – was one of The Castiron’s major heroes. The nimbus of The Indestructible persists.

This hero of the past missed his major success in 1974: he finally finished the Formula 1 (F1) World Championship as vice world champion – Emerson Fittipaldi 55 points, Clay Regazzoni 52 points.

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