Tomorrow, on August 1, The Castiron’s homeland will celebrate again the Swiss National Day. Today’s subject deals with another Swiss folkloristic custom and we look back at some previous related blogposts, too.

Blogposts 50 PHOTOSTORY BLÜEMLISALP SWITZERLAND and 129 PHOTO STORY – THE MONCH gave a small impression of this country’s outstanding beauty. Additionally, blogpost 40 THE THREE, mentioned the legend of the founders of the Swiss Confederation, amongst others.

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, yodel is a type of singing in which high falsetto and low chest notes are rapidly alternated. Yodelling occurs in passages called  Jodlers  which occur at the beginning, middle, or end of a song. Yodelling is also used as a means of communicating over moderate distances by the inhabitants of mountainous regions. It is associated with the Alpine peoples of Switzerland.

And: the yodel may not be just unique as a Swiss speciality. Anyway! Enjoy watching and listening today’s video.

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

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PS   Source reference: https://www.britannica.com/art/yodel

PPS   As an encore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Q1AfSUH4Y


This is not about a motor racer, but about a man of deliberation on just two wheels, a very courageous and sporty one. Now it is the moment to have a look at today’s video – it says a lot, but to that, there are also some essential aspects to point out.

Two wheels, no engine – one man, the Austrian Fabio Wibmer. But it did not work completely without engine either: the foundations were laid in motocross; he started riding motocross at the age of six and even took part in 2011 in the Motocross World Championship in Italy. 

But after watching a video of stunt rider Danny MacAskill, Fabio Wibmer became hooked on biking, fell in love with this sport. He was subsequently one of 15 young bikers selected by MacAskill to attend his „License to Trial“ workshop. Some time soon, the Austrian had become one of the best-known faces in the biking scene.

Behind his brilliant performances is a lot of hard work. Preparation begins in the head (often around a thousand times for just one new trick), takes years and requires training over and over again. Nevertheless the risk is always present, falls are unavoidable.

With or without engine, two or four wheels – there are some things in common: the driver’s talent and dedication, skills and abilities – indispensable and fundamental, crucial for the show and the success. As a driver, enjoy your ride – as a spectator, enjoy the drivers’ spectacular performances!

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

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PS   Source reference: touring April 2020 and https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/07/sport/fabio-wibmer-bike-spt-intl/index.html

PPS   As an encore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0OoUqKkwwM

205 THE BIG FAMILY 202007

And again, this is about the big family of the Ford automobiles all over the world. For today, let us have a look at a further used car – an early nineties European Ford Sierra. In this context the sporty aspect is worth to be mentioned: in motorsports events, different types of this vehicle model have been very successful – many of them powered by quite extreme powerful engines.

This car belonged to The Castiron’s household, an everyday car. In a few words: a mid-size 3-door liftback limousine, sufficiently motorized, with a sporty chassis setup without being uncomfortable. Soon turned the question arose: probably a little bit more than just an everyday car, perhaps an all-in-one machine suitable for every purpose?

A rear-wheel driven limousine with a naturally aspired 4-cylinder-in-line engine (this time not the V6 motorization), a manual gearbox and a limited slip differential – and a plus point not to be underestimated: a curb weight of significantly less than 3000 lb, tank filled to the rim, driver inside the car!

Some improvements to the car, primarily to brakes and suspension – still street legal, but now ready for greater deeds: this was back then the basis for taking part in diverse sporty events, too. Races on airfields, some drift contests and trackdays (latter mainly on the Nordschleife) provided for fun and valuable experiences; in addition there was a participation at the Gurnigel Hill Climb, The Castiron’s home race.

This was only a very short insight into the long liaison with this Ford Sierra. There would be so much more to tell about common adventures in daily life and on specific occasions; one of them, you can find in blogpost 60 – an experience at the Nordschleife.

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

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Heat kills performance and damages equipment – it afflicts human beings, too! Vehicle and individuals must operate together. Blogpost 108 focused on the vehicle, today’s subject is about the human being.

You have to be aware of what is at stake. High temperature has an impact on individuals; for some a greater one, for some a little less. With warm weather temperature can increase to more than 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in a car. Additionally: in a dark car temperature can be up to 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) more than in a light coloured one.   

So what? High temperatures cause an increased stress level: the heart beats faster, sweating attacks, lack of concentration, more nervousness and aggressivity, growing tendency of driving errors. Sufficient? According to surveys, the number of accidents in urban areas went up by 6 percent at 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit).

More details, more figures? At 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) 13 percent more accidents, at 37 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) 33 percent more accidents – still valid for urban areas. It may be assumed that these data apply generally and base on a temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit).  

Experts assume that the quality of driving under such circumstances is very close to that of a drunken driver. Air-condition or open windows help, but the fan’s or wind noises boost stress, too; it does not alter the fact that the body nevertheless is heated up.

Today’s picture: around 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) correspond to the cooking temperature of some piece of a meat. That is all there is to say – stay cool, have a safe and effective drive, on the road, on the track!  

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

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PS   Source reference: AUTOMOBIL REVUE, Nr. 27, 4. Juli 2019, www.automobilrevue.ch


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

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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!

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