October 2018

115 STAY COOL

Easier said than done – please have a look at today’s video! What an example! Would you have stayed cool? In this context, let us have a closer look at the start of a motor-race on a circuit.

Especially in the heat of the moment during the turbulent start-up phase, it is helpful to stay cool. But you are not the only one, many opponents are very close to you - all with one common goal: to win immediately as many positions as possible. Sometimes it works quite well, sometimes rather not.

Also The Castiron experienced starts on the occasion of motor races on a circuit - and he loved it! In an ideal situation, it is a matter of having a plan, thinking ahead and a proper, customized implementation. When everything fits together perfectly, a gain of up to 10 positions is possible; achieving the same during a normal race is almost impossible, to lose these 10 positions during a normal race happens very, very seldom.

To stay cool helps, staying cool mentally and physically! Take a break if needed, in daily traffic - in motorsport hardly possible. On one hand, sportsmanship and fairness are also terms worth to be mentioned; on the other hand, sometimes it can be simply irrevocably too late to stay cool.

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

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114 BULLITT

This is a 1968 American thriller movie – and it was a quite remarkable milestone in the young history of the Ford Mustang! Thus, for many, many people, this was much more than just a movie. Bullitt is also notable for its car chase through the streets of San Francisco, which is regarded as one the longest and most influential in movie history.

A center stage takes a detective, Lieutenant Frank Bullitt – and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, V8, manual gear box. The two can be seen in a car chase; about 10 minutes, no dialogue, just action – outstanding for the movie history and the history of the Ford Mustang!

This car chase scene generated prodigious excitement and entailed some Ford limited special editions, Ford Mustang Bullitt – in 2001, in 2008 and presently in 2018; the colour dark highland green and the V8, delivering tyre-smoking performance, are a must!

The legend is back again, once more, 50 years after Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, who is the name giver for this legendary car model. And also this time, it is a limited edition. Guess, when the next one will be launched!

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

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 PS. Source reference: Wikipedia

113 RELATIVES 201810

Once upon a time there was a family: father, mother, The Castiron and his brother. They made an excursion and visited a friend of the father, a garage owner, located on the top of a Swiss pass.

You had a look at the picture, and you know: one certain car caught the boys eye’s instantaneously - the Generation 1 Ford Mustang, an ancestor, a relative of Eleanor V, The Castiron’s present Ford Mustang. It was the mid-sixties, in other words, shortly after the launch of this fascinating automobile.

Not only taking a seat, but also the invitation for a test drive made this day a perfect day. The garage owner and the two went for a test drive – on this occasion the man with the driving licence behind the steering wheel.

Thus basically indescribable, one thing stands out: most likely, it was the day when the love of The Castiron for sporty cars, melodious and powerful engines and speed must have been awakened! The day, when The Castiron met this Generation 1 Ford Mustang – and a garage owner, who knew how to deal with future customers.

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112 NOT HUNDRED JUST NINETY-NINE

It is now exactly 45 years that Sir John Young Stewart, known as Jackie Stewart, looked forward to his 100th F1 Grand Prix weekend – notably as a three fold Formula 1 (F1) World Champion.

The honourable Scotsman did not know, that the next day, the Saturday before the F1 United States of America Grand Prix in 1973 at Watkins Glen, would be one of the saddest days in his life. It was the day when his team mate, the Frenchman François Cevert, died in his Tyrrell-Ford, during the Saturday’s practice session on October 6, 1973. For Stewart, it was a drastic life-changing experience.

Ken Tyrrell withdrew the team for this race. Stewart never participated in his 100th Grand Prix; he retired after 99 Formula 1 Grand Prix.

It is a short story, tragical and very impressive. You never know, what the following day will bring, the following hour, the coming minute, not even the next second.

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