2018

124 TREASURY 201812

Some basics have been presented inter alia in former blogposts on the crucial subject TREASURY on the occasion of the past year ends. Today, we face a hill climb’s challenge – car and driver well prepared.

Do you remember blogpost 103 THE OLDEST FIA CHAMPIONSHIP? Yes, it dealt with hill climbs and that leads us to today’s specific points: you must be able to handle a ‚maximum attack’ approach with a tyre temperature which is quite far away from ideal, different practice and race runs at different daytimes (there are schedules, often disarranged by accidents and other abandonments, run repeats and so forth), changes in weather, just to mention the most important.

On one hand, the well prepared car and the fact, that an accurate preheating of the tyres is not possible. Sometimes, there is a slight opportunity: the sun, that can heat the tyres to a certain degree. Ideally, you can place the four wheels on the tarmac and after they got warmer, mount them to the car shortly before the start. No sunshine, not the best weather and you start your race with cold tyres – be aware of that!

On the other hand, the farther above mentioned circumstances. Before each run, be it practice or race, you do not really know what is coming up to you. Only when you could truly start and reach the finishing line without any incidents, you really did it! Always remember: hill climbs include a lot of circumstances, that you are unable to influence, but have to deal with – with a ‚maximum attack’ approach!

After the ride is before the next ride. Again, fasten your seat belt firmly, start the engine - you are ready to go. Have a safe drive!

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

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123 CHRISTMAS 201812

The Castiron shares some of the content of the song Silent Night with you. Here, two verses of this song, performed for the first time in Oberndorf / Salzburg by Franz Xaver Gruber (melody) and Joseph Mohr (text) in 1818.

Silent night, holy night. Son of God, love’ pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face. With the dawn of redeeming grace. Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night. Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar. Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia. Christ, the Saviour is born. Christ, the Saviour is born.

For those, who want to know more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, Luke 2 (see recommendation).

Christ, the Saviour is born. Merry Christmas!

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

Many thanks to all who made the video possible!

Recommendation:       http://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Luke2

122 BOOKS 201812

The Sixty Minute Grandparent, by Rob Parsons; the book title does not suggest that being grandparents is a sixty minute task. According to the author, it is possible to read this book in sixty minutes. Additionally, there are sixty second pages, as the main thoughts’ summary. The Castiron liked this concept – as well as the book’s content. 

But first, some information about the author. After his studies of law, Rob Parsons dealt with familiy and divorce law cases; this lead to the concern to offer early assistance to families. Furthermore, the father of two and grandfather of several acts as speaker and publicist, too. 

A look at the book’s contents. Some words, quoted from the undermentioned website, put it in a nutshell: „There are many different kinds of grandparents – tired-out or over-eager, super-involved or unsure how to help, unwilling or ever-ready. In this simple book Rob Parsons will help you to reach the common aspiration: to be the best grandparent you can possibly be.“ 

The Castiron read this book with great benefits and hopes, that this will positively influence the shared time with his grandson Mickey. It is just a stretch of the path, which can be shared; let us get the best out of it! 

A book is also perfectly suited as a gift, just now, shortly before Christmas. Please have a look at today’s recommendation – thank you! 

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

Recommendation:       https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781444745702

121 HUMBLE

Some months ago, The Castiron took part in a driver training in Lignières in Switzerland, more precisely a drift training. According to the event organizer, one major goal was the enhancement of the driving ability, a better vehicle control. So far, so good.

What has an attendance at such an event to do with today’s subject – humble? Especially, please have a look at the first picture and the pictures below, too. Not everything went quite well. Pride goes before a fall – was this the case?

The tarmac was varyingly wet, the switching from a right hand bend to a left hand bend went wrong: instead of changing in direction, the oversteering Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, spun to the inside of the curve. This came unexpectedly fast and The Castiron had no opportunity for any reaction – such a situation he never experienced, in all the decades before!

Eleanor V crashed with the left front and with both left wheels against an earth wall, raised the two right wheels and landed abruptly and safely on the wheels. Just rideable, but violated! The Castiron uninjured, but rather grief-stricken.

A few days later, he saw a picture in a journal: the multiple Rallye World Champion Sébastien Loeb and his Citroën, Corsica 2018 – the back of the car buried in gravel. Failures are a part of life and help to keep you humble. The Castiron was no longer grief-stricken and Eleanor V, the Ford Mustang, was brought to the doctor, who restored her.

Pride goes before a fall – you decide, if this was the case or not. Being humble helps, also avoidance of self-doubt. The former is a good basis in general, the latter can make you insecure, which is seldom helpful. In any case, have a safe drive!

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

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

120 PAUL WALKER 2013

Exactly 5 years ago, for many people the world seemed to stand still: the day, when Paul William Walker, known as Paul Walker (12th September 1973 – 30th November 2013), died. He was an American actor, for most people inseparably linked with the Fast and Furious movies. He lived fast and died quite young. 

Paul Walker is supposed to have said once: „The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snowboarding and I’m always around nature. I look at everything and think, ‚Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’  It just blows me away.“

It is something fundamental, persistent. It touches the core and is also one of The Castiron’s points of view, in general and in particular the pastor’s view. Please have a look back at the former blogposts 116 and 117; probably, that will help to complete the picture of these not so simple, inevitable facts.

For those, who want to read more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, Romans 1, verses 20 and 21 (see recommendation).

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

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Romans1

119 THE DAYS BEFORE ELEANOR V 201811

From today’s persepctive perhaps a little bit strange: „Made in Trollhättan by Trolls“. This is probably the best known catchphrase in connection with Saab – a former Swedish vehicle and aircraft manufacturer. Quite a long time ago, The Castiron was the proud owner of such a slightly bizarre car, a Saab 96 with a 2-stroke engine.

A quick one on the automobile manufacturer. The first production model, the Saab 92, was launched in 1949 and in the late seventies the Saab 900; a very contemporary car, becoming Saab’s best-selling model. It is not a story with a happy end: in the year 2012, it was announced that the company NEVS had bought the bankrupt firm Saab Automobile.

The Saab 96. It was an important model for Saab: the first Saab to be widely exported out of Sweden, down in the sixties! Unlike American cars, the 96 all featured the 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine, which required adding oil to the gasoline tank.

The Castiron’s turtle. Due to its shape, The Castiron’s friends named his used car Saab 96 just „the turtle“ – with a loving, silent mockery; this car was exceptional, even back then! Some characteristics made a lasting impression: the manual transmission (steering wheel gearshift) combined with freewheeling, the very special engine sound and the refuelling procedure: a baby bottle served as measuring vessel for the 2-stroke oil – every refuelling asked for mental arithmetic to add the appropriate percentage of oil to the gasoline.

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

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PS   Source reference: Wikipedia

118 COMPLETELY INTREPID

Looking back to the blogposts 78 THE LATER YOU BRAKE THE LONGER YOU’RE FAST and 110 INTREPID BUT RESPECTFUL, we add today another aspect to the behaviour on racetracks. And: the related videos speak a clear language!

Intrepid can be the right thing, sometimes it can be just silly. Circuits with huge tarmac run-off areas, most modern ones, provide the opportunity to drive like mad completey at the limit, or a little bit beyond; hill climbs, for instance, seldom forgive the latter one.

From bottom to top  or top down :  the basic types to explore the limits. The nature of the racetracks sets guidelines – and the driver’s nature is a kind of counterpart; it should fit together. The Castiron prefers to explore the limit top down , whenever possible; this assumes, that you really know what you are doing and what to expect in an extreme case.

When the circumstances offer spacious run-off areas, the top down  approach works quite well. To vary braking points, cornering lines and speed, full acceleration and similar more during practice sessions can give helpful insights. But the risk of really overdoing is still existent; do not disrespect the motorsport’s always present hazards!

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

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PS   As an encore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SycWWeB8grY

117 NOT DEAD JUST CHANGE IN ADDRESS

A remarkable statement: „Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.“ This message actually came from Dwight Lyman Moody, one of Graham’s legendary idols; over a century later, it was quoted from Billy Graham. Two exceptional men – one remarkable statement.

William Franklin Graham, known as Billy Graham (7th November 1918 – 21st February 2018), was especially known for his words, which brought the good news of the Gospel to millions of people. For this most prominent preacher and evangelist of the 20th century, the Gospel was real and herewith the eternal hope became factual. One on his desire was, to reach as many people as possible. „The Bible says ...“ was one of his key messages. For him, the Holy Bible was the trustworthy word of God.

This week, Billy Graham would have turned 100, but he passed away last February – it was his last and final change in address. Around 2000 people attended the memorial service in the USA, several millions took part around the world by the media.

Franklin Graham, one of his sons, mentioned in his eulogy: “If he could speak to you today, he would ask: ‘Will you be making this journey to heaven someday?’ - My father’s greatest longing has been granted.”

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

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

PS   Source reference: ideaSpektrum, https://www.ideaschweiz.ch/startseite.html

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

116 LIVE FAST DIE SAVED

Live fast die young - for decades, this motto appears from time to time, especially in connection with young people. Is this the real thing or does today’s subject finally come closer to the basics? Live fast die saved, whether you are young or not?

When The Castiron was a young man, the life was fast and some friends and competitors of him died young. The automobiles were not as safe as today, as well as the racetracks. In addition, the daily life of a motorcyclist was hazardous; when The Castiron bought his first own used big bike, the annual insurance fee exceeded the purchasing price of such a bike. The engines were powerful, the frames something between weak and horrible, it was not mandatory to wear a helmet - the risks were manifold.

One day, The Castiron was faced with the questions of the Christian faith; in other words: live fast die saved. He decided, to try to go his further road of life with this hopeful eternal perspective. What does really count: passing away young after a fast life or passing away saved, in any case - in the Christian sense?

More on this next week; see you with NOT DEAD JUST CHANGE IN ADDRESS – a very trenchant viewpoint of a very special person.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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111 DRIFT TRAINING WITH A RALLYE CHAMPION

Have you ever had the opportunity to have a German Rallye Champion as an instructor, when you participated at a drift training? It was Armin Schwarz, one of the few also internationally successful German-speaking rallye drivers (also winner of the European Championship 1996 and the Race of Champions 2000), when The Castiron took part in a driver training on the Boxberg proving ground in Germany, some time ago.

The Boxberg proving ground is a very generous facility, impossible to describe in a few words. For further information have a look at today’s recommendation!

One highlight of this thrilling day with many precious experiences was the simulation of the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife’s passage „Adenauer Forst“, a fast left-right-left-combination, where you have to decelerate from corner to corner. This means often a confrontation with oversteering.

And it happened later once to The Castiron, when he drove the first time with his Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, on the Nordschleife. Unexpected, but not unprepared, he was able to handle this unintended quite huge drift, from the first to the second bend.

Not for the first time this conclusion: each driver training has a benefit; not just thinking about - participation is a good idea! Why not as a Christmas gift? No success without continuous training, a truth for professional racing drivers and for people like you and me.

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

Recommendation:       https://www.bosch-mobility-solutions.com/en/products-and-services/mobility-services/proving-grounds/proving-ground-boxberg/

110 INTREPID BUT RESPECTFUL

Intrepid but respectful, in relation to racetrack and competitor. It is a matter of finishing a race or not, winning or loosing it, in extreme cases of life and death.

Some thoughts on the competitor. He is not your mortal enemy, he is your opponent. When the race takes place on a circuit, sometimes your competitor is very close to you; when both drive their race in an intrepid and respectful way, usually tragic incidents can be avoided. In one word: sportsmanship!

Some thoughts on the racetrack. On one hand the modern race circuits; huge run-off areas provoke disrespect. One advantage: space for the driver to experiment, optimize, practice various alternatives without the really big risks. On the other hand, the so-called classic tracks, such as Nürburgring Nordschleife and natural race courses as the hill climbs. Walls, trees, abysses, crash barriers – as reminders and aids, to find the perfect mixture between intrepidity and respect.

Today’s video: the very special motorsport category of side car racing combined with the really unique Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race is a good example on this subject – absolutely breathtaking! This race is probably the biggest challenge for sportsmen on motorized vehicles in contemporary sport.

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

Recommendation:       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man_TT

109 RENT4RING 201809

Germany, 53520 Nürburg, The Lounge powered by Rent4Ring, Burgplatz 1 - ready to welcome you! The Lounge is located just at the foot of the castle Nürburg, very close to the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

It is the place with the certain something. It is for petrolheads, racing drivers, motor sport enthusiasts in general, business travellers and many more. The host makes every effort for the well-being of the guests.

Video analysis, petrol talks about speed, lap times, racing line, braking points, tyre pressure, freak weather, track conditions, incidents on the track, the good old days or talking about „God and the world“ - all this and much more, it is up you!

The Lounge gives you the opportunity to close an unforgettable day in a dignified manner. Come and see, enjoy the inspiring atmosphere, good company and a drink!

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

Recommendation:       http://theloungenuerburg.de/

108 HEAT AS ENEMY

Heat kills performance and damages equipment – your car likes it cool! The goal is, to keep the systems running cooler hence giving them a longer life.

Just a few major cues: engine, powertrain in general, brakes and liquids as oil, cooling fluid, fuel. Under high stress, all those tend to overheat – but no one likes decline in efficiency and damaged equipment. This is primarily behalf of track use, but also for daily rides.

Thus briefly, some preventing measures must be mentioned. For the liquids, filling capacity and bigger or additional radiators; especially for the brakes, high-quality adequately dimensioned material. Above all, enough cool air! To avoid critical circumstances, it is very helpful to have the car properly prepared and well equipped.

In extreme cases, a vehicle can go up in flames – be it during the drive or after stopping. The Castiron would not wish anyone to experience such a situation! Whenever possible, try to give your car from time to time a rest. A cool down lap on the track is a must – similar during covering the daily drive’s very last route.

Today’s video: instead of a burning car, something different, with a twinkle in the eye. Better the heart on fire than a burning car!

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

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

107 SOS

It was invented at a radio-telegraphic conference in Berlin, Germany, in 1906 and internationally adopted in 1908, exactly 110 years ago. It means „I am in extreme danger. Help me!“ and it is a signal sent by radio, when something (usually vessels) - and thus human beings - is in serious trouble.

Why the letters SOS? Radio signals at that time consisted of Morse Code - patterns of short sounds (dots) and long sounds (dashes). SOS in Morse Code is dot-dot-dot-dash-dash-dash-dot-dot-dot. The thinking at the conference was, that it was a distinctive pattern, that could not be misinterpreted.

People often assume that it must be an acronym - three words starting with these letters. They say that it is a short for „save our ship“ or „send out succour“ or „save our souls“. In fact it never was.

Nonetheless, The Castiron is favouring the latter, „save our souls“, because it focuses on the essential - on this and  the other side of life. See today’s recommendation for further aspects on these significant basics!

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

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

PS. Source reference: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-meaning-of-SOS

106 SRS

Today, the focus in on the SRS Motorsportwochenende, Sportler ruft Sportler („sportsmen call sportsmen“) and some related institutions. It deals with missions and visions, based on significant and engraving life experiences and mentions relevant cross references.

Throughout the last two years, The Castiron had the privilege to take an active part in the annual SRS Motorsportwochenende; motor sport at the center, but not only. A broad variety of persons, interlinked by the love for motor sport and Christian faith. 

Among others, The Castiron met memorable personalities, such as the men and women from Team Kaiser (more about them in blogposts 38 and 83) and Alex Dias Ribeiro (more about him in blogposts 73 and 89) - to name just a few. The latter, a former professional race-car driver, has been many years the executive director of Atletas de Cristo no Brasil, www.atletasdecristo.org - an organization comparable with SRS. And: look at the picture - guess who is who, Thomas Kaiser (Tractor Pulling), Alex Dias Ribeiro (single-seater racing)!

What SRS is representing in the German speaking Europe, is Athletes in Action in the English speaking world (see recommendation). All institutions above mentioned have basically in common to meet the needs of sportspeople, holistic: body, soul and spirit.

Next week The Castiron will bring you closer to SOS.

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

Photo: SRS Motorsport. Thank you!

Recommendation:       www.goaia.org

105 UNIQUE 201808

Today’s blogpost retrospectively focuses primarily on one’s own account and on a conclusion of the different driving-styles, mentioned in former blogposts.

Exactly 2 years ago, The Castiron presented the very first blogpost. Although from a real-life perspective, one major aim was to create something unique - it is up to you to decide whether this has been achieved or not!

Former blogposts’ subject was on the issue of driving-style. Unique is also in this context a keyword. There are many possibilities to be under way, be it behind the steering wheel, be it generally on your road of life - in any case with the aim of a happy ending.

And remember: Seemingly each person has less than 10 lookalikes, if at all. Almost equal or quite similar, everyone is different, is unique! Just be yourself.

Next week The Castiron (your real-life blogger) will bring you closer to SRS.

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

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104 NOT LOSING CAN MEAN WINNING

The outcome is essential. It is different but yet close to the subject „to finish first first you must finish“. To that, the racing driver’s view and the pastor’s perspective.

Overall and basically, a quotation from the former ski racer and television commentator Bernhard Russi: „It is a balancing act between too much and sufficient. Sometimes flat out does not fit. Sometimes full risk is not the key to success. Sometimes it is more important to avoid losing the race in certain passages instead of trying to win it there.“

By the way, this very popular Swiss won gold medals at Olympic Games and World Championships, downhill races and discipline titles - to name just a very few of his successes. So far a racing driver’s view, be it a ski racer or a motorsport racer.

It is similar in our lives. Calculated risk could be one term - not losing sight of the final outcome. The pastor suggests to cast a glance in the Holy Bible, Hebrews 13, verse 7 (see recommendation).

Decisive is the very final final; we all are on the track! And finally again: consider the outcome, it is depending on our being under way, too.

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

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Hebrews13

103 THE OLDEST FIA CHAMPIONSHIP

No, it is not the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is the FIA European Hill Climb Championship; its first edition dates back to 1930. It is the scene of many, many different stories, from extremely sad ones to heroic ones!

A general description can be found on www.fia.com; in short: „It is an extremely intensive race for the driver, albeit a short one – a race against time on a narrow, winding road. The driver is very much alone – and his concentration is paramount, as well as his confidence in his vehicle and his knowledge of the snaking asphalt track. The slightest hesitation can seriously affect overall performance, as the timer seems to tick quicker than elsewhere. Race strategy is clear cut – a ‚maximum attack’ approach is required from the very first to the last centimetre of the route, as for an athlete running 100 metres. Hill climb offers authentic charm, with its natural setting, difficult roads, drivers who are truly driven, intrepid racing, finely honed engineering and proximity with the public.“

Hill climb was one of The Castiron’s great loves in his motorsport activities. The feeling to be very much alone, the loneliest man in the world for a few minutes: it is apparently impossible to describe. His heart still beats for that. And: it is helpful to know what challenges you are facing, sometimes in speed ranges from close to 100 miles per hour, sometimes even significantly more – depending on the vehicle and external conditions.

In a few days, the fearless drivers meet again in Switzerland, at the St. Ursanne - Les Rangiers race, August 18 - 20, 2018, for the FIA European Hill Climb Championship. It is one of the mountain races with frequently changing weather conditions; in combination with the horrendous speed, a highly explosive mixture!

Next week: Not losing can mean winning.

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

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

PS. Source reference: https://www.fia.com/events/european-hill-climb-championship/season-2017/fia-european-hill-climb-championship

102 SWISS NATIONAL DAY

Coming Wednesday, on August 1, The Castiron’s homeland will celebrate the Swiss National Day, 727 years after the foundation of the Swiss Confederation. Today’s subject deals with the major celebration on the „Rütliwiese“ (the founder’s meadow of Rütli), folk customs and looks back at previous related blogposts.

One year ago, blogpost 50 PHOTOSTORY BLÜEMLISALP SWITZERLAND 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.

Some folklore customs have to be mentioned: crossbow shooting, rock throwing, playing hornussen, Swiss wrestling („Schwingen“), flag twirling, yodelling, alphorn blowing; may someday be more about these topics.

Last but not least, the celebration on the „Rütliwiese“ as this day’s traditional highlight: it is a meeting for everyone – from children to members of Federal Council; main contents are celebratory speeches, folkloristic customs and performing the national anthem – enjoy listening today’s video, read its lyrics!

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

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101 REVIEW ON 52 TO 100

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. Alex Dias Ribeiro (blogposts 73, 89), Jim Clark (86), Sébastien Buemi (61), Vaidotas Zala (76). It is just a limited choice, based on The Castiron’s very personal point of view.

Around the big familiy 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 62, 84, 92, 96, 97, 98.

Contributions from third parties. Blogposts 83 and 100 help to give a broader view,   FULL PULL - ON MISSION WITH TEAM KAISER   and   HOCKENHEIM 1991 :   thanks a lot, your contributions are a great benefit!

Practical help for drivers. Blogposts 52, 55, 56, 60, 70, 72, 77, 78, 82, 88 are mainly basic topics for road and track, such as   THE PEDAL TO THE METAL   /   WHEN THE DRIFT POUNCES UPON YOU /   THE LATER YOU BRAKE THE LONGER YOU’RE FAST  -   they mostly base on experiences and insights of The Castiron himself.

Finally, some pastor’s perspectives. Blogposts 63 and 64 dealt with Martin Luther and the reformation of the Christian Church. Further noteworthy, the blogposts 71 and 85 focus on   CHRISTMAS   and   EASTER   -  two of the principal Christian Festivals!

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

Photo: Nico’s Photostudio. Thank you Nico!

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100 HOCKENHEIM 1991

As a motor sport enthusiast, the visit of a Formula 1 Grand Prix is an extraordinary experience - especially with the unique opportunity to follow the preparations for the start at close proximity. Experienced in 1991.

Through business relations with a high-level Formula 1 official, I received 2 pit lane tickets for the F1 German Grand Prix - a special occasion! My brother and I started by motorcycle in Switzerland, Saturday morning at 05:00 am, heading towards Hockenheim. We arrived on a bright morning, just in time for a pit walk at 09:00 o'clock: very close to racing teams as McLaren, Williams, Ferrari, Brabham, Benetton!

Keeping an eye on the racing drivers, too: Nigel Mansell, Jean Alesi, Gerhard Berger, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost or Nelson Piquet in preparing for the final qualifying practice session; all of them so close, usually quite far away on television and magazines! As well as the team members, such as the mechanics who make the final modifications and the officials.

Suddenly deafening noise, bringing us back from all that astonishment: the first engine starts, the practice session begins. Again and again the drivers return to the pit for improving car adjustments. In particular interesting is the Japanese engine supplier’s direct computer connection, which should enable to set free some additional horsepowers.

After about an hour the hustle and bustle comes to its end. The monitor shows the achieved times, relevant for the race’s starting grid. Everybody cleans up everything, the tools are moved back in their place. All must be ready for the race. 

Finally, some facts: Nigel Mansell, Williams Renault, on the pole position; he also was the victor of Sunday’s Grand Prix, followed by his team mate Riccardo Patrese and Jean Alesi, Ferrari.

That weekend, July, 27 and 28, 1991, went into my personal history - full of emotions and unforgettable impressions!

Many thanks from The Castiron to Peter!

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

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PS.   Next Formula 1 German Grand Prix (GP): July 22, 2018, Hockenheim

99 CALL IT KEEP-THE-SMILE-ON-YOUR-FACE DRIVING-STYLE

The way human beings differ, so do driving-styles. Circumstances and situations are not always the same, too. There are various ways to keep on track - successfully, fast and safely.

Please have a look at the video. It is the Swiss St. Ursanne - Les Rangiers race, part of the FIA European Hill Climb Championship, section „Les Grippons“. Top speed around 160 miles per hour, curve speed approximately 140 miles per hour – hill climb, nota bene! Watch out for the crash barriers, for the walls, too. Even as a spectator, very close to this passage: it is plain and hauntingly breathtaking.

When you have faced such a challenge successfully, it is the moment for the smile on your face and to keep it! The Castiron participated once in this race with a competition touring car: flat out, „Les Grippons“, maintaining flat out also for this curve; it works barely, top speed with these types of touring cars is a little bit less than 120 miles per hour – mastered a courage requiring key passage completely at the point!

Decisive moments! To have the utter grasp of a very challenging situation gives you a feeling of contentment – be it a hill climb’s key passage, be it after a blind crest on the Nordschleife, be it in a similar life situation. Often, it is on the razor’s edge and separates the men from the boys.

The Castiron wishes you many situations with a keep-the-smile-in-your-face experience; keep the smile and stay relaxed and concentrated!

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

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98 FORD FORD FORD PART III

Something special on this topic - more than just salvaged from the scrap yard! Stories like this one are always based on greatest efforts and a special person, this time Willi - a real Blue Oval guy! One of his key topics is: leveraged.

Actually, it is the story of a man as every other man - with the focus on a passion. More than 50 years ago, the young man started an apprenticeship in a Ford garage. Soon after finishing it successfully, he became the workshop foreman. The master’s certificate was a logical consequence and Willi seemed prepared to assume responsibility as a Ford Dealer; in 1994, it was the year for him - 17 years after he begun as an apprentice.

Besides this demanding and responsible task, Willi restored old cars, mainly Ford. His enormous expert knowledge and the long and extensive experience allowed for apparently impossible reconstruction. Almost wrecked vehicles became a preciosity - even when almost everybody tried to convince Willi, that such efforts are without the slightest chance. Willi made the seemingly impossible task possible. Being polished to a sheen - this motto says a lot about his work attitude.

Willi is now the oldest staff member of Ford in Switzerland, just part-time. The vehicles in his Oldtimer Gallery have their own history. Most of them are well known to Willi, who is much more than just a passionate car collector.

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

Photos: OLDTIMERGALLERY, Hermiswil. Thank you Willi!

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97 FORD FORD FORD PART II

Ford Performance (formerly Ford Racing), a long and ongoing exciting story! It is the multinational name used for Ford’s motorsport and racing activity. The products are performance cars, supercars, performance parts and racing parts. 

Some highlights from the beginning till today. In 1901, Henry Ford defeated Alexander Winton (the most accomplished automobile racer of that era) in a race on a one-mile oval in Michigan. Years later, 1932, with the V8-Flathead, Ford brought V8 power into mass production with the slogan: „Everyman’s power for the road, and Everyman’s power for racing.“

In 1967, Jim Clark (particulars on his person see blogpost 86), driving a Lotus-Ford-Cosworth V8, won the F1 Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort; this was Ford’s first Grand Prix victory. The last great global triumph was in 2017, when the M-Sport World Rally Team with the Ford Fiesta WRC won both titles, the FIA World Championship for Drivers / Co-Drivers and the Championship for Manufacturers.

Next week: Something special on the topic Ford - more than just salvaged from the scrap yard.

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

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PS. Source reference: Wikipedia

96 FORD FORD FORD PART I

Ford Motor Company, this year celebrating the 115th anniversary – and proclaiming slogans such as QUALITY, GREEN, SAFE AND SMART and presently: Go Further! 

Going further from blogpost 84 HENRY FORD, let us take a closer look at some specific items – the Ford Motor Company (commonly referred simply as Ford) in brief.

Ford was founded in a converted factory in 1903 by a group of investors, notably John and Horace Dodge (who later founded their own car company). Within a decade, Ford led the world in the expansion and refinement of the assembly-line concept. Amongst many low-priced cars, in 1932 the Ford Tudor Modell 18 stands out as the first V8 in this price segment.

Particularly noteworthy is the launch of the Ford Mustang in 1964, a milestone in the late automotive history! It was originally based on the platform of the Ford Falcon. The Mustang created the pony car class of American muscle cars. A vehicle with no envy factor, but with many, many sympathizers all over the world.

The Castiron is grateful (and a little bit proud) for the privilege to own a Ford Mustang GT Premium V8 - Eleanor V - a 2005 model with a manual gearbox, a limited slip differential and some nice options for an appropriate performance.

Next week: Ford Performance (formerly Ford Racing), a long and ongoing exciting story.

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

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PS. Source reference: Wikipedia

95 YOU JUST FELT TREE

When you just felt the tree and did not see it - then it was oversteer. Probably that sounds cool at first sight, often the end is fatal - hitting a tree with a vehicle is one of the worst accidents. Finally, it is a matter of speed.

Oversteer means, that your vehicle’s rear is sliding to the outside of the turn. The advantage is, that your car still obeys your steering commands. Disadvantages: considerably more space is needed (up to the full length of the automobile transversely to the lane) and it is challenging to handle; your hands on the steering wheel are getting busy and very often your feet on the pedals, too.

From a time with less traffic and greater freedom, The Castiron likes to share a personal experience. A tree is worst case, a wall often less severe. An overland journey, curves, straights, curves, good road conditions. One corner, speed and external circumstances did not fit together; the vehicle oversteered unexpectedly and unintentionally and The Castiron was taken by surprise.

The Castiron felt the wall, the reaction had been a little bit too late. Blessing in disguise: it was a wall and not a tree and after hitting the wall, The Castiron was able to control the car; although it was damaged, it was still driveable – and thank God, all car occupants were uninjured.

The least what you can do in such a situation is to countersteer – instantaneously, as fast as possible, as much as necessary (easier said than done)! Additionally, disengaging the clutch and braking at the correct dosage can have supporting effects.

To avoid such situations or to learn how to deal with them: participating in driver training is very helpful. On one hand it is also a matter of driving pleasure and on the other hand, it can be lifesaving, when you are able to handle difficult situations – all about a great personal benefit.

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

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94 YOU SAW AND FELT THE TREE

When you saw and felt the tree, it was understeer. What probably sounds cool at first sight, often has a fatal end – hitting a tree with a vehicle is one of the worst accidents you can have. Finally, it is a matter of speed.

Understeer means that your car skids straight on, when you want to drive around a curve. At this very instant a big disadvantage is, that your car does no longer obey your steering command. It is a very bad feeling, with just one small advantage: the steering in combination with the skidding causes the vehicle to decelerate by itself.

The Castiron likes to share a personal experience. A tree is worst case, a wall mostly a little less severe. Wintertime in Switzerland, temperatures around freezing point, seemingly acceptable wet road conditions. But one exception was the critical factor: not a wet, but frozen corner. The speed and the the external circumstances no longer fit together. The Castiron turned the steering wheel to follow the curve, the car did not obey and skidded understeering straight on.

The Castiron saw and felt the wall. Not the slightest chance, but blessing in disguise: the speed was not very high, it was a wall and not a tree and the impact angle was not too bad. And above all: thank God, all car occupants were uninjured.

To avoid such situations or to learn how to deal with them: participating in driver trainings are very helpful and of great benefit - sometimes lifesaving! Latter is not guaranteed, but you never have full guarantee in this world in matters of life and death.

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

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93 CALL IT I-COULD-HUG-THE-WHOLE-WORLD DRIVING-STYLE

The way human beings differ, so do driving-styles. Circumstances and situations are not always the same, too. There are various ways to keep on track - succesfully, fast and safely.

Today’s topic focuses on an ideal state. Close to this is one matter, to reach it, another one! For the racing driver it is measured by his sensation, ultimately by position and time.

During a circuit race the driver always knows what is going on. All opponents behind you and the feeling everything goes by itself, the checkered flag and you won the race. Hill climbs are different, also in this realm. You cross the finish line with the same feeling that everything went by itself - did it really perfectly? Only after your last competitor finished the race, you know if you are the winner.

Often, when your sensations were so superb, you really competed in an outstanding manner. This may mean, that your victory is accompanied by the fastest lap, a new course record or other additional excellent performances.

Eventually, you finished a race first, mastered perfectly every challenge during it, ideally combined with new records - and above all confirmed by your sensations, your feelings of happiness, all this during the race. Congratulations!

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

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92 THE BIG FAMILY 201805

And again, this is about the big family of the Ford automobiles all over the world. In this context another name is worth to be mentioned, Basil Green from South Africa; but more of that later in this article. For today, let us have a look at a further used car – a Ford Europe product, a Ford Granada Mk I with V6 engine.

This car belonged to The Castiron’s household, an everyday car. In a few words: a spacious four-door-limousine, sufficiently motorized, with a sporty chassis setup without being uncomfortable. Both, the motorization and the chassis setup, probably lead Basil Green to the implantation of a V8 engine in such cars in South Africa.

According to Wikipedia, Basil Green introduced in 1973 the Ford Granada with the Windsor V8 engine. The car became a favourite of Ford’s chairman Lee Iacocca. Ford Cologne bought two of these vehicles to explore if they were suitable for the European market. The oil price shock ended these plans.

Basil Green planted bigger engines in different Ford models; the brand name Perana was added to the model name, except for the Granada. Beside Eleanor V, The Castiron’s Ford Mustang, a Ford with a V8 engine from Basil Green Motors would have been an attractive nice-to-have. It will remain just a dream – the young people from Ukraine in the video live it their own way.

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

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91 TAKE A LOOK AT THE COMPETITOR

Keep an eye on your competitor, but do not stare at him – drive your own race! Although this is easier said than done.

Today, let us share a few main thoughts on this topic, mainly aspects of victory, fairness and safety. The latter leads us back to a basic insight: to finish first first you must finish. Without finishing a race all this is obsolete.

Victory, fairness and safety are meshing. The video speaks for itself: the definition of safety is mainly determined by the circumstances. Fairness goes hand in hand with safety and should be self-evident. But the racer’s aim above all is the victory.

You should know your strengths and possible weaknesses, as well as those of your opponents. A fighting spirit and patience should be in good balance – it has not to be fifty-fifty! In some races is just one chance to overtake a competitor: can you take this opportunity or are you not ready at this instant? Often, that determines winners and losers, decides on victory or defeat.

All this is a main aspect of motor sport, which makes it so thrilling and fascinating for drivers and spectators. The Castiron hopes, these thoughts are helpful to draw your own conclusions. And once again: do not forget, helmet on does not mean brain off!

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

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90 POWER AND WEIGHT

First of all a quotation from one of the major pioneers in contemporary automobile racing, Colin Chapman: „Adding power makes you faster on the straight. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.“ That’s it.

Power and weight go hand in hand, inseparable – resulting into the power to weight ratio of any vehicle. But this is more than a number. Let us have a look at just some basic facts.

A light car brings along advantages in fuel efficiency, wear and tear, braking, handling dynamics in general. Some positive side-effects: fuel efficiency allows a smaller and lighter fuel tank, lightness allows smaller dimensions for the braking system (thereby reduction of the unsprung mass), and so forth.

More power and unmodified weight is rather cost-effective. Unmodified power and weight reduction is relatively expensive. More power and less weight sounds best, but is the most expensive option. Decide yourself and do not forget: finally, it is a compromise in any case. The Castiron prefers lightness, as far as possible and affordable.

Colin Chapman, design engineer, inventor and founder of Lotus Car went to the limits of saving weight, sometimes beyond; saving weight has to respect the aspects of safety – this has to be said. Nevertheless, today’s video is primarily a tribute to this outstanding personality, who had a tremendous influence on improving racing cars.

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

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89 NÜRBURGRING 1978 FORMULA 2

This blogpost is based on a firsthand report by Alex Dias Ribeiro on the occasion of the SRS Motorsportwochenende in January 2018 in Germany. It is the story of one of the most thrilling races from this past epoch, the International ADAC-Eifelrennen, Formula 2 European Championship, 40 years ago, at the end of April 1978. Alex said: „The race of my life.“

Looking forward to a 9 lap race of more than one hour, in the morning Alex had the inner certainty, that he would win this race. So he asked a team member to put his cap with the label „Jesus Saves“ to the podium. He did so based on his Christian faith, not on an arrogant attitude.

It was a highly dramatic race from the beginning until the very end. Alex took the lead directly after the start, holding it for several laps. Despite the pressure of the opponents, he was always among the top three. In the last lap, Eddie Cheever and Alex competed for the victory; they arrived at the last corners, over 170 miles per hour, side by side, wheel to wheel.

Normally, this passage allows just one car at this speed, not two at the same time. Alex knew this and he prayed: „Lord, please receive my soul“ – knowing, that the next seconds could bring along a fatal accident. Both passed the last few corners side by side, somehow it went well. When they left the very last corner, Cheever’s car got a little bit unstable and Alex finished first, second Keke Rosberg, third Eddie Cheever.

Some facts are worth to be mentioned: the first three cars crossed the finishing line within less than a second, the average speed was more than 120 miles per hour, the average lap time significantly less than seven and a half minute.

A French magazine’s headline was „RIBEIRO EN ETAT DE GRACE“. Or, in other words, as Ribeiro said: „I drove as never before.“ His outstanding performance in this race was honoured with a special award and the record in the list of names of the Nürburgring’s most glorious racing drivers, at the historical wall.

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

Photo: Alex Dias Ribeiro. Thank you Alex, also for the precious sharing of the experiences!

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88 BEST CONFEDERATES 201804

Do you remember blogpost 22 about tyres and wheels? Today, the brakes and you - really best allies! A motor vehicle without brakes - a nightmare.

This complex topic requires usually the advice of a specialist. Brakes and saving money do not go together, definitely not! Cheap stuff usually is really cheap stuff - many people experiences’ confirm this; cheap can become very expensive.

Therefore, just a few basic hints, based on the personal experiences of The Castiron over the last decades. Brake discs, brake pads, fading, brake fluid are a few keywords.

Brake discs and brake pads: hands off from dubious products. Even if they appear quite similar or almost identical, it is never the same as parts from reputable manufacturers. Please pay attention, for your own sake! All about, accurate directed incoming and outgoing air is of huge benefit for the brakes, especially for track use.

It is the same with the brake fluid, and: periodical changes are a must, because it loses its quality by aging. Old brake fluid’s final showdown is jamming the brake pedal into nothing, the worst case of fading. If it goes well, you can retrieve brake pressure by pumping the brake pedal - if it occurs to you spontaneously and you really do it consequently.

Have a safe and effective drive, on the road, on the track - and do not forget the brakes, your really best confederates! Use your brakes - it is the intended purpose. And: it only works best together with excellent tyres!

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

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

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PS. Have a look back at blogpost 72 TREASURY 201712, too.

87 CALL IT SINGING-BEHIND-THE-STEERING-WHEEL DRIVING-STYLE

The way human beings differ, so do driving-styles. Circumstances and situations are not always the same, too. There are various ways to keep on track - successfully, quickly and safely.

Today’s topic focuses primarily on driving pleasure on the road, be it a beautiful country road or a challenging mountain pass. In particular, it is a question of enjoyment and percipience of the surroundings. This time, the tiny fraction of a second or the really perfect cornering do not matter.  

One evening before dusk, The Castiron and Eleanor V, the Ford Mustang, were on their way home – seemingly nobody else. The sound of the V8 engine, accelerating, shifting, braking, cornering. A pass road, many curves, some of them hairpin bends: braking before such a bend, suddenly The Castiron had a rainbow in his view – repetitive every second hairpin bend.

It was not just a rainbow – it was the  rainbow, never seen before and never seen to this day. The attempt of a description: The Castiron and Eleanor V almost all alone, the pass road for oneself, the mighty mountains, the view to other mountain passes and this unique rainbow! It seemed to be fixed in the valley between two mountains in a supernatural sublime manner, unique and very, very impressive. Breathtaking, all in all: singing behind the steering wheel!

Naturally, similar experiences are also possible on the occasion of a trackday, for instance on the Nordschleife – beautiful weather, best conditions and one lap, where you have the fantastic track and the wonderful environment seemingly just for yourself. And: do not forget to sing behind the steering wheel, when you are in the mood for it!

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

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86 JIM CLARK 1968

James Clark, known as Jim Clark (4th March 1936 – 7th April 1968), was one of the most famous racing drivers. This blogpost be dedicated to this Scotsman, to the 50th anniversary of his death.

Some highlights of his career must be mentioned. Formula 1 (F1) World Champion 1963 and 1965; in this year, he also won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 race. Outstanding performances at the Nürburgring under a wide range of conditions are notable, too; for example the F1 race victory in 1965, excellent lap times, phenomenal performances also with inferior cars. He won his last F1 Grand Prix early in the year 1968 with a Lotus 49 Ford-Cosworth DFV (3 litre V8 engine).

Already 1961, in Monza, the death knocked on the door of Jim Clark. At the F1 Italian Grand Prix, Jim Clark had a collision with Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips, who was mortally wounded – as well as several spectators. On 7 April 1968, Jim Clark suffered a fatal accident in a Formula 2 race in Hockenheim, Germany. It is assumed, that a slow puncture was the reason for this tragedy.

The truth of the old statement, that motor sport activities are inherently dangerous activities with significant risk of injury, disability or death, belongs to this sport. In former times, this was a quite frequent tragic fact.

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

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85 EASTER 201804

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? The Castiron likes to share the main content of this impressive hymn with you. According to the English Wikipedia, this American spiritual was composed by African-American slaves and firstly published in William Eleazor Barton’s 1899 Old Plantation Hymns. It is the story of Good Friday and Easter, of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!

Were you there when the stone was rolled away? Were you there when He rose up from the dead? Oh! Sometimes I feel like shouting Glory! Glory! Glory!

Essential questions. What are the answers, your answers?

For those, who want to know more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, Luke 24, verses 45-48 (see recommendation).

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

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84 HENRY FORD

Henry Ford (30th July 1863 – 7th April 1947) is well known as the founder of the Ford Motor Company. In 1908, 110 years ago, Ford brought the Model T to market, the first affordable automobile; in 1918, 100 years ago, approximately every second vehicle owner in the USA had such a Ford Model T. Hence today it is a good time to focus on Henry Ford.

According to www.britannica.com Henry Ford was an American industrialist who revolutionized factory production with his assembly-line methods. He spent most of his life making headlines, good, bad, but never indifferent.

Celebrated as both a technological genius and a folk hero, Henry Ford was the creative force behind an industry of unprecedented size and wealth that in only a few decades permanently changed the economic and social character of the USA.

Last, but not least a statement (see recommendation) from Henry Ford, which impressed The Castiron: „I believe God is managing affairs and He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe that everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?“ To trust in God and being not idle – it appears that Henry Ford succeeded in doing so! 

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

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83 FULL PULL – ON MISSION WITH TEAM KAISER

As people of motor sport we are interested in everything that stinks an rattles. No surprise, that on a Monday in October 2015 we sat in front of the TV, watching on DMAX – the men’s Monday. Filled with excitement and curiosity, we watched what these men did with their hp-monsters in the telecast „Full Pull“. After that, I talked to my wife: The Kaisers, they are different; due to the way they are dealing with each other, they might be Christians. 

After the third telecast we contacted the Team Kaiser. Marcus answered and we got along well immediately. So I invited them to the yearly SRS Motorsport meeting in January 2016. The same year, we visited some pulling events. So we witnessed their winning of the German championship – impressive! 

In 2017 we visited almost all competitions of the German championship to support the Team Kaiser. Now for two years, DMAX broadcasted „Full Pull“. That gave a never expected boom to the scene and the events were much better attended; more people were coming to the team truck in the open paddock, asking for autographs, selfies and ... talking with the team members. 

There is an African saying: „People are listening to winners!“ Through the conversations in the paddock you can reach the people, talking about the sport and anything and everything and finally about God. It is very important for the Kaisers to live their Christian faith in sport. Therefore, Thomas the team leader campaigned for SRS Motorsport with an info point during their home event in Holzheim. Furthermore, we could hand over a sportsman Bible named MORE to the ones on the winners’ podium; the same was possible at the season final in Berghausen. 

For the Team Kaiser the season 2017 was better than expected, better than the year before. They reached the German title already two events before the end of the season. Despite the success, there have also been backstrokes, for instance, the serious gear box damage during the show pull in Grimmen. 

There was not only the champion’s trophy at the season final in Berghausen. No, the Team Kaiser itself provided a trophy, made from a bush and a piston rod, out of a scrapped engine. It was auctioned in support of SRS-Werteoffensive (see recommendation) for a good cause. 

It’s a fascinating story. And one thing is for sure: The Team Kaiser will get going again in 2018 for their 25 years jubilee! 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Rainer! 

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

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PS. You can read more in blogpost 38 TRACTOR PULLING.

82 FLAT TYRE

Today’s video tells its own tale - quite loudly and dramatically. The Castiron shares some of his experiences; it was always a well-balanced car, always a rear wheel got damaged. And: a burst tyre or a slow puncture, the final outcome is the same - a flat tyre! 

Slow puncture on the country road, around 50 miles per hour. Moderate speed, a familiar road, the car slightly unstable. A stop at the next garage, checking the tyres visually and with the tyres pressure gauge, asking for help: a mechanic could repair the tyre, because it was not yet damaged (just a nail had to be removed first of all). Sometimes the tyre can be repaired, sometimes it has to be replaced. 

Slow puncture on the German highway, around 100 miles per hour. Not a very familiar route, quite heavy traffic, an irregular unstable car. Is it a bad road surface or is something wrong with the car? You guessed it: the stop on the breakdown lane and a tyres’ check lead to the issue, that one wheel had to be replaced (thankfully a car with a spare wheel on board, with a regularly checked tyre pressure). This time it was not possible to repair the tyre. 

Burst tyre (rear left) on the track in Hockenheim, Germany, right bend „Nordkurve“, around 75 miles per hour. You presage it: a huge task for the driver. The vehicle rear swung extremely to the outer side and The Castiron did everything possible to keep the car under control: counter-steering as fast as possible to the maximum and pressing the clutch pedal. The car slithered across the track and at the last moment, The Castiron could finally handle this matter - driver and car in good shape, the tyre destroyed. 

Former blogposts give some hints: 21 FOUR POSTCARDS and 22 BEST CONFEDERATES 201701 may help to avoid such situations. Anyway, a happy end is not guaranteed; type of the vehicle and its load, speed range and the driver’s reaction are major components and play an essential role. 

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

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81 CALL IT MEAN-SNEERING DRIVING-STYLE

The way human beings differ, so do driving-styles. Circumstances and situations are not always the same, too. There are various ways to keep on track - successfully, fast and safely. 

Often, the cause of the mean sneering was a critical situation; the racing driver lost time and knows his last chance is: now more than ever! You know the two basic thoughts: I still get you, too and there is no way for you to overtake me. At this point, you are close to doggedness. 

In these cases, you are mentally right at the limit, you drive all the time at the limit or even a little more. In other words, you drive with the knife between your teeth. And: what about fairness? Too aggressive? Under all these circumstances it might go wrong, but not necessarily. 

The result of such a driving-style can be a best effort (he made the impossible possible) or several additional critical situations lead to a race to forget. 

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

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80 KINDERGARTEN PART II

Concurrently between 1782 and 1826 lived three men with a common main concern: the well-being of children. This lead to the establishment of the Kindergarten. Let us have a look at these three, chronologically: Oberlin, Pestalozzi and Fröbel. 

Jean-Frédéric Oberlin (1740 – 1826), Frenchman, pastor, has been called the „true precursor of Christianity“ in France. His orphan asylums for the protection of children are particularly noteworthy. He is also termed as a forward-thinker of Fröbel. 

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746 – 1827), Swiss, pedagogue and educational reformer; his grandfather, a pastor, gave him an understanding of charity. He founded several educational institutions and wrote many works explaining modern principles of education. 

Friedrich Fröbel (1782 – 1852), German, pedagogue and a student of Pestalozzi, son of a pastor. After his first job as an educator in Germany, he worked for some time with Pestalozzi in Switzerland, where his ideas further developed. In particular, he emphasized the children’s individual gifts and talents, as well as the promotion of self-acting, motor skills, fantasy and creativity. Fröbel is considered to be the founder of the Kindergarten in 1840; the first one was in Bad Blankenburg, Germany. It was the beginning of a new early childhood education. 

Hence, it was Fröbel who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He created the concept of the Kindergarten; the second part of this word - „garden“ - speaks for itself. A garden is a space for the cultivation of plants and other form of nature – growing, thriving, developing! 

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

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PS. Source reference: Wikipedia and the newspaper D’REGION 11. Jahrgang Nr. 27

79 KINDERGARTEN PART I

On the occasion of grandson’s Mickey birthday, The Castiron had the opportunity to visit the Kindergarten. It seemed to be a normal day with a special hour for the birthday boy. 

All together sung several songs, one of them with special wishes for a guardian angel for Mickey. He got some presents and the children played together, too. Everyone was in a good mood, and also this seemed to be normal – not least because of the committed nursery school teachers. 

Of course, the birthday cake had to be present. Baked by Mickey’s dad, shape of a car, orange-coloured, this chocolate cake was big enough for everyone (also for The Castiron) and was quickly eaten. 

Today’s blogpost picture, a sunrise, is meant to be a symbol for these children. Often, they show some similarities: like a rising sun, they represent brightness and lightness, to name a few aspects. The Castiron hopes and wishes, that all children always have the sunshine and the guardian angels with them. 

This was mainly grandfather’s view. You will read more in Part II next week, from the pastor’s perspective. 

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

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78 THE LATER YOU BRAKE THE LONGER YOU’RE FAST

The video is worth a thousand words. Have a look at it, more than once. Is the saying „who brakes loses“ really correct? Or rather: the later you brake the longer you’re fast? 

Some risks of braking (too) late: problems on the track, beside the track or even a crash. Loosing time is guaranteed. In addition, there is the possibility for an immediate uneven tyre wear (in case of no ABS). The Castiron made this experience several times. In extreme cases the tyre showed the steel belt at the flat spot – a destroyed, standing (instead of trundling) tyre, unnecessary costs and usually an unsuccessful practice or race. 

Some chances of braking late: make up time, winning some positions, probably winning the race – this is also the occasion’s objective. In case you are the race leader right from the start, often you can hold this position, when also your braking is just on the right point – the ideal situation, but not always the case. And: easier said than done. 

It is up to you, in combination with various circumstances. Take the right decision at the right time at the right place – and implement it perfectly, when ever possible. Good luck! 

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77 LONG SHADOWS

Long shadows - low sun. This is your business, too, when you are one the move – be it on the road or on the racetrack. What does it mean, what speaks against you and what can help? 

Long shadows are always related with low sun, in the early morning or in the early evening. The consequence is distracting glare. At worst combined with a wet and reflecting road, it turns close to getting almost blind. But you keep on driving, on the road in most countries up to 80 miles per hour, on the track sometimes up to 130 miles per hour or even more. 

Some typical situations show what speaks against you. Low speed on the road combined with a traffic light; when you cannot recognize its specific colour, be extremely cautious. Higher speed on the highway combined with a tunnel; when you are leaving the tunnel and looking directly at the sun you should be prepared by knowing the traffic situation (keyword: concentrated and anticipating). It is quite similar for driving on the track combined with a knoll or after a bend. 

In all these cases keep in mind what all this means for everyone else on the move. Sunglasses and the car’s sun visors are helpful to shield your eyes from the blinding rays of the sun. Be protected and again: be prepared, also mentally - thinking for you and others is not only recommended, it is a must! 

On no account staring at the sun does not help; this applies to you as a driver and also to many, many spheres of life. Have an enjoyable and safe motoring! 

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

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76 DRIVER OF THE YEAR 2017

First of all, please have a look at the video. Vaidotas Zala - a well-known driver? An overview on the past year caused The Castiron to award this title to this driver; it is just a personal and unofficial choice. 

Just a few keywords and thoughts: driving ability, ride feeling, car control - brilliant, bold. The Castiron is very impressed; he has always held the rallye drivers in high esteem. 

A short analysis: the driver definitely knew before the knoll what awaited him in the next moment. Precise instructions of the co-driver are usual and very helpful. And it was 100 percent, everything fitted. 

The conclusion: as a driver you have just lost, when your counter-steering ends because of the vehicle’s limited steering angle and the car is not yet under control. Then you have reached the point to brake, to reduce as much speed as possible - hopefully to avoid the experience of a nasty surprise. 

A recommendation: in order to even have the slightest chance in situations like this, it is a must to be prepared. There are the mental aspects and the driving ability. For example, driver trainings are of great benefit, but not a guarantee. Participate in it, be it during winter or in sommer - even better, during winter and in sommer! 

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75 CALL IT ENGINEER’S DRIVING-STYLE

The way human beings differ, so do driving-styles. There are various ways to keep on track - succesfully, fast and safely. 

The Castiron shares his point of view on engineers, based on gained experiences as racing driver and instructor. Best preparation and precise execution are likely keywords. 

Usually, the engineer’s driving-style is very precise, brake point and cornering line are identical lap after lap – the exception proves the rule. That means a constant high speed level and very little room for faults. Route and line knowledge are a matter of fact. 

The basics for a clean driving-style are important to him, too. Obviously he likes to answer questions about technical themes and has a close connection to the vehicle components. That goes as far as either treating the car with great care or just opposite, testing and stressing the components to the uttermost limits of their strength. 

The Castiron guess is that the engineer and the engine are like old relatives: the one artefacted the other and usually both work quite perfectly. And: it does not mean, that all this is just the case for engineers. 

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74 DRIVER TRAINING WITH A WEC WORLD CHAMPION

Have you ever had the opportunity to have a multiple winner of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans on the passenger seat or to ride with him? One of these winners, Marcel Fässler, WEC World Champion 2012 (see blogpost 40) played a leading role, when The Castiron took part in a driver training in Lignières in Switzerland, last summer. 

This small circuit allows speeds similar to those in a country with speed limits; to that, Marcel Fässler as an instructor, accustomed to high speed. This combination and the very personable manner of Marcel („the nice guy next door“) promised an unforgettable and incomparable experience. 

Marcel on the passenger seat of Eleanor V, The Castiron’s Ford Mustang. The emphasis is on a very clean driving style, to handle the car with care as far as possible and self-reflexion to detect driving errors. To be fast in combination with a gentle driving was a very precious hint, yet The Castiron’s drifter heart was bleeding a little bit. 

The Castiron’s ride on the passenger seat of Marcel’s car. Discreet fast, constantly precise and quite gently, mostly stable vehicle condition, almost free of faults - overall a very strong feeling of safety. 

The Castiron’s conclusions for himself: if possible handle the car with care, be fast in combination with gentle driving and again and again self-reflexion; this includes also the realization, that there are commonalities and differences within the multitude of motorsport contests and the appropriate driving manners. Thank you, Marcel and maybe, see you again – it was a great day! 

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73 ONE DAY WITH ALEX DIAS RIBEIRO

Ribeiro was perhaps best known for his proclamation of faith in the form of „Jesus Saves“ slogans on his Formula One cars. He subsequently went on to perform chaplaincy at the F1 events he attended as the driver of the medical car; he is arguably the most accomplished driver in the „Christians in Motorsport“ group . 

In 1994, he joined the Brazil National Football Team as a pastor at the FIFA World Cup in the United States of America. He held worship services for the team and later wrote a book about the team’s journey to victory, titled „Who won the 1994 World Cup“ (”¿Quien ganó la Copa Mundial?”). 

At the 2002 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, Ribeiro was involved in a potentially serious incident. During the morning warm-up on race day Sunday, Enrique Bernoldi crashed his Arrows in turn 2. When Ribeiro, the driver of the medical car, went out to check Bernoldi, he opened the door of the car. Just as he opened it, Nick Heidfeld came along in his Sauber, and smashed into the open door. Both Ribeiro and Heidlfeld were uninjured. 

In 1981, Ribeiro wrote an autobiographical book called ”Mais Que Vencedor” (translation goes something like „More Than A Winner“), in which he names March owner Max Mosley „Mack Mouse“ and March engineer Robin Herd „Robin Hood“ – we laughed a lot together! 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Michael / SRS Motorsport! 

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

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PS. On the occasion of the SRS Motorsportwochenende on January 19 to 21, 2018 you have the unique opportunity to meet Alex Dias Ribeiro. You will find further information on the SRSMotorsport-website.