April 2017


Well prepared and ready? This question has to be answered in advance. If „no“, you better would have stayed at home. If „yes“, let us go! First of all, former blogposts give a little help: 20 TREASURY 201612 and 29 THE CASTIRON’S P P P P P. At least the correct seating position is a must and the proper preparation of man and machine is essential. 

Also a trackday simply gets off to a better start if you slept well. After breakfast it is time to drive to the track. Interior space and trunk are as empty as possible – on one hand for your safety, on the other hand for a lighter car. This stripping (including loose carpets) helps that no object can harm you in case of an accident by flying around in the interior and saves between 30 and 70 lb easily. 

And then: driver briefing. Listen and reflect – and memorize! A few minutes later you will be sitting in your car, ready for the first lap. Ready? Helmet on and chinstrap fastened, between strap and chin just space to put one finger between them – not more! And please note: helmet on does not mean brain off! 

The first lap is the opportunity to scout out the track and its conditions. You are responsible for yourself! Look for a rhythm that fits bests for you! The Castiron recommends to increase the pace step by step and to take a break after 30 to 75 minutes, depending on the track, the conditions and especially the car. Eleanor V forces The Castiron to pause after about an hour – because the fuel tank is almost empty (on the track, almost empty is very, very close to completely empty). Do not forget: not only your car needs fluids but also yourself! 

Finally, enjoy the day and keep in mind: do not underestimate the challenge of such a day and do not overestimate your own abilities and, it is a trackday not a race, with the major aim for a happy end – driver and car both well, after a satisfying day with a lot of good experiences and fun! 

For those, who want to know how passengers go through a ride with The Castiron and Eleanor V: you are invited to read blogposts 13 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 201611 and 28 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 201702, both trackday experiences. Enjoy yourself!

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

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36 UNIQUE 201704

Last week’s blogpost dealt with the story of Good Friday and Easter, of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ – truly unique.

And human beings? Seemingly each person has less than 10 lookalikes, if at all. Almost equal or quite similar in the outward appearances, everyone is different. That means: unique. You are unique!

This is probably a reason why we want to have our vehicles individualised – in other words: unique. This is more or less a matter of taste. Therefore be fair. Shared joy is twice a joy! You will appreciate that, too. And do not forget, today’s topic: unique!

Next week The Castiron will bring you closer to a trackday’s daily routine.

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


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35 EASTER 201704

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


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

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Circuit Spa-Francorchamps: one of the really legendary international motorsport tracks, host of many special events. The yearly highlights are the F1 Belgian Grand Prix and the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, World Endurance Championship (WEC). The track is as follows:


The length is approximately 4,35 miles. It is one of the most challenging tracks in the world, due to its fast, hilly and twisty character. Everyone who knows Spa-Francorchamps also knows the names Eau Rouge, Les Combes, Pouhon, Blanchimont: distinctive points on the track, with special challenges, some of them so-called courage bends.


Particularly noteworthy: individual track introduction sessions, public driving experiences and guided tours behind the scenes.


See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron