August 2017

54 RELATIVES 201708

Relatives. No, not the relatives of The Castiron. Let us have a short look at the closest ones of Eleanor V, The Castiron’s Ford Mustang. 

Generation 1, 1964 – 1973. Noteworthy engines from 260 to 429 CID. This was a glorious beginning. 

Generation 2, 1974 – 1978. One noteworthy engine, 302 CID. The first 1973 oil crisis should be briefly mentioned. 

Generation 3, 1979 – 1993. Noteworthy engines from 260 to 302 CID. The second oil crisis in 1979 should also be briefly mentioned. 

Generation 4, 1994 – 2004. Noteworthy engines from 281 to 351 CID. It was time for a major redesign. 

Generation 5, 2005 – 2014. Noteworthy engines from 281 to 351 CID. Eleanor V is a 2005 model, dyno tested 310 hp and 330 lb-ft. – 281 CID. Thereby a retro wave has begun and some other manufacturer of similar cars followed. 

Generation 6, from 2015. Noteworthy engines from 302 to 315 CID. Let us look forward to a future with a successful continuation. 

Please show understanding for just mentioning V8 engines. The Castiron’s view: in this case a V8 engine is a must - naturally aspired, by preference. Long live the atmospheric engine! 

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

Illustrations: Thanks to Mathias Böhm and Timo Völker 



It has now been one year since The Castiron published his very first blogpost. Especially today, it is a good time to say thanks to everybody – by looking back and looking forward, and to have a very direct appeal to all of you. You are invited to vigilantly read the blogposts! 

Differentiate. To constitute the difference between. To perceive and indicate the difference in or between. 

Interpret. To give the meaning of; explain. To judge in a personal way. To explain or construe. To restate orally in one language what is said in another. 

Examine. To inspect with care; inquire into. To test by questions or exercises as to qualifications, fitness, etc. 

Generally good advice to live by, and especially to today’s topic, you find in the Holy Bible, emphasizing „to test them all“ - amongst many other subjects. This is the opinion primarily based on the life experience of The Castiron, the grandfather, the racing driver, the instructor, the pastor – all of this, all in one, one in all (see blogpost 5). 

For those, who want to read more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5, verse 21 (see recommendation). 

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


PS. Word definitions: Funk & Wagnalls STANDARD DICTIONARY, 1983 by Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc., First Signet Printing, August, 1980


Once upon a time somewhere in the United States of America, The Castiron served in a team of instructors for a prestigious German automobile manufacturer. Main issue on the agenda: to present a brand new car model and its feature traction and stability control. 

Well motorized rear-wheel driven limousines were ready, everyone with an instructor behind the steering wheel. Day by day new car dealers from different States and foreign countries arrived to enjoy and experience demonstration drives. 

After getting into the car, one person said: „the pedal to the metal“! And he was right; it was one particular objective to prove the effectiveness of the traction and stability control to these passengers – that means, even when the driver steps on the accelerator pedal, the control system will help by at least cutting the engine power, if necessary in emergency situations. It worked and was a very impressive experience for everyone. 

A question remains. Always the pedal to the metal? No, also this pedal is on the driver’s responsibilty! Do it the right way, be it on the track or on the road - and this two surroundings are not the same! It is up to you, do the right thing at the right place.    

Finally, please note: the assistant systems in your car are mainly safety devices! 

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


51 REVIEW ON 1 TO 50

It is a good time for a short review, an overview emphasizing some points: the basics, contributions from third persons, practical helps for drivers (be it road or track) and last, but not least some pastor’s perspectives. 

The basics. Blogposts 1 to 9 give the foundation, with topics such as   WHY   /    EMOTION BEFORE PERFECTION   /   THE SLOW BLOG   /   WHO IS WHO   /   THE STORY OF THE CASTIRON AND ELEANOR V   -   to name some of them. 

Contributions from third parties. Blogposts 13, 28, 38, 47, 48, 50 help to give a broader view,   IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT   /   TRACTOR PULLING   /   SPORTCARS DAY ASCONA   /   PHOTO STORY BLÜEMLISALP SWITZERLAND   -   thanks a lot, your contributions are a great benefit! 

Practical help for drivers. Blogposts 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 37, 45, 49 are mainly basic topics for road and track, such as   P P P P P (proper preparation prevents poor performance)   /   GRIP BEFORE LINE /   DAILY ROUTINE TRACKDAY  -   they mostly base on experiences and insights of The Castiron himself. 

Finally, some pastor’s perspectives. Particularly noteworthy, the blogposts 19 and 35 focus on   CHRISTMAS   and   EASTER   -  two of the principal Christian Festivals! 

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

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