March 2018

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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



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 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



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 


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


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 



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