December 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


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!


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 



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