August 2019


According to the English Wikipedia, the town of Zandvoort is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands and hosted the Dutch Grand Prix from 1952 to 1985, as part of the FIA Formula One World Championship. During its absence from the Grand Prix calendar, the circuit had been extensively modified.

The track of Zandvoort is as follows: the length is approximately 2,68 miles. It is really diverse – a challenging task for the racer. Some compare it with a roller coaster ride; nevertheless you are pilot, not just passenger.

The circuit is located in the dunes, very close to the sea. There are some key passages. One of them, the blind passage „Slotemakerbocht“ before „Scheivlak“ can be a dance on razor’s edge – the uneven surface does not help either.

Please have a look at the video. Impressive pictures from the good old days – not merely good, but also often quite dangerous.

Particularly noteworthy: it is a beautiful region, which invites you to stay for a few days and, Zandvoort will be again the host of the Dutch Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix, next year in 2020 – a special highlight for this World Championship.

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



One of The Castiron’s basic information was the description of this legendary international motorsport track by the Dutch racing driver Robin Frijns: „a track of the old school, does not allow mistakes – otherwise you will end into the gravel bed or directly in a rampart. Upwards, downwards and often squally wind – sometimes blowing sand onto the track; the grip level can vary from lap to lap.“

These were some of The Castiron’s basics, when he attended a trackday some weeks ago in late spring, one cool and wet morning. The Castiron and Eleanor V, his Ford Mustang, enjoyed this day so much. Wet, and finally dry conditions – this broad range was the setting for a fantastic day!

Eleanor V and wet tracks is a delicate combination. After a few laps, it was just great fun. The road surface’s feedback was confidence building, predictable with a good response – a wet track like this, just a great pleasure! Later on, it was dry – the pleasure lasted for the whole day, the challenge was a bit easier.

The Castiron loves this varied track. One part must be mentioned extra, the blind passage from „Slotemakerbocht“ to „Scheivlak“. The Castiron and Eleanor V experienced this challenge as follows: you reach this passage, shifting from 3rd to 4th gear and you know, somewhere before the right-hand bend „Scheivlak“ is the braking point – behind the crest. Flat out or not? Flat out works, but the car becomes really unstable. Flat out or not: you have to find the point and the feeling of satisfaction answers the question, whether you reached the perfect fit – or not! Please note: it is a description, not a recommendation!

Part II will bring you closer to the Circuit Zandvoort.

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


PS   Source reference statement Robin Frijns: sportauto EXTRA  Alles über die DTM 2018


It has now been 3 years since The Castiron published his very first blogpost. Today’s subject is primarily on one’s own account. And again, it is a good time to say thanks to everybody!

There is the only one, the one and only: The Castiron (your-real life blogger), the man. As well: his Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, the machine.

Grandfather, racing driver, instructor, pastor – all in one, one in all. The focus: sharing many things from many years and actual ones, with you! As life is, with daily business in different realms and topics – based on The Castiron’s life and biography. Or, in other words: the real-life blogger; real life with ups and downs, with victories and defeats, not only highlights!

More about the man and the machine: The Castiron – please see recommendation; Eleanor V – please have a look at former blogposts (such as blogpost 6 and 8). Enjoy yourself!

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



It is now exactly 45 years that Gianclaudio Giuseppe Regazzoni, known as Clay Regazzoni (5th September 1939 – 15th December 2006), was in the lead of the current Formula 1 (F1) World Championship – a racing driver known as The Indestructible, with a great moustache, from the small country of Switzerland.

It was after the Nürburgring race in summer 1974 which Clay Regazzoni finished first – one of his greatest victories, after his first one in Monza in his Formula 1 debut season. After a dramatic slipstream battle, he won this race ahead of Jackie Stewart; it was this first weekend in September 1970, when Jochen Rindt died in an accident during the qualifying practice session. The race, Regazzoni’s victory, everything: overshadowed by this tragedy.  

Clay Regazzoni survived all racing accidents – most of them uninjured – and got soon his nickname, The Indestructible. Please have a look at today’s video: Regazzoni ducked in his racing car and passed through beneath the crash barrier – one of the most incredible accidents with an unhurt driver in the history of auto racing.

Sadly, in the Long Beach Grand Prix 1980, a broken brake pedal caused a heavy accident; this crash brought The Indestructible from the Formula 1 race car into the wheelchair.

This compatriot of The Castiron remains unforgotten. It is not surprising that the man with the moustache – intrepid, reckless and courageous – was one of The Castiron’s major heroes. The nimbus of The Indestructible persists.

This hero of the past missed his major success in 1974: he finally finished the Formula 1 (F1) World Championship as vice world champion – Emerson Fittipaldi 55 points, Clay Regazzoni 52 points.

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



Today’s focus is on another hero of the past, Gerhard Karl Mitter, known as Gerhard Mitter (30th August 1935 – 1st August 1969). This blogpost is dedicated to this German, 50 years after his fatal accident at the Nürburgring. It is assumed, that a technical defect was the reason for this tragedy.

As a brilliant all-rounder, he was not only familiar with the Nürburgring, but also with extremely long and challenging road racing circuits, such as the famous Targa Florio: in 1969, the winning team was Gerhard Mitter / Udo Schütz – sadly one of the last highlights in the career of Mitter.

Also Gerhard Mitter was one of The Castiron’s heroes: successful in a broad sense, in varied race series on different tracks with really diverse vehicles – and last, but not least multiple winner of the European Hill Climb Championship.


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