April 2020


In one month, a week before Pentecost, one of the really great motorsport highlights will take place: the traditional 24-h-Rennen Nürburgring (official „ADAC TOTAL 24H-RACE“), on May 21 - 24, 2020. When the subjet is Nürburgring, preview must be combined with review – in order to know what has to be expected. 

Review. Besides all unpredictable factors relating to the teams, the drivers and the cars, Nürburgring offers a wide variety of surprises, mainly based on the weather in this region. In 24 hours you can be faced with the weather conditions of the four seasons – quite a broad range! Usually, racing driver’s nightmare – there are just a few geniuses behind the steering wheel, who are able to handle it really well. And, never forget: it is Nürburgring with the legendary Nordschleife!

Preview. According to the official website (please see recommendation), the pilots are racing around the 25-kilometre (more than 15 miles) long combination of Nordschleife and Grand Prix Circuit. This race promises to be a race of superlatives as always and pushes men and machines to the limit. It is a unique opportunity to experience a field of entrants with way about 160 vehicles, driving at full speed for one whole day and night around the longest racetrack of the world. In brief: a real thriller.

Especially applicable for this historical and gorgeous motorsport event: you never ever can exclude big surprises! Not until after the waving of the chequered flag we will know the outcome – and not one moment before.

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

Recommendation:       https://www.nuerburgring.de/en/events-tickets/automobile/adac-total-24-hour-race.html

PS   Important, new date   -   important, new date   -   important, new date:
due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 24H-RENNEN NÜRBURGRING 2020 is postponed to September 24 – 27, 2020 !

192 BOOKS 202004

Jesus our destiny, by Wilhelm Busch; this book is based on a compilation of his radio speeches and has been translated into the most important languages and attained a worldwide distribution. The main focus today is on one hand on the author, on the other hand mainly on some readers’ views.

Some information about the author: according to Wikipedia, Wilhelm Busch (27th March 1897 – 20th June 1966) was a German pastor, youth evangelist and activist in the Confessing Church during the Nazi period in Germany. He had to serve in World War I, where on the battlefield he came to personal faith in Christ when a comrade was hit by a grenade. When this war was over he decided to study protestant theology.

And now, excerpts from reader’s reviews on www.goodreads.com (please see recommendation):   „... the author goes beyond an apologetic for the Christian faith and into practical aspects of it, including love, forgiveness and grace ...“   /   „... it is a great read ... it has helped me change opinions I had before and moved me into the right path to find God.“   /   „A collection of interesting and great speeches about the importance of Christ in our lives.“

Since its first edition, this book is a bestseller and of great worth. The content is timeless and as the title says, it is also a question of destiny – in the end of major relevance for everyone, not only for the grandfather, the racing driver, the instructor and the pastor.

Especially now, several days after Good Friday and Easter, it is an appropriate point for all this. Furthermore, the book is also perfectly suited as a gift, for many occasions. Please have a look at today’s recommendation – thank you!

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

Recommendation:       https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2794676-jesus

191 EASTER 202004

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 Eleazar 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

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Luke24


Today’s blogpost picture: the art of tarmac painting, the hallmark of Eleanor V, the story of accelaration from zero to 60 mph – call it as you like! Let us go into the subject, do not take it too seriously. 

A slight incline and the Ford Mustang Eleanor V, somewhere in the countryside. You remember: V8 engine, 5 speed manual gear box, rear-wheel driven, limited slip differential – action and satisfaction guaranteed!

First gear, second gear, 60 miles per hour – wonderful tarmac painting! In other words: acceleration time of secondary importance, but perfect fun factor - a really wide smile on the driver’s face! As well some facts are noteworthy herewith, the tarmac painting mainly in numbers.

Appropriate engine revolutions, 1st gear 50 feet, gear shift 20 feet, 2nd gear 115 feet – total 185 feet (shifting less than half a second traction interruption). Zero to 60 mph, achieved result? No idea, this was really not the primary aim in this case. Not the fastest, but probably the funniest version for this task.

This was one kind of tarmac painting. Burnouts and doughnuts, for instance, are some others – also very funny. Possibly more on those at a later time. And, once more: have a nice ride, with a wide smile on your face!

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

Recommendation:       http://thecastiron.ch/en/comments.html

PS   Ford Mustang GT V8 (2005), C/D TEST RESULTS, ACCELERATION Zero to 60 mph 5.2 seconds