72 TREASURY 201712

Some basics have been presented inter alia in blogpost 20 TREASURY 201612 one year ago. Today, we leave the paddock and the pit lane – car and driver well prepared. 

Actually quite simple: have you checked your brake pressure by pressing the brake pedal before the start? On one hand, when you have problems with the engine power, you note it immediately and the car decelerates. On the other hand, when your brakes do not work properly, you propably experience an unpleasent surprise in the first bend. 

This is also applicable after a pit stop. In this case, your car’s brakes are quite hot and the heat increases, while the vehicle stands still. Check your brake the same way before you leave the pit lane to continue – it helps to avoid possible annoying incidents. 

Finally the cool down lap: that speaks for itself. Moderate speed, engine in the part-load range, downshifting instead of breaking are the main elements to do something good to your car. 

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 

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71 CHRISTMAS 201712

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!

Recommendation:      http://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Luke2


Some time ago, another trackday, then with the sporty German four-door limousine, mentioned in blogpost 58 THE DAYS BEFORE ELEANOR V 201709 - beautiful weather and rather good conditions. A day at Hockenheim making one to believe that everything will go well. 

After several laps, accelerating out of the slow corner „Spitzkehre“, passing through the following right-hand bend: all of a sudden it turned out differently. Around 100 miles per hour at the exit of the corner, a huge oversteering pounces upon The Castiron’s car. 

The Castiron countersteered as fast as possible and as much as necessary and pressed the brake pedal smoothly: he knew, deceleration is a must, because the next left-hand bend is a slow one. He needed the whole distance of considerably more than 400 feet to keep the drifting car under control. Reaching the next corner, the drift angle was almost still the same, but at a lower speed; so he was able to force the car in a drift to the other side to round this bend. After that, everything was back to normal. 

Have a look at the video to see many similar situations, this time in wintry conditions. To that some conclusions: it seems to be a driver training at lower speeds, drivers are prepared for these situations, yet car control is often far from perfect. And: the walls are generally not of flexible snow! 

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

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When we are looking back to the ongoing story of The Castiron, some key items are in the blogposts 8 THE STORY OF THE CASTIRON AND ELEANOR V PART II and 18 MORE ON THE WHY. On one hand, the first rendez-vous of The Castiron and Eleanor V was accompanied by the starting of snowfall; on the other hand The Castiron’s friend who said the words: it is inside of you - one of the major encouragements for the final decision to start with the blog. 

Bringing the things together leads to today’s theme; the friend, the snow and the winter, the speed and the fun: speed and fun in winter. This time not on four wheels but on skis, downhill. 

Years ago, this friend and The Castiron agreed to spend together a winter vacation. Since then, they share the passion for skiing year after year. Just a few facts: mountains, snow, often beautiful weather, sometimes quite cold temperatures and a speeding up to 50 miles per hour on skis - very, very precious and re-creative days! 

A picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures, from Switzerland, give you a broader insight - enjoy it! 

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

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The past motorsport season, a circuit in France and a Legends Car - the owner and promoter of SWISS LEGENDS RACING gave The Castiron the opportunity to test this racing car, based on a tubular frame and a Ford Coupe Silhouette. 

The Car. With its body style from the 1930s and 1940s, the Legends Cars look like a 5/8 scale model of the stock cars that dominated NASCAR racing in the 1950s. Some specials: single-seater, no ABS, a sequential 5-speed manual gearbox, solid rear axle without differential. 

The circumstances. The owner instructs The Castiron: how to fix and remove the steering wheel, how to go into reverse gear if necessary and so forth. The weather: light rain, track surface accordingly. Looking forward to an exciting and entertaining journey: ready, steady, go! 

The driving experience. Enhancing the pace lap by lap, gaining experience, effectively: braking point not optimal, blocked front wheels, looking for an escape route, releasing the brake pedal, crossing the gravel bed, making an U turn on the wet meadow and getting cautiously back on the track. A few laps later: to much oversteering, to make the best of it braking as hard as possible until standstill - but the car is counter to the right direction; what was that again with the reverse gear? To move the separate small lever in the right direction enables reversing and turning, to continue in the correct direction. 

So far, so good. Not so easy, quite a demanding task, enormous fun pure within reasonable costs - this is the fundamental idea and also The Castiron’s conclusion. With this in mind: a good forthcoming season to all drivers of a Legends Car and to all others! 

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

Recommendation:       https://www.uslegendcars.com/


Circuit Dijon-Prenois: one of the motorsport tracks with a long illustrious history. From The Castiron’s perspective, one highlight among many other was the F1 Swiss Grand Prix in 1982. Yes, the Swiss Grand Prix was held in France, because such circuit races are not allowed in Switzerland. Please have a look at the video, it speaks louder than many words. 

According to http://www.paddys-races-days.ch/paddys-races-days-strecken-info the track of Dijon-Prenois is as follows:

The length is approximately 2,35 miles. It is one of the quite fast tracks, hilly and twisty - an exciting task for the racer. There are 5 right-hand and 3 left-hand turns. Everyone who knows Dijon-Prenois also knows the long, long start-finish straight with its first upward part. The crucial passage is just before: the long-drown downhill bend, where the driver recognizes in the last split second, if everything fitted or not. 

Last but not least: it is a beautiful region, which invites you to stay some days and furthermore, Dijon is the home of the well-known Dijon mustard. 

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

Recommendation:       https://www.circuit-dijon-prenois.com/


It is interesting and quite fast. These were The Castiron’s informations, before he visited this racetrack. 

Some years ago, The Castiron was invited to start at a race of the Swiss Championship in Dijon-Prenois, on this occasion with an American Race Truck (Craftman’s Truck / Pickup). It was a very good experience, thrilling and overall a succesful race day, honoured with a trophy. 

Some weeks ago, The Castiron and Eleanor V, his Ford Mustang, were back in Dijon-Prenois to participate at a trackday. Both enjoyed also this day. Very well organized, not to many participants, a lot of track time, nice people, good weather - this is the summary of a memorable high-speed day in France. 

Please have a look at the video, too. A former Swiss professional racing driver will present you two on-board laps, one to become more familiar with the track and one with race conditions. 

Part II will bring you closer to the Circuit Dijon-Prenois. 

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

Photos: Nico’s Photostudio. Thank you Nico! 

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65 LONG TIME AGO 201711

You remember, this year was the 90th Nürburgring Anniversary. For 2017, this is the last blogpost on this topic (after blogposts 24, 39, 46, 49, 60). It is the story of The Castiron’s first rendez-vous with the Nordschleife, 25 years ago – also a small anniversary. 

It was love at first sight – after the first lap. Track open for the tourist traffic, late autumn – therefore little traffic. The Castiron arrived and drove with a German road car; a rear-wheel driven sedan with a manual 4-speed transmission with overdrive. The conditions had been appropriate: partly humid, partly dry and later on partly humid and partly wet. Best requirements for a novice on the Nordschleife! The Castiron succeeded in overcoming also this additional difficulties and completed 7 laps without any noticeable incidents. What he knew: I do not know this track and to achieve this route knowledge, many more laps will be needed. 

It was the beginning of a great and ongoing love. The Nordschleife met many of The Castiron’s preferences: upward, downward, fast, hilly and twisty, with crests; in other words a very, very special track with a unique character – probably the most demanding circuit throughout the world. 

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

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Germany, on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses. Now, 500 years later, it is a good moment to have again a closer look at it. 

Today’s topic is on the motivation of Martin Luther, what he was aiming for and what he did. According to Wikipedia, the theses debated and criticised the Church and the papacy, but concentrated upon the selling of indulgences and doctrinal policies about purgatory, particular judgement, and the authority of the Pope. 

Martin Luther recognized many problematic issues and he intended to initiate a reformation of the Church. Ultimately, he saw no other approach than publishing this Ninety-Five Theses, on 31 October 1517. 

Sadly, there was almost no insight, a reformation seemed unnecessary – but it was really necessary! In this context, many sad stories are reported in the history books, too. 

All this lead to a point, where a schism was inevitable. Contrary to the intention of reforming the Church, that led to another one instead, with a fast and comprehensive spreading throughout the world. 

Last, but not least, The Castiron invites you to have a look at today’s impressive video; probably, the performed song of Amazing Grace can reflect somewhat of Martin Luther’s person and his concerns, finally named the Protestant Reformation. 

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

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Germany, on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses. Now, 500 years later, it is a good moment to have again a closer look at it. Today, the person of Martin Luther is on the focus. According to Wikipedia, he was a professor of theology, composer, priest and monk. 

Martin Luther (10th November 1483 – 18th February 1546) was a Christian, who was searching answers in the Holy Bible. One day, he found an answer in this struggle, in Romans 1, verse 17 (see recommendation) - the main statement for him was: „The righteous will live by faith“. This changed his life. 

He recognized the great goodness and mercy of the Christian faith, of the Holy Trinity. This lead him personally and gave him also many insights: on one hand for other human beings, on the other hand into the situation of the Church, too. 

Part II will be on the motivation of Martin Luther, what he was aiming for and what he did. 

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

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Romans1


The Pony Car! The launch in 1964 and the 50th Mustang Anniversary in Las Vegas / USA, 2014 - more than 2000 cars present (please have a look at the video). The Castiron and his Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, could not participate, but they attended similar events, one in 2014 and one this year in Switzerland. 

The 5th Mustang & Shelby Meeting in Birrfeld Lupfig in 2014 was also on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary. Eleanor V was one of estimated 1000 vehicles, travelled from half of Europe. 

And now, this year in 2017, both attended the 6th Mustang & Shelby Meeting in Zug. Beautiful wheather, a nice region with city and lake in close proximity, several hundred ponies and nice people made this day almost perfect. Thanks to the Mustang Club of Switzerland for the very good organization and the varied entertainment, too! 

Less words, more pictures: the picture gallery will give you a short overview. Enjoy yourself! 

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

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According to www.motorsport-total.com (at the end of July 2017) the French word „merde“ was the outcry from the outstanding Swiss racing driver Sébastien Buemi (see blogpost 40), after crossing the finishing line, on the occasion of the Formula E Grand Prix in Canada. It was the last weekend of the current FIA Formula E Championship; the final decision on who will supply this World Championship was forthcoming. 

But let us tackle things one at a time. Today’s blogpost is on Friday the thirteenth; no, The Castiron is not superstitious, definitely not. But he knows from his own experience, that sometimes almost everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. 

Please have a look at the video. The practice session in Montreal, Canada – nobody is infallible, nobody is perfect. The team had to build up the crashed car in the short time between this accident and the race, and that could be managed. 

The first race then was an inglorious story – on the track, in the pit lane and finally on the scale. Some opponents had not been very fair and this lead to the point, when Sébastien Buemi cried „merde“ (in English it is a four letter-word). He was so in rage, that a battle of words followed after the race between him and some competitors – partly rightly, partly not. And: the repaired car was underweight, that meant disqualification. Finally, he could not defend his world championship title – the circumstances in Canada seemed to be against him. 

The final words go from The Castiron to his compatriot Sébastien Buemi, from racer to racer, in his mother tongue: „Tu es très sympa, Sébastien, tout de bon pour l’avenir!“ In English: you are very pleasant Sébastien, all the best for the future! And we all know: it happens, that apparently all bad things come together at the same time. 

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

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PS. Have a look back at blogpost 3 EMOTION BEFORE PERFECTION, too.


First of all, please have a look at the video. Obviously, it is Nordschleife - the double left hand bend from „Eschbach“ to „Brünnchen“, downhill. Ideally, you drive this part with the objective to terminate on the left side to be ready for the next righthand turn; tricky, because usually you have to be on the right side at the end of left bends. Additionally: downhill means, the rear of the vehicle becomes rather light. 

Some time ago, The Castiron was more or less in the same situation, at the same place, driving an early nineties rear-wheel driven European Ford, not Eleanor V. Dry surface, but partly humid, especially in shady places. 

It was almost exactly the same, as the Mini driver in the video experienced – but with some major differences. The Castiron drove into the first bend, used the space on the right side for a wider radius for the second left and: he was not aware of the humid strip and his car abruptly skidded more than rectangular to the driving direction. Both drivers braked immediately to diminish as much speed as possible, to save what can be saved. 

And now, the major differences: the Mini slides just a little bit more than rectangular, The Castiron’s Ford did it decisively more. Also the starting point of the problems was not exactly the same. Thus, the Mini driver had the happier end – he did not touch the crash barriers; at the end of this double left turn, The Castiron did, and the left backside of the Ford touched the crash barriers on the right side – hard enough for a quite visible damage at the car, light enough for remaining roadworthy (more or less). 

Conclusion: often, small details determine, if you almost crash or you really do – or between a minor or a serious accident! Thank God, this was the only crash The Castiron faced on the Nordschleife, since he has been a guest on this track – for the first time 25 years ago. Hopefully, it stays that way! 

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

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In many parts of the world you have seasons with short days and long nights, long periods of darkness. Autumn and winter in Europe is just one of many examples. 

Darkness and light are natural aspects for every motorist, too. There are some major points, which are very relevant – for you and others, for your safety and the safety of others. On one hand basics, which are given and on the other hand those, which you can influence. 

Your car is equipped with a certain type of headlights. Halogen light or xenon light or LED lights - to name the most common. There are big differences, although every one has the fundamental function, to help you finding your way through the darkness. The only possibility to make an impact is on the day, when you buy the car (see blogpost 57), be it a used or a new one. 

But there are a few things, which you can influence personally – with a big effect! A correct setting of the headlights, done by your favourite garage. Frequent checks of the function of all four lights (see picture gallery) - and important, important, important: clean them often! Dirty headlights are worth less than half, even when your car is equipped with the latest and best version of light technology! Simple and easy – but it must be made regularly, for example by yourself. 

Generally, the right light at the right place at the right time is also very helpful for everyday life. You find this in the Holy Bible, too - amongst many other subjects. These guidelines accompany The Castiron, ideally day by day. Just with light you do not walk in the dark – the same with driving! 

For those, who want to read more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, Psalm 119, verse 105 (see recommendation). 

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

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/search/NIV/a%20lamp%20for%20my%20feet/1 

PS. Source reference: Auto Bild, Nr. 40, 7.10.2016, www.autobild.de


The picture shows a mileage counter of one of The Castiron’s former cars. The 340'009 kilometers are equivalent to 211'317 miles – in other words, more than 8 times around the world. 

The Castiron prefers cars from leading manufacturers from the USA and Germany; guess to which brand and model pertains that certain part of the dashboard shown! Just a little help: a sporty German four-door limousine with 6-cylinder-in-line engine. 

The Castiron bought this car as a used car (see last week’s blogpost 57, too), about 10 years old, mileage of 111'870. It is one example for quite a long binding; around another 10 years later the car found again a new owner, finally with a mileage of more than 212'000 miles. This is just one example out of many.

Also noteworthy: Eleanor V, the Ford Mustang, a Plymouth Barracuda S (first generation) for street use and a Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (second generation) for race use are highlights; cars from the „Big Three“ from the Detroit area, very well known for many decades. Not a surprise: all of those with a V8 engine, a manual gearbox and a limited slip differential. Today, among these three only Eleanor V is a companion of The Castiron. 

Either a car from the three major American automotive companies or renowned German brands, or any other manufacturer: each of them has specific characteristics and finally, it is all a matter of taste. 

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

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Used car’s rhythm is also your rhythm – or vice versa. What does that mean? 

You have decided to buy a used car and chosen all the relevant features, such as brand, model, type of engine and gearbox and so forth – and you have set a price limit. Previous owners, the mileage and age of the vehicle are the main parameters which are meant by the term „rhythm“. 

Previous owners, seller. First of all: trustworthy? If not, leave it – in this case, often it is the way „the better it looks, the worse it ends“. Hopefully: trustworthy! Do you think the last owner used and maintained the car the same way you would have done? If yes, it is a good basis. 

The mileage and age of the vehicle. This has to be plausible. Have a look at documents belonging to the car and talk with the seller, ask specific questions. 

Finally, it is your decision: does all that fit for your designated purpose? Do you prefer a car with a lower mileage and a higher age or one with a higher mileage and a younger age? Thus: comes this specific used car’s rhythm close to yours? 

Worth mentioning: in The Castiron’s home country, used cars are called „occasion“; hopefully, buying a used car is always a good opportunity, a real chance! Nonetheless: as so often do not forget, trust is good, control is better. 

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

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PS. Just for listening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDw5mFVrPBM




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. 

After getting into the car and driving off, one passenger said: „less words, more speed“! Alternatives: no words, more (or less) speed or more words, more speed. 

Less words, more speed. As an instructor this is daily business. Explanations for your co-drivers, also at high speeds or giving instructions via radio, when you are on the track followed by course participants. 

No words, more (or less) speed. Especially on the track, there is quite a wide range of challenging situations, where talking stops intentionally - or in extreme speechlessness appears! Breaking, cornering, overtaking or being overtaken, understeering, oversteering – first of all you face these circumstances, without the need for big words. 

More words, more speed. Sometimes it is easier to speak at a high speed via radio (for instance, around 230 miles per hour in Indianapolis, around 205 miles per hour in Le Mans), because the driver is on a straight! 

Finally in a few words: more or less words, more or less speed – always combined with concentration and sovereignty, for road and track! 

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

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You all know the steering wheel. Do you also know the steering pedal? It is definitely not round. 

The steering pedal is well known as accelerator pedal – not just accelerating but also decelerating. Slowing down is often more important than speeding up. 

The steering wheel. A circular steering wheel ring. For decades, it was really circular; in the recent past, in some cars you find steering wheels, that are no longer circular (why?). The Castiron’s opinion: a wheel is circular – no other form (for today, exceptions in racing cars ignored). Turn it circularly to the left or to the right, your car should change its direction accordingly. 

The steering pedal. Also this item influences the car’s curve radius – sometimes tremendously. The pedal closer to the metal (have a look at blogpost 52, too) entails a wider radius and releasing the pedal entails a smaller radius. 

So far so good. But what is the conclusion? The handling of steering wheel and steering pedal should be in accordance. When you are in trouble, on the road or on the track, often decelerating by releasing the accelerator is very, very helpful (if necessary, sensitive treating of the brake pedal is a great support). To be prepared: to drive on a wide place at really low speed, with a permanent steering angle, by smoothly accelerating and decelerating is a simple proof – and it gives great insights! 

The curve radius of a vehicle can be determined by your right foot, too. In other words, as The Castiron’s father said: „when you are no longer coming along to turn the steering wheel correctly, you are too fast; press the accelerator just as much as you are able to be in accordance with your steering movements“. No further comment. 

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

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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 http://diepresse.com/home/motor/5219910/Die-Evolution-des-FordMustang-als-Comic#slide-5219910-5 

Recommendation:       http://www.fordmustang.ch/galerienclubfahrzeuge.htm


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 

Recommendation:      https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/1%20Thessalonians5

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 

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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! 

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Main picture.   Blüemlisalphütte, 2840 meters above sea level, 03:00 am, breakfast; that means wake-up call at 02:40 am. In the darkness you try to get dressed, the right clothes, the correct order. 

Picture gallery photo 1.   After breakfast it is time to fit the step irons; it is cold, 03:20 am, the first steps towards the glacier with a headlight, otherwise the darkness reigns. Silence, just the snow crunches. What a wonderful calmness, you hear only the regular steps of the mountain guide. We climb the steep saddle. From the East the morning dawn is rising. 

Picture gallery photo 2. The sun is not yet up, but you see an impressive range of blue and red tones. And then the moment: the sun appears over the horizon – taking pictures, being astonished! 

Picture gallery photo 3.   We ascent the flat rocks and get at the summit. The world with its questions and sorrows is getting smaller and it seems, you are able to seize the three dimensions. 

Picture gallery photo 4.   Around 06:30 am, we reach the peak; it is very impressive, in each direction the ground descends steeply, even vertically. Glorious weather, perfect view, mountaintops vie with each other – Matterhorn, Jungfrau and also the Mont Blanc seems to be very close. Breath taking! And all of that should base on the big bang theory, by coincidence? Impossible! Honour to our creator! 

Picture gallery photo 5.   Then the descent; the same route, total concentration, rocks, glacier crevasses and other though challenges. 

Picture gallery photo 6.   The comedown on the mountain trail is quite relaxing. At 2:00 pm I am lying in the green grass, in the midst of multicoloured mountain flowers. 

Picture gallery photo 7.   The Blüemlisalphorn is laughing at me and „waving me goodbye“! 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Ueli! 

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

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A few weeks ago another trackday on the Nordschleife, beautiful weather but not too hot, best conditions on one hand and on the other hand the fact, Nordschleife is and will remain Nordschleife – The Castiron and Eleanor V, the Ford Mustang, were ready to take the challenge; two experiences seem especially noteworthy. 

The triple right hand bend before „Wehrseifen“, downhill, close to 90 miles per hour. Usually, you drive this bend as one, just one steering movement and the apex in the second part. Since the beginning of the lap, The Castiron followed another car; there was no chance for overtaking. At this point that white car in front was a little bit faster and The Castiron a little bit too fast: instead of kissing the apex perfectly, Eleanor V began quite hugely to oversteer. It is a big difference in such a situation to have either a straight in front of you or a curve progression, which leaves less space for correction. The Castiron countersteered as fast as possible and as much as necessary and could handle the situation and consequently the third part of this bend, too. 

The car in front of Eleanor V then gave The Castiron the possibility to pass, but followed like a shadow. Conclusion: do not try to remain on the heels of another car at all costs, whatever the situation – do your own thing! 

The straight before „Bergwerk“, another lap, another competitor. The organizer allows overtaking only on the left side, according to the German road traffic regulations. This time, The Castiron was significantly faster and thought, the other driver had seen him. Eleanor V was on the left side of that red car, around 100 miles per hour and the other car moved to the same side – obviously, the driver was not aware of Eleanor V! The Castiron pulled towards the left, two wheels on the grass verge, braking quite hardly. The other driver awakened and left just enough room for Eleanor V. 

A contact with the crash barrier and / or between the two cars could be avoided. The Castiron knew from a former experience that braking with a car with ABS is possible also in such a situation: two wheels on the tarmac, two wheels on the grass verge – it was really helpful. The Castiron’s opinion on overtaking on the track is, that being allowed to overtake on both the left and the right is the better way. Conclusion: do not count on the other driver and be prepared for everything, as far as possible! 

Last, but not least: keep in mind, do not underestimate the manifold challenges of such a day and remember, it is a trackday, not a race, with the main aim of having a happy day – driver and car both well, after a satisfying day with a lot of good (and sometimes thrilling) experiences. Enjoy yourself!    

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

Recommendation:       www.highspeedfotos.de


Sportcars Day Ascona. The Piazza, Sunday morning, all cars are ready for the parade, the common tour to Sonogno! It led through the Verzasca Valley, with its steep slopes ending at the bizarre river landscape, flanked by the majestic mountain backdrop.

Once arrived at the picturesque village of Sonogno, a rich aperitif was prepared for all the happy people. Afterwards, the way back to Ascona conveyed also highly versatile impressions and ended on the Piazza in Ascona. There, the event continued with perfect sunshine, music and a delicious dinner. Soon the hour of our departure came and it was time to say goodbye.

Safely arrived at home, it was time to reflect. Seemingly, many of the participants worked a lot in their lives and took the opportunity for a beautiful day in a good mood together with their special cars and like-minded people. My conclusion is to come back some day, when the former racing driver Jo Vonlanthen and his team will invite again to the Sportcars Day Ascona.

This trip, this event gave me a lot of precious time together with my good friend The Castiron to share our common hobby and other interests. We could spend a relaxing time among like-minded people. This is reason enough for thanking and I hope to return the favour one day.

Please note: on September 17, 2017 it is time again for the Sportcars Day Ascona (see recommendation). This leaves a few weeks of anticipation, be it as spectator or participant! 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Adriano!

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

Recommendation:       http://www.sportcarsday.eu/


Sportcars Day Ascona. What is hiding behind this apparently interesting activity in September in the canton of Tessin in Switzerland? Is it one of those snobby events, where see and be seen is the primary objective, presenting the last achievements, be it a car or female companion? These questions went through my mind when I got the invitation to participate in this event together with The Castiron. As a technically interested person (road / water / air) of course I accepted - and did not regret it at all.

The event. The trip on Saturday was an extraordinary experience. Eleanor V, the Ford Mustang, was driven by The Castiron spiritedly and sovereignly; taking the pass roads we arrived with beautiful weather before sunset in the canton of Tessin. In Losone we enjoyed the dinner and the other morning a very short trip lead us to the Piazza of Ascona where we parked our neatly cleaned vehicle.

There has been adequate time to admire all the pleasantly arranged cars and to talk with the other participants. This was the beginning of the Sportcars Day Ascona.

You will read more in Part II next week. 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Adriano!

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

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Blogpost number 46. This number is really legendary in the two-wheeler sports – it is the start number of Valentino Rossi, one of the greatest on a motor-operated two-wheel vehicle. Usually, it is a very powerful MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycle; another vehicle, in particular used in the paddock, is a Haibike with an electric Yamaha drive system – not so powerful, but powerful enough for a bicycle / eBike.

The Castiron is also an owner of a similar Haibike powered by an electric motor from Yamaha. He is not so fast on two wheels, especially with the bicycle. But there is one fascinating combination: the Nürburgring and the very popular event Rad am Ring once a year.

Thus, The Castiron participated in last year’s contest on the Nordschleife course. The rechargeable battery almost fully loaded he started in the appropriate group. Lap time around one hour in this case – not as usual less than 10 minutes on four wheels. Top speed approximately 50 miles per hour (section „Fuchsröhre“) instead of up to 140; and time to study a lot of particular spots on the Nordschleife. After 3 laps the electric assist had gone because of an empty battery (which was very helpful, especially in the uphill parts). Nonetheless, it was a very impressive experience and very helpful – an additional piece in the mosaic of proper preparation, to prevent poor performance. Those 3 laps in three hours gave other insights than with approximately 20 laps by car in the same time span – and the recognition, that a fully charged battery would have made an additional lap possible.

Please note: on July 28 to 30, 2017 it is time again for Rad am Ring (see recommendation)! This leaves a few weeks of anticipation, be it as spectator or participant – just for fun or to compete quite seriously.

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

Recommendation:       https://www.radamring.de/en/


Do you remember the blogpost 35 EASTER? One major point was on trembling with reverence. Today, the focus is on another point of this subject. 

Trembling hands or trembling all over? Trembling hands and trembling all over? You cannot choose. It is the situation which determines the way of trembling (see the video) – be it on the racetrack, be it on the road, be it in other realms. 

When you watch the video you are faced with different situations where the drivers probably trembled: at least trembling hands, may be trembling all over or trembling inwardly. What experiences could you share with us? 

The Castiron likes to share one with you. To get the Racing Driver Licence for touring-cars, he had to pass several driver trainings. Spring in Germany, the old Hockenheim Grand Prix circuit (4,24 miles) with the two fast chicanes; it was spring - just on the tarmac, alongside still snow and rather cold. In the second chicane, The Castiron was not perfectly riding on the ideal line, crossed the wayside and the car had a more involuntary contact with the crash barriers – the snowy surface was not very helpful, too. 

Whether The Castiron has had trembling hands or not: he does not remember, because it happened long ago. But he knows: he was annoyed with the mistake he made and having damaged the car. Finally, those two days have not been quite successful for him. 

The Castiron’s view: it undouptedly helps to be respectfully submitted to the laws of physics and overall, be respectfully submitted to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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

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PS.   Winner of the 24 Hours Le Mans, June 17 - 18, 2017: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber, Porsche 919 Hybrid (after 6 Hours: 54th Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber - TO FINISH FIRST FIRST YOU MUST FINISH) ...



The 85th edition of the 24 Hours Le Mans, June 17 - 18, 2017, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). It should be up to Sébastien Buemi this time, who was so close to the victory last year; or will we get a surprise, such as a victorious newcomer José-María López? Compensatory justice, big surprise or simply one of the favourites, for instance last year’s winner Neel Jani? 

Looking back at the last three blogposts, one big question remains: who will eventually finish and finish first? Today, let us have a look at the above mentioned drivers, their team mates and racecars. Three competitors and three possible terms: hope, surprise, reality.

Hope: Sébastien Buemi, with Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson, Toyota TS050 Hybrid. The winners of the first two races in Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. Will they celebrate the third victory this year in Le Mans? After last year’s dramatic experience, this team will have many, many sympathizers just with the one and only hope for the very end of these 1440 minutes. 

Surprise: José-María López, Toyota TS050 Hybrid. After the crash in Silverstone, López did not participate in Spa-Francorchamps. That leaves some question marks, probably for Le Mans, too. Will he really drive this race or will another racer supplement Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway? The smallest uncertainty can be decisive, especially in a race as the 24 Hours Le Mans. 

Reality: Neel Jani, with André Lotterer and Nick Tandy, Porsche 919 Hybrid. Triumphators in 2016 and also perhaps in 2017 - even without a top result after this year’s first two competitions. Or the other Porsche with Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber? Even Porsche did not win one of the first races, this brand should never be underestimated!

Additionally to all of that: you never can exclude a very big surprise! Upcoming Sunday, we all will know more, after the waving of the chequered flag – and not one moment before that.

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

Recommendation:       http://www.lemans.org/en


Part I and II have been about experiences on the track. There are some similarities to drift contests but also important differences; probably the decisive one is, that you can finish without really being considered to the classification. For example, one criteria is to have a drift without a spin that discontinues the drift. If you spin around you failed; sometimes you get still a few points and you can find your name at the lower end of the rankings. 

The Castiron took part in the sport auto DriftChallenge 2001 in Hockenheim. It was wet, really wet – and it was very, very slippery at irregular intervals (see the video). Everyone had 3 heats – 3 times a spin and The Castiron’s recognition „a fourth heat would have been sucessful“ finished his competition. The Castiron was not the only one with these problems, but that is no comfort. That is racing, that is life. 

To finish first first you must finish; in other words take the right route, take the right way. The Castiron hopes, that this awareness will also help you, on the road, on the track, as a convinced Christian in the spiritual life, everyday and anywhere. 

Next week it is a good time to look forward to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 17 - 18, 2017, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). 

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

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Part I was about the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016, especially the last 10 of these 1440 minutes; a story of joy and pain – and sympathy. Let us hear the voices from some drivers (quoted from the Swiss periodical „Automobil Revue“ June 22, 2016). 

The beaten Sébastien Buemi, Toyota TS050 Hybrid: „It is hard to find words for what has happened to us. We came so close to reach our goal. The aim for next year is clear ...“ 

The victorious Neel Jani, Porsche 919 Hybrid: „Of course, it is my greatest victory. Despite all joy it is heartbreaking, when you imagine, what happened to Toyota. Such a thing you wish to no one.“ 

And the fourth placed Marcel Fässler, Audi R18 e-tron quattro: „I am extremely sorry for Sébastien for the outcome of the race. I encountered the people from Toyota after the race and a look into their eyes hurt me enormously.“ 

According to www.motorsport-total.com (June 23, 2016) a spokesperson of TMG (Toyota Motorsport GmbH) notified: „The car suffered from a defect of a plug connection between turbocharger and intercooler. That led to the fact that the turbocharger control was no more working.“ 

Just the bright side of this race experienced Ford. After the great triumph 50 years ago they achieved again a historical win, this time in the LMGTE-Pro class. It was a Ford GT, driven by J. Hand / D. Müller / S. Bourdais (position 18 overall); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQPohKkgAzE - to finish first first you must finish. 

You will read more on this topic next week. 

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

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After last week’s blogpost, which emphasized the achievements of several men, let us also have a look at the other side of the coin. Best – or worst – example are the happenings on the occasion of the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016. It is a story of joy and pain. 

Last week’s blogpost presented some WEC World Champions: the three Swiss Marcel Fässler, Sébastien Buemi, Neel Jani. Just one of them won the race in Le Mans: Marcel Fässler. The other two aimed at this prestigious victory. Neel Jani brought it to the point; he said: „these colleagues make life always a little bit difficult“ - in other words, on one hand compatriots, on the other hand tough opponents on the track. 

The aim was clear: Neel Jani (together with Marc Lieb und Romain Dumas), Porsche 919 Hybrid and Sébastien Buemi (together with Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima), Toyota TS050 Hybrid wanted the first victory in Le Mans. But there can only be one winner. 

One victor possible and two answers: less than 10 minutes before the end of this 24 hours Sébastien Buemi’s Toyota is on the lead, at this time Kazuki Nakajima behind the steering wheel. First victory for Sébastien Buemi, first victory for Toyota in Le Mans ... here comes the very sad end of this story: a technical defect stopped this car, just a very few minutes before the end of the race. The second and final answer: Neel Jani finished in lead after the 24 hours. And says: „unbelievable, there are no words.“ 

Especially to everybody who loves sports: it hurts to watch the video. But it is sports, it is life. To finish first first you must finish. 

The story will continue next week with Part II. 

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

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The Three and the Swiss Confederation, The Castiron’s home country. A long time ago, in 1291, the Swiss Confederation was founded, by three brave men – as the legend says. Walter Fürst of the canton of Uri, Werner Stauffacher of the canton of Schwyz and Arnold Melchtal of the canton of Unterwalden came together in a time of great oppression. Their aim was to lay the cornerstone for a land of freedom; the Federal Charter of 1291 began with the words: In the name of God, Amen – today: In the name of God Almighty. 

This country, today known as Switzerland (geographical in the heart of Europe) still exists. In the hundreds of years since 1291 have been times of freedom and times of oppressions and prohibitions and certainly many three brave men. One great story is about the Three in the 21st century and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) - circuit races forbidden in Switzerland since 1955. Nevertheless, they reached great things, worth for a single short paragraph for each of them. 

WEC World Champion 2012: Marcel Fässler, Switzerland (together with André Lotterer und Benoît Tréluyer), Audi R18 e-tron quattro. 

WEC World Champion 2014: Sébastien Buemi, Switzerland (together with Anthony Davidson), Toyota TS040 Hybrid. 

WEC World Champion 2016: Neel Jani, Switzerland (together with Marc Lieb und Romain Dumas), Porsche 919 Hybrid. 

Do you understand, why The Castiron is a little bit proud to be a compatriot of Walter Fürst, Werner Stauffacher, Arnold Melchtal and Marcel Fässler, Sébastien Buemi, Neel Jani? 

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

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Nürburgring Nordschleife. Just Nordschleife, just Nürburgring? Let us have a look back to 1927, the year of birth. According to Wikipedia, the track was completed in spring of 1927 and the first races took place on 18 and 19 June 1927. Rudolf Caracciola was the winner in a Mercedes Compressor. 

The whole track extended over 17,5 miles, consisted of 174 bends and the fastest time ever around the full „Gesamtstrecke“ was 1929 by Louis Chiron, at an average speed of 70 mph in his Bugatti. And: it was Nürburgring „Gesamtstrecke“ with a long North Loop Nordschleife and a shorter South Loop Südschleife. The really legendary and fascinating part was and remains the Nordschleife, Nürburgring Nordschleife. 

And now, 90 years later: on 16 to 18 June 2017 the Nürburgring Classic, the historical motorsports meeting, will take place. Part of this event is the „ADAC-Eifelrennen“, a 3-hours-race; the name „Eifelrennen“ was born in the opening race in 1927. 

Please note: each year many events and much more are taking place, not merely the one in June (see recommendation). Not only the 90th birthday is an invitation to visit this region; once you have been there, you will come again and again, as The Castiron does, too. It is always time for anticipation, be it as spectator or participant! 

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

Recommendation:       http://www.nuerburgring.de/en/events-tickets/oldtimer/nuerburgring-classic.html


Tractor Pulling Team Kaiser – Family Affairs Pulling Team. This team is a family pulling team from south Germany. They compete with their Alky-Burner Super Stock tractor called Best Solution in the German championship series and took home the title in 2016. 

They started Tractor Pulling in the early nineties and grew up to a top team in the German series. Main thing about the Kaiser Pulling Team is, that it is a family project. They compete with a tractor, based on a 40series John Deere model (see at the end „men and machines“). 

They started as a „just for fun team“ in 1993 running regional pulling events. A few years later the claim for more power and professionalism raised and Thomas Kaiser, the team founder and captain, stepped up into German series with the team’s first Super Stock tractor, based on a Deutz 8006 (see at the end „men and machines“). 

One year later the team imported a John Deere tractor from the USA to keep up with the top. At this time, Margret Kaiser stepped into pulling driving duties (see at the end „men and machines“). 

From the beginning of 2003 the team started with two John Deere Alky-Burner tractors and stepped into European series (Euro Cup) until 2007 to battle with the top of Europe. After an absence of several years, Team Kaiser stepped back on the pulling tracks in 2015. The same time they got announced to be a part of a TV documentation called FULL PULL on DMAX. This season turned out with the third place in the German championship and a lot of nice demo runs in Austria, Switzerland and on German promotion events. 

In 2016 the DMAX broadcast went into a second session and Team Kaiser started in a perfect season, capturing the German title one event before the season finale. For 2017 the goal is focused on capturing the title again - and to get another tractor ready to rock and roll in 2018. 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Tractor Pulling Team Kaiser!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TractorPullingTeamKaiser

YouTube-Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ0xXzjSNosaOKoqtUjYPyNPCZA8Akt_l

Instagram: #tractor_pulling_team_kaiser 

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

Recommendation:       https://www.pullingteamkaiser.de/


Men and machines. 

Men.       Team Kaiser was Thomas and Margret Kaiser with their 3 boys Marcus, Stephan and Christoph. Today, the crew increased by the sons’ wives and girlfriends. Many people ask how can it work as a family. The answer is: „It works fine. Everyone got his job. Only together as a team, a family, we can handle it.“ The team’s credo is: „Who grows together, can be strong together.“        And: Margret Kaiser also stepped into pulling driving duties and powered the team’s tractor to a German title. She is the first female driver capturing a national title in Europe.        The faith in God is the family’s power to go on, even when things get tough – in sports, interpersonal, anywhere else in life. The team reflects their faith by presenting the conviction on the tractor, on the trailer, in the sports as a personal statement. Therefore, Team Kaiser is part of SRS motorsport since 2015, to connect people in sports and show, that it is not boring and compelled to be a Christian in racing. 

Machines.       Actually, the 40series John Deere model with stock motor block, 530 cubic inches, 3 turbo chargers in 2 steps, CNC made hemi cylinder head with overhead camshaft and belt drive, MSD ignition, CNC made pistons and rods uses methanol as fuel, creating about 3300 hp at 6500 rpm with 95 psi boost. This tractor is „selfmade“, every single part is manufactured in-house at the Kaiser Performance workshop.        A Deutz 8006 was the basic for the team’s first super stock tractor, with 3 turbo chargers, Diesel fuel and about 1100 hp. 


Well prepared and ready? This question has to be answered in advance. If „no“, you better would have stayed at home. If „yes“, let us go! First of all, former blogposts give a little help: 20 TREASURY 201612 and 29 THE CASTIRON’S P P P P P. At least the correct seating position is a must and the proper preparation of man and machine is essential. 

Also a trackday simply gets off to a better start if you slept well. After breakfast it is time to drive to the track. Interior space and trunk are as empty as possible – on one hand for your safety, on the other hand for a lighter car. This stripping (including loose carpets) helps that no object can harm you in case of an accident by flying around in the interior and saves between 30 and 70 lb easily. 

And then: driver briefing. Listen and reflect – and memorize! A few minutes later you will be sitting in your car, ready for the first lap. Ready? Helmet on and chinstrap fastened, between strap and chin just space to put one finger between them – not more! And please note: helmet on does not mean brain off! 

The first lap is the opportunity to scout out the track and its conditions. You are responsible for yourself! Look for a rhythm that fits bests for you! The Castiron recommends to increase the pace step by step and to take a break after 30 to 75 minutes, depending on the track, the conditions and especially the car. Eleanor V forces The Castiron to pause after about an hour – because the fuel tank is almost empty (on the track, almost empty is very, very close to completely empty). Do not forget: not only your car needs fluids but also yourself! 

Finally, enjoy the day and keep in mind: do not underestimate the challenge of such a day and do not overestimate your own abilities and, it is a trackday not a race, with the major aim for a happy end – driver and car both well, after a satisfying day with a lot of good experiences and fun! 

For those, who want to know how passengers go through a ride with The Castiron and Eleanor V: you are invited to read blogposts 13 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 201611 and 28 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 201702, both trackday experiences. Enjoy yourself!

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

Recommendation:       http://thecastiron.ch/en/all_blogs.html?year=2016


36 UNIQUE 201704

Last week’s blogpost dealt with the story of Good Friday and Easter, of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ – truly unique.

And human beings? Seemingly each person has less than 10 lookalikes, if at all. Almost equal or quite similar in the outward appearances, everyone is different. That means: unique. You are unique!

This is probably a reason why we want to have our vehicles individualised – in other words: unique. This is more or less a matter of taste. Therefore be fair. Shared joy is twice a joy! You will appreciate that, too. And do not forget, today’s topic: unique!

Next week The Castiron will bring you closer to a trackday’s daily routine.

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


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



35 EASTER 201704

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


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

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



Circuit Spa-Francorchamps: one of the really legendary international motorsport tracks, host of many special events. The yearly highlights are the F1 Belgian Grand Prix and the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, World Endurance Championship (WEC). The track is as follows:


The length is approximately 4,35 miles. It is one of the most challenging tracks in the world, due to its fast, hilly and twisty character. Everyone who knows Spa-Francorchamps also knows the names Eau Rouge, Les Combes, Pouhon, Blanchimont: distinctive points on the track, with special challenges, some of them so-called courage bends.


Particularly noteworthy: individual track introduction sessions, public driving experiences and guided tours behind the scenes.


See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron






You are ready for the first lap and you face the fascination of one of the really legendary international motorsport tracks. It is fast, it is thrilling – and it is cool and wet. These were The Castiron’s impressions, when he attended a track day some months ago in late autumn.

The Castiron and Eleanor V enjoyed this day so much. Wet, humid and finally dry conditions – this very broad range was the setting for a fantastic day, enabling educative experiences with great drifts, cornering with the feeling as walking on eggshells, searching for grip especially in the braking zones and a lot of fun all over. 

The Castiron loves this long and varied track. One part must be mentioned extra, the double left at Pouhon. The Castiron and Eleanor V experienced this challenge as follows: you drive downwards, 4th gear, short braking, turn into the first bend, accelerating and looking forward to the exit of the second left. Steering angle and speed in accordance? Preferably just very little corrections of steering wheel and accelerator pedal! And then: you found the point for full throttle and this great feeling of satisfaction arises, when you were very close to the perfect fit!

Part II will bring you closer to the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps. 

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron





32 O I O

Oldtimer in Obwalden (OiO). This really special event takes place in Sarnen, the capital of the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland. This beautiful small town is located approximately 12 miles south of Lucerne, on the shore of the Lake Sarner. 

It is an annual oldtimer party, and a folk festival in this place. And more: 2014’s special was about 50 years Ford Mustang. And much more, quite difficult to explain in words (the photos just give a limited insight); therefore: come and see and feel the extraordinary spirit of OiO! 

The Castiron is strongly convinced, that also this year a broad variety of vehicles of more than 100 years of history can be admired, each of them special. 

Please note: on June 3 and 4, 2017 it is time again for the spirit of OiO, in Sarnen, Switzerland (see recommendation). This leaves a few weeks of anticipation, be it as spectator or participant! And: it is really unparalleled, and you will love it! 

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron


Photos: OiO. Thank you very much!






31 THE BIG FAMILY 201703

The Ford family. No, this time not the family of Henry Ford (1863 – 1947). It is the big family of the Ford automobiles all over the world. One of these is Eleanor V, but The Castiron had relationships with different Ford models, all used cars. For today, let us have a look at two of them, both form the so called bigger line series P7 from Ford Europe - Ford Taunus, with the Ford Cologne V6 engines. 

The first one had to cover a certain need. The Castiron was looking around for a towing vehicle for a single-axle trailer and finally bought such a Ford Taunus. This was the very first Ford in The Castiron’s life and served every day and also for the transportation of the light cup racing touring-car on the trailer. 

Later on, a similar model belonged to The Castiron’s household. Also in this case an everyday car, until the end came closer: the years had passed by and the mileage meter showed 160'000 miles. Time for a dignified parting. The Castiron participated in a 100 lap race on the track in Lignières, Switzerland. After this race on this short, but challenging track, everything was as before the race – except it was time to say goodbye. 

Last, but not least: according to the English Wikipedia, in 1969, the Ford Taunus P7 20M RS of Robin Hillyar and Jock Aird won the 17th East African Safari Rally.

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron





A few months ago, The Castiron spent his vacation on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful hotel and relaxed holiday atmosphere. 

One day, towards midnight, The Castiron sat in a chair in the apartement. He heard a strange noise – similar to tanks driving on tarmac. This noise came closer and closer, grew louder and louder and suddenly, everything was shaking – the floor, the chair, the room, the apartement, the whole building! After a few seconds it was over. Was it over? No, during this night, several aftershocks followed – but not as intensive as the first one. 

The Castiron was not frightened, but quite worried. Some questions – no answers. After the second or the third aftershock, he went to see the hotel’s receptionist. His statement was more or less this: I am geologist, but did just get this job here in the hotel. Do not worry, that happens now and then. These earthquakes came in horizontally, this is not a big problem; though the vertical ones are critical. And he was right: those seemed to enter from the balcony and to leave the apartement through the opposite door. 

No chance of verifying this man’s answer. Just trusting him and believing what he said. The Castiron recognized: this was similar to the Christian faith. In this situation, he just felt small and helpless. But the clear words from the receptionist gave him the calm to go to bed. The sleep was not the same as usual, a few aftershocks followed, but towards the morning, it was over. 

Last week’s blogpost and blogpost 14 dealt with the possibilities of proper preparation, to prevent poor performance. The experience on this island demonstrated tremendously and seriously, that not in any realm of human’s life a preparation is possible. This earthquake had a magnitude of less than 5, so that no damages occurred – it could have been otherwise.

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron





Do you remember the blogpost 14 P P P P P? Today’s message and pictures give you an insight into a certain part of The Castiron’s personal five P. The meaning is still the same: proper preparation prevents poor performance. 

On one hand is the famous and demanding Nordschleife. SONY Playstation and written documents (one of them: sportauto Ideallinie Nordschleife, special issue) and records are the basic tools for the proper preparation, again and again before every trackday. And: don’t forget to update your personal records whenever necessary and helpful. 

On the other hand are the hill climbs or shorter circuits. Take a walk – so simple and easy! The recommendation is easy, not the walk. Up to a length of 5 miles it makes sense. The benefit you get and the time it takes are more or less reasonable. Sometimes The Castiron scouted the route by motorcycle or car; the motorcycle makes it easier to stop wherever you like – for a little walk and looking around, where helpful and necessary. For lengths of 5 miles or more a vehicle is opportune, either way. For shorter circuits a bicycle fits best for the track inspection. 

Last, but not least: when The Castiron cannot fall asleep within a reasonable time, he is not counting sheep – he simulates the driving on the track (as an alternative, also praying helps). By simulating one lap on the Nordschleife, usually he falls asleep, before one lap is completed. 

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron





A ride in a Ford Mustang’s jump seat. Just a normal Ford Mustang? No, it was Eleanor V! 

Having the chance to drive together with The Castiron on the jump seat, or let us name it the passenger seat, in his Ford Mustang was a huge benefit for me.

Why am I talking about a jump seat? In aviation some aircraft type have a third seat installed in the cockpit. The pilots do their jobs in the front and on the jump seat you can see, feel and listen from the back of the cockpit what is going on, not having a real chance to interfere with the pilots. May be some screaming?! 

The same applies for the ride with The Castiron: see, feel, listen! 

Listen how the 8 cylinders bang during shifting the gears up and down. This sound is untouchable. 

Feel the safety belt and all other g-forces during breaking and do not think you should not be belted – the brakes do a wonderful job. 

See how the next corner is flying onto me, the curbs are getting closer and see how The Castiron handles the car. Altogether never any feeling to be lost on the racetrack. This Mustang with its street legal high performance tyres looks so easy to handle, every corner the car is in motion, sometimes from slight understeer to full oversteer; the combination of steering the wheel and punching the powerpedal makes it wonderful. 

Rauno Aaltonen (the rallye professor) or Walter Röhrl would have a smiling face. Me too! 

Many thanks from The Castiron to Martin!

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron






Accelerating, braking and cornering – in any case grip is helpful, is essential, a must. Grip and ideal line. Sometimes grip or ideal line. A topic for the track? Yes, but also for the street – or is the road you are driving on always in a perfect condition?

Especially on the famous Nordschleife and on hill climbs (these are usually routes for the daily traffic), you are faced with many challenges, such as different road pavements, bumps and other irregularities – in wet and dry. Let us have a look at these points, step by step. 

Different road pavement, bumps and other irregularities. In dry conditions there is a great impact on the breaking distance, cornering speed and acceleration. Hopping wheels are not helpful; the same with skidding ones. In wet conditions it is more or less the same, but even more difficult. 

On the road, on wet leaves or snow. It is similar. When ever possible, avoid the wet leaves. When you have problems to start or accelerate on snow, change your driving line just for a few hand’s breadths (which is possible in most instances). 

Driver’s eyes and mouth wide open and a vehicle, that is solely at the mercy of the law of physics – this combination seldom has a happy end, neither on the track nor on the road. 

It is up to you. When the ideal line does not allow enough grip, look for a line, where you can find more grip. Sometimes it is just a little bit more, sometimes quite a lot. And overall, it is a gain of safety and on the track of speed, too.

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron






Chubby Checker’s famous song „Come on baby let’s do the twist“ (see recommendation) inspired The Castiron for today’s topic „Come on baby let’s do the drift“. Similarities? Movement, you know what you are doing, great fun and some more 

The Castiron is a drifter, too. With the cars of the sixties and seventies, sometimes it was a question of survival, how the driver could handle an over-steering car. There were not many speed limits. Therefore, The Castiron very soon experienced the joy of being able to master an over-steering car. Back then, he did not even know that he was a drifter.     

Some friends told him, he had gone mad. But this is not the end of story. Around the turn of millennium, The Castiron began to take part with street legal cars in drift contests, where you also have free practice before the performance. Firstly just for fun, secondly for achievement and last but not least for great personal benefit. 

Finally, The Castiron knows that a drifter is a master of car control - and sometimes this can be the decisive difference in a difficult situation on the road or on the track. That’s why we sing „Come on baby let’s do the drift“ - with a twinkle in the eye and a broad smile on the face! 

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron







The Castiron visited grandson Mickey, who is the proud owner of a quite varied vehicle fleet. Some vehicles allow a self drive experience. They have just the right size for Mickey, but not for the grandfather, who monitored grandson’s way to handle different situations. Watching with the eye of the grandfather, the racing driver, the instructor and the pastor. 

The grandfather’s view. Just impressed and proud. Mickey radiates joy and easiness! 

The racing driver’s view. The grandson drives precise and quite fast. No reason for concern. He avoids obstacles. Accelerating, braking, cornering - all to the point. 

The instructor’s view. How accurate he parks. Backward parking close to a wall - no problem. Also in this point the same conclusion - safe handling and sovereignty!   

The pastor’s view. Just thankfulness. The Castiron thanks God for his grandson and is astonished about the versatile talents of children. 

Overall, the central concern remains - may God especially bless and guard our children and grandchildren!

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron




24 RENT4RING 201701

Germany, 53520 Nürburg, Rent4Ring Burgstr. 1 and Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Some time ago The Castiron decided to rent a race car. He chose the company Rent4Ring and a Suzuki Swift - for Nürburgring Nordschleife, what else!


The Suzuki Swift. Not several hundred horsepowers, just a fraction of that. A light car with front wheel drive. The right choice?


This well prepared Suzuki is ideal, from novices to experts. On one hand the car is not too fast (but mostly fast enough), good to handle and safe; on the other hand, underestimation can be punished.


The Castiron enjoyed many laps. Do not forget, it is Nürburgring Nordschleife, different conditions: dry, wet, humid! One beginning of a new lap was quite impressive: in one of the first left corners, the rear tyres lost the grip. Surprise - no chance, just breaking! The car stopped a few inches before the crash barriers, rectangular to the driving direction. Dry surface, after the start and still cold rear tyres. The Castiron’s brain was still programmed for cars with rear wheel drive and all the hill climbs, where all four tyres have to have approximately the same temperature soonest possible.


Are you reminiscent of the blogposts 21 and 22, which emphasized the importance of the tyres? Not only this experience with the cold rear tyres made these laps on the Nordschleife thrilling; even with this Suzuki Swift, it was a memorable event with a lot of instructive driving pleasure.


Please note: Rent4Ring is planning to have cars available for 2017, from March, weather allowing. This leaves a few weeks of anticipation!


See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron





23 BOOKS 201701

An English book, a German author - Michael Krumm, who won the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship, beside many other triumphs. Driving on the Edge, The Art and Science of Race Driving by Michael Krumm, published by Icon Publishing Limited and printed in the United Kingdom is a book for The Castiron - and hopefully for you, too. 

First of all, the basic quotation: „Written by a professional, Driving on the Edge covers the basic skills and reveals the latest advanced techniques for driving a racing car on the limit. Essential reading for beginner and experienced driver alike, it will also interest race team engineers and car enthusiasts who want to peek behind the scenes to learn more about the challenging world of the racing driver.“ 

The Castiron could tell you much more - because the author shares a lot of valuable experiences with the readers. Another quotation from the back cover of this book: „In this easy-to-use book, his analytical approach covers all the aspects of racecraft that a driver needs to improve his skills and performance on the track.“ 

It really covers the basics for driving cars on the limit - valid yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Castiron wishes you a reading with many great practical benefits. It is up to you to apply what fits you and your driving style best - you will enjoy the improvements! 

See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron





You, the tyres and the wheels. After last week’s blogpost, which emphasized how important your car’s tyres are, some more information. You remember, just a few square inches are the only four spots between your car and the road or the track. That means, your life depends on these four small contact points whenever you are driving a car.


The tyres and you - really the very best confederates! Therefore: check the tyre pressure, have a look at them - both regularly. Should you not be sure, if they are damaged or not, caress them accurately; with the palm of your hand you will feel possible irregularities. What do you prefer: dirty hands or a flat tyre in an impossible situation? In such a case, impossible often means dangerous and in extreme cases life-threatening, probably on the road at 50 miles per hour, on the track at 100 miles per hour or more.


In case of doubt, contact your tyre specialist. Tyre and saving money do not go together, definitely not! When you buy new tyres, choose the correct ones for your car from a reputable tyre manufacturer. Cheap stuff usually is really cheap stuff - personal experiences of The Castiron in the last decades confirm this, as also tyre tests do!


In this context also a few words on the wheels. Of course, they must fit your car. To improve, The Castiron focuses on wheels that are light (preferably combined with a light tyre) and have an open design, which allows the brakes to do their job with as much fresh air as possible; sometimes it is opportune to get a wider track by choosing an appropriate wheel offset. And also here: cheap does not really work!


Have a safe and effective drive, on the road, on the track - and never forget the tyres, your very best confederates!


See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron


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






A postcard is a card, that can be sent without an envelope. A card with a surface area of a few square inches. You see the four postcards before your inner eye?

These few square inches are the only four spots between your car and the road or the track. In other words: your life depends on these four small contact points whenever you are driving a car. And now you know what the four postcards are standing for - for the contact points of the four tyres of your car!


You, your car and these four tyres. You are looking in the mirror several times a day, you are looking at your car - probably admiringly - and: how often are you looking at your tyres?


Your tyres: no glamorous colour, usually dirty, right at the bottom. Any reason to look at them? What are you thinking, now? The Castiron is convinced: it is worth thinking about this seriously.


Therefore you will learn next week more about tyres and wheels, too.


See you next Friday.


God bless you, all the best!

The Castiron