228 CHRISTMAS 202012

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 the Holy Bible, Luke 2 (please see recommendation).

Christ, the Saviour is born. Merry Christmas!

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


It is time to say goodbye. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity. Today’s focus is primarily on some noteworthy incidents on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – just one of many, many aspects of the past times.

„Metzgesfeld“ left turn: escape route with Eleanor V through the dry meadow (please see blogpost 130).

„Kallenhard“ to „Wehrseifen“ left- right curve: a car on the roof, just a vehicle width space to pass through without any damage.

„Ex-Mühle“ right turn, at the exit: two vehicles crashed, just came to a standstill; in the centre a gap to pass through without any damage, despite widely dispersed car parts.

„Kesselchen“ after the ground wave at the end of this left turn: the driver of the car in front of The Castiron’s Ford Mustang, Eleanor V, lost the control in the difficult wet conditions and spun towards the right crash barriers. The Castiron evaded to the left and Eleanor V was showered with wet dirt from the right side – but nothing more.

„Kesselchen Mutkurve“ left turn (before „Klostertal“), and „Pflanzgarten“ right turn: in the first case cooling liquid on the ideal line, oil in the other case (please see blogpost 149).

„Eschbach“ to „Brünnchen“ double left hand bend: overlooking of a humid part of the track by The Castiron lead to a crash (please see blogpost 60).

As already before, the pastor’s view may not be missed. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens is written in the Holy Bible. For those, who want to know more: The Castiron invites you to read Ecclesiastes 3 (please see recommendation). Adios Amigos!

For the very last time - but again and again - next week: Christmas Day.

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

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/NIV/Ecclesiastes3


Man in Black. The Castiron likes to share some focal points of this song’s content with you. According to Wikipedia, this song refers both to Johnny Cash’s tendency to wear black at live shows and to the tumultuous times in which the song was created. The Man in Black became Cash’s nick name. It has been one of The Castiron’s favourite songs for quite a few decades; although about half a century old, it has not lost its actualitiy.

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black – Why you never see bright colors on my back

And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone – Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on

I wear the black for those who never read or listened to the words that Jesus said – About the road to happiness through love and charity – Why you’d think He’s talking straight to you and me

Well, there’s things that never will be right I know – And things need changin’ everywhere you go

But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back – ’Till things are brighter, I’m the man in black.

The Castiron had the opportunity to experience Johnny Cash (26th February 1932 – 12th September 2003) live on stage – a long time ago. It was very impressive and unforgettable; only a few years later did he grasp the central, everlasting truth described in this song.

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

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It has been now ten years, when The Castiron met Eleanor V, a Ford Mustang GT Premium V8, built with pride in the USA, arrived in Switzerland early in the year 2005. Today, just a brief overview.

In December 2010: this car was up for sale for a few weeks. During that time, The Castiron was searching for a specific used car and found one: red / grey with a body kit „Eleanor“ and a cross at the back. The Ford Mustang for the pastor? The owner and The Castiron arranged an appointment.

And then, it was the time of the very first ride and one day later, The Castiron confirms to the owner that he will buy the car.

A decade after this first rendez-vous, The Castiron and Eleanor V are still happy together. Many of the former blogposts tell about their common adventures. Both are richer in experience and ten years older, Eleanor V has now 48'500 miles (78'000 km) on the milage meter.

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

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


Today’s blogpost video: the art of tarmac painting, black stripes on the tarmac – the smoking tyres as brush, superbly performed by the artist behind the steering wheel.

Tarmac painting and the Nordschleife – two passions of The Castiron, too! This time just a few words, spectator’s awestruck amazement.

The Castiron takes a bow and takes his hat off to this absolute top performance. The video is worth to be seen more than once. Enjoy yourself – no further words.

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

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


Things go in cycles: spring, summer, autumn, winter – a fact on one hand, on the other hand the Nordschleife, always good for a surprise. Today, autumn’s perspective, based on an overview on the last decades and related gained experiences.

In autumn you can be confronted with the conditions as described for spring and summer (please see blogposts 198 and 213). Keep in mind: Nordschleife is and will remain Nordschleife! Do not underestimate the manifold challenges of this track.

The Castiron rode his very first laps on this track in autumn, quite a long time ago. This time of the year offers some additional challenges. For instance, leaves are not only on the trees and you are confronted with end-of season road conditions.

The leaves. Very beautiful on the trees, not very pleasant close to the vehicle. Covering the tarmac ground contact gets tricky, especially in wet. Swirling around in the air can mean that the cooling openings are no longer free – overheating can occur, a pit stop to remove the leaves can become inevitable. 

The end-of-season road conditions. In brief: partially quite bad. Mainly braking zones can be wavy and acceleration zones slippery – especially in slower curves. As in daily traffic, the many vehicle strains the road surface. Adjusting the riding style and the line selection helps.     

Again: Nordschleife is and will remain Nordschleife! Be aware, that especially the weather in this region (listed below, as a little help: some localities very close to the Nordschleife) and all its related factors do not make things easier. Be alert – have a safe and effective drive, being it on the track or on the road.

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

Recommendation:       http://thecastiron.ch/en/links-en.html

PS   Localities, relevant for selective weather forecasts Nordschleife:
53520 Nürburg  
53518 Quiddelbach  
53518 Adenau  
53518 Herrschbroich  
53520 Döttinger Höhe  
53520 Meuspath  


Mainly, this is the season opening story of last year’s Rallye World Champion, Ott Tänak (please see blogpost 179). He changed this year from Toyota to Hyundai – new team, new car, new season.

It is just one example of many on today’s subject. The video speaks for itself – very impressive, scary and breathtaking. Driver and co-driver remained almost uninjured in this severe accident.

He overdid it. Ott Tänak drove extremely fast at this point of the route, significantly faster than all other – too fast, in brief. Was it lacking harmony with the new vehicle (not yet complete familiarity), the pressure to be better than his new team mate and rival Thierry Neuville (who finally won this first event of the season), or something else – we do not know, probably the driver himself does not really know.  

This year, 2020, Ott Tänak got a second chance in this context – a kind of season opening in current season, after the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning of September, he triumphed in his homeland (Rally Estonia). Suddenly good prospects to end this FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) on the podium, too.    

For the actual standings please have a look at today’s recommendation; where is Ott Tänak, the man with the unlucky season opening, classified?

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

Recommendation:       https://www.fia.com/events/world-rally-championship/season-2020/standings

PS   According to MOTORSPORT aktuell Nr. 07 / 2020 (page 22) speed at the accident site, approximately:  Tänak 180 km/h (110 miles per hour),  Neuville 140 km/h (90 miles per hour)  and the multiple world champion Sébastien Ogier 140 km/h (90 miles per hour)  ...