05th Oct2017

CAMcast: Come at me, Brew!

by Michael Chandler

Hey hey hey everybody!  The whole gang is back for another tangent filled episode of the CAMcast!  Yes, Pizza Dad came back for another one, and it was timely, for there was a Grand Prix to discuss!  We also covered

  • Polestar’s cryptic social media posts
  • The first FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, and the future of the event
  • More favorite Top Gear moments
  • Our faces are literally on shirts now
  • And we talk over each other

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06th Jul2017

The Manual Transmission Isn’t Dead

by Michael Chandler

Good *INSERT CURRENT TIME* to you all!  We took a a brief minute away from celebrating freedom on the 4th to record a podcast!  Dave, Gavin, and Mike are joined by Zak and Jordan for quite the interesting episode.  Interesting, not including some microphone issues for Zak (we got them sorted out around the 18 minute mark) The guys and the guests talk about a few things, which lead to a few other things:

  • More F1 fallout from Baku
  • Hot IMSA action!
  • Speaking the truth
  • BMW nixing the manual transmission in the 2 Series
  • Manual vs. DCT vs. Automatic
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Car Movies
  • Getaway cars

Thank you all for joining us for this hot episode!  We hope you all enjoyed listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.  Stream the episode in the player above if you’d like!  Please subscribe and rate us wherever you can!  We’re on iTunes, Google Play, and wherever else you find fine podcasts such as this.  If you’d rather not stray away from this fine website, you can download the episode here.  And don’t forget to share this with your friends!  Sharing is caring.

Tonight’s intro song is Prince Something by Mathusaworm!  Find them on InstagramSoundcloud, and Facebook

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29th Jun2017

You Won’t Believe What The FIA Did This Time…

by Michael Chandler

Hello hello you fine podcast listeners you!  Sorry this wasn’t up earlier, but it turns out Comcast service is directly related to trees.  Anyway… It was a light crew on this episode, but Mike and Dave made the most of it.  They talk about a few things, including but not limited to:

  • The FIA is getting into drifting
  • Lyft creates a weird bus system
  • Shady vehicle importing
  • Takata files for bankruptcy
  • Your questions
  • And some music from local band Mathusaworm!

Thank you for joining us on our semi-informed adventures!  Stream the episode above, download it here, or get it on iTunes or Google Play.  If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, or wherever else you get your podcasts.  Rate and review us on iTunes, it helps us be seen by more people.  And please share the episodes with your friends!  Word of mouth is the best advertising.  We’ll be back next week with more news, and witty-ish banter!

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17th Nov2016

Mustang GT4: A Pony for the World’s Racers

by Michael Chandler

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Seeing a Mustang racing at an IMSA or World Challenge race isn’t a surprising sight.  Seeing one racing in Europe, duking it out with the emerging GT4 cars (M4 GT4, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, McLaren 570 GT4) is about to become a reailty.

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Multimatic, the people who build the racing Mustangs and all of the Ford GTs, took a new Shelby GT350R, and made it so it could play in Europe, Asia, anywhere that is adopting the new GT4 rule set.  Places like IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (GS class) and Pirelli World Challenge (GTS/G4).  The car retains the 5.2 liter flat-plane crank V8, but mates it with a 6 speed, paddle shifted transmission.  It has dampers, lower control arms, and rear stabilizers bars that will take the abuse of the different series it’ll be seeing.

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It even comes with an FIA compliant roll cage.  And a fancy switch panel!  

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It also sports revised aerodynamics, complete with words of caution.  Expect to see the car storming around in the coming years.  And if you’re thinking of getting into GT4 racing, take a look at this slice of Americana

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05th Apr2016

Are You Craving Some Racing?

by Michael Chandler

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I missed the F1 race (How about Haas, eh?), and the 24H series race at Silverstone.  I’m not too torn up about it, but I’ve got a hankering for some racing!  Today I listened to some highlights of the Silverstone race on Radio Le Mans, but I want to watch something damnit!  What to do?  Well, there are a number of options available.

The 24H Series has all of their races on their YouTube page, and the fine folks at NISMO have a ton of races on their page as well.  Is DTM more your flavor?  You can watch every race and qualifying session from the 2015 season!  If judged motorsports are more your flavor, you can check out the 2016 D1GP and Formula D events, with English commentary on the D1 stuff by Alexi from Nori Yaro, over on the Scrapeddd YouTube page.

There’s a lot for you to watch, and I’m conveniently showing this to you in the middle of the day… Hmm, I wounder what could ever come of this…

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03rd Feb2016

The International Races You Should Watch This Year

by Michael Chandler

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I got some complaints after the last list of races you should watch was posted. “Where’s Le Mans?” “What, no Formula 1?!” Well you can stop complaining, because here’s the list of international* races you should watch!  All times are MST

Australian V8 Super Cars

It’s been described as Australian NASCAR.  They’re not entirely wrong, think if a NASCAR Sprint Cup Car had a glorious one night stand with a British Touring Car Championship Civic Type-R.  The love child would be an Australian V8 Super Car: raw power, functional doors, and zero problems with contact.  We had the opportunity to see the series’ lone American race, and it was insane.  They have a lot of races on the calendar, but here are three you should watch:

Darwin Triple Crown, May 20-22: Darwin has a massive front straight, with top speeds over 165mph.  Then the drag race is over, because turn 1 is a tight left hander that spits the drivers into the twisty back half of the track.  Did I mention that it’s hot at the track the whole weekend?  Oh, and there are three races instead of two.  Yeah, every V8SC race is a double header.

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, October 6-9: Mount Panorama, like Sarth and the Nurburgring, is a public road.  However, there are homes and businesses on the track.  It also hosts two of the craziest races in the world: the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and the Super Cheapauto Bathurst 1000.  The latter is a 1000km (620 mile) race, in V8 Super Cars, on a track that has all sorts of dangers including random kangaroos jumping onto the track.  Chaz Mostert had a monster wreck last year, and their always seems to be a big one every year.  This is the longest single race of the year, and it’s worth watching every second of it.

Coates Hire Sydney 500, November 25-27: It’s the last race of the year.  Every driver on every team battles every second of the race.  Races. All three of them.  Yup, it’s another triple header.  And they do it on the streets.  Yes, the final race of the V8 Super Cars season is a fight on the streets of Sydney.

How to watch: If you feel like spending money you can subscribe to SuperView, the series’ streaming service.  I can’t tell you a price right now, because they haven’t started selling subscriptions yet.  If that isn’t your cup of tea, there’s always something on Livestream.  Seriously, the last few years I’ve watched plenty of races on it with the only hiccups coming from my patchy wifi.  We’ll definitely post a link for Bathurst, so we can all watch together.

One Offs

So, there are some races that don’t really fit into any particular series, which is why I’m giving you a few to watch

Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, February 7:  Actually the action will get going Friday at 6:30PM for us.  Thanks time zones and datelines! A long endurance race on a ridiculous track in a country where all the flora and fauna wants to kill you??  SIGN US UP!!!  With an international field featuring cars ranging from full on GT3 cars, Porsche GT3 Cup cars, and even RWD V8 powered Ford Foci and Mazda 3’s!  And guess what!  Watching this thing is stupid easy!  They conveniently provide a link for those of us not in Australia.  And I’m providing it to you: http://bathurst12hour.com.au/stream-int

ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race, May 28-29: I was going to tell you to watch the WEC race at the Nurburgring, but that’s only on the GP circuit.  This bad boy takes place on the GP circuit AND the Nordschleife.  And it’s only GT cars, and possibly Jim Glickenhaus’s SCG 003.  Which is a sight in its own right.  Tell me you aren’t itching to see a 24 hour race on the Green Hell.  Seeing a pack of cars run through the Karussell, in the middle of the night is making me feel all tingly in inappropriate places.  And you should be feeling the same, unless you’re dead inside.  Last year the race was streamed through the ADAC Zurich YouTube page, which is an interesting place in and of itself.  Go ahead and spend some time there.

Formula 1

No, I didn’t forget about Formula 1.  Truth be told, it’s not my open wheel series of choice, BUT I do recognize that it is an amazing series.  So in keeping with the three race theme, here are the three races I think you should tune into this year.

Monaco Grand Prix, May 29: One of the three legs of the Motorsport Triple Crown, and a classic in every sense of the word.  Run on the streets of Monaco in Monte Carlo since 1929, it has played host to many legendary drives.  Most notably Ayrton Senna’s 1984 rain soaked charge.  In that race he qualified 13th in his Toleman TG184, drove like a mad man, and passed everyone but Alain Prost (his future teammate) in 31 laps.  Thus began a legendary career.  Since then greats  such as Schumacher, Coulthard, Alonso, and Keke’s kid have won the race multiple times.  This year we might be seeing the inter-team rivalry at Mercedes continue, but who knows?  The Silver Arrows can’t be dominant forever.  This race, like all Formula 1 races, are boradcast on the NBC family of networks.  This race, being legendary and all, is on the full peacock: NBC.

Belgian Grand Prix, August 28: You come into the corner downhill, have a sudden change [of direction] at the bottom and then go very steep uphill. From the cockpit, you cannot see the exit and as you come over the crest, you don’t know where you will land. It is a crucial corner for the timed lap, and also in the race, because you have a long uphill straight afterwards where you can lose a lot of time if you make a mistake. But it is also an important corner for the driver’s feeling. It makes a special impression every lap, because you also have a compression in your body as you go through the bottom of the corner. It is very strange – but good fun as well. – Fernando Alonso, describing the Eau Rouge-Radillon combination.

Yeah, and they take it at over 180mph.  Reason enough to watch.  Another reason? The weather can, and will, be different at one end of the track than the other.  It’s a gorgeous track being driven by some of the best drivers in the world.  And Pastor.  This one will be on NBCSN.

Japanese Grand Prix, October 9: Suzuka has been hosting Japan’s F1 race off and on since 1987.  It’s the only Figure 8 track on the F1 calendar, and has been the backdrop for some legendary battles.  The Prost-Senna battles from 1988-1990 determined championships and became the stuff of legend.  It’s also seen its tragedies.  The 2014 race saw the tragic wreck of Jules Bianchi, which led to his untimely passing.  Forza Jules.

The race will be broadcast on NBCSN. And now back to sports car racing!

24H Series

With its inaugural season in 2008, the 24H Series is a newcomer to the sports car world.  As its name implies, it’s long races.  Either 12 or 24 hours, with fields  populated by GT3, GT4, touring, sports and silhouette cars.  The series hosts the first endurance race of the year, Dubai, and spends time at some great tracks across the globe.  Let’s start the tour in jolly old England

Silverstone, April 1-3: 24 hours on April Fool’s Day?  I am in!  And you should be too.  I may or may not have had the Dubai race on at work, via Radio Le Mans, and it was an excellent broadcast.  And as we’ve seen, Silverstone is a fantastic place for a 24 Hour race.  They put all the races on their YouTube page after the checkered flag flies, so you can watch the races whenever you’d like!

Paul Ricard, July 15-17: Back to back endurance races in France?  Why not?  While Circuit Paul Ricard doesn’t include public roads like Circuit del la Sarthe, it does have it’s share of history.  It hosted the French Grand Prix fourteen times between 1971 and 1990, and it’s the track Alain Prost cut his teeth on.  It’s a 3.6 mile track, and like Sarthe it had its monster straight neutered with a chicane.  It’s a very fast and flat track, and should provide plenty of action over the course of the 24 hour race.

Barcelona, September 2-4:  Oh I’m going to tell you to watch a Spanish race, just not the F1 race.  If you’re going to spend time at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, why not spend an entire day?  2.89 miles, 16 turns, elevation changes, ever changing winds that make getting the aero package right insanely difficult (ask Fernando Alonso about the wind) will make this seem like several races in one.  Go fire up Forza and give it a few laps, then tell me you don’t want to see a full field of GT cars running door to door.

World Endurance Championship

“Where’s Le Mans???” IT’S IN HERE! How dare you think I’d forget Le Mans.  And I’ve thrown in a couple of other notable races to book end your WEC viewing experience.

6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, May 7: You should watch all the races at Spa that you possibly can!  The WEC field will be slower than the F1 field, but the fact that this is a six hour race at the beginning of summer will make this a fantastic viewing experience.  Plus you get to see the prototypes from Audi, Porsche and Toyota battle it out while knifing through the GT cars!  It’s going to be quite a sight.  And a sight you can watch via the stream on the WEC website, with commentary from Radio Le Mans!

24 Heures du Mans, June 18-19: Just look at that pretentious spelling!  If this were any other race you’d have every right to punch me the next time you saw me, BUT THIS IS LE MANS!  It deserves to have that ridiculous spelling, because THIS is the crown jewel of endurance racing.  I don’t need to explain the history.  I don’t need to tell you about Ford going  1-2-3 in 1966, of a privateer team in a McLaren F1 GTR (essentially a street car) taking the OVERALL win in 1995, or Mark Webber going ass over tea kettle in a Mercedes-Benz CLR during a practice session in 1998.  There are many great races on this list, but this is THE ONE you should watch.  From beginning to end, from tech inspection to the parade, from practice and qualifying to the race itself.  Watch every second of this you can, tune into Radio Le Mans and listen, if you can jump on plane and watch it live, do it!

6 Hours of Fuji, October 16: The other home of the Japanese Grand Prix!  Unfortunately Fuji hasn’t hosted the race since 2010, but it has hosted the old World Sports Car Championship, D1, JGTC, Super GT, Super Taikyu, and World Endurance Championship.  This is a storied circuit.  It’s where James Hunt and Niki Lauda settled the 1976 Formula 1 Driver’s Championship, and it’s also the site of an ugly incident during a JGTC race in 1998.  Anyway, this track is always interesting.  The first turn is a sharp right hander, coming at the end of a nearly mile long front straightaway.  Watch the race just to see how that is navigated by the field.

 

And there you have it.  14 more races for you to watch, and enjoy.  We’re not responsible for any strain this puts on your personal or professional relationships, loss of employment, or anything else that might happen because you decide to spend all your time watching great racing.

 

*”But Michael, there’s a Formula 1 race in Texas!” Yeah, I know.  I also know that it’s subject to being canceled, so it’s not on the list.
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12th Jan2015

The Ford GT: They’re Going Back to France

by Michael Chandler

Probably.  Yes, today everyone at the North American International Auto Show is going nuts over the 600hp, 3.5L twin-turbo V6 Ecoboost powered Ford GT.  And they should be doing just that.  Look at that thing!  It’s glorious!  It’s what the GT40 was!  Kinda…

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The GT40 was a giant middle finger aimed at Enzo Ferrari and his precious cars and race program.  Ferrari doesn’t do much of the factory backed GT racing anymore, because they’ve gone all in on F1.

Ok, so it isn’t EXACTLY like the GT40, but it is like it in that it is a potentially world beating super car made by a company whose headquarters are in a crumbling metropolis.  Who is it going to beat, and where is it going to beat them?

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Why are those two logos mashed together?  Because it can, and eventually will, be seen in both!  The 3.5L twin turbo mill fits nicely into the confines of the WEC’s LM GTE class.  IMSA TUDOR USCC’s GTLM class ‘s rules are pretty much the same as the WEC’s LM GTE class rules.  That said, we’ll probably see it storming around here at home in TUSC before it goes abroad and plants Old Glory in everything.  The current rumor, according to Sportscar365, regarding that TUSC endeavor is that it will be a 2 car, factory team with Chip Ganassi Racing running it.  And Chip Ganassi knows a few things about running a winning team.

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Will it be successful?  Maybe.  The new Vipers came out of the gate with a whimper, but ended with a roar and won the GTLM class before Dodge killed the factory effort.  We can speculate more on this when we get more details, but right now let’s all look at how awesome this thing looks

Words by Michael Chandler, photos by Ford Motor Company and Michael Chandler
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05th Jan2015

Tooele Historics: Brabham F1 Restoration

by Michael Chandler

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Out in Tooele, at a shop at Miller Motorsports Park, is a man breathing life back into a pair of F1 chassis.  They aren’t ground breaking achievements in the sport, they’re a pair of chassis that more often than not finished poorly or failed to qualify.  They were made by a historic name, during an uneventful time in their history.  They are a pair of Brabham chassis, a BT59 and a BT60, and they’re being restored by Steven Costello, a man who knows more about putting these together than any of us ever could.

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I say he knows more about this because he does.  He has had a long career in motorsports, both driving and turning wrenches.  In the nineties he was one of a handful of Americans working as mechanics in Formula 1.  He was employed by Equipe Ligier, and now he’s using those years of knowledge to bring yet another Brabham chassis to life for Race Co.

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These chassis were bought at auction by a pair of brothers.  Included in their purchase were all manner of spares, fasteners, and paperwork including spec sheets for individual practices, qualifying sessions and races.  The brothers plan to race these things, against each other, at Miller upon their completion.  When I stopped in on Halloween Steven had the BT59 on stands, with the Judd V8 mounted.  It was looking like a race car, while the BT60 was still in pieces.  The 59 was more complete, but still nowhere near done.  It was waiting on some components to be shipped back from being rebuilt.  You can’t easily find some of these parts, and you can’t just drop it off at your local shop to be rebuilt or tackle it yourself with your handy dandy socket set.

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And some of the parts had to be sent off for inspection.  Those suspension arms you see next to the blue tote?  They were x-rayed to ensure they weren’t cracked.  And they aren’t powder coated.  It’s a special compound that you see on every major open wheel car, because it’s lighter and doesn’t hinder inspection processes.

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Speaking of lightness, do you see all of those containers?  They’re full of fasteners.  Fasteners made of titanium.  This is a back marker team.  A team that finished 9th in the Constructor’s Championship in 1990, and was doing so bad in the first half of 1991 that the FIA made them pre-qualify for races in the second half of the season.  And they outright failed to qualify twice!  They finished 9th in the Constructor’s Championship behind a struggling Lotus, and then collapsed.

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After a team collapses things go up for sale.  Sometimes the people who buy the team’s assets use them in their own attempt to race.  Others buy the big, showy pieces (engines, cockpits, nose cones, spoilers, etc) and display them or piece together a shell of a car for display purposes.  And sometimes a privateer buys them, and takes them to a place that has experience with rebuilding old chassis, in an effort to bring them back to life so they can go race them.  Thankfully those brothers took the latter route, and took them to a great shop who brought in an extremely knowledgeable man to bring them back to life.  Hopefully we’ll see the cars back together, out pairing off with the BT60 chassis Race Co already restored this year, in our own historic gathering.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler
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09th Aug2014

TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Gets GT3 Class Cars In 2016

by Michael Chandler

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Yes you read that right.  Along with changes to Prototype, GT Le Mans, and Prototype Challenge; IMSA announced the changes that would be coming to the GT Daytona class.  Here’s a quick little run down of what will be new and different, and when it will be new and different:

Prototype

Through 2016 it will be the same: Daytona Prototypes, Automobile Club l’Quest (ACO) LM P2 cars and the Deltawing.  Starting in 2017 there will be a “globally unified Prototype format” for the IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, and the a fore mentioned ACO.  This new format will have a vehicle life of three years, and it will still feature mostly professional drivers, with some pro/am drivers in the mix.

GT Le Mans

It is basically ACO GTE cars, and in 2016 there will be new GTE specifications.  Along with those there will be a planned vehicle life of three years.  Still a bunch of factory back teams, mostly professional drivers with some pro/am drivers competing as well.

Prototype Challenge

This class will still be a spec class, if you will.  Everyone uses the Oreca FLM09 chassis and a 6.2L Chevrolet V8.  After 2016 the class will change, but only after the cost, performance levels and design of the new LMP3 chassis and new Prototype are finalized.

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Through the end of the 2015 season, no changes.  2016 is when full on FIA GT3 specs will be adopted for all the cars in the class.  That means the full aerodynamic package, ABS and traction control seen on your favorite GT3 carswill now bee seen on your favorite GTD cars!  Naturally they won’t just let the teams go whole hog the whole season.  There will be an “Adjustment of Performance” process done all season long using weight and restrictors.  And as always, a mix of professional and amateur drivers are required for the lineup of each team.  So long as this guy doesn’t show up I think we’ll all be ok.

And that is the big TUDOR news ahead of the Road America race.  That race airs on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4:30PM local time on Sunday.

Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Tommy Ratsapasith

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17th Jul2014

NASA Utah Round 4 Bonus Gallery

by Michael Chandler

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The Good Dr. Z, that’s Michael Wells, sent us some photos from the last NASA Utah round.  These are all from the Sunday of that weekend, so we have some snaps of the Formula 3 race, along with some snaps of your favorite locals.

Words by Michael Chandler, photos by Michael Wells

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