27th Dec2016

CAMcast: The Holiday Ramblefest!

by Michael Chandler

The end of this awful year is finally in sight!  Head into 2017 by listening to Brandon, Dave, Gavin, and myself ramble about the year that was.  We went off for two and a half hours, so we made this our first TWO PARTER.

 

YES, instead of having one massive episode, we are giving you two! In part one there are some deep dives into drifting (again), dirt track racing, auto/gymkhana, and some other stuff

 

And in part two, the guys give you their best and worsts of the year along with some other stuff.

Thank you everyone for listening and downloading these podcasts.  We enjoy making them, and we hope you enjoy listening to them.  You can download part one here, and part two here.  If iTunes is more your flavor, then you can find us on there!  Just search for CAMautoMag.  Please subscribe, rate, and review us!  And as always, you can email us at [email protected]  See you all in 2017!

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08th Dec2016

You Didn’t Order The Pizza: CAMcast Weekly

by Michael Chandler

Recorded in the frigid basement on December 6; Mike, Dave and Brandon talk about a lot of things:

  • Nico Rosberg
  • NASCAR’s title sponsor
  • Progressing in different motorsports
  • Safety regulations
  • How to ruin your business on Instagram
  • And much, much more

Grab the latest episode on iTunes, and wherever else fine podcasts can be acquired.  Send us an email, and you could win a bag full of awesome prizes!  Direct your correspondence to [email protected]

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10th Nov2016

Hiroyuki Hasegawa, Co-Founder of HKS, Dead at 71

by Michael Chandler

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Hiroyuki Hasegawa, co-founder of legendary tuning company HKS, has passed away at age 71.  The company released a brief statement, which contained no specific details of his death.

Founded in 1973 by Hasegawa and Goichi Kitigawa, and with an investment from Sigma Automotive, HKS has been one of the premier tuners in the world.  Crafting everything from one of the fastest R35 GTRs in the world (pictured above), to outright drag racing monsters, top speed machines, and even developing a Formula 1 engine, HKS cemented itself in the lexicon of those who know about speed and craftsmanship.  

A former Yamaha engineer, Hasegawa worked tirelessly to develop and release his first aftermarket turbocharger kit in 1974.  From there his company developed many turbo kits and upgrade kits, eventually developing electronic devices that would become staples in the tuning world: boost controllers and turbo timers.  HKS has been involved in all levels of motorsport, from D1GP to JGTC, Formula 3 to drag racing.  Demand became so great that the company expanded into the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom, and Thailand.

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19th May2016

The Way It Were: Why Nothing Is Ever As Good As It Was

by Michael Chandler

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CAUTION: OPINIONS AHEAD

A few years ago Niki Lauda suggested that for F1 to be more exciting, they needed to go to wider tires and bigger wings and lots more horsepower.  Basically, turn the clock back to when he was racing.  He’s not the first person to suggest going back to “the old ways”.  When the new turbo motors came out, everyone complained and wanted to go back to the V10 era.  Was the V10 era that much better?  Were the 70’s the peak of F1?

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People in drifting have some thoughts on the current state of the sport as well.  There was a time where 500 horsepower was considered a lot, and the steering mods you needed were rack spacers and modified knuckles.  Now the top Formula D cars make around 800 horsepower, completely redesigned steering components for crazy amounts of angle, and over fenders on over fenders to cover the tires because the steering mods have pushed the wheels so far out from their original location.  But were the lower power, simpler days so much better than today?

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Back in the day, you could fix damn near any car with nothing more than a socket set and a bucket of carb cleaner.  The bodies were made of steel, and they were designed by guys with slide rulers and very little understanding of aerodynamics.  Modern cars are massive compared to the old cars, and the technology is so deeply embedded in every aspect of them that working on them is nearly impossible.  But were the old steel bodied classics better than the stuff you can drive off a dealer’s lot?

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Well… No.  Modern race cars are demonstrably faster, more efficient and safer than their old counter parts, drifting has graduated from “a bunch of idiots in a parking lot” to a legitimate motorsport, and modern cars are faster, safer, more efficient, and better equipped than the designers ever thought cars could be.  When Niki Lauda won his first World Championship in 1975, he turned a 1:26.40 lap in qualifying.  In 2011 Sebastian Vettel ran a 1:13.556.

With more knowledge and data, the Formula D cars are moving through the courses faster and making more tire smoke.  Couple that with the amount of angle the drivers are using going through the corners, and you have something far more interesting to watch than what was happening in 2007.

Modern cars are heavier and bigger because they have more stuff in them.  Stuff like multiple air bags and other safety equipment, infotainment systems that play your Pandora stations and read your text messages to you!  In 1975, a V8 Camaro 13 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway.  A 2016 Camaro does 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.  The humble Corolla went from 21/33 forty-one years ago to 28/37 now.  Modern cars of all varieties are demonstrably better.  But why do we keep holding up examples from the past?  In my opinion, it’s a familiarity issue.

Let me try to explain this with an analogy.  Michael Jordan is the best basketball player I’ve ever seen.  I say this because I watched him for more than a third of my life.  I saw him win multiple championships, MVP awards, and even a gold medal.  Now if you were to ask someone ten years younger than me, they probably wouldn’t say MJ was the best.  They’d probably say Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James, or even Steph Curry is the best.  Why?  Because they watched them at their peaks, like I did with Jordan.  That hypothetical person grew up knowing only an old MJ and young, rising talents in LeBron, Steph and Kobe.  Now replace MJ and LeBron with an AE86 and a new FRS/BRZ.  The Corolla was amazing, but that’s not the hero car for the new generation.  It’s legendary, and they know about the old Corolla; but, the FRS/BRZ has been around since some of these kids became aware of cars and their coolness.

Same with F1.  Some people came into the sport WITH the turbo V6s, and have no idea about the previous eras.  There are countless hoards of people out there that are convinced that to have a fun drift car you need a high horsepower 2JZ or LS, all of the Wisefab you can get your hands on, and as much fender as one can fit on a car.  And let’s be honest, spending an hour in stop and go traffic in a car with weak A/C, a semi-functioning tape deck, and an ever falling fuel needle isn’t as good a place to be as a car where you can throw it in D, crank up the A/C, listen to your Spotify playlist of choice, and not having to stop for gas at every exit.  It’s easy to look at the past with rose colored spectacles, but you can’t deny that things are better now than they used to be.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch this and then this.

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08th Apr2016

The CAMcast Episode 1: Steven Costello

by Michael Chandler

It’s back: The new and improved CAMcast! We’re starting out the new podcast with a conversation with one of the most interesting people you’ll meet at Utah Motorsports Campus: Steven Costello.  You may only know him as one of the Formula drivers, but there’s so much more to this soft spoken fellow.  Have you heard of Tom Walkinshaw Racing?  He worked there during the IMSA GT days, when they were campaigning Jaguars in the GTP class.  Are you familiar with Formula 1?  He worked for Ligier F1 in the 90’s.  Remember either of these stories?  He did the restorations on those.  There are so many great stories in this episode, I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did recording it.

We’ll be back next month with another episode.  Until then, let us know what you think.  If you liked it, tell your friends.  Feel free to use #CAMcast on Twitter and Instagram to let us know that you’re listening!

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 Oct2015

Weekend Round Up October 10-11

by Michael Chandler

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Many things happened this weekend, perhaps you missed something.  Don’t worry, we did too, BUT we’re bringing you the highlights right here!

Craig Lowndes Gets 6th Bathurst 1000 Victory

Steven Richards was also driving the car, but not at the same time as Lowndes.  Lowndes did it without hands for a bit though, so that’s something.  The win in Australia’s great race was Holden’s 13th.  Lowndes’s Red Bull Racing Australia teammate, Jamie Whincup, set a lap record in the closing laps of the race while in 18th place. Mark Winterbottom and Steve Owen in the Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon finished the race in second, fighting back after receiving two black flag penalties.  Garth Tander and Warren Luff, in the Holden Racing Team Commodore, rounded out the podium.  The first ever all female driver line up of Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie finished the race in 21st.

Mercedes Locks Up F1 Constructor’s Championship

 

Mercedes, as a team, needed to score a total of 3 more points than Ferrari to secure the championship.  Lewis Hamilton winning the race overall helped, Nico Rosberg retiring didn’t.  With Sebastian Vettel in second and Kimi Raikkonen in fifth made it look like Mercedes would have to wait, but then Kimi challenged Valtteri Bottas in a turn and proceeded to punt his fellow countryman.  Kimi, who knows what he’s doing, was awarded a 30 second penalty for this act of Fin on Fin violence. That 30 seconds put him in 8th, and that allowed Mercedes to win back-to-back constructor’s titles.

Patrick Dempsey Won His First WEC Race

 

The Fuji 6 Hour was a wet affair, but Patrick Dempsey and Marco Seefried didn’t seem to mind as they took the win in the GTE-Am class.  The win is Dempsey’s first in World Endurance Championship competition, and was another win for manufacturer from Stuttgart.  Porsche finished 1-2 in LMP1, with the #18 919 Hybrid being ordered to let the #17 of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartly and Timo Bernhard take over the lead.  The reason for the order was because the driver line up in the #17 car has a better chance of winning the driver’s championship.

G-Drive Punts KCMG to Take Lead in WEC LMP2 Championship

Entering the race KCMG was ahead of G-Drive for the LMP2 Championship.  During the race, both G-Drive drivers (Romain Rusinov in the #26 and Gustovo Yacaman in the #28) mixed it up with the lone KCMG entry, driven by Richard Bradley.  Rusinov battled hard, and made contact with Bradley.  The Stewards ruled the contact part of racing for the lead and issued no penalties.  They were both on the lead lap, the #28 of Gustavo Yacaman was a lap down.  After the final fuel stops, Yacaman spun Bradley, which forced the KCMG car to pit for a new tire.  After fighting back to third place, Yacaman then punted the KCMG.  KCMG received a DNF, and Yacaman’s actions are under investigation.  As of now, the #26 G-Drive car holds a 12 point lead over KCMG’s lone #47 car in the LMP2 Championship.

Joey Logano Wins In Charlotte, But This Happened Too

 

Kyle Busch (in the pink #18) kinda looked like he was going to duck into the pits, and Kyle Larson (in the #42) decided he wanted in too.  Busch didn’t get on pit lane, at least not by choice.  Kyle Larson, from high on the track, came all the way down in a gloriously failed attempt to pit.  Larson hit Busch, and the Commitment Cone, and both wound up on pit lane.  Larson managed to not hit the wall after spinning, and they both managed to stay on the lead lap.

Fredric Aasbo Wins in Irwindale

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He had a commanding lead heading into Forumla D’s final event of the season, and he kept it.  The win secured his Formula D championship, his Formula D World Championship, and helped Scion and Hankook lock up their respective championships in the series as well.

And there you have it, all the weekend’s highlights in one place so you can get on with your day.

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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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11th Jul2014

Mercedes AMG Petronas, Suspension, and a Man in Lederhosen

by Michael Chandler
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As has been reported by many people (many, many, many people) the FIA is looking to ban the front and rear interconnected suspension system.  Why did they do this? Well, first I need to explain exactly what it is first.

Basically it is a system that keeps the cars’ ride heights as stable as possible, using hydraulics and witchcraft.  Technically it is only supposed to work to keep the front and rear ride heights as similar as possible through the corners.  TECHNICALLY.  One team (definitely not Mercedes AMG Petronas) has accused another (probably Mercedes AMG Petronas) of advancing the system to also work left to right.  According to Charlie Whiting, FIA race director, the system’s primary use is now aerodynamic, which makes the whole system illegal for everyone!

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Well sort of.  Mr. Whiting views the system as illegal, but it hasn’t actually been banned yet.  The teams have an opportunity to push the ban to the start of the 2015 season, but that’s probably not going to happen.  For the ban to be pushed back there needs to be a unanimous vote, and that’s not going to happen.  Force India doesn’t use a FRIC system, so if it’s banned they don’t lose anything, and if someone violates the ban and is excluded from the results Force India could definitely benefit.  Caterham and Sauber could close the gap between them and Marussia, who are on the bleeding edge of suiting the system to their car.

Who looks to lose the most from the ban?  Well, according to lederhosen model Valtteri Bottas

“Yes! Maybe some teams could be more affected than us, I would say.”

So there you have it.  Mercedes could come back to the pack (in Germany of all places) because their suspension control system will be banned because at least three teams have no reason to not ban it.  And also a Valtteri Bottas quote to boot.

The German Grand Prix will be happening on July 20 at Hockenheim.  You can watch it on CNBC starting at 6:00 AM (Mountain), or on the internet somewhere. The choice is yours.

Words by Michael Chandler, photos as credited.

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10th Jul2013

RaceCo’s F1 Car

by Michael Chandler

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Late last year RaceCo took delivery of a 1992 Brabham F1 car.  If you’ve stopped by the shop between December and now, you would have seen it in various states of assembly.  It took seven months, but finally the beast made it’s public debut on a stormy July evening.  Joey and I made the trip out to see this car take some cuts at the Outer Loop.  Thunderstorms were forecasted for the evening, and severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Tooele.  We hydroplaned through Salt Lake County, and found dry pavement in Tooele County.  We had high hopes for good weather.

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We arrived to the sound of the GTR turning some laps.  As it turns out, there was a track day happening concurrently with the F1 car debut.  As the session wound down we heard the F1 car wind up and make its way to the track itself.  Pete hopped in the seat once occupied by Damon Hill and took to the outer loop.  We ran over to the Clubhouse to get some photos (me) and video (Joey on his phone).  The first outing was cut short due to a downpour the popped up during the second lap, but we did manage to snap a few photos.  After that we made our way to RaceCo’s shop to see the beast up close.

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It drew a crowd by the time we arrived.  Pete and Cole were pointing out things on the car, and answering some *ahem* interesting questions (Is it going to be street legal?).  While questions were asked and answered, Joey and I began scrambling around the garage and snapping photos.

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The heart of this beast is a Judd built V10.  Suffice it to say, it screams.

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It also has a wood grain shift knob.  Because classy.  Fun fact, this is an H pattern transmission.

The rain let up, and the other cars dried up the track.  We ran over to the top of The Attitudes to snap some pictures, grab some videos and generally sit in awe of the aural bliss that is a V10 era F1 car.

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We watched, we listened, we packed it in and made our way back to the shop for free Red Bull (courtesy of Ryan Salazar) and burgers.

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And to see how those massive Avon slicks looked after a full session.

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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