Friday, November 30, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen Stars in New Apple Maps Commercial!

It's an added bonus that at the end of the commerical, Apple Maps finds a great shortcut through the grassfield for Kimi to get back on track!

Cake Wars: Pagani Zonda Edition

Hat Tip to Steve J. and TrackPro Advisors

It's baking season! Earlier this month, we published a picture of this cake baked with love by Porsche enthusiasts.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

One More Olympic Sport: The High Moto Jump

The High Moto Jump joins Moto Hurling and the Long Bike Jump on the list of newly added Olympic sports involving motorcycles! The sport will be in perfect company with moto surfing, gymnastics, bowling, wrestling, rodeo, and even breakdancing.

E30 M12 - Travesty Or The Holy Grail?

What do you think - is an E30 M12 a travesty or the Holy Grail?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oversteer Defined

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Competition for Harnesses Is Heating up!

Takata and Sparco harnesses look great but I think Willans is missing the lap belt piece of the harness. Speaking of which, do they have comparisons for lap belts only??

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

$50 HPDE!! Please Spread the Word.

Get on Track is an online community created to help increase awareness of how and where to take your car on track and reach new participants and workers in the US and Canada.

They are looking to grow the sport, find new drivers who never experienced track driving, and support the many existing and new tracks that are coming on board along with the clubs and organizations that all share this passion of motorsports.

Picture by Pierre Goyette

Contest: Name The New American Le Mans/Grand Am Series

The American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM are running a Name the Future contest giving race fans the opportunity to come up with the new name for the combined series, which debuts in 2014. Here are some more details and race fans' reactions on the merger announcement.

Ferrari Takes Pole Position!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

2012 (European) Track Car of the Year

Evo magazine ran 10 exciting sports cars against each other at the track and put together this entertaining video which ranks them based on lap times. Too bad they mislabeled the rankings, though - aside from the GT86 Toyobaru, every car they tested was European. They should have called it 2012 EUROPEAN Car of the Year. I can think of a few American sports cars that would have easily ranked in the top 3 based on their track times!

How Many Fire Extinguishers Does It Take?!

So this is how you keep everyone safe from McDonald's breakfast at the autocross. Imagine how many fire extinguishers it would take if they sold Buffalo wings!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The 2012 Racing Season Is Over!

Today's incredible F1 race at Interlagos, Brazil marks 
the end of the racing season. 
Unfortunately, this is all the racing we have left 
between now and the 2013 Rolex 24 in January:

The Rolex 24 can't come soon enough. We'll be there to cover it again.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fragile Future for Formula 1 in the U.S.?

Posted by Gary R.
Pictures by

Last week saw Formula One's return to the U.S. at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. And what a race it was! Bernie Ecclestone in his genius has finally got the formula right for the Formula. Unlike other runaway races where one driver or team simply dominates to the point where the loyal fan ends up watching to see who competes for third place, this has been a season of wheel to wheel racing. The driver lineup is like no other. Sunday's podium was adorned with three champions! All the scrutinizing and adjusting of the rules has made the playing field very competitive while not hampering the technological development of what is the most competitive engineering outside of the space/defense industries. F1's return to the U.S., the biggest consumer of entertainment globally, couldn't have come at a better time perhaps. With the growth of NASCAR audiences waning and even trending downward, as well as America's darling open wheeled series, Indy Car, in upheaval, it would seem that this is a perfectly positioned re-entry point to a market that has been historically very tough for F1 to crack.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Snuck up on Me This Year!

Eat turkey. Cranberry sauce. Stuffing (lots of it!) Gravy (pour it on, please). Cornbread. Corn on the cob. APPLE PIE!! Watch football. Nap. Repeat until you fall into a turkey-induced coma.

Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday! Except it snuck up on me this year. The Coupe still sits in a cold garage with Nitto NT01s and race pads form the October event at NHMS; the E46 325i's studded snows have been sitting in a stack waiting to go on the car; And my wife's car's snow tires... wait, I need to figure out where I put those last Spring.

I was planning on getting some of this car stuff done early Thanksgiving morning when my wife asked me nicely last night not to do ANY car work on Thanksgiving and to help with the cooking instead. Very reasonable request, no doubt! I should have offered. It would have been a small gesture of appreciation for the 20 days I schlep my butt around racetracks and autocross events every year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Common Sense Defined: Fantastic Interview with Kimi Raikkonen

I absolutely love this interview with Kimi Raikkonen! It's a great opportunity for everyone to take a step back, reflect, filter out the noise, and focus on the things that really matter in life.

Reposting from
It’s no secret that Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen isn’t a fan of long-winded media interviews - which is why we thought our quick-fire Inside Line format would be perfect for the Finn. And so it proved, with the 2007 world champion and 2012 Abu Dhabi winner providing brief but enlightening answers. What did we learn? For starters he loves steam, sushi and salmiak…

Q: What keeps you awake at night?
Kimi Raikkonen:
 Nothing keeps me awake. I have the ability to sleep well, wherever I am.

Q: If you could banish one thing from your life - for the rest of your life - what would that be?
 There is nothing to be banished.

Q: What’s been your most valuable life lesson?
 Never give up.

Q: What do you admire?
 Those boys from 1960s and early ‘70s in F1. Drivers made from steel in cars made of wood.

Q: If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?
 Never give up.

Q: If your racing career ended this season what would you do with the rest of your life?
 I have some plans in my mind. I have a life outside racing as well, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world for me. (laughs) 

Q: What animal best reflects your personality?
 My German Shepherd dog, Aksu.

Q: What is more important than winning?

Quiz No. 4: Guess the Year, Make, and Model

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OneHotLap on SpeedTV!!

It was very cool to see SpeedTV display a OneHotLap tweet 
on the Austin F1 Grand Prix during Sunday night's WindTunnel!!

Let's See You Do This, BMW Owners!

Hat Tip to Ana O.

Well done, Mustang owners!

Can you do this, BMW fans?

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Newest Olympic Sport: Moto Hurling

Moto Hurling joins the Long Bike Jump on the list of newly added Olympic sports involving motorcycles! The sport will be in good company with moto surfing, gymnastics, bowling, wrestling, rodeo, and even breakdancing.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quick Takes on the F1 Austin Race

Formula 1 in the U.S. is like a white elephant: it looks pretty and interesting, we just don't know what to do with it. As Jeremy Clarkson tweeted today, "I'm very much enjoying the baffled look on many faces in the crowd at Austin." And according to Australian Mark Webber, last night he was complimented on his amazing English by a woman at the VIP dinner!

There is virtually no overlap between F1 and NASCAR fans: the Austin race was held at the same time as NASCAR's final race for the season in Homestead. Furthermore, the Austin race took place at the same time as the Cowboys played in Dallas and the Texans played in Houston. Ironically, F1 management's target audience for the U.S. Grand Prix is ... the rest of the world.

Jackie Stewart Explains How to Drive Monaco

Whoever wins the Austin Grand Prix today, I'd like them to explain how to drive it fast, just like Jackie Stewart did for Monaco in this fantastic video!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bike Surfing

Got a little bored on the straightaway, thought I'd do some surfing...

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Martini + Nice Ass = Winning Combo!

This is the car that started all cool rear ends!

Martini + Nice Ass = Winning Combo!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Russian Dolls: Porsche Vs BMW

Hat Tip to CMG Racing

Very nice collection from this 911 GT3 RS owner! 

He needs a "mid-size model" in the lineup to complete his collection, though. Here's how E30 M3 enthusiasts do it - except that BMW owner needs the REAL car!

2-Wheeling Rally Car Slo-Mo

I love it how cool my friend Jamie Melhuish stays while correcting with two wheels up going near the top of third gear! Good thing this stuff happens so fast, you don't even have time to realize the potential consequences of rolling the car over!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This Will Help Define What Is Truly FAST!

by Gary R.

Just in case there was any doubt as to what the last digits on our previously posted "Natural Speedometer" means... . .Take a ride with John McGuiness for a bit. WARNING you might feel some food come back up on you.

If this doesn't seem to convince you there is a platinum edition of the man-card for which one needs nads the size of watermelons, then nothing will.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why You Should Watch the Austin F1 Grand Prix

You're not an F1 fan, I get it. The driver names are unpronounceable, they speak with weird accents, the cars barely ever pass each other, for some strange reason they turn left AND right, they have these things called DRS, KERS (or was it curse?) instead of plain simple pushrods, and even the commentators are from somewhere else. How do you relate to a race like that?!

In one picture:

Hat Tip to Larry C.

See you at the race!

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Best Car Mod for Five Hundred Bucks!

by Gary R.

You finally did it. Everything came together in the end and your Subaru WRX STI sits in your driveway. It is beautiful and sounds sweet but it is like a blank canvas just the same. What improvements will you make first? After all, what real improvements can be made for five hundred bucks?

Well, before you take that credit card out, here are some things to think about. The car you agonized about and carefully chose is more than a pretty package, isnʼt it? After all, you got the real deal. So with that in mind, why not first tune the driver?

Yes, you! 

What ?!? Does the suggestion of this bruise what women call the fragile male ego? After all, this car was chosen because you have an appreciation for how it should be driven. While you may be discriminating in your car choice, that doesnʼt mean you really know how to get the most out of it. To prove this to you, consider this: do you think Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton would turn faster lap times than you on ANY given course? While it is true you are not likely to be the next Michael Schumacher, just about anyone with a scintilla of sense would rather have the skills of a back marker real race driver than a top 'performing' Fast and the Futile driver.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Three Foot Nine with a Ten Foot "Deck"

This reminded of me of Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause lyrics and video - so vulgar, yet ridiculously funny, much like the car pictured here!

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Just Like Rt. 128 in Rush Hour

Hat Tip to Jamey F.

This looks just like Rt. 128 in Rush Hour! Except the guy in front is on the phone and the guy behind is texting while there is a third car trying to squeeze in the "space" between the two cars. Oh, right, no one is wearing a helmet either and their cars roll over reeealy easy!

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

What A Chevy Impala's Speedometer Should Look Like!

This is what a Chevy Impala's speedometer should look like!

What other cars do you think 
would be good candidates for it?

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Running on Money and Fat!

Very true! We run on money and fat!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Name That Caption! (No. 31)

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Every Motorsport Journalist's Dream

Dunlop Star Spec Direzza ZII: A Tire as Exciting as a Date with Scarlet Johansson! (UPDATED)

Getting a flat is a legitimate reason to celebrate: you get to upgrade all your tires even if they have another couple of thousand miles left on them.

I've used a few sets of Dunlop Direzza Star Specs since they first came out and I absolutely love this tire! So when I recently got a flat, I automatically thought I'd buy Star Specs again until a friend told me "You should probably wait a few months, the next-gen Star Specs are coming out."

Now that got me excited! The next-gen Star Spec will be like the Scarlett Johansson of tires! See, I was running second and third in my autocross class back in '08 when I first switched from Michelin Pilot Sport II and the Star Specs improved my times by two seconds relative to other drivers in class. I won my class that year, as well as 3 of the 4 years after that. The change initially was so dramatic, at one point my competitors started asking each other if they should challenge my car to see what else I'd put in it! The Star Spec does not need a lot of heat to perform well, it provides great feedback, and it's very good in the wet. It's a fantastic autocross AND track tire with good life to boot. It's no surprise it was voted the best street tire by a landslide in OneHotLap's poll!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

At The Polls: Best Road Courses in California and Canada

Election Day! I am sure you have seen enough campaigning from the presidential candidates, your Facebook account is flooded with propaganda, and your morning commute was jammed with vehicles that are rarely driven. I thought we could all use a break and be the first to find out who won the "race"!!

Diving into Tremblant's exhilarating Turn 1!

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Kimi Finally Wins But No Champagne!

Hat Tip to F1Humour

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Moto School: Where Lazy HPDE Students Should Be Sent!

Next time an HPDE student complains 
that they are too tired at the end of the day, 
I am sending them to hang off the fence
at one of these motorcycle schools!

Kimi Being Kimi: Abu Dhabi Edition

Kimi responding to his race engineer's call that Alonso is 5 seconds behind him: "Leave me alone, I know what I need to do!"

Hat Tip to Gary R.

Kimi responding to his race engineer's request to keep his tires warm under yellow: "Yes, yes, yes, yes, I'm doing it all the time, so you don't need to remind me every 10 seconds!"

And probably the funniest part was how downbeat Kimi still was after winning he race: "I was really hoping to have won before so there is no reason to be jumping around"

Sunday, November 4, 2012

At The Drag: Stupid Is As Stupid Does!

Starter standing just mere feet from cars fishtailing off the start, cars parked at the edge of the road, and hundreds of people playing Russian roulette with their lives!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fast Lap at NHMS Running The South Oval Configuration

Here is a fantastic piece of driving by Jake Wile at NHMS running the South Oval Configuration with a fastest lap of 1:13.7 in traffic.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Found The Best New Bond Girl!

The New Bond movie is coming out next Friday, November 9, and the suspense is already killing me! The action looks fantastic and there are a couple of very cool car chases in the trailer.

My only gripe is with the new Bond Girls. This is the best they could up with it?! The Skyfall producer should have spent more time around racetracks! Here's why:

Outta Brakes, Outta Tires, Outta Gas!

Outta brakes, outta tires, outta gas = time well spent at the track!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Where Do Successful Race Team Owners Go on Vacation?

Ever wonder where successful race team owners like Will Turner go on vacation? 

Bali? Bermuda? St Lucia? The Azores? 
Nope! 24 Hours of LeMons of course!

The #93 Turner car turns from this: this for the 24 Hours of LeMons: 
Team Sweetish Fish in action at NHMS