Saturday, June 30, 2012

Pit Stop Math with Turner Motorsport at Watkins Glen

So if it takes 4 guys at Turner Motorsport 27 seconds to complete a pit stop, and it takes a 25-person Formula 1 crew 5 seconds to do the same, doesn't that make Turner's pit stop faster per crew member? Turner's crew of 4 will spend a total of 108 seconds combined and the Formula 1 team will spend a total of 125 seconds combined. I think we have a winner!



Super Kart GP at Isle of Man: Insane Speeds on a Bumpy Street Circuit!

It is hard to believe but this video is NOT sped up. Check out the visual blur at 1:40.



I love the comments at 3:42 - "Look at the pounding he's getting!" The tight racing action at 4:18 is incredible. And the crazy side-by-side finish at 5:27 adds up to a memorable race!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A 59.4 with 3 Cones and 2 "SH*T!"s: Videos and Top 20 Times from BMW CCA Boston's 2012 Autocross Event 3

Here are videos from the top two cars on r-comps and the top car on street tires at BMW CCA Boston's 2012 Autocross Event 3. Interestingly, even though the two fastest cars (an '11 EVO MR and a '95 M3) were entirely different, they had one thing in common that neither car was supposed to have: 315 mm wide tires all around!!


Steve Hazard got the FTD for the day with a clean run of 60.2. Here's a video from his last run for the day in the EVO: a 59.4 with 3 cones and 2 "SHIT!"s (fair warning: the second one is very loud!!)



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"I'm Learning to Fly, But I Ain't Got Wings..."

Well, this was a short race: more time spent in the air than on the pavement after the rolling (pun intended) start!


Doug Peterson Formula Race Car Crash from Vinylbmx on Vimeo.

Source: Autoweek

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The June 2012 Edition of RACER Magazine Features Our Racing Heroes

The June 2012 issue of RACER magazine is another stellar edition. Its main feature is racing heroes: Senna, Camille Jenatzy, Dale Earnhardt, Alex Zanardi, Rick Mears, and more. It's definitely worth a read if you are looking for some quality time.



Performance Driving by the Gallon: Coast, Turn off, and Avoid Braking

Motorcycles, diesels, hybrids, vegetable cars, all sorts of people doing the fuel economy thing, trying to be green... and they were beaten by a low-tech, gasoline-powered Honda CRX that got 118 MPG over a 100-mile hypermiling event!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Bumper-Level GoPro Hits Autocross Cone in Slow-Mo

I had a brain fart at the second optional slalom during this Sunday's autocross and halfway through the transition between the first and second cone, I forgot which way I was supposed to go.



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kimi's Mood States


The "laughing attempt" really did me in. And here's a video confirming Kimi's mood states. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Minis Are Mean!!

Hat Tip to Jessica S.

"That car is so cute I want to throw it over my shoulder and burp it."

After hearing this from a stranger in a parking lot, Jessica decided enough is enough and put this mean sticker on her car.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The 4 Constants in Road Racing Are...


High-End Performance Driving Experience: Monticello vs. Skip Barber

So trading derivatives in gold and pork bellies has worked out great for you lately and you are looking to reward yourself for all your hard work with the best trackday driving experience you can find. Your budget is 5K - only a fraction of your quarterly bonus as a successful commodities trader. You are looking for an exciting car, top-notch instructors, and a great track with suitable amenities for your trackday experience.


Perfect! We have the latest details for the top two trackday options: 

1. Monticello's 2-day, $4,900 Radical driving experience 
2. Skip Barber's 3-day $2,400 race school at Lime Rock

Here are all the details straight from the promoters' invites. Let us know what you think here or on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In-Car Cam Captures Deer Crashing into a 'Vette at the Track

I have over 100 track days and have never spun or put four wheels off. And I'm no slouch. As much as I want to believe I'm a reasonably fast and safe driver, I have to admit that luck does play a big role in it. Just take a look at this video of a deer crashing into a 'Vette's windshield (fair WARNING: it's semi-graphic!) and judge for yourself:


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, Dads!


Here are some funny quotes from the 1997 Father's Day movie to help you celebrate the occasion:

[In Dale's car driving slowly over the Golden Gate Bridge
Jack Lawrence: Dale, I feel like I'm in a white Bronco. 
Dale Putley: Sorry, I just get anxious driving over bridges. 
Jack Lawrence: That's because you're going 20 miles per hour. 
Dale Putley: I'm going 35 miles per hour, Jack! 
Jack Lawrence: Yeah, I can feel the G-force. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Live from Le Mans

This is what the starting grid at Le Mans looks like. I am green with envy that one of our fans is sitting so close to the start/finish line. And this is one of the greatest things about Le Mans - there are so many spots on the track where you can reach out and almost touch the cars as they are blazing by!

Hat Tip to OneHotLap fan John O.

How To Style Your Garage with a Picture Tarp!

Style Your Garage is a German company that makes very realistic tarps to cover your boring garage door. Instead of looking at a crappy closed door, passers-by will see something special. For $250, you could get one of these creative samples to irk the neighbors or watch random cars crash nearby as their drivers gawk at it:

Your very own real size Formula 1 car for $250!

Hat Tip to Tom R.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Le Mans Friday: Mr Bean at the Wheel

Here's one driver that can easily win the Le Mans race without saying a word: Mr Bean at the wheel!



Just one look at him when you catch him on the track and you will be ROTTL (rolling on the track laughing.)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

LOL: Racing Evolution in Pictures

See if you can guess what kind of racing fan put this Racing Evolution drawing together:


And if it is who we think it is, why are they still running around naked after all these years of evolving?!

The 24 Hours of Le Mans: Race Evolution Through the Years

Here's a very cool promotional video for the 2012 Le Mans race:



I like it how the editor mixed footage from older and newer races and managed to kick it up a notch every step of the way.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Breaking news: Ferrari Caught up in a New Spying Scandal

McLaren has accused Ferrari of snapping these spy photos of competitors' ride height, aerodynamics, and especially rear-end exhaust and diffuser design.


No Back Seat = No Accidents!!

This sticker says it all:


So if you are stuck with a car that has a rear seat, you owe it to yourself to take it out.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monaco Grand Prix - Best Cuts in Slow-Mo

Here are some fantastic slow-mo frames from the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix:


Hat Tip to Raphael Orlove

Monday, June 11, 2012

Brakes Shopping Demystified

At one point or another, you probably asked yourself some of the following questions:

What brake pads are the best?
Should I use OEM components?
What causes pad failure?
What is better- Slotted or Drilled Rotors?
Are all performance rotors created equally?
Are Big Brake kits really better?
Can I use racing brake pads on the street?
What makes brake pads work?
What causes Warped Rotors?
What makes my brakes squeak, and how do I fix that?
If you have already found the answers to your questions and know what type of brakes you want, the next step is to figure out where to get them. There are many stores that sell brakes with some claiming to "offer" deals that you know are too good to be true. But, we all know the old adage about deals that are too good to be true, don't we? Really, when it comes down to it, I know the most important thing for driving enthusiasts like ourselves is getting the RIGHT PART, ON TIME, and at a fair price.

So we found a fantastic store that sells a ton of brakes at a fair price. Actually, that's all TopBrakes.com sells: brakes! Their 'brakes-only' business model means you get one of the widest selection of brands anywhere. And their volume purchasing means extra savings for YOU. They have been in business since 2003 and they are one of the Top 5 largest distributors in the U.S. Think of them as the "Tirerack" of brakes. They have over 50,000 brake pads and rotors in-stock and over 92% of their orders are shipped the same day.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Congrats Turner Motorsport on a Fantastic Mid-Ohio Win!!

Congrats Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana and Turner Motorsport on a fantastic Mid-Ohio win!!


Great job holding off the Ferrari in the last few laps after the re-start!

And by the way, is Will Turner picking up yellow hairs or is it just me!?

This is What Happens If You Park a Formula 1 Car in Talladega


On a more realistic note, this reminded me of a story from the 2005 One Lap of America --

Friday, June 8, 2012

Guide to the F1 Canadian Grand Prix

I was looking for some info on the upcoming 2012 F1 Canadian Grand Prix and remembered this article I'd written 5 years ago. It put a smile on my face thinking about the fantastic weekend we'd had at the race. I think the experience would still be very much the same today, even though many of the drivers are different.

The 2007 F1 Canadian Grand Prix

I was lucky to have bought tickets to the Canadian Grand Prix a few months ahead of the race. The event was completely sold out and ticket scalpers were charging more than double the original price for general admission. The major reason? Sensational English rookie Lewis Hamilton had gathered enormous media attention with his pole position and was widely expected to win his first F1 race.

Logistics
Getting to and from the track was very easy considering the size of the event. The Montreal metro is fast, clean, and safe. Ironically, my son Jason liked the subway so much that he thought it would be cool to have lunch at the Subway restaurant located at one of the main stations. It might have had something to do with the checkered flags all around the restaurant but then again, these could be seen all around the city. We drove 5 hours from Boston to the culinary capital of Canada to go eat at Subway?

The Atmosphere
Some sections of downtown Montreal were closed to traffic and packed with people throughout the weekend. The party’s epicenter was right in front of Jacques Villeneuve’s Newtown restaurant on Crescent Street, which was also closed off to traffic with event sponsor booths on both sides of the entire street. You get free chilled Baileys shots from one vendor and then you can sit in an open cockpit car and try out a Canadian Grand Prix simulation game at Honda’s booth right next to it. I had trouble keeping my F1 car on the track – it was just too easy to spin it at lower speed, although the fact that the wait for Baileys was considerably shorter than the wait for the simulation game might have had something to do with it. The packed streets and bar balconies gave Crescent Street almost a Mardi Gras feel. The sight of women of all ages dressed for a great night out and proud to showcase their (not necessarily race) equipment added flare to the party. By the time we left in the evening, the street looked almost as packed as I remember Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras night. See the picture of the 3 girls? This is how you get hooked on Red Bull.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

HPDEs - What Society Thinks I Do

Going back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a driving event tomorrow. Wonder which of the Three Stooges I'll most look like? 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Will We Ever Find out What Caused This Gut-Wrenching 145 MPH Crash at Road America?

Robert Dubler has been a staple driver on the long-running One Lap of America tour, competing in each of the past 12 years. I first met him when I did the One Lap race back in 2005 and he immediately struck me as one of the most charismatic character on the tour: the Clint Eastwood of Switzerland and The Wizard of Oz monikers equally apply. Dubler is also one of the best drivers I have ever met: he was driving a Pontiac Grand Am P.O.S. rental back in 2005 and he was usually running in the top half of a field where well set up cars with 300-400 HP were considered just average.

Needless to say, I was shell-shocked to hear that Dubler had a horrific 145 MPH crash and rolled the car over the fence at Road America during the 2012 One Lap event. How could that be? I've seen him drive and I know what he is capable of. Then I found this intense and absolutely horrifying in-car video of his crash.

What would possess a superbly experienced driver like Dubler to turn his CTS-V wagon deliberately off track at 145 MPH? Look where his car is pointing right before the crash:

NOTE: The owner has removed the video from YouTube.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Name That Caption! (No. 15)


Audi couldn't beat BMW on the ground. Invents flying car to win in the air?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Beautiful 2011 & 2012 Isle of Man Motorcycle Road Race Compilation

This Isle of Man video is beautifully shot and has amazing footage that will give you goose bumps. Speed ranges from tight 25 mph hairpins to an insane 206 mph!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Turner Motorsport Fields a Water Skiing Race Team at Detroit

Amazing shot from practice for the 2012 Detroit round of the Grand Am series with 6" of water on track:

Autocross Videos: Do a Little Dance, Make a Little Love...

Watch some of the fastest cars at BMW CCA Boston Autocross event 2 dance around the cones in this fast slalom, all shot from the same angle: