Brilliant guy, rubbish CV

Mansell monaco 91 450x285 Brilliant guy, rubbish CV

One of Newey’s best

Adrian Newey is, without doubt, an engineering genius. In a field full of geniuses, he stands out as the smartest guy in the room. Racecar Engineering has done a retrospective of his race cars up to now. Even if you’re not a racing fan. Even if you couldn’t possibly care less about Formula 1, it is worth reading the article if only to note the number of times the word “fired” appears.

This isn’t the only checkered CV of a highly successful person. I can’t help but admire the kind of persistence that borders on obstinate. Time and time again someone told him he wasn’t quite good enough. Time and time again he would pick up the pieces, move on, and then beat the pants off the people who just fired him. That takes sand.

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Cookbook for 1000mph

So if you have any soul at all you are probably just a little bit curious about the Bloodhound SSC and their rocket car. Well now they have a book out detailing the build process. Written by top flight automotive journalist and land speed nutter David Tremayne and the Bloudhound gang. If there’s a gear head in your life who needs a gift, definitely consider the Bloodhound SSC “Secrets of Speed”

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Pretty awesome slideshow of swinging seventies interiors in Boeing 747s.

Now where is the SST for the masses? We’re all still flying around in what are basically 1960′s airframes. Maybe they’ve been spruced up with carbon fiber, and ultra slick glass cockpits, but in reality they’re just evolutions of the airframes Boeing and later Airbus have been pushing out for decades. It’s damn near 2013 and there are no flying cars and air travel is still as slow as it was in 1973. This is un…acceptable.

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My first automotive infatuation

The first Hot Wheels car I ever remember playing with was a Tyrell P34. I didn’t know it at the time -I just thought 6 wheels were cooler than 4- but this car was groundbreaking. F1 team owner Ken Tyrell and his chief designer Derek Gardner were looking to improve the aerodynamic properties of an open wheel car (F1 rules mandates all cars be open wheel). By using four 10-inch wheels they could smooth the airflow over the front of the car. Adding a 2nd axle increased the contact patch of the tires and allowed for a second set of front brake discs, thus increasing the swept surface area.

Tyrell and Gardner were right and the car showed great promise, although lack of development of the 10 inch tires meant they were only able to secure one win. Lack of development of the 10 inch tires, coupled with front brake cooling problems sealed the fate of the P34. But tire problems or not, the P34 will always be remembered as one of the most revolutionary cars ever built.

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“Nothing like how violent it looks”

Shinya Kimura sums up the feeling of both creating and pushing the limits of speed. The serenity of being totally present is the reward.

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How to get hit and run

Hit and runz 6485 450x630 How to get hit and run

I did the getaway driver part. (img by Drimagez)

  1. Get the plate number
  2. Make and model of the other vehicle
  3. Description of the driver (and anyone else)
  4. Note the time

I was involved in a hit-and-run the other day. The hit part, not the run part. All said and done, it was the best possible hit-and-run conceivable, except the runner got away (for now).

This can and does happen to people every day, and the results can vary between petty inconvenience and life-altering event.

There are many things you can’t control in a hit-and run, but if you can, those four things are more important than anything else.

That being said, there should probably be:

0.  Don’t panic. Open your eyes and look around. Is anyone bleeding? Crying? Take care of that shit first.

Assuming nobody is bleeding, nobody is crying, get the plate number and the other details if possible. Those are going to be what the police need to follow through on your report.

And yes, you need to report the crime.

Despite the fact that the running vehicle was totally nicer than my car, looking at the damage, for a minute I thought, Shit, I don’t need to get anyone else involved with this. What about my insurance? It’s not really a big deal.

The problem with that line of thought is that you don’t know if it is a big deal or not, and you can’t, because the other party left. Maybe that car is stolen, maybe it’s fleeing the scene of some other crime, maybe it’s just some kid out joyriding—but you can’t assume that it isn’t a big deal. You gotta call the cops.

Because in a movie, that’s the scene where the plucky kid, fresh from being ‘napped, kicks the steering wheel to cause an accident and draw attention to his situation.

Of course, this was in real life, so the driver was all over the road daytime drinking and didn’t want to lose his license, and hit a stopped car with not one but two people who got the plate and the time, which was next another car that got the plate, the make and the model, while in front of the fire chief. Who also got the plate.

Best possible hit-and-run.

Driver description? Looked like a tinted fucking window.

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