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Burnouts and the Media PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:13

I'll admit that since the 2013 Federal Election that delivered the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party and Ricky Muir a seat in the Senate, I have been very critical of them. (Though admittadly not in these pages) The Party has demonstrated themselves to be devoid of original thought, lacking real policy insight and appear to be basing themselves on the ALP's business model of constant infighting in the belief it will make them a powerful party in the same way.

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However I must say that Senator Muir has said some things that have really impressed me in the last couple of months, and with this post on his website I must admit I liked it so much I am simply linking it.

http://www.senatormuir.org.au/news/the-real-business-of-burnouts

Here, Ricky discusses the differences between street racing and drag racing (something very close to my own heart) and even offers some potential rectification works. He stops short of a full policy discussing how to solve the problem, but the ideas and the beginning are there. Which is a big improvement from even six months ago.

Have a read, what do you think?

 

 

 
Speed Cameras and You PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:09

A mate of mine got busted speeding recently. The fine arrived in the post 18 days after he was detected travelling 63km/h in a 50 zone. But this isn’t what makes the story worth writing about. No, that was what he said next:

I don’t feel like this is a fine for behaving badly. I feel that this is merely additional taxation for using the road.

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It is at this point that I must note that the driver in question has not disputed the validity of the fine – it is for a road he travels on, at a time he could conceivably have been travelling along it, and is a road he believed was a 60 zone. I know the road too, and I wasn’t aware that it was a 50 zone either if I’m completely honest.

 
The Genesis of DragWeek PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:19

Most of you know I'm a bit of a fan of Hot Rod DragWeek, the competition where guys from Hot Rod Magazine run five drag racing events for street cars, at four different tracks, some 1000 miles apart. It's been going since 2005, and the theory is that if you can make a fast lap at each of these tracks, and drive the 1000 miles between them without putting the car on a trailer, changing the engine, or having any help outside of the small trailer you're allowed to tow with the (race) car, then you can call your car a street car.

While the first event was in 2005, it undoubtedly has it's genesis in this event, the 1992 Hot Rod Magazine Fastest Street Car Shootout.

It's not the whole video, but it's an awesome 10 minutes of highlights and totally worth watching if you like fast street cars.

Cheers to the guys at BangShift.com for posting so I could steal their link!

 
The Future of Pro Stock PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 17:27

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I’ve been avoiding talking about motorsport happenings for a while, and I have my reasons for this. But there’s one thing that feel I need to cover and that is the planned changes to NHRA Pro Stock for 2016. In late July the NHRA handed a letter to all Pro Stock teams informing them of 8 changes; 3 of which were to be enforced from the Sonoma Nationals onward (so, a week from when the document was handed out), and the rest for next season. These changes were intended to “increase spectator appeal, to make the class more relevant from a technology standpoint and to enhance the overall pit experience for fans of the class.”

The first three points are simple. Reverse the car into your pit area and let the fans see the engine and the maintenance. Each car gets a label across the top of the windscreen. Crew are not to touch the car during burnouts.

 
Skids! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Friday, 31 July 2015 09:36

I mentioned in the last post that I took the 180SX to the track 15 hours after I'd taken delivery. Well, here is a poorly edited video taken from my cheap imitation GoPro mounted on the car. Enjoy!

 
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