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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!

 
What Goes Around Comes Around PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 20 July 2015 17:18

It was a tough 7 weeks, but I got there. And while the fight with the insurance company is still not finalised, it was finalised enough to start looking for cars again. And instantly came up with the age-old question of exactly what I was looking for.

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And as much as I hated driving the Prelude again, it has served it’s purpose as reliable transport. The first weekend I drove it again was just like the old days when I first bought it. A flood of happy memories came back, of good times, great people and all the places that Maggie and I had been together. Although this is part of the issue, as this particular car is practically the only link I have to my old married life. In early 2013, that whole chapter of my life closed; I even moved across the country to ensure it was so. But then I needed a car, and the Prelude was there.

 
Forza Jules...RIP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Sunday, 19 July 2015 17:20

A few days ago, Marussia Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi succumbed to the injurues he sustained during last year's Japanese F1 Grand Prix at Suzuka.

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Whlie the circumstances were tragic, and so much of the report and inquest into the incident suggests that the incident was avoidable, it doesn't make it any easier.

I never met Jules. But many of those who did are saddened by his passing. AUTOSPORT's F1 man Edd Straw did, and wrote this touching biography just after the news broke.

Click through to AUTOSPORT to read a story on why Jules could've been the next big thing in F1.

May he Rest in Peace

 
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