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Driving a 7-second Corvette... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Friday, 29 May 2015 17:22

You may remember that shortly after the 2014 edition of HOT ROD DragWeek I posted a bunch of links to BangShift's series of blogs on what it was like to drive with 5 time winner Larry Larson.

I love the idea of fast street/race cars being driven on the road. So much so that the moment I saw this article I figured I'd share it before I'd even read it. Meh; I enjoyed it so I figure you might too.

Click through to HOT ROD.com for the story on what it's like driving a 7-second Corvette through Toronto.

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used without permission of HotRod.com. But look at it. It's so awesome!

Copyright and Cars PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:30

There's been a lot of noise in the automotive media recently (mainly in the US, naturally) about GM's recent statement around the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Many see this as GM telling enthusiasts that they cannot work on their own cars. The internet (as it does) went into overdrive.

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General Motors Headquarters, Detroit. Photo from wikipedia

While there has been a lot of fearmongering, there has been very little intelligent discussion on the matter.

As such, I will link this article on EngineLabs.com, as it the first balanced story that I've seen. What do you think?



No Words... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:06

It’s an odd feeling that I have right now. You see, I’m driving the Prelude again – the very same one that I’ve owned for over 10 years - for the first time in 2 and a half years. That in itself isn’t so bad, however it’s the reason for why I’m driving it again that irks me no end.

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Loeb, a Citroën, and the Nürburgring Nordschleife PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 17:25

Ever have one of those moments where you simply have to watch that video? This was one of them.

When this link landed today, I couldn't help myself. I just stopped for 9 minutes and watched it. And it was epic.

The World Touring Car Championship returns to the fearsome Nurburgring this weekend, and this footage was taken by Citroën when Seb Loeb was doing a test lap some time in the last few weeks.

Now  I'm not a Nurburgring expert, but I can point out that this is the N24-Hr circuit and not simply the Nordschleife - this layout links the modern GP circuit with the amazing northern loop.

And while not being an expert, I've played this course enough times in the various releases of Gran Turismo to start wincing at certain parts of the track where Loeb hits the brakes at what seems like impossibly late moments. Turn the speakers (or headphones) up and listen to the Citroën engine through the revs, and you'll notice that the thing tags the limiter regularly when the suspension unloads over the many bumps. Areas like the Flugplatz and Karussell are just as distinctive as they are in the game, and the graffiti at places like Sprunghügel and Pflanzgarten is noticable too. (Though you'd expect that, it's real footage - not a game!)

Possibly the craziest thing is that Seb looks relaxed in so many places on the in-car view. Something that I simply can't fathom, because on more than one occasion I was holding my breath wondering if he was going to make the corner.

Click play, turn the speakers up and enjoy. Watch it full screen and in HD if you can. And don't forget to breathe!

Oops... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 18:01

So after nearly 3 months off the airwaves, we are back!

Shortly after the Bathurst 12 Hour story was posted, something went awry and the whole site crashed. I got my IT support onto it straight away, but he is easily distracted by shiny things (and Lego) - and he works for Iced Coffee - so took a bit of time to get to it. Then he had the issue that the host server had been changed, but he couldn't find where to, then some incompitence from that level delayed us further. Thankfully when the crash happened, it was between the database and something else, and not the database itself so we were able to retrieve the whole site as it once was. Yay!

So unfortunately I've missed out on writing about some really good things. But oh well.

It also gave me time to reflect on where this blog fits in my life now. It's certainly not as important as it once was - in former jobs I would use it as an outlet; a way to think about cars and racing when I shouldn't have been if you want to look at it that way. But now I look at motor racing every day, so maybe that aspect isn't as important.

The fact of the matter is that I am still very opinionated, and will still have things that I believe need to be said about the automotive world, so this blog will remain active for now. Though updates may be a little less frequent.



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