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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.


From The Stands...Bathurst 12 Hour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 20:02

A couple mates and I took the opportunity to road trip up to the recent Bathurst 12 hour. What started as an off-the-cuff remark last November culminated in an epic 7 days of travelling, sight-seeing, junk food, iced coffee, racing and beer drinking. We took our time getting to Bathurst, stopping and viewing all sorts of cool stuff on the way. And because one of the guys was a bit of a military buff, when we just happened to be in Cowra, he insisted that we visit the site of the WWII POW breakout. Which was awesome, and totally worth seeing if you’re in the area.

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Image by Adam/Photogrid. I took some shots with his camera, but we don't know which ones...

I won’t bore you with all the details of the trip itself, as that’s not what this story is about. Suffice to say that a drive of significant distance such as what we did that week is so much easier than it was in the past, thanks largely to improvements in both the cars we drive and the roads we’re driving them on.

Fix Your Car they said... PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 22:04

Go grab a drink, because this is a big one. So big, a number of months have passed since I started to write it, and to be honest the story still isn’t quite done. But anyway, I’ve already told of how I have spent some time driving el Negro, the Sheep and Jack Satriani - but haven’t really said why. Until now that is…


Automotive Media PDF Print E-mail
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:35

As the year that was 2014 draws to close, it is natural to reflect on what has happened in the last little while. Anybody who knows me knows that I'm a bit of a disgruntled car enthusiast, with many things about the "car scene" irritating me no end. And while the fact tha my Silvia is off the road until I can get the thing running again, I'm not bothered that I've missed a dozen or so events with the car.

This morning I stumbled across this little gem. And it sums up one of my most hated trends these days; that of pages existng purely to show off pictures they've found. I don't know who wrote it, but they did a great job 'outing' (for the want of a better word) one of the bigger problems in the "scene". So well done to them.

Follow the link and have a look for yourself.




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