Monday, October 26, 2020

Automotive Topic: Chris Harris on... New BMW M4 & M3 Touring (TopGear)

Chris and Jack talk BMW G80M3/4, design, a future touring option and their appeal.

Video courtesy of TopGear.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

What to watch this F1 Weekend (Oct 23rd - Oct 27th)

  • Formula 1 - Portugal Grand Prix; from Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Practice 1. Friday @ 5:55am - 7:30am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Portugal Grand Prix; from Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Practice 2. Friday @ 9:55am - 11:30am (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Portugal Grand Prix; from Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN) live
  • Formula 1 - Portugal Grand Prix; from Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am @ (ESPN2) live
  • Formula 1 - Portugal Grand Prix; from Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Race. Sunday @ (ESPN2) live
  • Bitchin Rides. Mon/Tues/Wed @ 4pm - 5pm (MotorTrend) replays
  • Garage Squad. Mon/Tues/Wed @ 6pm - 7pm (MotorTrend) replays
  • Auto Mundial. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (MotorTrend) 
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (MotorTrend) new
  • Garage Squad. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrend) new
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (MotorTrend) new
  • Bitchin Rides. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (MotorTrend) new
The Eifel Grand Prix had some drama, but not in the way that you'd think before Sunday. Bottas took pole and was riding high after a race win, however, the stars didn't align for him -- while chasing Hams down after swapping tires had a powertrain failure and DNF'd. Max had a great race and finished second, pipping the fastest lap on his final lap by thousandths; he had just about no help from Albon who had another rough weekend and a DNF, leading to talk about his replacement from Helmut Marco. Gasley had another solid performance, taking 6th, but the current talk is that he won't get promoted to race along side Max. Meanwhile Perez is looking sharp and is looking for a seat so the rumors are swirling. The DNF bug was pretty widespread at the 'Ring, with 5 cars getting claimed, including Norris (who did his best Alonso impression afterwards) and Ocon. The best storyline of the day was definitely Ricciardo, taking his first podium for Renault and ensuring at least one tattoo on Cyril's body as result and an ecstatic Renault Team afterwards. Daniel is in an odd place now leaving for McLaren when Renault is coming together. The next best story was Hulkenberg doing another pinch hitting job for the pink Merc's after Stroll fell ill (non-covid apparently). He got the call, made it in time for Qualy, had no time in the car and got the boot in Q1, but then raced well Sunday and finished 8th for 4 championship points. Absolutely fantastic drive, the German media were all over him and it was well deserved. He's also looking for a seat next year. Perez took 4th, Sainz took 5th and Leclerc did well to take Ferrari to 7th. Vettel had another rough weekend and Giovinazzi got his first championship point to the delight of Alfa Romeo. With the checkered flag dropped, Hamilton took his 91st win to match Schumi, Mick gifted Lewis a used helmet on behalf of the family and Merc is on the way to locking up both championships. Lastly Kimi broke the record for the most F1 race starts, with 323; what a career he's had. The 2020 F1 Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Bottas (-69), Verstappen (-83), Ricciardo (-152), Perez (-162), Norris (-165). Algarve will bring a new challenge to the paddock this weekend so it'll be interesting to see how Renault continues to progress, how the mid-field shakes out with updates from Ferrari and McLaren along with how Bottas bounces back, including future engine part penalties. Should be another exciting weekend.

Enjoy your motorsport weekends. 

Video courtesy of Formula1.
Video courtesy of FormulaWorld.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Collector Car Pron: Collecting Rare Porsches - Sport Classic, 911R, 997.2 GT3RS (TheSuperCarDriver)

On this episode of SCD they talk to Spencer, the owner of a 997.2 Porsche Sport Classic, a 997.2 GT3RS and 991 911R. Collecting rare sporty Porsches ain't for greenhorns.

Video courtesy of TheSuperCarDriver.