Thursday, November 15, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Nov 17th - Nov 21st)

  • FIA World Endurance Championship. Shanghai. Saturday @ 9:30pm - 11pm (VelocityHD)
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay 
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of  GoodwoodRoad&Racing.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Automotive Workshop: Do Thicker Anti-Roll Bars And Polybushes Make A Car Faster? (CarThrottle)

On this fifth episode of the E46 330d touring project, upgraded roll bars, control arms and polybushes are installed.


Video courtesy of CarThrottle.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Nov 9th - Nov 13th)

  • Formula 1 - Brazilian Grand Prix; from Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace-Interlagos, San Paolo, Brazil. Practice #1. Friday @ 7:55am - 9:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Brazilian Grand Prix; from Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace-Interlagos, San Paolo, Brazil. Practice #2. Friday @ 11:55am - 1:30pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Brazilian Grand Prix; from Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace-Interlagos, San Paolo, Brazil. Practice #3. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Brazilian Grand Prix; from Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace-Interlagos, San Paolo, Brazil. Qualifying. Saturday @ 11:55am - 1:30pm (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Sebring. Sunday @ 11:50am - 4pm (IMSA.TV) live
  • Formula 1 - Brazilian Grand Prix; from Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace-Interlagos, San Paolo, Brazil.  Race. Sunday @ 12:05pm - 2pm (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin Rides. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
Mexico was full of optimism, dejection, failure, tire graining, success and gratitude. Ricciardo took pole over Verstappen by a few hundredths, but in the race his car gave up on him with about 15 laps to go, smoke out the back. How Verstappen has all the Renault power-unit reliability luck on his side is unknown, but he does. 8 DNFs for Ricciardo this year and there are two races to go. The only driver with worse luck is Alonso, who DNF'd for another race, on his farewell tour, after some debris flying off Ocon's car during mid-field action on lap one lead to damage that eventually forced retirement. Mercedes seems to be reeling in the last two races, tire management falling off quite harshly which has put them at disadvantage behind Ferrari and Red Bull. Ferrari and Merc were looking at Red Bull rear wings as Mexico's altitude makes it more aero-focused than power-focused, bringing Verstappen victory for a second year in a row. Raikkonen had another solid outing, taking third on the podium after Bottas' tires fell off a cliff late in the race when a one stop didn't seem to be possible for the Silver Arrows. Perez, fighting for a solid one stop points finish DNF'd after his car let go heading into the last 1/3rd of the race, disappointingly in front of his home crowd. Vettel, finished second after a great drive following a less than ideal Q3, close to keeping the Driver's Championship delayed for another race -- but in the end he was a class act and congratulated Hams on the accomplishment. Brazil is another technical track that does reward power so we'll see if Merc tightens things up with upgrades or if Ferrari and Red Bull continue shine late. Three way manufacturer battles definitely make things more interesting; 2019 should be a great year for racing fans if the Honda power unit proves as effective as Helmut Marco believes it will be.

Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of EvolveAutomotive.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Nov 6th - Nov 7th)

  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Season 5 Ep5. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of carwow.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Current Events: McLaren Speedtail: Global Reveal (Carfection)

McLaren has a new ultimate series car model and it's a hybrid monster. Limited production, 1000bhp, ~2M GBP pricetag and 250+ MPH top speed. Gotta love near-budgetless engineering. I know many of you car heads will see another hybrid hypercar when you look at this cars design (Koenigsegg-ahem); I'm hoping is one of the bigger car shows will feature both the Speedtail and the Regera up against one another once the Speedtail hits the street.


Video courtesy of TopGear.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Oct 26th - Oct 31st)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Mexico; from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Practice 1. Friday @ 10:55am - 12:30pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Mexico; from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Practice 2. Friday @ 2:55pm - 4:30pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Mexico; from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Practice 3. Saturday @ 10:55am - 12pm (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Mexico; from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Qualifying. Saturday @ 1:55pm - 3:30pm (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Mexico; from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Race. Sunday @ 2:55pm - 5pm (ABC(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Season 5 Ep4. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep10. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
What more can you say about the last F1 weekend besides, what a weird, but unexpectedly satisfying race in Austin last week. Hams finished third, Vettel finished fourth (after spinning again touching front wheels with another car mid-turn), Bottas finished fifth (which really made Toto snap his pencil), Verstappen had a hell of a drive to take second place, finally getting on the podium in the USGP and everyone's favorite, Kimi Raikkonen, took his first win since 2013. Kimi earned it and was fortunately in a place where the team couldn't force a switch of positions for the sake of team points. The Red Bulls were really fast with the Spec C engine, but Ricciardo had some electrical failure leading to his car turning off on it's own, mid-race; unfortunately he's staying with his engine supplier with his move to Renault for the next two years. The Point Force India's where in a train for most of the race (sound familiar?) and Ocon finished ahead of Perez, only to be DQ'd later due to exceeding fuel flow limits on lap 1. Magnussen got DQ'd for exceeding the 105kg race fuel limit. Even with both of them taken out of the points Vandoorne still missed out on the points. Alonso DNF'd after car damage from lap one melee came back to bite him laps later, Grosjean and LeClerc met similar ends from contact with others. With the smoke cleared, Hamilton is another 3 points up on Vettel so he now needs 5 points to claim the Driver's Championship. Vettel can stay in the mix if he wins the last 3 races. Ferrari made up about 12 points on Merc in the Constructors Championship. On to Mexico. Viva Kimi!
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of savagegeese.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Oct 19th - Oct 24th)

  • Formula 1 - US Grand Prix; from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Practice 1. Friday @ 10:55am - 12:30pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - US Grand Prix; from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Practice 2. Friday @ 2:55pm - 4:30pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - US Grand Prix; from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Practice 3. Saturday @ 1:55pm - 3pm (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - US Grand Prix; from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Qualifying. Saturday @ 4:55pm - 6pm (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - US Grand Prix; from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Race. Sunday @ 1:30pm - 4pm (ABC(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Season 5 Ep3. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep9. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
Since I didn't get around to a recap last week, we'll quickly revisit the last two races, both at Sochi and Sazuka. Sochi will be quick; Merc was fast again, Bottas taking pole for a second year in a row, but Verstappen was flying in the race which sped up Merc's decision to swap places between Bottas and Hamilton -- a decision that neither of them was comfortable with, but made the most big picture sense in terms of the Driver's Championship. Bottas switched to second for the last third and ended up becoming a buffer for Verstappen whose car made it to the flag, unlike his teammates, while still suffering a strange driveability problem which effectively didn't ruin his race. Switching to Sazuka and the season outlook, what more can you say besides Ferrari is just about out of both the Driver's and Constructors Championships. The season could be decided for the Drivers Championship this weekend in Austin, TX, where Hams is quite strong. Vettel has made some questionable moves in retrospect, in some recent races that may have cost him pretty big this year. Hams meanwhile hasn't set a foot wrong and they've made up whatever advantage Ferrari has had earlier in the season, with interest. Ferrari's upgrades don't seem to be working for top overall race pace and when it comes down to in-race execution, it hasn't been great at times. Verstappen is on a roll of podiums, very strong and fast as of late, Ricciardo finally had a good result in Japan, taking 4th behind his teammate and the Ferrari's finished 5th and 6th. Bottas took second for yet another race; I'm sure he's looking forward for the last few races of the season after the Championship is decided to see if he can get a victory under his belt. Ricciardo is looking to make a mark before he departs Red Bull and I'm sure has had words with his new employer concerning Renault power-unit woes. Ocon had a points finish which he'll continue working to replicate in hopes of not taking a full season off sans drive. Heading into the USGP, the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-78), Bottas (-124), Raikkonen (-135), Verstappen (-158), Ricciardo (-181). This should be another great race at COTA, a technical and flowing track that allows plenty of overtaking and rewards big power.
Enjoy your weekends.




Video courtesy of Autosport.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Oct 12th - Oct 17th)

  • WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Petit Le Mans, from Road Atlanta. Saturday @ 10:30am - 12pm (FS1(HD)), 12pm - 9:30pm (FS2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Season 5 Ep2. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep8. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
We have the finale of the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship this weekend in the Petit Le Mans, as all of the teams fight for championship and race wins along with entry into the 2019 24hrs of Le Mans.
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of Porsche.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Neo-Vintage Motorsport Topic: 1974 Lancia Stratos Group 4: Sliding The Rally Queen (Petrolicious)

This feature brings us the story of Lancia Stratos enthusiast who just happens to be grizzled international motorsport racer. Let's meet Erik Comas and his Lancia Stratos Group 4 car. Turn it up.


Video courtesy of Petrolicious.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Oct 4th - Oct 10th)

  • Formula 1 - Japanese Grand Prix; from the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. Practice 1. Thursday @ 8:55pm - 10:30pm (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Japanese Grand Prix; from the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. Practice 2. Friday @ 12:55am - 2:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Japanese Grand Prix; from the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. Practice 3. Friday @ 10:55pm - 12am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Japanese Grand Prix; from the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. Qualifying. Saturday @ 1:55am - 3am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Japanese Grand Prix; from the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. Race. Sunday @ 1:05am - 3am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Season 5 Premier. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep7. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
Didn't get a chance to watch Russia GP yet so I'll recap next time around. All you need to know is the season is winding down and every race is critical for Ferrari and Mercedes. Suzuka is one of the more technical tracks out there and Honda is looking to bring upgrades to all of the teams leveraging their power units.
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of GoodwoodRoad&Racing.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Sept 28th - Oct 3rd)

  • Formula 1 - Russian Grand Prix; from the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. Practice 1. Friday @ 3:55am - 6am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Russian Grand Prix; from the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. Practice 2. Friday @ 7:55am - 10am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Russian Grand Prix; from the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. Practice 3. Saturday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Russian Grand Prix; from the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. Qualifying. Saturday @ 7:55am - 9:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Russian Grand Prix; from the Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. Race. Sunday @ 7am - 10:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) replays
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep6. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
Singapore was another important and exciting race. I think the most significant thing that came out of Singapore was that Red Bull was really fast, but Mercedes via Hamilton proved much faster than anyone expected and Ferrari couldn't match it despite their best efforts. Qualy was the same story as the actual race. You would assume Ferrari would show race pace and chase Hamilton down, but that's not what really happened. Whatever Merc is doing to improve show corner pace seems to be working, and it's lead to some larger gaps between Hams and Vettel, along with Merc and Ferrari as constructors. Verstappen was quick and was faster than even Vettel with his Renault powertrain around the streets of Singapore. Ricciardo was also quick and thankfully his car didn't let him down so he finished 6th -- Fernando was in a similar boat, where his car didn't fail him; he finished 7th.

The biggest talking point from this race was Sergio Perez. He was involved with two major incidents in this race, the first being putting Ocon in the wall on lap one (which looked like more of a racing incident and an optimistic outside line attempt by Ocon, but the cynical among us have doubts) and later a high-speed incident with Sirotkin -- the latter seeming to be clearly the result of him being frustrated and complaining that the Williams wasn't getting out of the way after his poorly timed pit stop put him behind him after running in the top ten. The Williams Merc power kept Sirotkin ahead of Perez everywhere it mattered and it eventually boiled over. This resulted in Perez ramming his car into him during an attempted pass on lap 33 that looked like it wouldn't stick; for this second incident he was penalized 5 seconds. However, he had to pit as well due to a puncture that resulted. These two incidents lead to the team potentially getting a double points finish to snake eyes, plus a damaged car. Plenty of F1 talking heads and fans were calling for a race ban given the seeming deliberate dangerous action at very high speed. Point Force India is trying to get as many points as they can after the re-entry into the F1 field a couple races ago, but this is quite the setback which will make the new ownership think much harder about keeping Perez in the lineup for 2019.

With the checkered flag dropped, the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-40), Raikkonen (-107), Bottas (-110), Verstappen (-133), Ricciardo (-155). The other notable is that Alonso is in 8th spot and Merc has a 37pt lead over Ferrari. Sochi Autodrom is another technical track that typically favors Red Bull and Ferrari, but Merc has had a strong run since this track was added to the calendar. This weekend will be absolutely critical for Ferrari to make a run at both Chips.
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Enthusiast Topic: Fairlady Z06: The V8 Datsun Reimagined (HoonigansBonus)

On this episode of Hoonigans Bonus, Larry Chen interviews the owner (Tyler Powell) of a pretty nutty build which takes a C6 Z06 V8 drivetrain and mates it to a early 70's Datsun 240Z. Meet the Fairlady Z06.


Video courtesy of HoonigansBonus.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Sept 23rd - Sept 26th)

  • DTM. 2018 action from Spielberg. Sunday @ 2pm - 4pm (CBSSN(HD)) same-day delayed airing
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Tuesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep5. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of GoodwoodRoad&Racing.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Current Events: BMW M2 Competition 2019 review | better than a Porsche 718 Cayman? (Autocar)

Matt tests the BMW M2 Competition to see if it can hang with the benchmark, the Porsche 718 Cayman S.


Video courtesy of Autocar.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Automotive Workshop: Can A BMW E46 330d Keep Up With An E92 M3 On Track? (CarThrottle)

On this new project car series, the Car Throttle team looks to take an E46 330d wagon to the one lap pace of an E92M3, on a very technical track in the UK.


Video courtesy of CarThrottle.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Sept 14th - Sept 19th)

  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:25am - 6am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:25am - 10am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Practice 3. Friday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live/delayed airing
  • Formula 1 - Singapore Grand Prix; from the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. Race. Sunday @ 8am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Bitchin' Rides. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep4. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Monza was electric from start to finish and it left a lot of rumors swirling about next years remaining driver lineup shuffles. Qualy was a true shoot out between the teams with power; Ferrari and Merc battled it out -- teammates were looking for friendly tows on the straights and the final hot lap of Q3 had Hams, Vettel and Kimi crossing the line in order, each out pacing the prior by just a little bit. Iceman capturing his first pole in over ten years was a great highlight for the Tifosi and this grizzled vet, especially with all the talk of him being out next season in favor of LeCLerc (since I wrote this, it has actually happened and following that Kimi has signed a 2yr deal with Sauber, his first F1 team -- see vid below). This lead to an all Ferrari front row in Italy for the first time years; Hams in third spot looking to be aggressive early to try making some headway on Ferrari's edge.

The race started out with drama early, Hams following a gap that opened when Kimi was  being moved on by Vettel into turn one, took the long way around and Vettel appeared to get desperate and tried pinching Hams off after he was ahead. Oddly enough, what would typically lead to the hit car getting turned around, lead to the opposite. Vettel spun around, which put him back in the field. There was some other melee during lap one which lead to a yellow flag, so Vettel hit the pits for softs and got back out there with the hopes of it being his only necessary pitstop. Kimi and Hams on the supersofts kept pushing ahead, but Kimi never got real separation from Hamilton, which was strange to see given the previous races. While Merc brought some minor updates to Monza I believe this was more the result of how Monza is designed; there aren't many turns where following closely is penalized by the wake of the leading car. The straights give benefits of both tow and DRS for those within 1 sec, so this lead to less separation the edge Ferrari had over Mercedes. Hams and Kimi both pitted and went onto softs and Verstappen and Bottas battled late for the final podium spot. Vettel and his pit made a smart decision to stop around lap 32 for a second time, to get back onto supersofts to make up some time on the cars ahead on pold softs. This strategy worked out ok for him; he ended up finishing in fourth, due to a 5 second penalty given to Verstappen for getting his elbows a bit too wide while trying to hold off an advancing Bottas into turn 1 at the end of the main straight, touching tires with Bottas, while he was being edged off the track. Verstappen was furious, but made a decision to keep Bottas behind him to make a point, rather than left Bottas go ahead and possibly hold onto the fourth spot by letting Bottas tow him to quicker lap times. By the end of the race, Vettel was just over 3 seconds behind Verstappen which was a big help in countering what happened with Hams' race.

Kimi pitted earlier than Hamilton and got back out to put in purple laps to make up on time when Hams came in for his softs -- but there was another factor in play during this window of opportunity; Bottas was on the track ahead of Raikkonen when he came out of the pits, still on his initial set of tires. Bottas kept Kimi behind him for about 5 laps, through Hamilton's pitstop, making a Ferrari sammich before pitting for his own podium race against Verstappen, during which Kimi worked really hard to get by, unsuccessfully. Simultaneously, Hams stayed out for a few laps more and burned up his supersofts running great laps to try getting a gap on Kimi to come out the pit ahead. While Hams wasn't successful in getting out ahead of Kimi, Kimi over worked his new softs early while trying to eat up Hamilton's strategy and later trying to pass Bottas. This ended up biting him in the ass late -- Hamilton took care of his softs much better, which allowed him to overtake Kimi with a few laps left in the GP. Kimi's rears looked terrible with ten laps to go and he had to manage them to avoid delamination in the final lap.

In the end Hamilton won Monza from outside of pole, the first time this has ever happened, Merc took a slightly bigger lead in the constructors and Hams stretched his lead. Kimi was praised by the Tifosi on the podium and mysteriously Bottas never got interviewed. There were some significant DNF's too; Grosjean got DQ'd after finishing 8th due to a rules violation involving his floor that the Haas team didn't get corrected (and a rival team reportred), Ricciardo looked pretty good early, making his way through deep in the field after power unit penalties, just to have another smokey failure early in the race. Alonso had another mechanical failure (surprising, I know) and Hartley got pinched by two racers heading into turn 1 and had his front right wheel hub broken off. With Singapore on the menu the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-30), Raikkonen (-92), Bottas (-97), Verstappen (-126), Ricciardo (-138).

Enjoy your weekends

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Sept 9th - Sept 12th)

  • World Challenge. GT Racing from Watkins Glen. Saturday @ 12pm - 1pm (CBSSN(HD) delayed airing from 9/1-9/2
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Laguna Seca. Sunday @ 5pm - 8pm (FS1(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep3. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

What to watch this Labor Day Weekend (Aug 31st - Sept 5th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Italy; from Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 Ep2. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Last week at Spa we had a lot of news break with drivers (both those with seats, those leaving seats and those needing a seat) and a wild run-up to Sunday's race with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez taking P3 and P4, respectively in Qualy, after it began raining at the end of Q2. Hams took the pole, seemingly out sniping Vettel for final drying lap runs as Kimi had to come back into the pits never to go back out. Ferrari still had the edge on pace and the race showed just that. The race started with a turn one incident eventually leading to five retirements; Ricciardo was rear-ended and put a front wing into the back of Kimi, damaging the iceman's RR tire and rear wing -- Kimi eventually retired after what appeared to be a DRS flap failure after a longish pitstop. Ricciardo's rear end damage lead to an emergency rear wing assembly swap which got him square again, but he was a lap down on everyone. Red Bull were gambling on a potential second safety car, that never came so they retired the car late to save the drivetrain. Meanwhile Alonso was rear ended a little further up ahead in the same turn one melee, by a surging Hulkenburg who could get on the brakes hard enough, which flipped Alonso over the top of LeClerc, all three retiring immediately afterwards. While all this was going on, Verstappen made hay, dispatching the two Point Force India cars as the first third of the GP unfolded. Vettel power slip-streamed Hamilton into the straight to Le Comb, after Hams got a great start, and took the lead never to relinquish it again. The halo on LeClerc's car did its job beautifully and no one was injured. The order settled a bit as the race unfolded, Hamilton seeming to settle into second rather than wear out his powertrain trying to chase Vettel down after they both made their first pit stop. With the checkered flag dropped,  Vandoorne finished last (expectedly from back weekend performance) in his home GP, Red Bull rounded out the podium, the Haas boys followed up new-old Force India team who got their first points of the race season after the ownership change over. The Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-17), Raikkonen (-85), Bottas (-87), Vertstappen (-111), Ricciardo (-113). The orange army cheered on Verstappen, finally getting a great result without bad luck for the first time; Hams looked worried about the power deficit to the latest Ferrari power unit upgrade heading into another power circuit, Monza, and Ferrari looks strong. Monza should be a season-impacting showdown.

Enjoy your holiday weekends.

Video courtesy of Porsche.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Enthusiast Topic: This Lady Built A Secret Porsche Collection (CarThrottle)

CT brings us a look at a lovely Porsche Collection and it's owner's story; that of Lisa Taylor.


Video courtesy of CarThrottle.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 24th - Aug 29th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Practice 1. Friday @ 8am - 9:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Practice 2. Friday @ 8am - 9:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Practice 3. Saturday @ 8am - 9:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8am - 9:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Belgium; from circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Race. Sunday @ 7:30am - 10:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Garage Squad. Season 5 premier. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
We return to F1 this weekend following two strong GP outings by Merc in Germany and Hungary; the story of Hungary was much different that of Germany; Hams took pole, got a great start in the race and pretty much lead from the front through the checkered flag. Ferrari wasn't as fast in the single lap despite Merc giving them all the credit in the world for having the fastest overall package, but tire wear came into play and Merc seemed to be as good if not a touch better on tires, which is unusual. Bottas got into a bit of trouble late into the race, with contact to Ricciardo on a hairpin when he lost front end grip on old tires, which ended up moving him back three spots from where he started the race, taking fifth. Ricciardo played a good tire strategy, going back onto hypersofts late to make up ground on the front-runners going long on the softs via one-stopper. The Ferrari boys did well as always and Kimi ended up getting passed by Vettel as he worked through his own strategy during the race. Verstappen was let down by his gearbox giving him another DNF. In the end, Vettel had some good damage control, Merc stretched the Constructor's lead to 9 and Hamilton stretched his Driver's lead to 24, which will likely come in handy sooner than later. In more important future news, Ricciardo has signed with Renault for 2019, which has firmed up the lineup for yet another team. Red Bull needs to find a driver who could be Sainz given they have an option on him, but they could pull from Toro Rosso as well. Alonso has also finally decided to walk away from McLaren after this season seemingly to chase the last leg of the career Motorsport Trifecta, the IndyCar Indy500. Spa will help folks distinguish themselves more for the remaining seats along with most teams beginning 2019 development efforts. The current Driver's Standing are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-24), Raikkonen (-67), Bottas (-81), Ricciardo (-95), Verstappen (-108). Spa should be another great race; it's a power track so Ferrari will try to get back in control of the podium, Red Bull will try to get as many points as possible with strong strategy and rain dancing, Merc is going to try to stretch this lead and the Orange-clad Max fans will be packed in the stands to cheer their boy on in his defacto home GP.

Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Autosport.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Enthusiast Topic: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C vs Porsche 911 Carrera T (Autocar)

Dan pits two of the top mid-range sports cars against one another -- the Mercedes-AMG GT C and the Porsche 911 Carrera T.


Video courtesy of Autocar.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 19th - Aug 22rd)

  • FIA WEC. 6-Hours of Silverstone. 2018 action from Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire. Sunday @ 6:30am - 8am (race start), 12pm - 1:30pm (race finish) (VelocityHD) live
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship - From VIR in Alton, Virginia. Sunday @ 1pm - 2pm (FS1(HD)), 2pm - 4pm (FS2(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • JDM Legends. Wednesday @ 7pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season2 Ep10. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Carwow.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 10th - Aug 15th)

  • DTM. 2018 action from Brands Hatch. Sunday @ 1pm - 3pm (CBSSN(HD) same-day delayed airing
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season2 Ep9. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Porsche.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (Aug 5th - Aug 8th)

  • IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship - From Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Sunday @ 2:30pm - 5:30pm (FS1) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season2 Ep8. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of BMWuk.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (July 27th - Aug 1st)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Practice 3. Friday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Hungary; from the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Pirelli World Challenge. 2018 GT action from Portland. Sunday @ 5pm - 7pm (CBSSN(HD)) delayed airing from 7/14
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD)
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Season10 Ep6. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season2 Ep7. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
So about that race in Germany...what a strategy gambling intensive Grand Prix; we had rain, we had mechanical failures, we had overtaking, we had cheers, tears and offs. Hamilton pushed way too hard in Q2 and seemingly damaged his gearbox, hydraulic failure sticking him in a single gear. This forced him to a starting position of P14 (softs) on Sunday. Vettel had a crazy qualifying run in his home GP, taking pole by 2 tenths over an outstanding lap by Valteri. This lead directly into the race; Ferrari on the front two rows, Verstappen in fourth (Ricciardo starting from the back (mediums) with new engine parts). Ferrari started well as always and the top positions were relatively unchanged. Meanwhile Ricciardo and Hams had to work their way through the field, which they both did; by about lap 20, Hamilton was up to 6th and Ricciardo was in 10th with an overtake on LeClerc. Things continued from there for the next 10-15 laps and then things got interesting; the rain in the forecast was scheduled to arrive around lap 44. Accordingly, Hamilton who had worked his way into the top five stayed out hoping to see what would come, while the leaders who already one stopped onto softs just before lap 20 were over 20 laps old and starting to get a bit scraggly. Then on lap 42 Merc decide to pit Lewis and put him on ultrasofts, betting on the rain being light in enough on most of the track to support much faster lap times to allow him to catch the front runners. His lap pace showed well, gaining about 2secs a lap on Vettel in P1. Then the rain started -- light over all, but enough to coat the road surface in a few places that inspired the mid-tier teams to gamble; Alonso, Verstappen and Grosjean came in for inters, one of the Torro Rosso's even came in for full wets. As lap 50 came closer folks began to understand the error in their gambles; Hamilton was closing the gap on the leaders still and folks with wet tires were shredding them on the dry tarmac. But it wasn't dry everywhere; Vettel put his Ferrari in the barrier on a seemingly innocuous approach to Sachs corner; he lost the front end, corrected and skidded into the gravel, gently tapping into the DHL logo, but beaching himself regardless. A gutting error, but his softs were old and the greasy track wasn't a good combo. 

The ultrasofts became the clear tire of choice during the following safety car while they got Vettel's car moved. At this point Hams took over P1 during the pitstops and Verstappen's mistake of a inter gamble (30+ sec gap) was nullified. With about 10 laps left the field bunched up behind the safety car, Hams with the oldest ultrasofts of all the front runners, with his primary suitor being Bottas right behind him with fresh rubber. The safety car pulled away and Bottas was on Hams tail like white on rice; it appeared Hamilton's tires were colds and the delta in youth was the difference in grip. Hams defended while he worked his tires up to temp, but before that happened Bottas got team orders to hold position. This is how the race ended; Hams, winning a grand prix from 14th (miracle in itself), Bottas finishing where he started in second and the same for Raikkonen in third and Verstappen in 4th. Bottas has had some terrible luck this year, DNFs abound, but when he actually has finished races he's finished second; he's hungry for a victory and I really hope his position in the drivers championship doesn't keep him from getting one he has the ability to fight for this season. While it looked like Hamilton may have been able to catch him one his tires were up to temp, you never know with all the tire wear that occurs when following, especially with two evenly matched cars. Ah well, until next time. Ricciardo's new engine parts had another failure so a DNF for him, unfortunately. 

With the checkered flag dropped, the drivers championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-16), Raikkonen (-57), Bottas (-66), Ricciardo (-82), Verstappen (-83). Mercedes-AMG has taken the constructors championship lead back from Ferrari (+8) with this 1-2 victory at their home GP, which was the most important thing for the team. Now we're headed to Hungary where strong aero teams like Red Bull are strong and Merc will wan to try reestablishing its position against a strong Ferrari power unit and more importantly strong overall package. It should be interesting to see who can get the upper hand before the Summer break.

Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of Porsche.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Neo-Vintage Feature: Lamborghini Espada Joins Islero In Matching Metallic Wonderland (Petrolicious)

Philip Moffat shares with us two lovely FR Lamborghini GT cars from his collection, in the same lovely Verde Padillo metallic color -- the Espada and the Islero.


Video courtesy of Petrolcious.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Automotive Workshop: How Much Power Does My MX-5 V6 Engine Make On The Dyno? (CarThrottle)

The MX-5 project moves on from the stock I4 in favor of a Jaguar V6 with some performance potential.


Video courtesy of CarThrottle.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (July 20th - July 25th)

  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am -11am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55a - 7:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  •  Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship - From Lime Rock Park. Saturday @ 4pm - 7pm (FS1) same-day delayed airing
  •  Formula 1 - Grand Prix of Germany; from the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD)
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Season10 Ep5. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season2 Ep6. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
We find ourselves heading to Germany for the next round of F1, a week after three back to back races. The first of the three was won by Lewis Hamilton after Merc brought an upgraded power unit to France. The second of three was won by Max Verstappen in Austria after Merc brought aero upgrades which made them fast, but in spite of that pace suffered mechanical failures on both cars for a quite costly double DNF, all while Ferrari continued to rack up points. The last of the three races was won by Vettel in his Ferrari at Silverstone, after Hams took pole only to be spun around by a hard charging Kimi on lap one of his home grand prix. Hams made a miraculous push back to finish on the podium in second, but could only limit the damage so much since Vettel took the checkered flag. Heading into Vettel's home grand prix, Ferrari leads the Manufacturers Championship and the Driver's Championship standings are as follows: Vettel, Hamilton (-8), Raikkonen (-55), Ricciardo (-65), Bottas (-67), Verstappen (-88). All to play for this weekend, Red Bull still looking quite strong, Mercedes looking to bounce back in their home Grand Prix and Vettel and Ferrari look to stretch the lead over the Silver Arrows. Should be another great one.
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of SportAuto.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

What to watch this Weekdend (July 15th - July 18th)

  • DTM. 2018 action from Zandvoort. Sunday @ 2pm - 4pm (CBSSN(HD)) same-day delayed airing
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Season10 Ep4. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season2 Ep5. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of LivingLifeFast.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Neo-Vintage Feature: Alfa Romeo 75 V6 vs BMW 325i - Classics dubbeltest - English subtitles (Autoweek)

Autoweek brings us a classic car review of two european contemporaries; the BMW 325i and the Alfa Romeo 75 V6.


Video courtesy of Autoweek.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (July 6th - July 11th)

  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Practice 3. Saturday @ 5:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - British Grand Prix; from Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11:30am (ESPN(HD)) live
  • WSCC - IMSA action from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Sunday @ 4pm - 7pm (FS1(HD)) same-day delayed airing
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Season10 Ep3. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season2 Ep4. Wednesday @ 9pm - 10pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of Porsche.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Enthusiast Topic: 650 BHP ESS SUPERCHARGED *MANUAL* E90 BMW M3 (LivingLifeFast)

LLF looks at Anthony's supercharged E90M3 -- setup pretty nicely for moderate track work.


Video courtesy of LLF.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

What to watch this Independence Day Weekend (June 29th - July 4th)

  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Practice 1. Friday @ 4:55am - 7am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Practice 2. Friday @ 8:55am - 11am (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Practice 3. Friday @ 5:55am - 7:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Qualifying. Saturday @ 8:55am - 10:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Six hours of the Glen. From Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York. Sunday @ 9:30am - 4pm (FS1(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Austrian Grand Prix; from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Race. Sunday @ 9:05am - 11:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 10pm - 10:30pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Speed Is The New Black. Min-marathon. Wednesday @ 8pm - 3am (VelocityHD) replays

We have back to back to back races with the second leg being Austria this weekend. Red Bull has decided to go with Honda power in 2019 and 2020 so this will be the last year running Renault. While they're leaving Renault, it's a bet on the future as they won 4 manufacturers and drivers championships with the old N/A 3.0L V8 powerplants. Honda looks to be stronger with the next generation of power unit but time will tell if that actually pans out. Meanwhile Merc looks like it's in much better shape with the upgraded powerplant, Hams taking qualy and the race win in France without much competition, primarily because Valteri keeps having terrible fortune, this past weekend getting tagged and tire punctured by Vettel into turn 2. The French driver contingent had three on offer for the return to Circuit Paul Ricard, but Ocon and Gasley took each other out in the lap 1 melee that caught many folks out with damage. McLaren looked woeful again, but Alonso seemed more comfortable with that Le Mans win on his mantle. Bottas salvaged the day to gain points so they've stretched the Constructors lead ever so slightly. The Red Bull duo put out a great effort, helping the team and their drivers fortify their points. Grosjean missed out on the points in his home GP, rounding out the French driving contingent. Leclerc made Q3 for the first time and was competitive all weekend; apparently teams are taking notice of his skills. With the flag dropped the Drivers Championship standings are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-14), Ricciardo (-29), Bottas (-33), Raikkonen (-63), Verstappen (-78). Austria is another power track so we'll see if Merc still has the edge with their most recent upgrade and if Red Bull can finally make a good showing at their home track. Don't forget IMSA sportscar racing at historic Watkins Glen!

Enjoy your motorsport infused Independence Day weekends.


Video courtesy of DougDeMuro.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Enthusiast Topic: Borrowing My Friends One-Off Ferrari 599 GTO! (CarsWithLuke)

Luke putts around local and mountain roads in a friend's special edition Ferrari 599 GTO.


Video courtesy of CarsWithLuke.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Neo-Vintage Feature: 1959 Porsche 356A: A Phoenix Rises From A Tractor Barn (Petrolicious)

Petrolicious looks at an enthusiast father and son duo who restored a Porsche 356A shell in their shed, over 7yrs, to a running, driving, customized and finished coupe of epic proportions.


Video courtesy of Petrolicious.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (June 22nd - June 27th)

  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Practice 1. Friday @ 5:55am - 8am (ESPNU(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Practice 2. Friday @ 9:55am - 12pm (ESPNU(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Practice 3. Saturday @ 6:55am - 8:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live  
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Qualifying. Saturday @ 9:55am - 11:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - French Grand Prix; from Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Race. Sunday @ 10:05am - 12:30pm (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Season 10 premier. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season 2 Ep3. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
It's been a couple busy weekends and I haven't watch the Canadian GP yet, was watching the 24Hrs of Le Mans and cleaning cars last weekend, so no recap for this week. We have two F1 races coming up back to back, starting with Canada, so I should have another in mid-July. I'll be smoking like a mofo this weekend so check my IG starting...today actually.

Enjoy your motorsport weekends.


Video courtesy of TopGear.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

What to watch this 24hrs of Le Mans Weekend (June 14th - June 20th)

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans - 86th running of the legendary race for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Live from Le Mans, France. Saturday @ 8am - Sunday 9:30am (Velocity(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • JDM Legends. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season 2 Ep2. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your motorsport weekends.


Video courtesy of NM2255CarHDVideos.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Current Events: New BMW Z4 prototype review - a proper rival for the Porsche Boxster? (AutoExpress)

Steve checks out the all new BMW Z4, in pre-production form. This chassis is the base for the upcoming Toyota Supra as well.


Video courtesy of AutoExpress.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (June 7th - June 13th)

  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 insane action from the infamous Isle. Thursday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Practice 1. Friday @ 9:55am - 12pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Practice 2. Friday @ 1:55pm - 4pm (ESPNU(HD)) live
  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 insane action from the infamous Isle. Friday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Practice 3. Saturday @ 10:55am - 12:30pm (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Qualifying. Saturday @ 1:55pm - 3:30pm (ESPNNews(HD)) live
  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 insane action from the infamous Isle. Saturday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Formula 1 - Canadian Grand Prix; from Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, Canada. Race. Sunday @ 1:30pm - 4:30pm (ABC(HD)) live
  • Pirelli World Challenge. Action from VIR. Sunday @ 6pm - 7pm (CBSSN(HD)) delayed airing from 4/28
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • JDM Legends. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Speed Is The New Black. Season 2 Ep1. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
We're in Canada this weekend for the next round of F1 action for 2018, but Monaco was pretty interesting weekend for several reasons. RedBull Racing came into the weekend as the favorites, being the best with aero on slow corners and Monaco being the least dependent on power, of all the calendar's circuits. Ricciardo was confident and rightly so. Meanwhile, Verstappen was also quite fast, but ended up repeating the exact same accident that he had in 2016 (breaking his front suspension on turn 15 by cutting it too closely and going straight into the barrier on turn 16) at the worst of all times, late in FP3. Hamilton was quick, but not quick enough, however he was able to start in 3rd position for the GP. Ferrari was still fast and with Verstappen in the back of the field for the start of the race and out of qualy, Vettel took the runner up spot to Ricciardo's blistering record-smashing qualifying lap (1:10.810). The actual race was more of the same; the top six spots of qualifying matched the race finishing order (all the way down to Ocon in 6th), as track position is king on this circuit. Unfortunately, Alonso's Memorial Day weekend woes continued with his inability to finish another race in succession on this weekend. Last year it was the Indy500 while leading late, this year another mechanical failure on his F1 car (gearbox this time around). The silver lining of this is that this is amazingly the first DNF of the season which is head and shoulders above of last season's results. Also he got an endurance race win at the 6hrs of Spa earlier in May, which has to be some consolation. Ocon raced well, finished 6th and also played nice in the Mercedes manufacturer game by not impeding the races of Hams and Bottas during pit cycles, as this was the first race to feature the pink-walled hypersoft tires. Red Bull Racing put all their chips on this stickiest of the icky tire choice, and only had a set of ultrasofts to meet regulation during the race. Mercedes played with the ultras to see if they could be just as fast with them in Q2, but unfortunately they took too long to get up to temp so the hypersofts were also their optimum tire of the weekend. Verstappen did his best to make up for his late error to his team, by passing early and often, maxing out (no pun intended) in P9 during the race, but was able to get a few points to add onto Daniels 25. With the checkered flag dropped, Ricciardo celebrated with a shoey, Vettel sprayed the royals with champagne and the drivers standings are now as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-14), Ricciardo (-38),  Bottas (-42), Raikkonen (-50), Verstappen (-75). Canada is a power track, so Ferrari and Merc are looking to get back on track, no pun intended. Look out for the wall of champions!

Enjoy your motorsport weekends.

Video courtesy of GoodwoodRoad&Racing.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Neo-Vintage Motorsport Pron: On Board with Mike Hawthorne at Le Mans 1956 | D-type Jaguar (DukeVideo)

This pretty significant historic vid comes from 1956, via video camera attached to the back of Mike Hawthorne's Jaguar D-Type. He takes a lap around the Le Mans Circuit, during non-race time, providing commentary on his thoughts of the layout.


Video courtesy of DukeVideo.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Neo-Vintage Feature: This, or Aston Martin Vulcan? Henry Catchpole Drives DB4 GT Continuation (Carfection)

Aston Martin makes two incredible vehicles right now -- the Aston Martin Vulcan and the DB4 GT continuation, a 1950s DB4 GT recreation built right now, in the same manner as the original. Henry checks out the latter.


Video courtesy of Carfection.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (June 2nd - June 6th)

  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 action from the Isle. Saturday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 action from the Isle. Sunday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 action from the Isle. Monday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 6pm - 6:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 6:30pm - 7pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • JDM Legends. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 action from the Isle. Tuesday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Season 15 Ep9. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Isle of Man TT. 2018 action from the Isle. Wednesday @ 11pm - 12am (VelocityHD) new
Enjoy your weekends.


Video courtesy of Carwow.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

What to watch this Memorial Day Weekend (May 24th - May 30th)

  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Practice 1. Thursday @ 3:55am - 6am (ESPN2(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Practice 2. Thursday @ 7:55am - 10am (ESPNNEWS(HD)) live
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Practice 3. Saturday @ 4:55am - 6:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live 
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Qualifying. Saturday @ 7:55am - 9:30am (ESPN2(HD)) live; replay @ 2:30p on ABC(HD)
  • Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix. From Circuit de Monaco. Race. Sunday @ 8:05am - 10:30am (ESPN(HD)) live
  • IndyCar Series - The Indianapolis 500. From Indianapolis Motor Speedway, from Speedway, Indiana. Sunday @ 11am - 2:30pm (ABC(HD)) live
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 6pm - 6:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 6:30pm - 7pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • JDM Legends. Tuesday @ 10pm - 11pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Wheeler Dealers. Season 15 Ep8. 1972 Lancia Fulvia. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
One of the best motorsport weekends on the calendar arrives this Memorial Day Weekend, with the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. The Spanish Gran Prix wrapped up with Mercedes-AMG looking like they figured something out; the tire performance the Silver Arrows have afforded this season has been pretty rough, giving Ferrari the edge to date. However, some smart pit strategy has helped give Merc the edge despite being down on pace. Spain was different in that Merc was pretty untouchable most of the weekend. There was a thinner walled Pirelli making its debut and I think this definitely was part of the full picture, but the general track temps and weather were in flux all weekend. Red Bull had a great showing here, making up for the double DNF weekend with great points including one podium by young Max Verstappen. Vettel attempted a virtual safety car pit jump of Merc mid-race but it didn't turn out the way Ferrari hoped due to the amount of traffic that came along with that pit stop, nullifying its advantage. Another race full of carnage and DNF's, with six cars failing to see the checkered flag. This group includes the ever unlucky Raikkonen (mechanical failure), Vandoorne and a trio of cars caught up in Grosjean's 180* burnout, after losing the car behind his teammate on Lap 1, Magnussen (who finished 6th). Gasly and Hulk were both claimed. Both Spaniards finished the race and lapped with flags in hand, much to the enjoyment of the home crowd, post race. Hams has taken a stronger lead in the Drivers''s Championship, of 17 points, but with Monaco around the corner it'll all come down to qualifying as track position is king. Hsmilton will be looking to rectify the pit stop strategy snafu that resulted in Merc giving the GP to Vettel and Ferrari last year. The current Driver's standings are as follows: Hamilton, Vettel (-17), Bottas (-37), Raikkonen (-47), Ricciardo (-48) and Verstappen (-62).

Enjoy your motorsport holiday weekends.


Video courtesy of Mercedes-AMGPetronasMotorsport.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What to watch this Weekend (May 20th - May 23rd)

  • DTM. Action from Lausitring. Sunday @ 3pm - 5pm (CBSSN(HD)) same-day delayed airing
  • Chasing Classic Cars. Tuesday @ 7pm - 7:30pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • Motorweek. Tuesday @ 7:30pm - 8pm (VelocityHD) replay
  • JDM Legends. Season1 Ep6. Tuesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
  • Wheeler Dealers. Season 15 Ep7. 1972 Datsun 510. Wednesday @ 8pm - 9pm (VelocityHD) new
 Enjoy your weekends.

Video courtesy of Porsche.