Thursday
Jun042009

Shelby Car Show At Ford World Headquarters

Sunday, May 31st there was a car show put on by the local SAAC (Shelby American Automobile Club) that happened on the grounds of Ford's World Headquarters.  Out time was short there, but we were able to put this video together.  Make sure to click the HD button to see it in it's best format.  If you'd like to see the individual pics have a look at them on out Flickr page

Friday
May292009

Dale Junior's Latest Fresh Start

The news that everyone knew was way past due came this week when Tony Eury Jr. was replaced as crew chief of the 88 team.  If you've spent more than ten minutes watching Nascar, you know the history there.  And if you didn't FOX and SPEED are sure to run at least thirty minutes of packages and vignettes over the Dover weekend events to dramatize them.

To say Junior is loyal to a fault to his family is a massive understatement.  Eight times out ten that's a good quality to have, but like now when it interferes with your performance, well, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself and your friends and family is find a soft landing spot for them, and that certainly happened with Eury Jr. as he is moving over to JR Motorsports full time now.

By the way when did Dale Junior become a Brazilian soccer star where he's just known by one name, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Pele, Dida, etc., then again Brazil's affinity for nicknames might stem from the country's historically high illiteracy rate. As such, shortened spoken names are typically used more often than longer birth names, not that I'm drawing any correlation to the Nascar fan base, :rolleyes:

I don't think anyone who reads this, nor I who write it, can understand the level of pressure to perform and live up to the legend that was his father.  For that alone it's understandable that Junior would place himself in a protective bubble surrounded by friends and family where he feels safe.   There in may lie the problem.  The Junior entourage, and no I don't know who's Turtle and Johnny Drama etc., enjoy the good life and may not want to upset that gravy train.  The only person we know for sure that maybe giving Junior an unfiltered opinion is Rick Hendrick.

Hendrick has been more than patient with Junior, letting him pretty much have his way in how the team was set up, staffed and run.  At the end of the day though Hendrick had to put his foot down and say enough.  In a crappy economy he has sponsors who are paying him at 2005 levels and not even getting an acceptable return for that time frame, let alone 2009!

With someone new on top of the pit box and in his ear, Dale Junior will be forced to come out of his comfort zone, and that maybe just what he needs.  Will it have the desired effect, no one knows for sure, but as the old saying goes, if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got."

The move to Hendrick was a "Fresh Start" and "Clean Break" from DEI and was suposed to kick off the era of Junior domination.  We know how well that worked out.  Lets see if this "Fresh Start" works out better.

Finally we want you to check out this interview with Junior from Thursday while he was in Detroit promoting the upcoming race at MIS.  Out friend Larry Henry (twitter.com/DetroitVoice)condcucted most of the Q&A, it's pretty reveling about how hard this move hit him.

Thursday
May212009

RumblestripRadio #95

Time for a little cross promotion.  It's been a while but a new episode of RumblestripRadio is now posted.  It features and extend conversation with Chris Jonnum, the Editor of Road Racer X.

Check it out at www.rumblestripradio.com remember to subscribe to the show via iTunes or your favorite RSS reader.

Wednesday
May202009

The Bathurst 1000

If you were to make a list of all the important car and motorcycle races in a year, all over the world, and make a list of all the great tracks in the world, would the Bathurst 1000 on Mount Panorama make it?  Well it should!  In the land of Oz this is their Indy 500, their Monaco GP, their Assen and Mugello.

You can spend hours on YouTube watching videos of V8 Supercars turning laps at this place.  The track looks like a mix of Spa, Road America and Laguna Seca.  This TV package gives you an idea about the history of the race, the track and it's importance to the motorsports culture of Australia.

Monday
May182009

Two Wheel Tuesday The Triumph Thruxton

Over the last five years or so the retro cafe movement has really picked up momentum.  Both Ducati and Triumph have brought out lines of bikes to echo that golden era of motorcycling from the mid 60's to the very early 70's.  It has gone so far that people are dragging old Honda CB550 and 750's, Kawasaki H1 and H2 etc out of the basement, fixed them up and added touches so that that they wouldn't look out of place down at The Ace Cafe getting ready to do a ton up run.

Triumph had their demo fleet in town over the weekend and we got a chance to take a ride on the Thruxton.  This is a bike that we have liked for a while from a looks standpoint but have been reserving judgement on till we could take it for a spin.  

We liked it, and we think you will too, have a look!