An Interview With Jean Jennings of Automobile Magazine

Much like yesterday we are featuring an extended interview that Mark Charmer and Joe Simpson of the Movement Bureau conducted on their recent trip here to the US.

Mark and Joe spent about 25 minutes talking with Jean Jennings the Editor of Automobile Magazine about a variety of topics from the design of car interiors to how cars of the future will be utilized.  This is a longer interview, but well worth the watch.


Something For Earth Day

I'll be up front an honest here, most of this "green movement" is bogus!  There I said it.  I don't want to be the way out wacko guy here, but take a minute and look at the people pushing the hardest for this agenda, they are looking to profit greatly either through investments they have in companies, or in gaining political power.

That said there are some good and common sense things that everyone can do to reduce needless waste.  Ford has been doing something about this for a few years now with the "Living Roof" on the Rouge Truck plant.  Mark and Joe from Re*Move (who I had beers with last night and I have to say are some really great people) put this video together on a trip to visit with Ford.  Have a look.


A Lap Of The Ring

In the past few years the measuring stick for how big and bad assed a manufactures car is has become a lap time on the Nordschleife circuit of the Nurburgring.  This is the legendary 28.265Km/17.5 mile track in Germany that for many years was the home of the German F1 race.  This is the track that Niki Lauda had his famous crash in 1976 and was almost burned to death.

 It's said Nissan's goal with the GTR was to go quicker than a Porsche 911 around this track.  Porsche has in the past shown in it's TV ads engineers doing laps at the track testing the 911.

One of the great things about the track is that it's open to the public and for a fee you can take your car or motorcycle and do a lap.  This is the reference at the end of the Porsche ad when they go to the ATM machine for more cash so they can do more laps.

The cost for driving a single lap of the Nordschleife is €23 for each car or motorcycle. Multi-lap tickets can be purchased for a lower per-lap price, such as 4 laps at a cost of €76 (€19 per lap). Additional multi-lap prices are 8 laps for €146, 15 laps for €251, or 25 laps for €391. An annual ticket with unlimited laps, valid from January to December, can be purchased for €995.

Since the closest most people might ever get to this track is their XBox or PS2/3 I thought we should take a lap around the track with the legendary Hans Stuck.  Stuck is an ex F1 driver and winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans twice.

Stuck takes us for a lap in the BMW M3 GTR.  If you are a sports car nut and the audio of this clip isn't enough for you to get your rocks off then you should just quit now.  The motor on the over run and on the down changes of the gears is just wonderful.  Add in just how fast he's going, flat out in 6th gear on multiple occasions and it has you reaching for your passport and your cell phone to book the next flight there.


Two Wheel Tuesday Dave Despain On Mat Mladin

Having covered Mat Mladin for over 10 years now I have always been impressed with him, as a man, and as a racer.  I have always found Mat to be very fair.  Back in 2001 at a January test at Laguna Seca I interviewed Mat for the old version of and in transcribing the interview misquoted him.  It was interesting to actually get a call from Mat himself to ask if that is what he had said.  It turned out that he was correct and I was not.  I posed a correction to the interview and an apology for misquoting him and we were good.  In fact as long as Mat wasn't "working" he was always available for a chat, an interview or just to say hi.  It was also then that I found Mat to have a very good sense of humor.

Dave Despain who I'm going to guess hasn't always been a fan of Mat given their dust ups in the past still has great respect for the guy and says so here on a recent episode of WindTunnel.


LiveFastRacing #24 Return Of The Monkeys

John Hall from LiveFastRacing and I got together to to another show after having the show be down for a while.

We go after the usual suspects, NASCAR, the DMG, Max & Bernie, Barber Motorsports Park, etc..

Kick back and relax, this ones a bit of a marathon.