197 MILLE MIGLIA PART II

A quarter of a century ago, The Castiron got the unique chance to participate in the Mille Miglia 1995 – as co-driver of a German aristocrat. The car originated from the late thirties – a collector’s piece belonging to a prestigious German vehicle manufacturer. 

Those days in Italy are simply indescribable. Anyway a few headings: support by the manufacturer, a good team spirit in general, especially between the aristocrat and The Castiron and many, many unforgettable impressions – men and machines, the route and the scenery, above all the enthusiastic crowd from the very young to the really old.

Just a few facts: though the two were novices in this multi-day regularity race, they achieved to win one stage, overall they finished into the first third of the classified cars. They brought the car back to Brescia as they received it a few days before – no accident, no damages, no technical defects, everything very well. For The Castiron, all this was a gift from the Lord the heavenly Father, too.

Less words, more pictures – please have a look at them. Again: a picture is worth a thousand words. Not even in thousands of words this adventure, this experience can be adequately described.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       www.1000miglia.it/?lang=en

196 MILLE MIGLIA PART I

According to Wikipedia, the Mille Miglia was an open road motorsport endurance race, which took place in Italy from 1927 to 1957 – from 1953 until 1957 as part of the World Sportscar Championship. Mille Miglia means thousand miles – the synonym for the distance, meaning at least a good ten hours in the car, or much longer.

In 1955, Sterling Moss and Denis Jenkinson, were setting the record at an average of 97,96 miles per hour. Jenkinson gave directions to Moss during the race by a coded system of hand signals; although this undoubtedly helped them, the driver’s innate ability was the predominant factor.

The race was banned after crashes; in 1957, a team waited too long to make a tyre change and continued driving instead. Too long was too late, too: a worn tyre caused a very tragic crash, the driver and the navigator in the car and nine spectators died.

Since 1977, the Mille Miglia has been reborn as a regularity race; participation is limited to car models, which had attended the original race. The route is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure and arrival in the city of Brescia.

Less words, more pictures (from recent times) – please have a look at them; a picture is worth a thousand words.

Part II will be about an adventure of two sportsmen, an aristocrat and The Castiron as co-driver, participating in the Mille Miglia 1995 – a quarter of a century ago.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       www.cbmcint.com/signup-now

195 CIGAR HERBIE

Today’s focus is on another hero of the past, Herbert Müller, also known as Cigar Herbie (11th May 1940 – 24th May 1981). This blogpost is dedicated to this Swiss –  smoking cigars as an evident mark. He would have turned 80 this month.

As relaxed and funny his nickname sounds (Cigar Herbie / Swiss German „Stumpe Herbie“) as awful were the circumstances of his death. This is the extremely sad and harrowing story of motorsport, Nürburgring, fire accidents and the racing driver Herbert Müller – just as much as necessary, not as much as possible. It is hard to find the right words.

A brief comment on today’s video: the final accident was not his first fire incident. In 1972, Herbert Müller could free himself (shown at the end of the video) and ran as a living torch to the stewards, who extinguished the fire  – the same driver and the same racetrack.

Years after the unconceivable tragedy in 1981, The Castiron met a man, who had been an eyewitness as a spectator. The deep involvement was still perceptible and one point really harrowing: he said, the specators heard Herbert Müller squall in pain until the loss of consciousness.  

This time, Herbert Müller could not free himself. All this causes tremendous anguish and makes us tragically aware, how transient our being in this world is.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       http://www.herbertmueller.ch/

194 TRANSIENT

Now, between Easter and Pentecost, it is a good opportunity for some thoughts from the pastor’s view, once again. Transient: a term valid for anything we possess, for our whole live. The Holy Bible presents in the Book of Ecclesiastes (Ecc) much to that.

Ecclesiastes 1, verse 14: „I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them meaningless, a chasing after the wind.“   From this initial position, some other points are worth mentioning, all well known and inevitable for all of us.

Ecc 1, 17: „... understanding of wisdom and also of madness and folly ...“   /   Ecc 2, 17: „... the work that is done ...“   /   Ecc 2, 26: „the task of gathering and storing up wealth ...“   /   Ecc 4, 4: „... all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another ...“   /   Ecc 6, 9: „Better what the eyes see than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.“   In sum, ultimately: all transient.

This awareness should be a constant companion for The Castiron and actually for you, too – easier said than implemented. It is a fact, sometimes a real drastic one: transient can also mean the facing of definitive and extremely hurtful incidents in our lives.

Next week you will be confronted with the shocking significance of this, taken from the real life of motorsport.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/NIV/Luke12%3A16-21

PS   Basic thoughts source reference:   Lebendig! VOM GEHEIMNIS MÜNDIGEN CHRISTSEINS    von Michael Herbst   SCM Hänssler

193 PREVIEW 24H-RENNEN NÜRBURGRING 2020

In one month, a week before Pentecost, one of the really great motorsport highlights will take place: the traditional 24-h-Rennen Nürburgring (official „ADAC TOTAL 24H-RACE“), on May 21 - 24, 2020. When the subjet is Nürburgring, preview must be combined with review – in order to know what has to be expected. 

Review. Besides all unpredictable factors relating to the teams, the drivers and the cars, Nürburgring offers a wide variety of surprises, mainly based on the weather in this region. In 24 hours you can be faced with the weather conditions of the four seasons – quite a broad range! Usually, racing driver’s nightmare – there are just a few geniuses behind the steering wheel, who are able to handle it really well. And, never forget: it is Nürburgring with the legendary Nordschleife!

Preview. According to the official website (please see recommendation), the pilots are racing around the 25-kilometre (more than 15 miles) long combination of Nordschleife and Grand Prix Circuit. This race promises to be a race of superlatives as always and pushes men and machines to the limit. It is a unique opportunity to experience a field of entrants with way about 160 vehicles, driving at full speed for one whole day and night around the longest racetrack of the world. In brief: a real thriller.

Especially applicable for this historical and gorgeous motorsport event: you never ever can exclude big surprises! Not until after the waving of the chequered flag we will know the outcome – and not one moment before.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       https://www.nuerburgring.de/en/events-tickets/automobile/adac-total-24-hour-race.html

PS   Important, new date   -   important, new date   -   important, new date:
due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 24H-RENNEN NÜRBURGRING 2020 is postponed to September 24 – 27, 2020 !

192 BOOKS 202004

Jesus our destiny, by Wilhelm Busch; this book is based on a compilation of his radio speeches and has been translated into the most important languages and attained a worldwide distribution. The main focus today is on one hand on the author, on the other hand mainly on some readers’ views.

Some information about the author: according to Wikipedia, Wilhelm Busch (27th March 1897 – 20th June 1966) was a German pastor, youth evangelist and activist in the Confessing Church during the Nazi period in Germany. He had to serve in World War I, where on the battlefield he came to personal faith in Christ when a comrade was hit by a grenade. When this war was over he decided to study protestant theology.

And now, excerpts from reader’s reviews on www.goodreads.com (please see recommendation):   „... the author goes beyond an apologetic for the Christian faith and into practical aspects of it, including love, forgiveness and grace ...“   /   „... it is a great read ... it has helped me change opinions I had before and moved me into the right path to find God.“   /   „A collection of interesting and great speeches about the importance of Christ in our lives.“

Since its first edition, this book is a bestseller and of great worth. The content is timeless and as the title says, it is also a question of destiny – in the end of major relevance for everyone, not only for the grandfather, the racing driver, the instructor and the pastor.

Especially now, several days after Good Friday and Easter, it is an appropriate point for all this. Furthermore, the book is also perfectly suited as a gift, for many occasions. Please have a look at today’s recommendation – thank you!

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2794676-jesus

191 EASTER 202004

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? The Castiron likes to share the main content of this impressive hymn with you. According to the English Wikipedia, this American spiritual was composed by African-American slaves and firstly published in William Eleazar Barton’s 1899 Old Plantation Hymns. It is the story of Good Friday and Easter, of the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!

Were you there when the stone was rolled away? Were you there when He rose up from the dead? Oh! Sometimes I feel like shouting Glory! Glory! Glory!

Essential questions. What are the answers, your answers?

For those, who want to know more: The Castiron invites you to read in the Holy Bible, Luke 24, verses 45-48 (see recommendation).

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

Recommendation:       https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Luke24