224 TARMAC PAINTING 202011

Today’s blogpost video: the art of tarmac painting, black stripes on the tarmac – the smoking tyres as brush, superbly performed by the artist behind the steering wheel.

Tarmac painting and the Nordschleife – two passions of The Castiron, too! This time just a few words, spectator’s awestruck amazement.

The Castiron takes a bow and takes his hat off to this absolute top performance. The video is worth to be seen more than once. Enjoy yourself – no further words.

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

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223 NORDSCHLEIFE 202011

Things go in cycles: spring, summer, autumn, winter – a fact on one hand, on the other hand the Nordschleife, always good for a surprise. Today, autumn’s perspective, based on an overview on the last decades and related gained experiences.

In autumn you can be confronted with the conditions as described for spring and summer (please see blogposts 198 and 213). Keep in mind: Nordschleife is and will remain Nordschleife! Do not underestimate the manifold challenges of this track.

The Castiron rode his very first laps on this track in autumn, quite a long time ago. This time of the year offers some additional challenges. For instance, leaves are not only on the trees and you are confronted with end-of season road conditions.

The leaves. Very beautiful on the trees, not very pleasant close to the vehicle. Covering the tarmac ground contact gets tricky, especially in wet. Swirling around in the air can mean that the cooling openings are no longer free – overheating can occur, a pit stop to remove the leaves can become inevitable. 

The end-of-season road conditions. In brief: partially quite bad. Mainly braking zones can be wavy and acceleration zones slippery – especially in slower curves. As in daily traffic, the many vehicle strains the road surface. Adjusting the riding style and the line selection helps.     

Again: Nordschleife is and will remain Nordschleife! Be aware, that especially the weather in this region (listed below, as a little help: some localities very close to the Nordschleife) and all its related factors do not make things easier. Be alert – have a safe and effective drive, being it on the track or on the road.

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

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PS   Localities, relevant for selective weather forecasts Nordschleife:
53520 Nürburg  
53518 Quiddelbach  
53518 Adenau  
53518 Herrschbroich  
53520 Döttinger Höhe  
53520 Meuspath  

222 SEASON OPENING

Mainly, this is the season opening story of last year’s Rallye World Champion, Ott Tänak (please see blogpost 179). He changed this year from Toyota to Hyundai – new team, new car, new season.

It is just one example of many on today’s subject. The video speaks for itself – very impressive, scary and breathtaking. Driver and co-driver remained almost uninjured in this severe accident.

He overdid it. Ott Tänak drove extremely fast at this point of the route, significantly faster than all other – too fast, in brief. Was it lacking harmony with the new vehicle (not yet complete familiarity), the pressure to be better than his new team mate and rival Thierry Neuville (who finally won this first event of the season), or something else – we do not know, probably the driver himself does not really know.  

This year, 2020, Ott Tänak got a second chance in this context – a kind of season opening in current season, after the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning of September, he triumphed in his homeland (Rally Estonia). Suddenly good prospects to end this FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) on the podium, too.    

For the actual standings please have a look at today’s recommendation; where is Ott Tänak, the man with the unlucky season opening, classified?

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

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PS   According to MOTORSPORT aktuell Nr. 07 / 2020 (page 22) speed at the accident site, approximately:  Tänak 180 km/h (110 miles per hour),  Neuville 140 km/h (90 miles per hour)  and the multiple world champion Sébastien Ogier 140 km/h (90 miles per hour)  ... 

221 BOOKS 202011

The King of Cool met the King of Kings – or, in actual fact: Steve McQueen. The Salvation of an American Icon, by Greg Laurie with Marshall Terrill. Either way, a book for The Castiron – and hopefully for you, too.

First, some information about the authors. According to the English Wikipedia Greg Laurie is a pastor and author, who wrote more than 70 books. Marshall Terrill is an author who wrote several books about Steve Mc Queen and stands as an authority in this topic.  

A look at the book’s contents. Some words, quoted from the undermentioned website, an excerpt put it in a nutshell: „Greg Laurie takes a cross-country drive in his 1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang 390 GT. He traces the wooly geography of Steve McQueen's life, relationships, career and spiritual journey. McQueen was a complex, contradictory man who lived the same way as he drove: fearlessly, ruthlessly and at top speed. After a lifetime of fast cars, women and drugs, McQueen took s surprising detour.“

The Castiron read this book with great benefits. A book is also perfectly suited as a gift, just now, shortly before Christmas. Please have a look at today’s recommendation – thank you!

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

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PS   It is also a tribute to the famous actor and passionate racing driver Steve McQueen, who passed away 40 years ago (7th November 1980); please have a look at blogpost 114 BULLITT, too. Thank you.

220 SALZBURGRING PART II

According to the English Wikipedia, the Salzburgring is as follows: the length is approximately 2,62 miles, the racetrack was first openend in 1969. Lying in a narrow valley it has a rather simple layout – which is not to say, it is easy to drive.

Some key passages are particularly demanding. Bends followed by long acceleration paths are always very important. One really crucial passage on this track is directly after the right-hand bend „Nockstein-Kehre“: upwards, upwards, upwards, full throttle even though not a straight – that means, if not correctly lined up, every driver loses speed and time.

One other right-hand bend, the fast „Fahrerlagerkurve“: sensitivity, patience and in particular courage are highly required, dithering and hesitation are out of place. One of the passages that separates the men from the boys.

Please have a look at the video, too. Beautiful weather, good conditions overall – the Danish professional racing driver Kris Nissen will present you an on-board lap, with a classical competition touring car.

Last but not least: it is a beautiful region, which invites you to stay some days. Furthermore, Salzburg is the place of birth of the famous composer of the classical period, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Thus the town is also well-known as Mozartstadt Salzburg. Furthermore noteworthy: the fortress and the palaces. Or, in brief: almost indescribable!

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

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219 SALZBURGRING PART I

You never have a second chance to make a first impression – The Castiron’s first rendez-vous with the Salzburgring was during a holiday; just for sightseeing, everything beautiful and fine. The racetrack located out in the green, close to the town of Salzburg – this first impression was the beginning of a quite close relationship for years. At this time, The Castiron did not yet know of the „Salzburger Schnürlregen“ (the region is famous for its so-called „string rain“).

These were The Castiron’s few informations before he visited this racetrack again, some time later; he was in charge as an instructor, so now on the track! It is interesting, rather fast, demands both sensitivity and courage, and is because of that quite selective – these were The Castiron’s first impressions after some laps.

Many driver trainings followed this first event, from close to perfect to quite strenuous with unwanted incidents and sometimes weather for ducks; more than once, after getting up in the morning, it was not possible to see from the room the very close forest, because of rain or even fog – even in summer! And the experience said: it will be the same the whole day; going back to bed was no option – one fact remained: it will be a long and hard day for the instructor.  

Please have a look at the video, too. It is not the first impression, it is just one impression – the quite fast racetrack and the famous „Salzburger Schnürlregen“; enjoy yourself. And: there have been a lot of events with best weather, too!

Part II will bring you closer to the Salzburgring.

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

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218 KEEP THE END IN MIND

It sounds quite simple, but is often not so easy. Not as generalization – but sometimes helpful, sometimes necessary, even mandatory. Today’s topic, once more, rests on The Castiron’s different perspectives – the grandfather’s, the racing driver’s, the instructor’s and the pastor’s aspects.

Grandfather. Loving accompaniment and support of the grandchild in the various phases of life, step by step. There are more and many ends to keep in mind, it is an ongoing process – besides the main tasks of the parents.  

Racing driver. Just one particular field; easier to describe? The end is clear, the tribulations are many: no proper preparation, defects, driving mistakes, accidents, to name a few. The aim, in brief: to see the checkered flag, preferably as winner. Without this end in mind you better stay at home. 

Instructor. Day after day, valid for every single task – it is a must to have the driver training’s participants well-being in view. The outcome, the end in mind: accident-free, learnt a lot – hopefully with pleasure. 

Consciously or unconsciously, in minor or major cases: it will concern us throughout our lives, up to the bigger questions, up to the final questions of the very end – not so easy to answer, but inevitable to deal with.

All this leads to the pastor’s view, today an old man’s quotation: „... years ago I earned my master’s degree in business administration ... Today I recall only one thing of value from that huge investment of time and experience. That thing is BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND ... Will you be one of those who finish well? Will I? We decide each day - by how we allocate the time, talent, and treasure God has entrusted ...“ (Monday Manna August 19, 2019 by Ken Korkow, https://www.cbmcint.com/).

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

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