Things you learn when driving in Austin

You see that Porsche? That’s my car. Her and I are partners in crime around Austin. Braving the heat, bad roads, and even worse drivers. Austin is a haven of good food, great sights, and great music. And for the most part, very good people. That is, until they step behind the controls of a Motor Vehicle. Moving from The Woodlands, to Austin, has taught me many things about Texans and their driving habits.

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Formula Fun: Collecting in the US

This is my F1 collection, proudly displayed in my new apartment. The only items missing are any pieces of F1 clothing I have, like shoes, jackets, and shirts. That and a few books and magazines are also not pictured.

Getting all of this in the US is harder than it should be.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: YouTube Edition

I am packing up my apartment and also at a convention this weekend, so pardon the dust and enjoy the selection of videos I have for you this week. Next week I should be all settled in my new place.

I’ll be talking about how collecting F1 stuff is harder than doing so in most other sports.

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Formula Fun: The Best of Jenson Edition

This week, I thought I would bring you all the very best videos of my person favorite driver, Jenson Button. The 2009 world champion has had many ups and downs in an F1 career almost as long as my life. Ever since I first saw the Englishman race, I knew he was the driver I was going to support. While I wasn’t watching F1 in that late 2000’s, I knew he was still racing, gaining a first win in 2006, and then getting his world title in 2009. When I came back to the sport full time in 2012, (I always caught a few races every year, but 2012 was the first season in my comeback. Haven’t missed a race since.) I saw immediately that Jenson was in a great car, with a great team, and on that morning in March of 2012, I saw him race all the way to a great win in Melbourne. That sealed it. Being a McLaren fan, and a JB fan, the 2012 year had it’s ups and downs, but seeing him take 3 wins and several podiums was great. The past couple years have been hard, but he has been nothing but class, grace, and charm.

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Formula Fun: Hungarian Edition

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The Hungarian Grand Prix is always interesting. It was the first race that ever took place behind the Iron Curtain, and it’s the one with the so called “Hungarian Curse.” No one that has won this race has gone onto win the title since 2004. With that said, this race was very much the most interesting race we’ve had since Canada 2011. It went from the standard weekend that everyone had expected to one where every move was as unpredictable as the next. … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: A Eulogy

The clock on F1 goes back to zero. We have lost another. Jules Bianchi was one of the brightest rookies we had ever seen. His drive to 9th at Monaco was one of the greatest drives I have seen in Formula One. He did things in a back marker car that should have been impossible, and he was poised to keep moving up the gird, surely a future race winner, and seemingly WDC material. He was a shining young star, taken from us way too young.

From that dark October day, to this dark July week, we have done nothing but root for him to pull through. This week is all about Jules, and what he meant to me.  … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: A More Serious Note

Now, we should all know the young man in this image. His name is Jules Bianchi, and he currently lies in a coma in a French Hospital. His career was ended at a Japanese Grand Prix last year. Not since Ayrton Senna had a grand prix driver suffered an accident so horribly during a race. He hit a crane that was removing Adrian Sutil’s car from the gravel trap it was stranded in.

After that accident, the F1 world rallied once again towards safety, the largest push since the Sainted Professor Sid Watkins led his charge after seeing his friend Aryton die after a massive wreck. Now, some fellow F1 writers have been calling for F1 to return to a “Rebel Yell” of political incorrectness and danger.

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Formula Fun: Post Homecoming Edition

Ahh yes, we are home Formula One fans. Well, spiritually at least. Silverstone is the home of F1, and F1 is most at home in Silverstone. The former airbase is the home of the most attended Grand Prix of the year. Where the silly season get’s its start, and get started it did. For once I will indulge the headlines, because I think this race weekend has produced the rumor of which I’m the most excited about in years.

Find out about that rumor, and what all happened during the race with me after the break.

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Formula Fun: Goodwood Edition

This weekend the Goodwood Festival of Speed once again had race cars and street cars of much provenance attack the Hill at the Goodwood estate. That means it’s a good time to show off the most important and most fun F1 and F1-related cars that ran up the hill this year. Let’s start off with Jenson Button taking a V10 Honda up the hill. Sad to say that it’s much faster than the company car that he actually competes in… … Continue Reading

COTA needs to be the new automotive proving ground

With news this week of The Green Hell banning manufacturers from attempting lap records, the automotive dick measuring world was stunned. What non-biased field of battle will we have the fastest road legal cars on earth battle on? Where will forum kiddies go to argue about what car is better, looking at only lap times? With Top Gear taking a while to get going again, and many fans maybe not following the new show as closely, where will everyone go?

I have a proposal: Circuit of the Americas. … Continue Reading