Wednesday, 23 November 2011

More 2012 dates added, WEC and LMS series!

The Motorsport Calendar App has been updated, current version now It has undergone a performance improvement a general tidy up and 2012 dates added as they are confirmed and published by the relevant championship organisers.

For 2012 we also promise extra improvements above just adding the 2012 dates... Stay tuned! These are planned for inclusion in the first few months of next year.

It may be necessary to do a Cache clearance after installing the latest version, to pick up all of the updates correctly.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Weekend in Motorsport (19/20 October 2011)

We start this week with the Los Angeles Motor Show, and the pre-launch of the future trackday hero the Subaru BRZ which is claiming to be impressively lightweight for a car from a mainstream manufacturer.

The NASCAR boys are down in Homestead, Florida where it seems bringing ice into the grandstand is a capital offence.

Looking Forward... Event of the Week
The East African Safari Classic Rally starts in Mombasa (" a bar room drinking gin") before a hoard of classic rally cars head around Kenya and Tanzania (including the lower slopes of Kilamanjaro and wildlife havens of the Ngorogoro Crater).

Don't forget to support the excellent Micro-Finance cause being promoted by Race4Change.

Looking Even Further Forward...
The FIA World Endurance Championship 2012 calendar dates have been announced (visible on your favourite Android application shortly) with the headlines seeming to highlight the absence of the Petit Le Mans from the schedule.

Also across the pond, could this be the first good looking Daytona Prototype?

Looking Back...
It goes without saying that everyone who's seen an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard knows the origins of NASCAR racing are the back roads of Moonshine country.

One of the better pieces of journalism on the subject is Tom Wolfe's legendary story "Last American Hero" chronicaling the life of Junior Johnson. It is available alongside the eponymous tale of custom car pioneers 'Big Daddy' Ed Roth and George Barris in the Kandy-kolored Tangerine-flake Streamline Baby

If I Won the Lotto This Week, I Would Buy...
A Hunton XRS43 Powerboat, as featured in the very poor film Sahara.

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# 2012 Motorsport Calendar Dates being added as they are announced #

Friday, 11 November 2011

Weekend in Motorsport (12/13 October 2011)

The Lame Duck F1 season heads to Abu Dhabi this weekend and no-one will care when Seb Vettel roars off into the distance . The only interest the weekend could generate is if any 2012 driver line-up rumours emerge.

Another Not As Good As It Used To Be event is the Rally GB in Wales. The current "TV Friendly" weekend WRC rounds are a pale imitation of the week-long marathons of the past. The MSC Crew as motorsport obsessives will argue to anyone who'll listen that a return to lengthier events would work perfectly now fans have access to modern tools such as online timing, videos and social media such as Twitter. Armchair fans can follow the progress of rallies from their office desks or mobile phones and then catch up on nightly highlights online or on tv before the final stages are broadcast live on a weekend. This will allow A Story to build and interest to be generated by chatter on forums etc.

Looking Forward... Event of the Week
The ILMC is in China this weekend for a 6hr race. With China becoming a major market for auto makers expect it to feature on every worldwide series calendar from now on.

The good people of Audi TV will be broadcasting video of the whole race which can be combined with excellent commentary (and forum discussion) from Radio Le Mans and (free!) reportage from

The race takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning for those of us in Europe.

Looking Forward... 2012
As the supermarket shelves start filling with mince pies and discounted booze it is time to look forward to 2012. The Motorsport Calendar Android Application's next release (available on the Android Market shortly) will include the first batch 2012 dates for series such as F1, Grand-Am, British GT and the Le Mans 24hrs. As more dates are officially announced by series in the New Year and these will be added to the application, so keep downloading the new versions as updates appear on your phone.

The first event of 2012 is The Dakar Rally which is again in South America rather than its traditional home of North Africa. The 2012 route takes in Argentina, Chile and Peru.

The truck category has a large number of Dutch entrant and the leading De Rooy team have launched their 2012 challenger and updated website:

Looking Back...
Porsche's annual Rennsport Reunion IV at California's Laguna Seca raceway is a celebration of their long and glorious racing heritage.

Porsche Announcement of the Week...
Whilst Audi and Peugeot have contested the headline class in ACO regulated events in recent years the traditional sportscar battle has always been Porsche vs Ferrari. The Maranello Mob have had the advantage recently but Porsche's 2012 911 RSR should redress the balance: Story and Pictures from

If I Won the Lotto This Week, I Would Buy...
An ice driving course with the The Tuthills.

The Last Word...
Motorsport Commentator Paul Truswell has written an excellent piece on why (in his words) Sportscar racing is more worthy than Formula One.

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Weekend in Motorsport (5/6 November 2011)

Looking Forward... Event of the Week
The Motorsport Calendar's local event the Tempest Rally takes place amongst the army's various pieces of woodlands in the north eastern Hampshire area.

Looking Back...
Back in the '79-'80 season 12 British BMW dealerships ran identical BMW 323i's, all prepared by Tom Walkinshaw Racing in a one make series in support of the Aurora F1 series. Pedalled by a stellar cast of drivers (vaguely associated with the county 'sponsoring' each car) including Martin Brundle, Win Percy, Mrs Needell's boy Timothy, Frank Synter and Derek Bell.

Good Cause of the Week...
Raising money for MicroFinance projects, Race4Change will be running a Tuthill prepped 911 in the East African Classic Rally in a couple of week's time. Microfinance is an excellent way of empowering communities and a modest donation goes a long way to improve people's lives.

Mandatory Porsche Videos of the Week...

Fatlace TV x RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF : Idlers Documentary from Luke Huxham on Vimeo.

The Racer's Group: 2011 Finale from TRG on Vimeo.

If I Won the Lotto This Week, I Would Buy...
An Alpina B12.

Keep upto date with all the world's major events with The Motorsport Calendar Android Application