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.

Keep upto date with all the world's major events with The Motorsport Calendar Android Application
# 2012 Motorsport Calendar Dates being added as they are announced #

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