Monday, 31 October 2011

Why can't I read this?

A small rant...

This is slightly off topic, but it does apply to the forum itself.  When I click on a topic in any of the sections of the forum and I see something that interests me or is something I might have an answer to and all I see is a posting with no capital letters, no punctuation, words that run into one another, no sentence stucture, and then I just going cross-eyed trying to read that posting.  I try to re-read that post again and then I give up trying to make sense of that posting and leave it.  I have been to other forums and they don't seem to have that problem.  So, what can be done to correct this?  Should I just ignore it?

I did graduated from high school many years ago and I'm sure that all or mostly all of us have had an education and there are those who are still pursuing an education.  So, why can't they use conversational English when writing a post on the forum?  It would be so easy to blame texting for this, but I think texting only has a small role in this.  Is the poster just too lazy to use punctuation and correct sentence structuring?  I can look past some mis-spelled words and a missing punctuation mark or two, but when words just appear to be all one jumbled mess, I just can't be bothered with it.  How can I help a poster with his or her question when they post something I just can't read?  If you were to stand in front of me and ask me a question, wouldn't you want to try to ask me that question is such a way that I would understand it?  Or, would you just blabber it out just to say it?

Am I the only one who feels this way?            


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Alonso the new favourite

Fernando Alonso is the new favourite for the title © Getty Images
Fernando Alonso is the new favourite to win the Formula One drivers? title, said David Coulthard in his column for The Telegraph.
?He is the man with the momentum and, on the same basis that I backed Mark Webber to win the title before Korea, is now my favourite to claim the world title in Abu Dhabi on Nov 14. ?When the cars are so evenly-matched you have to back the man in possession. Especially when that man is a two-time world champion and arguably the finest driver of his generation.?
The Mirror?s Byron Young drew comparisons between Alonso and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher as the Spaniard bids to become the sport?s youngest ever triple world champion.
?Like Schumacher, Alonso accepts no opposition within his team. Ultimately he fell out with McLaren over their refusal in 2007 to bring Lewis Hamilton to heel. ?He returned to Renault on condition he was No.1, only to be at the centre of the Singapore cheat scandal - engineered to hand him victory. ?The Spaniard has always denied involvement but at the German GP in July he was brazen enough to radio Ferrari to rein in team-mate Felipe Massa so he could start the winning streak that has taken him to the brink of history.?


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71 Landy Challenger

Thanks for looking!


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With end in sight, times get tough, tense


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Toro Rosso: Team draw level with Sauber in championship | 2011 Indian GP team review

Toro Rosso and Sauber are now level on 41 points.


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F1 Drivers Pay Tribute to Fallen Racers in India


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Dominant Vettel coasts to Indian GP victory

Sebastian Vettel stamped his authority on the first ever Indian Grand Prix as the World Champion charged to his 11th victory of the season with an utterly dominant display. Vettel led from start to finish in the inaugural Indian race and rarely looked threatened from Jenson Button behind him, and when the McLaren man did [...]


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Robert Kubica Could Be Ruled Out For At Least A Year Following Accident

Polish racing driver Robert Kubica will spend at least one whole year recovering from a rally crash he suffered this morning, according to his surgeon. Kubica, who races for Renault Lotus crashed the Skoda Fabia rally car this morning and was airlifted to hospital suffering serious injuries. He has spent many hours in surgery, with [...]


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Installing chassis into body...

Currently building Revell '69 camaro kit at the moment. Got done with the chassis, engine and exhaust part, now getting ready to paint the body. It seems like when test fitting the chassis into the body, it is a pretty tight fit in which I had to spread the sides of the body alittle in order to pop the chassis in. If I do this to my painted body, will tweaking the  body alittle when installing the chassis mess up the paint?


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Reflections on Japan and Korea

Greetings from Seoul. It's 0800 on Monday and I'm sitting in bed with a coffee, contemplating when to prize myself out of a comfy bed and into the shower.

We are now playing the waiting game and twiddling our thumbs until we can clamber aboard the plane home. A further 12 hours and an epic fortnight in Japan and South Korea is over.

There are many wonderful pleasures attached to this job, and arriving home in the UK is certainly one of them.

After two weeks of emotional, fraught, pressurised and dramatic television - the kind I think only live sport can deliver - walking in through the front door always feels strange, and it takes a couple of days to adjust emotionally as the adrenalin melts away.

I normally help the process along by heading out to my local pub for dinner with my wife, just to really feel like I'm home. By the time you're reading this I may well already be there - pint of bitter in hand.

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In the fortnight we have been out of the UK, history has been written.

Sebastian Vettel has been crowned the Formula 1 world champion, Red Bull have defended their constructors' title, and I have turned 33.

Many thanks, incidentally, to the person on Twitter who tweeted simply, "4 months and you'll be a third of the way to 100-Happy Birthday"...

Well, perhaps using my advancing years - but, I'm glad to say, not receding hairline - as an example, let's consider how impressive the achievements of the past two weeks actually are.

Let's start with the team of the moment - Red Bull.

I think what team principal Christian Horner, chief technical officer Adrian Newey, adviser Helmut Marko and all at their Milton Keynes base have achieved is incredible.

Consider the dedication at McLaren, the blueprint for success at Ferrari, the wealth of Mercedes and the casualty rate of new teams. For Red Bull to achieve what they have in just six years is stunning.

I know they weren't a start-up like Virgin Racing or Team Lotus, they were a reincarnation of an existing team, but as an example it has been a similar amount of time since the Jordan name left F1. In that time Midland, Spyker and now Force India have operated from the same base and their achievements are incomparable to Red Bull's.

Yes, the company's commercial success in selling fizzy drinks means they are able to fund big salaries and huge budgets, but only a fool would think money alone could buy the titles.

I have been impressed by the passion in the squad. They are racers and there is a huge desire to win, true disappointment when they don't, and an ability to have a good party when things go their way. Which I also like ;-).

There is a strange ethos in F1 that you don't stop to smell the roses.

I often wonder whether Robert Kubica revelled sufficiently in his 2008 Canadian Grand Prix win, or whether Lewis Hamilton really absorbed what an incredible start he had to his career in 2007.

The thing I say most to my wife is "savour it" and I'll be the same with my children. I think that's the most important lesson a person can learn.

It was John Lennon who said "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans" and you, me, Vettel, everyone should avoid that at all costs. Life is too short - so savour it.

And on that front I'm happy to report that, having been just feet from him as he won title number two, Vettel is well aware of his achievements and just how lucky he is.

Whether you like him as a driver or not, he is very impressive as a person. Without naming names, there are a number of drivers who not only are reluctant to speak to the media, but, even worse, are quite dismissive or condescending.

I guess that the F1 paddock is just a snapshot of everyday life and so therefore it is to be expected, even if some might consider it unforgivable.

However, you can trust me when I tell you that Vettel is as impressive as anyone who currently drives an F1 car, for all the right reasons. He is approachable, accessible and, most importantly, genuine.

Those who have known him for a while say he's always been the same and so credit to his parents for bringing up a person who realises that being the fastest driver in the world is just a phase. World champion isn't who Vettel is; it's a title he wears.

On Sunday he talked about when he retires in many, many years, and he is already aware that even he doesn't possess the talent of immortality among his many skills.

When the fawning has died down, the trophies have become tarnished and the attention has turned to someone younger and faster, the man left behind is what matters. On that score, Vettel is also a champion.

My highlight of this whole trip was the F1 Forum after the Japanese Grand Prix. I remember a few grumbles at the start of the year about the new-look forum, where we move around the pit lane rather that sit in a motorhome by a big TV. Well, Japan - or Monaco - this year, are exactly why we don't do that anymore. To be in the heart of that drama, the celebrations, the rare display of emotions in the scientific world of F1 is great to see.

I loved Japan, particularly the racing history it has seen. The past couple of weeks I've been out running the tracks with a couple of members of the BBC production team, producer Tom Gent and video editor Robin Nurse.

It was great fun, particulary Japan, where we pointed out where Nigel Mansell had a couple of big accidents, and stopped at the exact places where Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost had their famous incidents.

Those are just a few examples where, in those moments, the people involved thought of nothing but what had just happened on track.

It would have been all-consuming, no time to stop and appreciate the moment. Yet suddenly, here we are 20 years later. The bodywork has long been swept up, the tears of joy and happiness have dried, and all we, and they, have left are our memories and Murray Walker's wonderful voice.

With that in mind - and particularly having seen the sad events in Las Vegas on Sunday that led to the death of British driver Dan Wheldon - whatever you are up to this week, wherever in the world you are, my only advice to you is very simple - savour it.


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1977 Chevy Van Custom

Starting with the Revell 70's Chevy Van kit, I'm retrofitting the body to accept the grille and bumpers from the Chevy van kit that came with the race car trailer. I've decided to cut off the kit front air dam fender extensions and move the the air dam up to make it look more like a simple front spoiler. It's also so I can lower the van on the wheels/tires I have. I'm also planning on building my own interior for it, since I don't really like the kit interior too much.



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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Vettel and Red Bull redefine perfection

Sebastian Vettel climbed slowly up on to the nose of his Red Bull and, for the first time this year, raised two of those trademark index fingers in the air. That's two to indicate he is now a double world champion - the youngest in Formula 1 history.

It was appropriate, then, that the first man to congratulate him in person after the race was the driver who previously held that honour - Fernando Alonso, who finished second to McLaren's Jenson Button and ahead of Vettel in a captivating Japanese Grand Prix.

Third place was more than enough for Vettel to seal the crown with four races still to go. And if he seemed less emotional than he did after winning his first title in last year's nail-biting finale in Abu Dhabi that is almost certainly because this one has seemed inevitable since as long ago as the first qualifying session of the season in Melbourne's Albert Park seven months ago.

That was when the sheer, breathtaking pace of his Red Bull car - and the German's mastery of it - first became apparent.

What followed has been domination of the like not seen since Michael Schumacher and Ferrari in 2002 and '04 - the last time an extravagantly talented German was in a team whose resources, applied with ruthless efficiency, outstripped their rivals', and whose focus was primarily on their lead driver.

Vettel has won nine of 2011's 15 races so far, and taken 12 pole positions. His career victory total stands at 19. He could very well be on pole for and win every remaining race this season, which would raise his career wins total to 23.

That would leave only Juan Manuel Fangio, Niki Lauda, Jim Clark, Alonso, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher ahead of him. Rarefied company indeed.

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Many of his victories this year have followed a simple formula - put the fastest car in the field on pole, use its pace in the early laps to build the gap required to ensure he cannot be passed by a rival at the pit stops, then ease off and maintain that advantage.

It was a strategy demanded by this year's new-look F1, for which new supplier Pirelli were asked to design deliberately delicate tyres to provoke better racing and more pit stops.

The German was praised for understanding very early on how to get the best out of those tyres. Undoubtedly he did, especially compared to team-mate Mark Webber, who also bore the brunt of the Red Bull's early-season reliability struggles with their new Kers power-boost system.

But it's impossible to judge whether Vettel was doing this better than leading drivers in other cars - and the main reason he was able to approach races in the way he generally did was that rivals McLaren and Ferrari produced cars that were not on a comparable level to the Red Bull.

How much better than its rivals was the Red Bull? That no other car has been on pole position pretty much sums it up - not even Schumacher and Ferrari managed that.

It was Vettel's running start to the season that killed his rivals - after six wins and two close second places in the first eight races, a second title already looked inevitable.

The Red Bull's advantage was often less dramatic in races than in qualifying - largely because of the tyres - and it was not always the fastest race car. He had to work for his wins in Spain and Monaco, where luck also played a major part in him beating Alonso and Button.

After that incredible early run, though, a mid-season wobble of sorts did give his rivals hope that the championship battle was not completely over.

Vettel was beaten by a rampant Alonso in Britain, following a one-off ban of a key aerodynamic technology called off-throttle blowing of the diffuser. And he produced comparatively weak performances in Germany and Hungary, although still finished fourth and second.

It was enough for Alonso, Button, Hamilton and Webber to head into the summer break still harbouring hopes of making a fight of it.

These were crushed in merciless style by consecutive victories in Belgium and Italy, perhaps Vettel's best of the season so far. After that, another win in Singapore took him to the brink, and the inevitability duly became reality at Suzuka on Sunday.

The weekend in Italy provided an illustration in microcosm of the foundations of Vettel's championship victory.

His breathtaking single-lap pace was demonstrated by qualifying on pole by a massive margin, and his sky-high confidence - founded on that speed - informed what team insiders admit was a risky decision to run a short seventh gear.

It was made in the pursuit of ultimate pace, but Vettel knew that the straight-line speed deficit it would give him could lead to a very difficult afternoon if he lost the lead from pole position - as indeed happened thanks to an electrifying start by Alonso.

Vettel then demonstrated his confidence in a very different way with a stunning overtaking move - around the outside of one of F1's toughest competitors at 200mph, with two wheels on the grass.

The Monza weekend also underlined how much Red Bull's performance this year has been rooted in a less glamorous, but no less important, requirement for F1 success - hard work.

On pole by half a second, Vettel was still at the track at 11pm the night before the race, poring over the data with his engineers, ensuring no stone was left unturned in their endeavour to win the following day.

While Red Bull had the fastest car, benefiting from chief technical officer Adrian Newey's unrivalled genius for aerodynamic design, their teamwork and work ethic were unsurpassed.

At the same time, there were a number of races - one thinks of Australia, Monaco, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Japan - where McLaren could have made life harder for Vettel only for the team or a driver (usually Hamilton) to make a mistake.

Vettel, though, rode his advantage in style to put together one of the most impressive seasons by a driver for years.

That he did so in a golden age in terms of depth of talent is all the more noteworthy. But while the combination of Vettel and Red Bull has been peerless in 2011, it would be wrong to assume the world champion is without rival as a driver.

While he is clearly out of the top drawer, it remains the case that, until he goes up against another great in an equal car, his absolute potential is hard to judge.

And an unscientific straw poll has revealed that most in F1 still believe Alonso to be the world's best driver, even if Vettel is widely thought of now as next in line.

Despite Button's superb season, Hamilton continues to be regarded as the other member of the 'big three' but his shaky season has meant his stock has fallen, and Vettel's stunning qualifying performances mean many now consider him, not the Englishman, to be the fastest man on the grid over one lap.

Put someone that good in a car as fast and reliable as this year's Red Bull, and have it run by a team as professional and slick as they have been, and the result is inevitable.

For the others, the gauntlet has been well and truly thrown down.


Alain de Changy Colin Chapman Dave Charlton Pedro Matos Chaves Bill Cheesbourg Eddie Cheever

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Lewis wants to see US night race


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F1 2011 Teams and Drivers

Full Name Red Bull Racing Seasons 6
Principal Christian Horner Races 107
Nationality Austria Wins 15
Engine Renault Championships 1
Chassis RB7
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Mark Webber (AUS)
Seasons 4
Races 62
Wins 10
C'ships 1
Seasons 9
Races 159
Wins 6
C'ships 0

Full Name Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Seasons 45
Principal Martin Whitmarsh Races 684
Nationality Great Britain Wins 168
Engine Mercedes Championships 8
Chassis MP4-26
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Jenson Button (GBR) Seasons 4
Races 71
Wins 14
C'ships 1 Seasons 11
Races 191
Wins 9
C'ships 1

Full Name Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Seasons 61
Principal Stefano Domenicali Races 812
Nationality Italy Wins 215
Engine Ferrari Championships 16
Chassis F150
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Felipe Massa (BRA)
Seasons 9
Races 159
Wins 26
C'ships 2
Seasons 8
Races 135
Wins 11
C'ships 0

Full Name Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Seasons 3
Principal Ross Brawn Races 30
Nationality Germany Wins 9
Engine Mercedes Championships 0
Chassis MGP W02
Michael Schumacher (GER) Nico Rosberg (GER)
Seasons 17
Races 269
Wins 91
C'ships 7
Seasons 5
Races 89
Wins 0
C'ships 0

Full Name Lotus Renault GP Team Seasons 18
Principal Eric Boullier Races 281
Nationality France Wins 35
Engine Renault Championships 2
Chassis R31
Robert Kubica (POL)
Vitaly Petrov (RUS)

Seasons 5
Races 76
Wins 1
C'ships 0

Seasons 1
Races 19
Wins 0
C'ships 0

Full Name AT&T Williams Seasons 35
Principal Frank Williams Races 554
Nationality Great Britain Wins 113
Engine Cosworth Championships 9
Chassis FW33
Rubens Barrichello (BRA)
Pastor Maldonado (VEN)

Seasons 18
Races 307
Wins 11
C'ships 0

Full Name Force India F1 Team Seasons 3
Principal Vijay Mallya Races 53
Nationality India Wins 0
Engine Mercedes Championships 0
Chassis VJM04
Adrian Sutil (GER)
Paul di Resta (GBR)
Seasons 4
Races 71
Wins 0
C'ships 0

Full Name Sauber F1 Team Seasons 13
Principal Peter Sauber Races 216
Nationality Switzerland Wins 0
Engine Ferrari Championships 0
Chassis C30
Kamui Kobayashi (JPN)
Sergio Perez (MEX)

Seasons 2
Races 21
Wins 0
C'ships 0

Full Name Scuderia Toro Rosso Seasons 5
Principal Franz Tost Races 88
Nationality Italy Wins 1
Engine Ferrari Championships 0
Chassis STR6
Jaime Alguersuari (ESP)
S�bastien Buemi (SUI)

Seasons 2
Races 27
Wins 0
C'ships 0

Seasons 2
Races 36
Wins 0
C'ships 0

Full Name Lotus Racing Seasons 38
Principal Tony Fernandes Races 509
Nationality Malaysia Wins 79
Engine Renault Championships 7
Chassis TL11
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN)
Jarno Trulli (ITA)

Seasons 4
Races 71
Wins 1
C'ships 0

Seasons 14
Races 238
Wins 1
C'ships 0

Full Name HRT F1 Team Seasons 1
Principal Colin Kolles Races 18
Nationality Spain Wins 0
Engine Cosworth Championships 0
Chassis F111
Narain Karthikeyan (IND)

Seasons 1
Races 19
Wins 0
C'ships 0

Full Name Marussia Virgin Racing Seasons 1
Principal John Booth Races 18
Nationality Great Britain Wins 0
Engine Cosworth Championships 0
Chassis MVR-02
Timo Glock (GER)
Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL)

Seasons 4
Races 56
Wins 0
C'ships 0


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