NBC Sports: Hunt and Lauda to race together in NASCAR Euro Series.
Cool. Tip o’ the hat to history.
Guardian.UK: Serena Williams’ US Open loss does not tarnish an awe-inspiring year.
Should we not celebrate Roberta Vinci’s performance, than craft encomiums for Ms Williams loss? Do we no longer root for underdogs?
NBC: Road America to host IndyCar test on September 22.
Drats. If Concorso didn’t start three days after, I’d make the effort.
BBC: Everest Sherpas battle crevasses on Khumbu Icefall route.
“The Sherpas say they have finished repairing the route between Base Camp and Camp One, while only a small stretch to Camp Two remains to be done.
‘Now that we have fixed ropes and ladders with all that difficulty, it will not be as difficult for the mountaineers but it will certainly be harder than the usual climb for them.’” What is Everest, a Disney ride? Zero interest, now that’s become a circus. K2 remains the challenge. You can’t buy your way to the summit, and if you did, you’d likely be buying your own demise.
Bicycling: Should You Get a 1X Drivetrain on Your Road Bike?
SRAM moves to a single-chainring up front. Opinions within. No mention of chain-growl as it bends to spread across a wide sprocket.
Autoweek: FIA is OK with safety of Pirelli tires for F1 Italian Grand Prix.
“Pirelli also said an unusually high number of cuts were found in other tires used by teams at Spa, so ‘in order to guarantee greater safety, Pirelli proposes with the FIA to undertake a study to optimize the way in which circuits are cleaned.’” Getting to the point where buying your own slot car set (beginner suggestion) will be more fun.
Autoweek: Mark Webber sides with former F1 teammate Sebastian Vettel in Pirelli spat.
Mashable: RIP, the Goodyear Blimp.
Always made me smile when it passed over Princeton during football seasons. Funny, I’ve never seen a blimp here out West. Ever. Balloons, sure. No blimps. Hmmm.
ABC7: IndyCar drivers pay tribute to Justin Wilson with drive across Golden Gate Bridge.
Minor discussion of closed cockpits.
NY Times: Usain Bolt Wins Easily but Is Run Down by a Segway.
Couldn’t have helped his back, though. I’d be cautious saying he’s uninjured. Besides, using a Segway that close? Crazy. I know folks want smooth pans, but really now.
Autoweek: Popular IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies Monday; was an advocate for safety.
Dammit. “[He] pushed for safety at every turn, and he recently offered a detailed explanation of why oval-track spectators should be positioned on the inside of dangerous corners the way rally fans are. He acknowledged the cost it would take to pull off such a radical change to the sport’s viewing habits, but he wasn’t afraid to offer a smart opinion.” Hideous that this season’s crazy bodywork murdered him.
Later: Apparently he chose to be an organ donor. Media is saying his organs have saved six lives. Now that’s sportsmanship.
Hemmings: Bonneville Speed Week cancellation spurs proposals for salt flats replenishment.
“Potash had been mined from Bonneville since the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the Bureau of Land Management, tasked with overseeing public lands including the Bonneville Salt Flats, determined that potash mining “may be causing the salt layer to thin and retract” and that ‘such diminshment would degrade the unique geology and historical relevance of the site and would disrupt the recreational opportunities that have been part of the BSF for over 80 years.’”
IndyStar: Justin Wilson in coma after suffering severe head injury.
“This is the first season IndyCar is using aero kits with multiple pieces, many of which fly off during the slightest contact.” Perhaps it is time for closed cockpits, if these aero kits continue to be used.
Autoweek: Drivers making fewer passes in F1 this season.
Bicycling: How to Deal with Aggressive Dogs on Your Ride.
Too much experience with this. I used to carry a bottle of ammonia; nowadays this can be a prosecutable offense in some areas. Animal-lovers will be offended, but I value my skin over a dog’s nasal passages. I like the idea of an air horn, higher note the better - women have an advantage because of their high-pitched screams (hurts the dog’s ears more than a male bellow). I’ve seen dogs ignore male shouts, but practically do a flip in midair and run like hell from a woman’s shrill heartfelt scream.
Certain breeds bite, others rip with eye teeth. It’s good to know the nature of your attacker, and adjust your defenses accordingly. Rotts have bite pressures of about three times what a human can muster ... a mastiff five times. Dogs recognize when you have weapons. Just bending down to pick up rocks will make most stop and reassess methods of attack.
Being on the receiving end is goddamn painful, I gotta tell ya. I blogged ages ago about my sprint escaping a pair of loose Ridgebacks. I like that breed, but when you’re being pursued and you look back, all you see is a blur of legs and pursuing teeth. No wonder they hunt lions with ‘em.
Tannus Tires: Solid Bicycle Tires.
Autoweek: F1 legend Niki Lauda likes what he sees at MotoGP event.
“It is very interesting to watch, because you can see how the rider struggles with his bike. [snip] In F1, unfortunately, the opposite happens. The cars are very easy to drive, they don’t even slide.” Bound to cause a storm of controversy, but he’s right. It ain’t like the old days. I miss the 60’s, early 70’s cars.
Archery Sports: Global Archery Attack.
Fun; wait until it hits college campuses. I don’t see anyone in the video using the ‘three arrow in hand’ technique yet. May be a bit hard with those big foam ends.
MotorSportsTalk: Formula E’s new sound for season two (VIDEO).
Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel.
Check this out! Watch the vid.
Later, some caveats. See the bottom of this article. Even so ... $800? Pretty nice for the price point.
Guardian.UK: Tali Lennox ‘shattered’ after boyfriend confirmed dead in Hudson river.
What is it, this thing with NY’ers not wanting to wear life jackets when kayaking?
You recall this.
Compass Bicycles: Tire Wipers.
Not sure how they’ll work on our goatheads, but any port in a storm ... even old-fashioned wipers. 650c/700c/smooth tires only.
Guardian.UK: Lance Armstrong cancer records key to finding extent of doping, says government.
The US wants their money. Unswayable by attempts at rehabilitation through PR stunts.
StartinSport: Felix Baumgartner in a helicopter pursuing a drift car.
What’s Felix been up to? This’ll show up in an action flick soon, bet your boots.
A Continuous Lean: A Short History of the Shooting Brake.
“The story goes that one day in the early 1960s, David Brown, chairman of Aston Martin, ‘entered a board meeting at which some of his engineers were in attendance, plunked his hunting dog down on the table and said, “Build me something for him to sit in.”’”