Supercharged: Bugatti 12.4 Grand Sport concept Atlantic.
A whole mishmash of styling cues; very reminiscent of the classics. I like it.
Gentleman’s Gadgets: Audi’s Toy Car for the Big Boys.
Quietly pretend that you’re Tazio Nuvolari.
Motoriginal: John Cooper & Carroll Shelby collaboration.
“The 1963 Shelby Cooper Type 61 Monaco King Cobra.” Oh, be still my beating heart.
The Atlantic: America’s Rebel Band of Custom-Bike Builders.
“Right now is the Golden Age in custom frame building. [snip] There have never been more builders producing, and the quality has never been higher.” Prices, too. $15K means the 1% are buying bikes? I’d like to see a followup on who the market is, and how the bikes are actually used.
Racecar Engineering: 2014 F1 explained - What is brake by wire?
A real problem until they get the programming sorted out. I can’t imagine driving such a powerful vehicle with minute-by-minute unpredictable stopping power.
The Atlantic: The Incredible Bowling Bubble of the 1960s.
It’s true. I think our public schools, if pushed a little harder, would have instituted bowling as a phys-ed requirement.
MeFi: Formula One Racing documentaries, from the first days to the present.
Now that’s an FPP. Timely and extensive.
Youtube: March Madness Trick Shots.
Frisbee always gets a link here.
CNet: Goodyear unveils next-gen blimp, first in 45 years.
It’s a zeppelin, not a blimp. They should bear the moniker proudly. Instead, they limp back to blimp.
Mashable: Why Are the Dutch So Dang Good at Speed Skating?
“It’s in our genes.” I think so. I may be nine generations away from The Netherlands, but put me on a pair of rollerblades … and watch out. I should post a photo, but I have the habit of wearing embarrassingly colorful tights when I go out. I’d never hear the end of it.
Runner’s World: The Seven Most Common Running Injuries.
Wired: Why Formula 1 Cars Are So Ugly This Year.
“The 2.4-liter V8 engines, which wailed like banshees as they reached 18,000 RPM, are being replaced by turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engines that rev to around 15K. The turbo spins at 100,000 RPM and produces a distinctive high-pitched whistle as the turbine continues spinning to generate power for the hybrid system.” What’s the best network/channel to see F1 on?
WSJ: Sochi 2014 - Olympic Broadcasts Are 24% Action, 33% Commercials.
I tried. Honestly I did. NBC’s coverage of the Opening started off terribly rude and condescending … I lasted one more day for a little slopestyle and figure skating, but the commercials and commentating were so bad I switched off audio. The high volume blathering minutiae that accompany every bit of action suck all the joy out of athletic performance. I haven’t turned on a single Olympic broadcast since Day Two.
I simply don’t care anymore.
WSJ: Under Armour Suits May Be a Factor in U.S. Speedskating’s Struggles.
Did they not use them in practice before the Olympics? Making changes at the last minute - bad idea.
The Economist: Putin and the media: Dreams about Russia.
“The response of state television was immediate and telling: instead of letting the mishap pass, the live feed was instantly replaced with a recording from a rehearsal. This substitution of reality is just one measure that gives the Russian media a whiff of Orwell’s ‘1984’.” More disturbing to me was NBC’s editing of the opening ceremony, and the commentators’ inability to meaningfully describe any of Russian history, much less the Tolstoy personalities (“Oh this is a symbol that means a lot to the Russian people. They get this.”). It was pretty rude, overall. This is not to defend Putin; just to bash NBC a bit.
Motoriginal: 1953 Cunningham C4R closely followed by 1952 ...
Someone please pay my way to Goodwood next year ...
The Smart Set: Sweeping Smooth.
Do watch the video, when you have time, after reading the article.
CNet: Sochi visitors entering hacking ‘minefield’ by firing up electronics.
Phew. And VPNs will, no doubt, slow everything to a crawl. I can only imagine the teeth-gnashing frustration of photogs sending pix back to news services ...
Youtube: The Art of the Pit Stop.
Porsche returns to LeMans.
Time: The Psychology of a Sports Fandom.
“Fan groups tend to demonize followers of rival teams, for example, for no other reason than that they root for the opposition.” Tell me again why this is news?
Telegraph.UK: How to choreograph a theatrical fight scene.
Cool. In my calendar, too.
Youtube: SMP Racing — Nurburgring.
Not particularly remarkable, just well-shot. Using a cold, bleach-bypass sort of filter.
Startin’ Sport: Formula 1 Ferrari F14-T 2014.
I suppose it’s appropriate that an Italian car would have a Roman nose ...
Guardian.UK: Texas club says auction of right to kill black rhino will fund conservation.
Auction off the premeditated murder and dismemberment of an aged endangered Black Rhino, mitigating that evil by donating to support the victim’s “extended family.” Talk about a ‘death panel’ ...
NY Daily News: 3-time Olympic champion ski jumper Morgenstern hospitalized after crash.
Ye gods. Best wishes for a swift recovery.