ArtDaily: 1966 race car project sells for over £80,000, three times its estimate.
The rear ... ug-ly. But I should probably withhold judgment until restoration.
Cyclingnews: Armstrong a ‘doper, dealer and liar’ says US federal government.
Nothing quite like a government sponsor scorned. Henry Tudor would have his head by now.
Autoweek: Denise McCluggage’s 1986 Mille Miglia 1000-mile revival rally coverage.
Oh, Denise. We miss you every day.
The Economist: Ride ’em, cowboy!
“Mr Polhamus paints a romantic portrait of a West ‘that believed a handshake was as good as a contract, when faith was practised openly.’ The announcer is proud that rodeo scorns the all-shall-have-prizes culture: many competitors are thrown off almost at once, or fail to lasso their steer. ‘If they win, they’ve earned it,’ he rumbles.” Less negative, Economist, than I expected. The mythology of the West is still worshipped in many quarters, and that’s not a bad thing.
FishbowlNY: The Caitlyn Jenner Sports Illustrated Issue Has Arrived.
Less retouching than usual. Like Jennifer Lawrence a couple of months ago, Jenner is flirting with overexposure. Believe me, I’ve had acquaintances going through trans issues ... but if you want to convince the masses that it’s OK or that it’s normal ... this isn’t the way to go about it. Jenner’s affluent. There are many in rural areas who are suffering exponentially more than Jenner ever did, and will never be able to afford the plastic surgery and other aesthetic tweaks associated with her/his transformation. Resembling one’s ‘correct’ gender makes things so much easier.
Cool Tools: Crane Bicycle Bell.
Class in brass.
NBC Sports: Investigation shows Alonso’s Australia crash impact peaked at 46G.
And he walked away. Amazing.
Youtube: Why is Jesus white? - Muhammad Ali.
If you never got to experience him. RIP, Muhammad.
Reuters: Boxing great Muhammad Ali near death in Arizona hospital: source.
Hopes for a gentle end. I had the experience of seeing Ali and Frazier yelling at each other from different cars in downtown Trenton (near the Farmer’s Market) before their first fight. Ali had the verbal advantage. Both had their ‘hangers-ons’ and other managers about them, to prevent any early dustups.
BBC: Briton Leslie Binns abandons Everest peak to save fellow climber.
“Leslie Binns, 42, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, turned around to save Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who was scaling the summit ahead of him.” Not many do this ... good on you, sir.
SciAm: New Study Finds That Roof Racks Are a Real Drag on U.S. Fuel Consumption.
I knew this already. Yet my roof rack stays on the car ‘just in case’. I should just go ahead and take the durned thing off. I’ve been chucking my bike in the back of the van, just because of the drag on the roof. In NM’s high winds and weather, a bent frame and tons of bugs are your reward for sitting on the roof. Better the back-of-the-car strap-on dealy.
Vox: I was really bad at sports in high school. This new study helps me understand why.
“Overall, she says the finding is a strike against the popular ‘10,000 hour rule,’ which implies anyone can become master at an activity if they were to just devote the time to it. The research in sports, and in other activities such as music, games, and education, just doesn’t back that hypothesis up.”
MessyNessy: The Most Beautiful Car Race that Ever Was.
Bicycling: Pro Rider Finishes Tour of the Gila on Fan’s Mountain Bike.
“... Allison will probably go down in Gila history as the first pro rider to finish a stage on an old Stumpjumper ...” Oh, this rocks, in just so many ways ...
c|net: Mechanical doping - Cyclist sentenced to 6-year-ban for using bike with hidden motor.
CJR: For enthusiast media, ethics can be costly.
I got a snort out of this, at least: “The profile suggests a readership of fewer aspiring Olympians than what cyclists call M.A.M.I.Ls, or ‘Middle-Aged Men in Lycra.’”
BBC Sport: Bernie Ecclestone - Women drivers in F1 would not be taken seriously.
Idiot. Only until the current fossils go extinct.
SciAm: Study Finds Evidence of Brain Injury in Living NFL Veterans.
*ahem* The sheer volume of ex-high-school football players could, in one fell swoop, explain the popularity of Trump ... ?
The Atlantic: Before Katniss and Furiosa, the 1910s’ Female Action Stars Ruled the Silver Screen.
“Serials focused on women action heroes from the start, possibly thanks to the format’s tie-ins with magazines and newspapers, which aimed to draw female readers because they were attractive to advertisers.” I was just wondering yesterday what happened to female bronc riders, seemingly populous prior to WWII. Turns out Gene Autry enforced a Puritanical parochialism on rodeo that still lingers.
Autoweek: Video of Fernando Alonso’s crash in Australia.
And he flippin’ walks away, albeit with a slight knee injury. Unbelievable. Thinking back to what happened to Gilles Villeneuve. How far we’ve come.
Bicycling: First Look - Campagnolo EPS V3.
Batteries?! Like when SLRs changed from mechanical shutters to electronics.
MessyNessy: Rare Kodachromes of 1950s Hot Rods to Send your Heart Racing.
Maybe it’s my age, but these ARE exciting to look at.
Italian Ways: The Alfa Romeo Monoposto 8C 35 - absolutely legendary.
Perhaps, but the Auto-Unions were even moreso.
Autoweek: Ferrari unveils prototype halo for Formula One cars.
For those who don’t know, F1 is trying to protect driver’s heads with tripods called ‘halos’. I can’t find the accident video I was thinking of, but Sainz in Sochi, with a 42G impact, gives you an idea of the forces involved.
Italian Ways: The Mille Miglia Museum, telling the history of the most beautiful race in the world.
Oh, come on. You Italian Ways folks are killin’ it today. On my MUST SEE bucket list.