January 31, 2006

I Didn't Know This Was Missing From Life...

...but apparantly there was a distinct shortage of NASCAR storylines in Harlequin Romances.

Well, NO MORE!

"I love mah car. I love The 'Liminator. And Ah love you."

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January 27, 2006

Williams FW28, Honda RA106

Boy, it's times like this that make me wish we didn't have another 40+ days to go until the first race of the year.

Williams rolled out their new chassis, the FW28, and their new FOURTH driver... Narain Kitty-- er, Karthekeyian. See photos of the new car here. The sidepods look interesting... and maybe it's just an optical illusion, but the nose seems higher than the other new cars.

Meanwhile, Honda trucked out THEIR new car yesterday (while I was gushing over Super Aguri being given clearance). Photos here. I can help but compare the car to the 2002 Arrows that S.A. plans to use... particularly the nose layout.

Oh please, Mr. F1... hurry up! I'se can't waits much longer!

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January 26, 2006

Super Aguri is go! (again)

It's finally (finally!) official: Formula One will have an eleventh team on the grid for the first time in 20 years.

TEAM SUPER AGURI IS GO!

...and yes, they'll be rolling out the 2002 Arrows car for at least the first few races, with a predicted debut of their own chassis in San Marino... on the Duck's birthday, April 23rd. As if I needed more of a reason to like 'em.

They still haven't announced a second driver to team with Takuma ('Suicide') Sato, but there's a whole list of people, including Anthony Davidson, rumored.

Consider The Pond to be your home for everything Super Aguri, obviously. I'm thinking it's going to be a fascinating ride for them as the first truly new team in a couple of decades. Can you IMAGINE the problems involved? Good lord, just the transportation plans alone would make your head fall off.

The Pond'll still make fun of them, of course. Hey, if we can make fun of Minardi, OUR FAVORITE TEAM, we can make fun of a team that hasn't taken the track yet!

Still... gotta dig those orange wheels. Those, I hope they keep.

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January 24, 2006

2-4-8

So, yeah, slow news day today. Nothing big happened. Some Italian team rolled out their new car. It's red. If you're interested (though I have no idea why you would be), pictures can be found here.

Really... who do they think they are? Red. Sheesh.

/understatement off

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January 23, 2006

New cars for F1, NASCAR

Two bits of news this evening:

First off, McLaren rolled out the MP4-21 at Jerez today. It looks an awful lot like last year's MP4-20, with a narrow nose and smaller air intakes. A good set of pictures can be found at the official F1 webpage, HERE. Be warned, though, that the photos are of the car in the pre-season orange color, so it may induce nausea in fans.

The second bit that I found is that NASCAR is welcoming in a new manufacturer for the 2007: Toyota!!! Their entry will be based on the Camry, which makes me giggle, since I own a Camry. "Yup, my car runs in NASCAR... got a whoppin' 4-cyl under the hood, baby!"

There is no truth to the rumor that they'll be running the Corolla in the Busch series.

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January 20, 2006

Belgian Lake Track No More?

According to reports from Grandprix.com, the Belgian Grand Prix at the Swimming Pool at Spa-Francopants is going to be cancelled this year.

Improvements to the track have no chance of being completed on time, due to the failure of the race organizers' corporation shortly after last year's race. So, as a result, the track won't be in race shape, and therefore no race.

Which I think is a major-league bummer. Like, fer sure! *rolls eyes* Seriously, Spa-Francoswimteam is a great race, and while I'm sure the teams would like the week off, I know they all love the track, too. It's a pity, but there's really only one person to blame.

Darth Bernie. He frickin' CHARGES tracks to allow F1 to race there, and he charges a LOT. It's threatened Silverstone in the past, it threatened Hockenheim earlier, and now it's claimed one of the classics.

For shame, Bernie.

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January 19, 2006

F1 pr0n

Okay. My little fever-post on BMW's car seems to have triggered the juices of the usual readers here... spring fever in January?

So lets just indulge ourselves in a bit more heavy breathing, shall we? We're all adults, there's no shame in our lusts (Flotsky, just don't let the missus see)...

Thanks to the folks over at PlanetF1, here's something you don't get to see every day: naked car bodies.

Yes, F1 cars in a state of undress... or, at least, un-be-livered. No advertising, no slogans, just nude carbon fibre.

Actually, the Minardi (I refuse to call it Torro Rosso) car looks damn fine in that two-tone black / gold scheme... it'd be a flat-out winner if they could keep it like that for the races.

*phew* I need a cigarette. Did the earth move for you? Call me?

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January 17, 2006

BMW-Sauber Rolls Out The F1.06

Oh, 'tis the time for new cars to be rollin' outta the rye! Toyota debuted the TF16 last week (no big surprises), and today BMW brought out their entry onto the grid, the F1.06.

Thanks to the good folks at GrandPrix.com for this picture, found HERE, of the new car.

Take a look at that nose... it's even LOWER than normal. The article from Grandprix.com says there's a whole bunch of new fiddlybits and gewgaws on the car, signifying mostly nothing.

Still... ish purty!

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