November 29, 2010
There's a lot of famous bends out there. The Dunlop Curve at the Circuit de la Sarthe, home of the 24 Hours of LeMans. The Lowes Hairpin at Monaco. The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. The tri-oval at Daytona. 130R at Suzuka. Parabolica at Monza. The Kink at Road America. The Karussell at the Nurburgring. The list goes on and on. But only one can be the greatest and in this duck's mind, there can be no other than Spa-Francorchamps' Eau Rouge.
Why? That's simple... here's what it looks like from the bottom in 1997:
...and here's what it looks like from near the top today:
About 105 feet of elevation change. Now imagine taking it at 160 mph, knowing that there's another (blind) curve waiting for you just over the hill. While it's become a little bit easier for F1 cars to take Eau Rouge flat-out these days, thanks to high downforce and grippy tires, one still needs nerves of steel and attachments of brass to stick with it. Most F1 drivers will praise it to the heavens, and that's good enough for me.
But visually Eau Rouge is a spectacle one doesn't get to see much anymore: part hillclimb, part turn. Only the Corkscrew on the above list has any elevation change, and while it is steep, it's also short... there's no sense of the grandiose about it. Eau Rouge? If it could walk, it would swagger.
So that's my call for the greatest turn in motorsports. What's yours?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 29, 2010 11:57 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 29, 2010 11:58 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 30, 2010 12:46 AM (+rSRq)
Did I mention that the right side of it is a 100' cliff?
Coming down it from the top, it's a left-then-hard-right and DOWN!, and if you don't get it correct, you sail off into some dairy farmer's field, and whatever's left of you gets to soak in a pasture for 30 minutes until an ambulance gets there.
We were headed up it and a Chevy Monza came over the top too fast and in the wrong lane - he saw our headlights and swerved, which saved his life, but our Datsun 510 wagon nearly cut that Monza in two.
Posted by: The Cyberwolfe at November 30, 2010 12:56 AM (7lMXI)
So the best curves in racing are... straight and flat?
Regarding the chalet, I believe the answer is "if you have to ask, you can't afford it."
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 30, 2010 07:38 AM (vW/MM)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 30, 2010 11:50 AM (+rSRq)
Ah, Steven... maybe I'm watching too much anime, but you're not watching enough racing. I'm on my lunchbreak, so I can't do the legwork that I normally would, but off the top of my head, try this:
Do a GIS for "Milka Duno," "Vanina Ickx" or even your girl "Ashley Force," then tell me Danica is better. Heck, you might even want to try Lyn St. James; you should remember her.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 30, 2010 01:25 PM (OS+Cr)
Posted by: Tony von Krag at November 30, 2010 01:41 PM (VGXAE)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 30, 2010 06:15 PM (vW/MM)
Posted by: dogbox at December 01, 2010 09:09 PM (Fkvrp)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 02, 2010 02:21 AM (+rSRq)
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