October 27, 2011
On 26 October 2011, Jill Singer of the Herald Sun wrote an article entitled “Race fans deny their inner ghoul“. I came across the article from a retweet from Greg Rust, the channel Ten / One motor sport presenter. After reading the article, I whole heartily disagreeing with Jill’s opinion, and wrote a rational comment on the Herald Sun website that for whatever reason they have not published, so I’ve decided to publish it myself, below.
You can read Jill’s article here, and my comment below.
Jill, from reading your article it appears that you understand nothing about motor sport fans; as demonstrated by your assumption that only men are fans. In your article you have further demonstrated your ignorance by applying a broad generalisation that all motor sports fans secretly wish injury or death upon its participants. As everyone knows generalisations are always wrong. For every fan there are a many different reasons as to why they enjoy motor sport, and for the vast majority of those fans, injury and death is the last thing they want to see. Your suggestion that people are faking grief to hide enjoyment from someone’s death is truly disturbing, and actually says a whole heap about your own personality. Finally the quotes you use to try and prove your point of view have been used out of context, with maybe the exception of Tim Dahlberg’s; Tim’s quote however is his own opinion, rather than fact.
January 10, 2010
December 29, 2009
I spotted this spare wheel cover on the back of an old Nissan Patrol while going for a drive today. Classic. I’m no financial planner, but I hope this guy’s kids have setup their own saving accounts, cause the inheritance isn’t going to deliver much.
November 21, 2009
Researchers from the Nagoya University are researching why traffic jams can occur for no reason. The phenomenon is known as a shockwave traffic jam. In the video below the Japanese researchers setup an experiment where 22 cars were instructed to travel on a circular course at 30 kilometres an hour. Small variances in speed between each vehicle caused the distance between each vehicle to decrease which causes trailing vehicles to slow down in order to avoid collision, this flows on down through the chain of vehicles and eventually the speed is so slow that vehicles are stopping to avoid collision with the vehicle in front.
From the experiment it could be argued that on highways and freeways where the road geometry is of a standard where it is to safe to travel above the prescribed speed limit that the legal enforcement of the speed limit is causing congestion through the shockwave traffic jam effect, and increasing the risk of of nose to tail collisions.
November 21, 2009
This post is only very loosely based on anything to do with roads, but that’s okay, cause it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want.
Last night I went to see some Standup comedy, at the Sit Down Comedy Club, I won some free tickets, yeah. One of the comedians on stage was Damien Power, and he was really good. Turns out he is the brother of IndyCar driver Will Power.
November 11, 2009
This is a video from the recent Dickies 500 Nascar Race, held at Texas Motor Speedway. Astronaut Doug Hurley flew a military Chinook onto the course, and from out the back appears the Camaro pace car. Awesome! Americans have spectacle nailed!
September 30, 2009
The project is great, and it highlights how by being smart we can all be more sustainable in what we do everyday.
The car is scheduled to race at rounds 13 and 14 of the British Formula 3 series at Brand Hatch on the 17th of October 2009. It will be exciting to see how it fairs against Formula 3 cars constructed from conventional materials.
Check out more details of the car here.
September 23, 2009
It’s crash week over at Jalopnik!
One of my favourite articles so far is the one about how emergency services set up at a car accident scene, and the other is an analysis of the crash at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Speedway earlier in the year.