Sunday, September 30, 2012

ALMS Baltimore 3D

Gangam Style Korean GP

The Marshalls and staff at the Korean Grand Prix have put together their own Gangam Style video. Pretty funny and one of the best remakes I have seen. The Girls in the orange overalls are pretty cute as well.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

C'était un rendez-vous redux

kudos to Alex Roy and /DRIVE for producing this great content.

quick sketches: closed / open cockpit hybrid

In light of the recent incident at Spa with Alonso and Grosjean, as well as other incidents in the past few years, the debate over closing the cockpits in F1 has been reignited. Personally, I feel that a closed cockpit is the inevitable future of the sport, but I respect and understand the concerns of ruining the aesthetic and essence of the formula. The sketches above show a compromise between the current design and a closed cockpit. The roll bar / air intake becomes a protective hood over the driver allowing for more side and front protection. The hood creates a smaller space for objects to enter. A wheel/tire coming from the front or side would be stopped by he hood instead of making direct contact with the helmet. The "hood" could be further protected by diagonal bars extending from the side of the cockpit to the hood. This area could also be protected by ballistic glass. The second design presents potential problems for quick entry and exit of the cockpit but the general principle could be explored to offer more side protection to protect the head in an incident similar to what happened at Spa.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tour of COTA with Tilke engineers

Two months until the first Grand Prix in Austin, TX. Engineers from Tilke Ingenieure & Architekten take us on a tour of the new track and facilities under construction in Austin. 

Res Bull American Vacation - behind the scenes

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lotus 49

Designed by Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe for the 1967 F1 season, the Lotus 49 went on to win two constructors championships over the next four years. Racing legends Jochen Rindt, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jo Siffert, and Mario Andretti all had a turn behind the wheel- their names are featured in gold in the underpainting on this canvas.
source photo taken by Doug Klein at 2011 Monterrey historics

acrylic, spary paint, graffiti mop, paint pen on canvas

36x36 inches


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2012 Baltimore Grand Prix

Following last year's successful race weekend, the city of Baltimore played host once again to the American Le Mans series and the IZOD Indy Car series.

This year I went Friday and Saturday to take it all in.

Grandstands are open to $15 general admission ticket holders on Friday

The basement of the Baltimore Convention Center holds the Indy Paddock providing a unique oppurtunity to see all of the team trucks and cars in one enormous room.

doin' work

nuclear powered Dallara

Welcome back sinister snake.

some scrutineering at dusk

ALMS paddock between Ravens Stadium and Camden Yards

I returned the next day with the intention of getting in to some buildings around the track to get some different views. I was able to get into a parking garage with this great view and stayed there for pretty much the whole ALMS race on Saturday.

The prominence of Camden Yards in this track layout is a stroke of brilliance.

pretty nice view from Pickles Pub

shooting video to make cinemagraphs:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Palatov Motorsport at Pikes Peak

Paltov Motorsport has been designing and building trackday cars since 2008. Their unique cars, designed and built by Dennis Palatov and his team in Portland, Oregon, have emerged as serious contenders in the niche market of trackday cars dominated by established British Marques. This year they decided to take on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado springs to prove their technology and design.

Paired with three time Pikes Peak winner, David Donner, the Palatov Motorpsort team entered the unlimited class with hopes of being near the top of the timesheets for an overall win.

When I read about this project to race at Pikes peak, I contacted Dennis Palatov to ask about being a sponsor for the race. I was excited to be a part of this underdog story taking on established teams and drivers such as the Millens, Paul Dallenbach, and "Monster" Tajima. I hope to to be a part of more Palatov efforts and to put straßenversion on more cars in the years to come.

After months of preparation and delays from the wildfires in Colorado,  the team at Palatov Motorsport descended on Colorado Springs to compete. After some promising tests in the days leading up to the race, the team fitted some last minute aerodynamic improvements (including an old BMW F1 wing from David Donner's shop) and honed their set-up.

Race day was overly eventful with rain delays, retirements, and frightening crashes from some of the top competitors including Paul Dallenbach (also in the unlimited class). Immediately after Dallanbach was helicoptered to the hospital and word came back that his injuries were non life threatening, David Donner drove the Palatov D4PPS to a class win with a time of 10:04 and placed 5th overall. The video below shows the run. The low mounted camera provides a thrilling view.

Congratulations to everyone at Palatov Motorsport and David Donner for this amazing run at Pikes Peak.

photos by Joel Yust for Palatov Motorsport

This car is now up for sale on ebay. Own a piece of history!