Category: Motoring

The Start

Fangio In Monaco

Watch the video, come back for the rant.

That is why I don’t like drifting. In the old days, cars drifted – and struggled, and fought, and bit – but masters like Fangio could wrangle and finesse them to the finish line. It was a limitation of the car though, a limitation of the technology. These days research and technology can keep the car glued to the road — they don’t drift, they either stick to the road or they fire you into a wall. And you walk away from that wall, again because of the technology. The performance tells the true story though — faster and faster and faster, despite new limitations thrown at the cars every single year.

Drifting isn’t about being first across the line though, or “proper” performance, it’s a display sport; and even then I object to giving it the “sport” title. It’s in the same category as synchronised swimming. I’m sure it’s interesting to look at if you’re into that kind of thing, but personally, it bores the balls off me. I’ll stick with the F1 and rally cars thanks. At least the rally cars do it because they have to. For now.

Ultimately, you have to ask yourself: What Would Fangio Do? I certainly can’t see him in a drift car, despite the amount of drifting he used to do…


Meet Rolf

Still haven’t had a chance to detail the 850R I bought way back in June, which is why I’m only posting these now. Can’t believe I’ve had it over 6 months.

Wonderful car, perfect for 2 child seats and a boot-full of buggies and bags, or 200kg of wood pellets, or simply pissing it down country roads.

Loads of work to do though, there’s definitely a(nother) boost leak somewhere, and the brakes need to be upgraded, and it needs a bluetooth head, and, and…

Here it is in the IKEA car park the day I picked it up.

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And here’s some fun I had on the way home. The spare had a puncture too.

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More pics after I’ve had it detailed.