Anyone can fan would get a kick out of seeing how amazingly packaged an F1 car is. It’s also a great view to see how a driver sits in the car and how close to the ground he is going 200mph. Simply amazing.
With Spa having run a few weeks ago, Eau Rouge doesn’t seem to make as much of an impact these days as it used to now that F1 has higher downforce, lower power cars. During this year’s race I noticed a cameraman positioned next to the track right as the cars headed uphill, I’m curious to see if he was able to pan fast enough to get a shot. Maybe he was used to shooting GT cars…
We’ve seen this sort of display before for production cars but it’s very cool to see it done to an F1 car. There are 3,200 parts individually hung for display at the Mercedes-Benz World F1 Exhibition in England. It’s just like F1 to do something so ridiculous, just because they can.
Well now that we have to wait an extra 2 weeks for the F1 season to start because of the chaos in Bahrain, here’s something light and fun that Red Bull just released.
I’m sure many people have already heard that a few nights ago the CEO of J’s Racing Japan, Junichi Umemoto, was arrested for Hit & Run Attempted Murder. The point of this post isn’t to repeat the news but to share a letter sent to all the J’s Racing distributors around the world.
Statement on the incident reported on media
January 25, 2011
J’s Corporation co.,ltd
C.E.O Hisaaki Murakami
To all the parties concerned
This statement is prepared in response to the news “Junichi Umemoto Arrested” reported on the media.
We sincerely regret and apologize for all the trouble we caused to our customers and business acquaintance. At the same time, we earnestly hope a speedy recovery of the injured party.
As of now, we have not obtained the complete information and we are unable to report all the detail of the incident. However, it is a fact that Mr. Umemoto has been arrested and has been questioned by the police.
Upon this development, the board of directors removed Mr. Umemoto from the C.E.O and have elected Hisaaki Murakami as the replacement. The boards also have elected Mr. Masafumi Yagi as the general manager to succeed Murakami.
Starting today, with this new management, we resume the regular operation and make utmost effort to avoid the similar trouble to our customers, clients, and the business associates.
We are determined and committed to do whatever necessary to restore the trust from you.
We greatly appreciate and look forward to your continued support and patronage.
J’S RACING JAPAN
10-17 Hatakedacyou Ibaraki Osaka Japan
And in case you don’t know the story, here’s the article reported by Japanese news:
The police have arrest a 43 year old man related to a hit and run incident which happened in downtown Osaka. The suspect arrested for attempted murder is Junichi Umemoto who is a auto repair shop director. Late night on Jan 22, while driving a car, he hit a man walking and tried to leave the scene. Eiji Fujikawa, 39 years old, a colleague of the man held onto the mirror of Umemoto’s car. Umemoto continued to drive and dragged him approximately 100 meters before Fujikawa let go. Fujikawa-san broke his skull is now unconscious and in critical condition. The suspect is saying “I was scared of repercussions and kept on going. I didn’t mean to kill him.” On his own blog Umemoto introduces himself that he has entered over 100 official races and is an active driver.
A great highlight reel showcasing this year’s F1 championship. This has been such a long and eventful season some of these moments seem like they’re from past years.
Well, it’s all over. And what a season it’s been. I haven’t recapped every race this season but I have to at least comment on the finale at Abu Dhabi and the season as a whole. What a final race followed by Vettel’s controversial win in Brazil. Although I wished he’d let Webber by and take the win in Brazil to give him a better chance in Abu Dhabi, Vettel was in the right to scrape together every point possible judging by how the championship winners have won in the past couple seasons. It seemed like Alonso and Webber were both trying to run the safe race in a desperate attempt to win the championship while Vettel just flat out drove his ass off and jumped from third to first in the points. When I first watched this kid race in the USGP for BMW, it was clear he was going to be a future world champion if he played his cards right. As with all champions, it was a combination of right team at the right time. With Red Bull hiring Adrian Newey around the same time Vettel joined Torro Rosso, Vettel graduated to the senior team just in time as Newey’s car was starting to mature. It’s just too bad for Webber being part of the team since it’s Jaguar form that he might have just lost out on his best chance to win a championship title. It’s safe to say Alonso is probably the one of if not the fastest driver in the field but he blew his chance and become first loser this year. Looking back in the season, each one of the title contenders made a good amount of mistakes to decrease their chances of winning the title but this really was an eventful season with a nice clean fair finish. Until next year…
Another year, another SEMA. Domestics seemed to dominate this year’s show, especially the Camaro. There weren’t any notable cars for us hardcore JDM enthusiasts other than a couple CR-Z’s at Honda’s booth this year. One of my favorite cars of the show was Honda’s CR-Z Hybrid R Concept which was designed by Five Axis, always a fan of their work. Too bad the aero parts will never see production but it’s always nice to see a clean production quality, one-off aero kit.
Out in the parking lot, Top Gear America was promoting their new History Channel show by giving people rides in taxi yellow supercars. It was a creative promotional idea but didn’t seem to get much attention.
It’s been a while since I posted a recap of the past F1 race but I couldn’t pass up commenting on my favorite F1 track of all, Spa Francochamps in Belgium. This track is surrounded by history on and off the track. Nestled within the Ardennes forest where some of the most historic WWII battles occured, Spa was one of the original Formula 1 tracks on the calendar in 1950, just a few years after the war. This is also one of a few tracks that actually still resembles it’s original layout and looking like a proper road course winding through natural terrain of the land.
Now on to the events of last weekend. Another feature of Spa is it’s unpredictable weather that always calls for an eventful race. Last weekend was no exception with wet/dry conditions causing crashes and strategy calls to keep us all entertained.
Again, Red Bull was on pole with Webber but a poor start and dropped him a couple spots before the first corner. Red Bull has the pace but it’s always something that prevents them from converting good qualifying into race wins.
In the middle of the race, Vettel’s inexperience showed again when he lost control trying to overtake Button and speared straight into the side of him taking Button out of the race. Vettel was able continue but ended up with a drive-through penalty, which is fair because it was a pseudo racing incident, something unintentional but caused by some poor judgement.
In the end, Lewis took the checkers driving a clean race and keeping out of trouble while Webber reaped the benefits of Vettel and Button’s mishaps to place second. It seems like it’ll be Reb Bull – McLaren battle going into the last rounds of this season with Lewis and Webber fighting for the championship. Ferrari has just been messing around in the top ten and can’t seem to get it together and run a clean tidy race weekend.
I got a care package from anonymous “Mr. Thumb” today. It’s nice to someone actively promoting authentic products that we all love and proudly sell. Our industry has shrunk due to the economy and it’s becoming more difficult for manufacturers to afford to make innovative new parts especially when it’ll just get knocked off and sold for half. For those that can’t afford high end parts, there’s nothing wrong with buying lower quality parts that are more affordable, as long as they’re ORIGINAL designs. Replica manufacturers should see the light and use the resources they have to produce original products they can call their own, even getting influences from an existing design is acceptable for those looking for similar styles. But to use the original part and make an exact replica is just plain shameful.