Photography: Richard Pardon - Goodwood.com
As car enthusiasts, Goodwood Festival of Speed is on many of our bucket lists. The festival, focusing on a hill climb through the Earl of March’s driveway showcases some of the greatest cars spanning over many years. With the likes of Ayrton Senna’s original Formula 1 cars, to prototype BMWs, the festival contains some motoring greats. With great privilege our own ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett was invited to participate by his sponsor Red Bull. As the first drifter to ever lay down tread on the driveway, it’s great to see Mike recognized on such a prestigious level.
Following his recent success at Cody’s D1NZ Naltional Drifting Championship Round 6 at Mount Smart, Daynom Templeman has sent his 2JZ powered FD RX7 across to Japan, home of drifting. The car will feature at the Motor Games festival at Fuji Speedway with Japan playing host to Formula Drift Asia round 2.
Gymkhana extraordinaire Ken Block has just dropped the latest Hoonigan video showcasing their Hoonigan racing headquarters, with a MTV cribs style video. The facility is something pretty special, built within a large warehouse using shipping containers to create a multi level environment. A definite must watch!
To the untrained eye, Nascar seems like nothing more than a bunch of rednecks running flat out around a track consisting of two left turns and two straights, in front of a grandstand packed full of gun toting, beer-swigging southerners. And while this is pretty close to the truth, with millions of diehard fans glued to every 10-car pile-up, the win on Sunday sell on Monday philosophy means manufacturers like Toyota, Chevy, Ford and Dodge (until it pulled out) don’t mess around when it comes to throwing money into car and engine development to gain an edge. And the sheer scale of Nascar has created its own parts market for those outside the sport scooping up spare engines, second-hand parts and complete cars at hard-to-argue-with bargain prices. All you have to do is look at a race series like the local Central Muscle Cars, with most of the front-runners utilizing Nascar components, to see the effect this has on the ability to trophy-snatch in your local series.
Michael Schumacher had been in a coma since his December 2013 skiing accident. We are pleased to hear he is no longer in a coma and has been moved from the French hospital he was in to the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland.
The Formula One world champion had been in an induced coma after having blood clots removed from his brain since December 29. He ended his motor racing career last year, but he has a record 91 Grand Prix victories to his name.
We wish Michael Schumacher well in his rehabilitation and recovery.