On Thursday, 10-may-2012, Caroll Shelby died, aged 89.
Originally a chicken farmer, he became a race car driver until 1959, when heart problems brought his successful racing career to an end, so he switched again to focus on designing and building powerfully fast, brash, muscle cars that he loved to drive, including some great icons:
This in-car camera footage was taken during the rally in Tasmania a few days ago, and catches some mis-communication between the driver and the navigator. The car was doing 118mph (190km/hr) at the final corner.
How people behave, and treat others, when things go wrong is quite telling. In this case, you can hear the first “sorry” while the car is still airborne. Also, they keep working together, and checking on each other, all the way to the end. Nice to see.
Best quote: “You cleared (flew over) the first fence, second fence you went through sideways, and the third fence you went through sideways.”
PS: In case you wonder just how hard can it be to give pre-written directions in a car, here’s a snippet from last years Circuit of Ireland Rally where the driver/navigator team worked really really well together. Note:
the navigator reads out directions in a non-intuitive way. The driver is already
committed to the approaching corner, and has already been told what to expect around the corner. The navigator is telling the driver what to expect after the next corner.
the large LED display near the steering wheel shows 1…6 depending on what gear the driver is in. Green is normal, but red means the driver is running engine dangerously fast and should change gear. All other information is distracting, so is removed! This makes it hard to tell speed but you can get an idea how fast they are going by noticing the number of times the driver redlines the car in 6th gear.
Walked past this Nissan GT-R parked on the side of the street in the Mission district of San Francisco. Spent several minutes walking around it, admiring. The license plate was a nice touch – wonder if the owner is involved with Mozilla? All the jokes about “a monster from Japan” are appropriate for this beast when you realize this 3.8L V6 Twin-turbo produces 485HP!