David Chinner is a genius. I first met David many years ago when I used to rally and do club level stuff with his brother Andrew. Both brothers are genuine and down-to-earth guys, which, when talking about geniuses, is pretty rare. David is easy to talk to even though he is an enormous brain with a pony tail attached.
He runs a home built Clubman style car powered by a 13B turbo. In David’s style, he has used engineering design and a heck of a lot of maths to build it, and now to rebuild it after a major ‘off’ at Wakefield Park.
Here, he talks about the process and pitfalls of using open source software to redesign the car. His audience in this lecture are software developers and engineers for the Linux open source operating system (hence the awkward laughs at some of the anecdotes) but there’s a lot of knowledge here that the rest of us can use.
AASA released a statement today to reassure competitors and officials of the ability of the governing body to adequately support participants, presumably in response to the recent open letter to officials from CAMS. (This post updated 12:30pm 10/03/17)
Here it is! It’s taken forever, and about 20 versions due to my poor understanding of the editing software.
It is aimed at people that are interested in getting involved in motor sport and think it’s too hard or expensive, or people that should be interested! Forward it on to friends and family that should really be doing car things off public roads.
I know you love deeply technical articles and well made competition cars. This won’t be about that so much, at least not in these early days. The intention is to kick off with the absolute bare minimum, and slowly progress up the motor sport food chain starting with events with no barriers to entry, before moving into club level competition and so on. So far the first two episodes will be on track days and skid pans.
It is unpolished and I have made a number of technical errors that cannot be fixed, but hey, I have had a go and each subsequent issue should be better every time. Hopefully it will still be entertaining!
It has been rapidly coming to my attention that an ENTIRE batch of post has gone AWOL.
I will start re-sending them early next week.
My sincere apologies for the delay in getting the magazine into your hands!
You may have noticed (or completely missed) that CAMS recently sent members a request to participate in a survey. Road safety has improved a lot over the years in part from better car design, better roads and arguably through speed reduction strategies. This improvement has tapered off (and in some states become worse) and if road safety is to improve it is probably going to be through the third aspect of driving – the driver.
The Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) needs your help to understand how driver training and motor sport involvement relate to driving on public roads.
Great news everyone!
Race Magazine has joined the digital age!
As of Issue 45 (the current issue) and as many back issues as I can upload over the next few weeks, Race Magazine is now available in digital format.
iPhone/iPad users: search for Race Magazine or try HERE
Android users: HERE
Kindle users: HERE
Internet/web browser version is on Pocketmags HERE.
The app itself is free as you only pay for the issues you want to download.
We previously tried hosting PDF versions from this site but even minor web traffic quickly rendered that option unsustainable very quickly.
William Toet is the former Head of Aerodynamics for the Sauber F1 Team, and is one of very few F1 engineers that has been willing to impart with his vast wealth of knowledge. He is an engaging speaker and covers a fascinating array of motor sport topics.
Here he speaks about the design, performance and aerodynamics of Formula 1.
With thanks to the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
Here it is. Due on shelves at the end of January, Issue 45 has been an enormous amount of fun to put together and has some fantastic feature cars and technical articles.
In this issue you will be able to read about Denver Parker’s wild R33 sedan Targa West car, the 2016 Queensland Sports Car Championship, part two of Danny Mishok’s gorgeous Ford Escort, a pair of Ford Capri Peranas owned by Simon Gunson and brilliant tech articles by Pat Clark.
Alan Wheeley has written some more on his motorkhana special (complete with post crash suspension and drivetrain damage), and Peter Murray talks about preparing the most important nut in any race car – the one on our shoulders. Having a well prepared car is only part of what is needed to do well in competition and he kindly talks about the worst event he has had, at one of the best run events around.
Annual subscriptions are now open! The next issue is due out on the 19th of January! Don’t miss a thing.
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In issue 45, you will be able to read about Denver Parker’s wild R33 sedan Targa West car, the 2016 Queensland Sports Car Championship, part two of Danny Mishok’s gorgeous Ford Escort, a pair of Ford Capri Peranas owned by Simon Gunson and brilliant tech articles by Pat Clark.
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