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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Darling 200: 2WD and Clubman Cup decided during a demonstration of rally camaraderie
The conditions were almost perfect for the start of the Darling 200, the deciding final round of the 2WD and Clubman Cup categories in the Onslow Contracting Western Australian Rally Championship (WARC).
Around Jarrahdale, competitors had to tackle a total of 76 kilometres that consisted of one 25.34 kilometre stage that was run three times, which threw an additional challenge of deteriorating conditions, dust and finishing the event into the setting sun.
Organisers successfully trialled a ‘no wheel spin start’ rule which kept the start line in good condition and minimised dust, for which the Darling 200 is renowned. This year, the Service Park was on the Jarrahdale Oval and worked really well for competitors, crews and officials, as well as locals who enjoyed looking on.
With many flat tyres, a blown engine (2WD: Allout Towing Services, David Farnswroth, 1990 Toyota Corolla), and a multiple roll-over crash (Clubman Cup: Platinum Automotive, Anthony Chudleigh, 1998 Hyundai Excel), there was barely a dull moment.
CAMS has handed a $5k suspended fine to a competitor for competing in an AASA Formula Ford event at Winton on 24 September, 2016. The competitor, Paul Zsidy, is a CAMS state council member and by competing in the non-CAMS sanctioned event he breached the CAMS constitution.
CAMS released a statement last week that stated:
“The Board of CAMS met on November 4 2016 to determine a charge against Mr Paul Zsidy of Bentleigh East, Victoria. It was alleged that as a member of the Victorian State Council Executive of CAMS, Mr Zsidy breached his obligations pursuant to clause 14(b) of the CAMS Constitution by competing at a non CAMS event”
I have been following William’s posts for a while now as they are amazingly insightful and deeply technical.
Here is his fantastically easy to read explanation of duct design, and the magic number you need to aim for when working out expansion angles.
William explains; “Ducts are there to capture air from, ideally, a clean, high energy source and conduct it to the place it needs to be used (usually for cooling of some sort, or for “feeding” an engine).
Expanding the air gently is the right thing to do. Often there isn’t the space to do this realistically but here’s an example of a duct that benefitted from making space.”
Formula E appears to be a rapidly growing category (though no events Down Under – presumably electricity is expensive here), and love it or not, electric cars are going to be a massive presence in the future automotive landscape. Formula E has a love-it-or-hate-it sound, and the end of a race can be painful to watch in a way one could only imagine it would be like if every car in the field suddenly ran out of petrol on the last lap. Having said that, the racing is close, and it is exciting, and the technology has far reaching applications.
A recent announcement of the Roborace car release is an obvious next step in the evolution of electric vehicles, drone racing and remote operated or autonomous equipment.
Awesome Retro Weber Style Carby for Hidden EFI!
Jenvey in the UK are known for making some pretty interesting induction systems. One downside on older cars is losing the classic ‘look’, let alone the distinctive sound of side draught carbies.
So when some pictures of new DCOE style carbs floated across my screen, I had to do a double take. Hidden inside the float bowl area is two neatly installed fuel injectors!