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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

From the pen of Enrique Scalabroni…

The one-off Alfa retro Alfa designed by former Ferrari Technical Director, Enrique Scalabroni. Gorgeous aluminium bodywork was hand-hewn by Giorgio Giorda

Argentine design engineer, Enrique Scalabroni, is one of the most creative people I know.  Following successful careers at Williams, Ferrari and Peugeot, and more recently as the man behind Asiatech Engines and the BCN GP2/F3000 team, Enrique is today working for a number of different clients on a variety of interesting projects.  Here are his original drawings of a one-off “retro” Alfa Romeo he completed recently.  Note the neatness of hand and the attention to detail.  The curvaceous aluminium bodywork has been beautifully rendered by another Spanish-based artisan from Argentina – Giorgio Giorda.    The steel tube chassis is  30mm X 30mm (section) X 1mm (thickness) and the power unit is from the Alfa Montreal.

Nick Cassidy retains lead

Nick Cassidy, the very talented 17-year-old New Zealander, scored a win in round three of the New Zealand Racing Series at Taupo, New Zealand, on Jan 29, 2012 – and therefore takes his points lead into round 4 at Hampton Downs next weekend. Here, in conversation with The Flying Lap’s Peter Windsor, Nick talks about his relatively tough weekend in Taupo, the ins and outs of the Toyota car set-up – and the return of Mitch Evans to the series.

Josh Hill – currently P4 in NZ Toyota Racing Series

Josh Hill, talented grandson of Graham and son of Damon, is currently in New Zealand, driving for ETEC Motorsport in the Toyota Racing Series – an ultra-competitive, five-circuit, 15-race championship for 215bhp single-seaters. Josh won the opening race, at Teretonga, on the South Island, and talks to us on January 24, 2012, just prior to the third round, at Taupo, where the drivers will be competing for the Denny Hulme Trophy.

Nick Cassidy – NZ Toyota Series points leader

17-year-old New Zealander, Nick Cassidy, is leading the ultra-competitive NZ Toyota Racing Series after the first two rounds at Teretonga and Timaru. Another very talented Kiwi destined for stardom, Nick spoke to us from his home in Auckland on Jan 25, 2012, prior to round three of the series in Taupo this weekend.

Longford, 1964

Longford was one of those circuits – very fast, very spectacular…and very dangerous.  There’s a jocular feel to this video from the 1964 Tasman race, but that’s how they were back then.  It hides the tragedy of Timmy Mayer’s practice accident in the second Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd Cooper-Climax.  Tim was pushing hard in the afternoon session, enjoying himself in the beautiful little car that his brother, Teddy, had helped to produce.  He took off over one of the many bumps on the street circuit – nothing new there –  but his landing on this occasion was skewed.  The car spun into one of the trees you can see early in the first lap here, on the straight leading up to the tight right-hander, Pub Corner.  Tim – a wonderfully fast driver who had made his name in a rapid Lotus 23 against the likes of Graham Hill  – was killed instantly.  That was on the Friday.  On Saturday there was a motor race….

Chatting with Bruno

New WilliamsF1 signing, Bruno Senna, is very much his own man and in my view a driver well capable of winning races with the right car.  As a reminder of his cool, calm approach, here is a clip from the interview we did with him last September on The Flying Lap.

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