Surf photographer Lucia Griggi has a new website packed with fantastic photos spanning surfing, lifestyle, fashion and place. Below are a few of our favourite photos, check out her website for loads more! We couldn’t say it any better than her bio does: "Half English and half Italian, Cornwall/Venice resident Lucia Griggi’s photography combines the [...]
Greetings from southeast Arizona?land of furtive, illegal immigrants, brazen drug smugglers, grotty taco shops, sad, sun-beaten towns, swarming U.S. Border Guards, stealthy free-campers, and sky-island mountain ranges where the winter hiking is superb. Thanks for continuing to check our blog despite our inability to post on schedule. We?ll continue trying to blog weekly. Sometimes, but, [...]
Brazil?s F1 fever may have overstepped the mark after a local prosecutor threatened Felipe Massa with a six-year jail term if he ?defrauds? the sporting public by letting Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso past at Sunday?s grand prix. The tale, reported by a local paper and picked up by the Daily Telegraph, is the latest of several anti-Massa reports to emerge from his home country since the team orders controversy at the German Grand Prix earlier this year. The Daily Telegraph’s Tom Cary reckons that Massa simply isn’t living up to his home crowd’s high expectations.
?A public raised on a diet of Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna were simply appalled and saddened in equal measure by Massa?s apparent lack of ambition.?
At 30,000 miles, our Kizashi is only getting more well loved. Date: March 2011 Months in Fleet: 14 months Current Mileage: 31,197 miles Average Fuel Economy: 27 mpg Range: 448 miles Service: $556.37 Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0 If a fantastic mid-size sedan falls into the showrooms of a small brand that few people know about, [...]
by Michael David SmithThe Jon Jones Era, as you’ve surely heard, has begun: Jones is the new UFC light heavyweight champion, and everyone who follows MMA agrees that he’s going to be the champion for a long, long time.
But, the light heavyweight division is so talented that it’s been nearly impossible for anyone to hold the belt for long: Chuck Liddell lost it to Rampage Jackson, who lost it to Forrest Griffin, who lost it to Rashad Evans, who lost it to Lyoto Machida, who lost it to Shogun Rua, who lost it to Jones. We’ve had seven different champions in the last four years, so why is everyone so sure that Jones is going to hold onto the belt for so long?
The largest reason, I reckon, is Jones’ age. With the exception of Evans losing to Machida, every champion I mentioned above lost the belt to someone younger than him. But there aren’t any contenders on the horizon younger than the 23-year-ancient Jones. Not only is Jones already the best, but he’s going to keep getting better as the rest of the Top 10 light heavyweights in mixed martial arts get older.
So as I list the Top 10 light heavyweights below, I’ll talk about how I’d like their chances against Jones — even though I expect Jones to reign over all of them for a long time.
Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (March 29, 2011) This Weekend To Feature MG West Coast Reunion The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) kicks off its 44th season at Infineon Raceway this weekend, April 2-3….
The Stimulus crew managed to dodge the snow enough to place out this February montage.
i was looking at ancient insruction sheets and brought back memories when i was a kid. i always bought amt and mpc kits. i remember buying the amt candy van and amt 66 mustang and 66 t birt when i was young. i wish more of those ancient mpc kits would get repoped…slusher
Sebastien Ogier is cruising towards a second consecutive Rally of Portugal victory with two stages to go. After Ford’s problems yesterday allowed the two Citroens to make a break, Ogier and Sebastien Loeb have gone into conservative mode for the final leg and are driving steadily to the end 36 seconds apart. “Absolutely no pushing, just focus on the pace notes and that is it for today,” said Ogier.
Kiwi, Max Couling had the ender part in South In Your Mouth and here it is.
Playboy (which we’re not ashamed to admit we read for more than the articles) has compiled a list of its favorite classic vehicles. The article, entitled Vintage Thunder, features six vehicles picked to earn a spot in the magazine’s fantasy garage.
Three American and three Europeans make the cut, all of which are perfectly illustrated by Etienne Carignan. The upper end of the price spectrum is claimed by the BMW 507 (shown above) while the least expensive on the list is the split-window 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. You can read a recap of Vintage Thunder by heading over to Playboy’s website (which is safe for work, as long as you don’t stray from the article). If you want to read the full piece, be sure to check out the April issue, which is on sale now.
Gallery: Playboy’s Vintage Thunder
Approximately three miles off the coast of Maui sits an extinct, but no less impressive, volcanic crater known as Molokini. This underwater volcano is now home to a plethora of sea life, as it has been converted to Hawaii’s only Island Marine Sanctuary. Molokini Crater snorkeling offers some of the best underwater viewing around Maui, [...]
Pressure comes with the job when you work for Ferrari, and there was no hiding from expectation on Friday when they became the first Formula 1 team to unveil their 2011 car.
Questioned if he felt an “obligation” to win, technical director Aldo Costa answered simply: “Yes.”
Chief designer Nikolas Tombazis said he was “quite optimistic about this car and how it will go during the season”.
And team principal Stefano Domenicali, always cautious about his public proclamations, said: “F150 was made with a simple aim. Our goal is to win the championships. We know it won’t be simple, but that is certainly what we are aiming for.”
It is normal for F1 teams to sound optimistic when they launch their new cars. One gets used to a seemingly endless series of wildly confident predictions about what each team will achieve in the coming year, to the point that at the first race of each season you can nearly hear the whistling of air from a series of burst balloons.
Ferrari are different, though. Such a fixture are they at the top of F1, so successful have they been over the last decade, that the huge surprise is if they do not turn out to be title contenders.
They certainly were last year, only to lose out in the most agonising fashion at the final race of the season when a catastrophic choice to call in Fernando Alonso for an early pit stop left him stuck behind Vitaly Petrov’s Renault and let in Red Bull‘s Sebastian Vettel to win the race and snatch the title from under the Spaniard’s nose.
But, while Alonso went into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix leading the championship and hot favourite to win it, Ferrari know they were somewhat fortunate to be in that position.
Ferrari have worked hard to make the rear of their new car as low and narrow as possible. Photo: AP
The Red Bull was comfortably the fastest car last season and it was only a series of mistakes and failures by that car and its drivers that allowed Alonso to capitalise on a quite superb run of form in the second half of the season and take the championship lead.
In many ways, 2010 was a success for Ferrari. Their choice to drop Kimi Raikkonen in favour of Alonso paid off in spades, and they proved that a poor 2009, when they won only one race, was an aberration not the start of a trend.
But second place is not excellent enough for this team that carries the hopes of an entire nation, and millions of other fans around the world. And the pressure is on to at least match Red Bull for pace in 2011.
Ferrari are the only team to have been in F1 since the world championship started in 1950. And while they have been through their ups and downs, they exist to win.
When they do not, questions are questioned, and Ferrari are painfully aware of how they let the championship slip through their fingers.
Yes, there was the error in Abu Dhabi – for which chief engineer Chris Dyer has paid by being relieved of his position and went to a factory-based role.
But there was also the slow decline in competitiveness from winning the first race to a dreadful Turkish Grand Prix in May, when Alonso finished eighth having not even made the top-10 qualifying shoot-out.
This period coincided with a series of uncharacteristic mistakes made by Alonso himself that cost him a hatful of points in the first few races of the season.
In that context, their rise back to competitiveness in the second half of the season, and Alonso’s near-miss in the championship, served only to remind them what might have been.
The frustration of lost opportunity, and the determination to make amends, ran through the Ferrari launch on Friday.
As Domenicali place it: “Last season we had hard and gorgeous moments, and we want to build on those gorgeous moments.”
So expectation is high, both within Ferrari and without, and a lot rests on the sleek new F150 that Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa unveiled in Maranello.
To the untrained eye, the car looks similar to the F10 with which Alonso came close in 2010. But the detail hides some significant changes – and some surprising revelations.
Chief among these is the choice to retain push-rod rear suspension, rather than the pull-rod that has been used by Red Bull since 2009 and which is expected to feature on the majority of the grid in 2011.
Pull-rods had been out of fashion since the late 1980s, but were brought back by Red Bull’s design head Adrian Newey – widely regarded in F1 as a genius – as a response to the major technical changes that were introduced for 2009.
These included severe restrictions on the design of diffuser, the part of the car where the floor sweeps upwards under the rear wing and which is so vital in making downforce.
Newey’s pull-rod design really proved a handicap in 2009 following the controversial adoption by some teams of the so-called double-diffuser, around which a pull-rod was hard to package.
But with the ban on this item, 2011 effectively marks a return to the intended diffuser regulations of 2009, and Newey’s design is expected to come into its own as a way of lowering the centre of gravity and improving airflow.
Most teams are expected to follow Red Bull’s lead, so it is fascinating that Ferrari have chosen not to.
My sources in Italy tell me that instead they have come up with a clever repackaging of the dampers, bringing them forward in the car. This allows them to have a much lower back to the gearbox without the penalties inherent in a pull-rod design, which is very hard to work on – the mechanics have to take the floor off to adjust the dampers.
Fascinating as these things are, no F1 car’s performance is defined by one single aspect of its design – it is about how a complex package works together.
And it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into this car in the context of the rule changes for 2011 – most notably the debut of movable rear wings to aid overtaking and the re-introduction of the Kers energy recovery and power-boost systems, which come with heavy batteries that make a packaging headache.
“We had to rethink quite a lot on the car from the aerodynamic point of view,” Costa said.
“The ban on the double diffuser, the introduction of the new rear wing concept and a lot of other detailed clarifications around the back end of the car pushed us to have a complete re-reckon about the rear of the car.
“(There’s) a completely new layout with a completely new concept. Also the introduction of Kers has pushed us to review the central part of the car. Because of all these changes, Kers and then develop the car around new tyres, changes related to the safety of the chassis, it has been quite a different project.”
Have they succeeded? Ferrari will start to get the first indication next Tuesday, when their new car runs against those of Red Bull and Mercedes on the first day of the first pre-season test.
Between then and the first race in Bahrain on 13 March there are a further 15 days of testing for teams to hone their designs. And it is clear where Ferrari’s ambitions lie.
“I’m feeling very motivated,” Alonso says. “2010 was an fascinating year for me. It was my first with Ferrari and I loved the atmosphere. 2011 will be an vital year with a new challenge after changes to the rules. We have to commit to everything we do and I reckon we are up to the challenge.”
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As I sit here at my desk preparing for a few days out of the office, thoughts of what I'm thankful for start to flow into my head. "What does it mean to give thanks?" I question myself. Is it a selfless, tangible deed that must be performed in order to merit appreciation? Is it [...]
….Been thinking about doing a garage dio for awhile now. But didn't want the traditional backyard 2 car one or even a gas station style. After seeing a fellow modelers work with foam board I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm attempting to depict a 1920's era warehouse converted into a service garage during the late 50's – early 60's…….here's what I have so far…..
…the basic layout……
..I have some double doors at one end, a service door at the other, plus a couple of windows. Plot on having a small loft by the double doors and a car hoist by the windows…..
Effective tomorrow, Hyundai is reportedly ending its vehicle return program, which allowed Hyundai owners who unexpectedly lost their income to return their cars. The program was a breakthrough when it was introduced in January, 2009 at the height of the global credit crunch.
According to Inside Line, only 350 people have taken advantage of the program, which fell under the blanket of the automaker’s Hyundai Assurance coverage package. With the job market slowly returning to a somewhat normal state and economic conditions on the rise, Hyundai apparently feels that the program has outlived its usefulness.
In the face of a worrying economy, Hyundai of America went 538,228 vehicles in 2010. Despite the loss of the vehicle return program, the Korean automaker will apparently continue other programs associated with Hyundai Assurance, including its 10-year/100,000-mile warranty and five-year roadside help plot.
[Source: Inside Line | Image: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty]
by Michael David SmithIn what may have been his most impressive performance in the Octagon to date, former Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah place a serious hurting on DaMarques Johnson at UFC Fight Night 24 on Saturday night, forcing him to tap out as he rained down vicious elbows on the ground in the second round.
Sadollah showed off precision punching in the stand-up, some excellent takedowns and a killer instinct when he had Johnson in distress in the second round. It was a fantastic showing for Sadollah, although Sadollah made a point to credit Johnson for taking the fight on small notice.
“I want to say a huge, huge thank you to DeMarques,” Sadollah said afterward. “He took this fight on two weeks’ notice, which a lot of guys wouldn’t have done. I have a lot of respect for him.”
In this week’s episode of “Moving Beyond the Automobile,” Streetfilms takes you on a guided tour of past, present and future highway removal projects with John Norquist of the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Some of the most well-known highway removals in America — like New York City’s West Side Highway and San Francisco’s Embarcadero Freeway [...]
Rivers fans, you might be interested in a new book out by conservationist and photographer Tim Palmer–it’s called Rivers of California: Nature’s Lifelines in the Golden State. Looks really fascinating and gorgeous–especially if you’re an AO frequent floater and have explored some of these river systems from the top of a raft! You can learn [...]
The Formula One is nearly here again, and motorsport enthusiasts around the world are already sweating from the anticipation of another lightning quick, exciting season. The F1 2011 season is slated to start officially on the 13th of March, with the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix.
The defending F1 Driver’s Champion in 2011 is Sebastian Vettel, [...]