Formula 1

A Tribute to Sid Watkins

Today, Formula 1 racing is the pinnacle of motorsports. Championship drivers are treated like gods, automobile manufacturers gain massive profits based on the outcomes of their teams (more specifically their cars) in the races, and most technologies in the car you drive has trickled down from years of F1 R&D. For almost 20 years, F1 racing has also been one of the safest motorsports in terms of casualty rate. Not a single driver has died in a Formula 1 race since the late great Ayrton Senna in 1994. [keep reading]

My opulent trip to the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grandprix

Like most of my coworkers at Mojo Motors, I’m a car nut, though I might have the ‘itus a bit worse. You see I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. For 7 years I ran an automotive performance shop, did a fair bit of racing (and crashing), and just generally got my hands dirty.

Like any good gear head, I like racing, but it’s always been more about the cars than the sport. I follow NASCAR, but from a technology standpoint it just doesn’t do it for me. Formula One however, is what really gets me going. The thing is, Formula One is also really, really boring.

That being said, I’ve been able to look past the boringness, lack of competition, and lack of action (passes in F1… not so frequent) because the cars are so damn cool. 1300lbs, 900 horsepower, carbon fiber construction, crazy aero – it’s got it all. I mean, the steering wheel alone would confuse an astronaut (see below for evidence). I’ve made the track to Montreal Canada numerous times to attend the Grand Prix du Canada and it’s always worth it. The sound of an F1 car alone is worth the price of admission.

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