Sunday, March 29, 2015

Where would you sit at Suzuka?

Any and all suggestions appreciated. I don't want to spend more than $300-400.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

1988 Mustang and Celica convertibles reviewed

I can remember only three convertibles in my high school parking lot. A white FC RX-7 belonging to my chemistry teacher (she had so many problems with it, Mazda shipped it back to Japan for repair), a white Geo Metro belonging to a student, and a blue Celica belonging to a guy named Boris. Boris always drove it with the top down (probably because the top was such a pain in the ass to put back up) with his girlfriend. They were two years older than me and they seemed so mature, like they were in their 20s!

No one at school drove a Mustang convertible. In the mid-90s, I test drove a co-worker's Mustang LX convertible. It was looser than a Gumby doll after 20 minutes in the convection oven. He bought it brand new when he was 19 and working as a bellboy at a swanky San Francisco hotel. I guess guests tipped generously. Frankly, driving that thing on the narrow streets of Berkeley was terrifying. It was loud, obnoxious, and had horrible steering, braking, and handling. It literally felt like it was going to fall apart.

And I can't post a Mustang GT video without also posting this video:

Friday, March 27, 2015

My god, she's beautiful!

Syrian child surrendering... a photographer, because the kid thought the camera was a gun.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Countdown to Formula E

I'm getting excited about attending the Long Beach race in nine days. My take so far is that the series is more gimmick than substance. Here is a billboard. Note how it touts drivers (not Alain) Prost, (not Ayrton) Senna, and Piquet (not Sr.).

Fangio's W196 in Merc CLA ad

My enemy's enemy's enemy's...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Houthi primer

Yemen's devolution into chaos continues. Saudi jets, with Egypt's support, are bombing the capital to rout out the Shia Houthi. Shiites, by the way, make up 40% of the Yemeni population.

F1 collection

This guy has a display containing every F1 champion car from 1950 to the present. The miniature cars are each on rotating microwave stands. Via Flavio Gomes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Roasted eel recipe

I'll probably be staying in Nagoya for a few days when I go to Japan, as it is the largest city near the race track. I googled Nagoya's food specialty and it's hitsumabushi. Apparently, the custom is to eat it four ways:
1. By itself with rice
2. Topped with a bunch of seasonings
3. Pour broth over it
4. Eat it any way you like