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Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Silly Season 2022
« on: Yesterday at 09:54:53 AM »
Mostert and Percat as teammates will be very interesting…
And very strong.  Does Nick bring any sponsors with him wherever he winds up, like R&J Batteries?
Well, that answers my question.

General Discussion / Re: COVID-19 discussion
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:47:18 AM »
After posting my last post I just want to say that I realize this pandemic has thrown our lives upside down.  I just wish to report to you down there in Australia (the purple continent in the game of Risk), how things are going up here in the USA (the brown/tan continent).

I wish to repeat that I respect all comments and views - both medical, political, economical, personal, and any others that end in "al".

Let us stay mates in racing.  That is what this forum is for and is run by our good friend laser.

We are going to get cracking again this weekend and that is what it is all about here on V8Central.  I am going to wear a blue shirt all week leading up to the next round to try and push the Fords through.  If you wish to wear red...... I'd be more than happy to buy you a beer.  But I am not going to cheer for you.   ;D

We are all bound by racing.  Let us stay bound through thick and thin, boys.  These are thin times.  Very thin.

General Discussion / Re: COVID-19 discussion
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:30:39 AM »
Out of curiosity, Mike. What is the mood about unvaxed being refused service or being unemployable in the US?
As for service... I am going to guess restaurant/cafe service?  No pushback.  You might find maybe.... maybe 5% of customers in stores with masks.  In clubs/bars/restaurants/cafes.... no masks.  All being welcomed.  Drinks are flowing.

Employment:  There are some heavy labor union states/businesses.  This is where push is going to come to shove.  If you wish to tell the Teamsters Union (trucking/shipping/logistics) that these old blokes have to get vaxed...... well.... supply lines will be shut down.  Once that happens, the mums will get pissed about not getting groceries and everything will back up the spout.  That leaves your local politicians to step in.  And THAT is where the mess is.  We are going to see real quick coming down the stretch who has the muscle.  Basically, no one in government here is going to tell your law abiding citizen they HAVE to do this as they say.  On the other hand, how much clout does one group have against the Feds?  It is becoming a showdown.

Do not ever forget:  Here, many carry guns.  That is your base line for trying to tell the masses what to do.  It is a different paradigm than Oz.  That adds another bizarre twist to this.  I am not a gun guy, but I realize there is a point with every citizen as to how far one will be pushed.

Bottom line right now:  The average joes just want to not be compromised by this mess.  They want life the way it used to be, and if we cannot make it with the vax, let us just go back anyways and let the chips fall where they fall.

Reporting live from Southwest Michigan......

Mike   :)

General Discussion / Re: I am so unloved
« on: October 19, 2021, 07:22:59 AM »
I am glad to see my smites have snuck overnight - it must mean people are reading my opinions  :D

And Mike, what do you means - 'not here'
"Here" is the forum and my opinions, Trev.  You do not bother me at all with your opinions.  "Here" is essentially me, mate.  I could have worded it better, I reckon.

General Discussion / Re: I am so unloved
« on: October 19, 2021, 12:42:19 AM »
do my opinions really upset so many....
No.  Not here.

General Discussion / Re: COVID-19 discussion
« on: October 19, 2021, 12:41:14 AM »
fair comment. the slamming between sides (whichever you may be on) has been pretty pathetic in some places that has seen the destruction of friendships that have withstood so much.
even divided families, it has created problems in mine
Trev, I am not slamming you nor ever intended to.  I was just trying to give a third person's point of view on this whole COVID/media/political scene and you post was a segway for me to do so.  I stand well to the right and feel it is a person's right to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.  No one should be telling the American worker that they have to be vaxed to continue their work/profession, and that is the crux of the debate here in the States right now.

Of course this will come full swing when those unvaxed will eventually have to pay higher health insurance premiums, such as smokers do here now.

Shine on with your comments, men.  I value them all.  I was just trying to give you an idea where the current Yanks stand right now - far left and far right.

General Discussion / Re: COVID-19 discussion
« on: October 18, 2021, 02:43:37 PM »
'merica, what can you say???  I bet they were Trump supporters too

I'll ring in on this one, Trev.  I am not taking the high road or the low road with respect to the virus and the vax.  I'll just give you the spin of what is becoming a large amount of American citizens:

Let us read your link.  Where did you get this crap article?  Who wrote it?  How true can it be from some news group in Oz reporting on some couple in the States.  This could easily be click bait for pro-vaxxers drumming up their cause against the ones who are still opposed to the government telling what they  can and cannot do.

Now, as I have said that, THAT is where the American citizens are going with respect to their news coverage.  We are so divided right and left, and the news media is also.  What can you believe that is reported these days?  Neither side can be 100% accurate.  Now spin that off on the government and the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  People are starting to question the guidance and reports coming out of that organization for the media can spin it either way.

THAT is where America is right now.  Myself?  I really do not trust ANY media reports anymore for the coverage of this topic and how to deal with it is so split in half.  I respect the opinions of all, but for me..... I am standing here with my arms out and palms up, and many Yanks are now doing the same.

I went to a local dirt speedway tonight for their season closer.  Not a mask in sight.  No social distancing.  No extra hand sanitizing stations anywhere.  It has pretty much been this way all summer long here.  Right, wrong, or indifferent, what a different paradigm than what you guys are dealing with.  I honestly think America is getting to the point where the masses are going to just start rejecting authority in this arena.

Please hope for the best for us as I am for you.  I understand the health and welfare of the masses, but I also understand what rights our leaders have and do not have with making us do things.  The latter is the loose cannon in the room.

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Bathurst shift
« on: October 17, 2021, 06:47:43 AM »
Master stroke? There's a fine line, between...
Intuition and luck, genius and stupid, intention and coincidence...
How's the old saying go? 

"I'd rather be lucky than good."

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Silly Season 2022
« on: October 08, 2021, 01:35:57 AM »
PS> I may be doing Courtney a mis service. The announcement is a contract with Tickford NOT Boost. (after reading several versions).
Interesting how the article skirted the issue of Boost being involved in the future.

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Silly Season 2021
« on: October 03, 2021, 09:45:39 AM »
Well, at least we are getting the 2021 season going again.  No matter how SC does it, it is an uptick in my eyes.

Repco Supercars Championship / Re: Newcastle back as 2022 Season Opener
« on: October 01, 2021, 11:05:35 AM »
It's certainly going to have a different feel about it being the first round as opposed to the last. Should hopefully see a little more risk taking.
Welcome aboard, Kenny.

Allow me to introduce you:  Kenny is a good hitter on a few sites I frequent to "find" my Supercars fix.  And years ago, he was a regular on an old website run by our good buddy Craig (Wiked), which is now no longer.  A welcome addition to our "new" site.

IndyCar / Re: Kiwis Dominating!
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:35:29 PM »
It is my first year properly following IndyCar and it has been good, even though I've only been able to watch highlights and not the full races most weekends.
I tape the races on my VCR(s) and watch them later.  It is great technology.  Any of you guys over there have these things?   :D

Of course mailing tapes across the Pacific could be a little expensive over time, not to mention the delay in transit.

I suggest you read my PM to you, Kye.

Formula One / Re: F1 2022 season
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:24:05 PM »
Haas retains Mazepin and Schumacher for 2022

By Chris Medland | September 23, 2021 8:56 AM ET

Haas has confirmed it will retain an unchanged driver line-up of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher for the 2022 season.

The two rookies were brought in over the winter, replacing the experienced pairing of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. As Haas was prioritizing next season’s new regulations, this year was seen as a learning campaign for Mazepin and Schumacher, and while they have had a number of run-ins they will remain with the team in 2022 to build on their experience.

“We knew we wanted continuity behind the wheel in 2022 and I’m happy to confirm exactly that with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin competing for Uralkali Haas F1 Team next year,” team principal Guenther Steiner said. “2021 has afforded both drivers the opportunity to learn Formula 1 — and as rookies — they’ve done a lot of that this year.

“It’s been a tough season for sure with the package we’ve had, but at the same time they’ve both embraced the challenge and worked closely with the team to learn our processes and adapt to the rigors of a Formula 1 campaign and all that brings — both internally and externally.

“Now as we look ahead to the 2022 season, we’re confident we can move forward as a team and give Mick and Nikita a competitive race package to make the next step in their Formula 1 careers.”

Ferrari-backed Schumacher currently holds the team’s best result of 12th this season, and is confident he will be driving more competitive machinery next year.

“By being part of the Formula 1 field, I am living my dream,” Schumacher said. “The first year together with Haas F1 is very exciting and instructive, and I’m sure I can bring all the experience I’ve gained into the coming year.

“New technical regulations, the impressive ambition of the entire Haas F1 team and the support of Ferrari — of course I believe this will bring us closer to the field in the 2022 season and we will be able to fight for points. I’m looking forward to being part of a team that is getting stronger, and I’ll do everything I can from my side to move us forward.

“Finally, I would like to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for the trust they continue to give me and the support they have shown me over the years.”

The announcement comes at the start of Mazepin’s first home grand prix in Russia, and he adds he is keen to continue his development with Haas into a second season.

“I’m very excited for next year, the new car and simply just to get the opportunity with Haas F1 Team and grow together with them,” Mazepin said. “I think we will come out strong next year.”

Formula One / Re: F1 2022 season
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:21:13 PM »
Inaugural Miami GP race date confirmed

By Chris Medland | September 23, 2021 9:27 AM ET

Formula 1’s first Miami Grand Prix will take place on the weekend of May 6-8, 2022, the race organizers have announced.

Formula 1 has yet to release its 2022 calendar, with a schedule expected to be revealed in the middle of next month at the same time it is submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council. However, the race in Miami had already been confirmed as being held in May and a firm date has been allowed to be published in order to allow more concrete preparations to be made.

“We’ve worked hard to create a track with great racing and a venue with unparalleled fan experiences,” Miami Grand Prix managing partner Tom Garfinkel said. “There has been tremendous enthusiasm and anticipation for this event, and we’re happy to be able to announce the date so that people can start planning for it.”

Construction of the circuit at Hard Rock Stadium is ongoing despite the start of the NFL season, and Miami Grand Prix CEO Richard Cregan says there will be further announcements regarding the event in the coming weeks.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Formula 1 community and the sport’s fanbase worldwide are going to be amazed by what they see next May,” Cregan said.

“The circuit construction is progressing in line with expectations, and now that we have our date confirmed with Formula 1, we can rapidly follow up with revealing more of the detail of the experience that will be enjoyed at the trackside which will make this a truly stand-out addition to the calendar.

“This location is already well known for creating unforgettable experiences for events like the Super Bowl and Miami Open. We look forward to embracing an entirely new global sporting occasion.”

General Discussion / Re: Nuclear Powered Subs for Australia
« on: September 20, 2021, 01:28:54 AM »
Aussie are nuclear-phobic when it comes to having it anywhere habitable. Still too many "simple folk" that can't get their head around the science.
Oh I know of that whole deal, Albert.

What will be interesting, though, is the Aussie sailors will have to be trained in nuclear propulsion.  I wonder if they are just going to ship them over here and train them in the States where we already have the schools and the land-based prototype propulsion units.  Or even send them the Great Britain? 

When I was in the Navy we had prototype units in three different parts of the country.  They were mockups of actual ship/boat nuclear plants.  Then they scrapped that idea in the late '90s and moved everything to Charleston, SC.  Took a couple of old fleet ballistic missile subs, tied them up to the pier, and actually just used THEM for the hands on training.  Instead of having a screw (propeller) they just used a water brake rig.

It will be interesting to see how and where they train these squids.  I'm excited for them all.

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