Insider Report: The driving technique that may save your life
Choosing a car at dealership. Thoughtful grey hair man in formalwear leaning at the car and looking away
Some drivers are so uncomfortable behind the wheel that they quite literally grip the steering wheel so hard they have white knuckles while driving. Many drivers choose to use a strange, lazy shuffle around the steering wheel when full turns are needed. Neither offers a driver much mobility when reacting to a situation on the road. Believe it or not, drivers who use such techniques are far more likely to experience a “situation” on the road.
The video below was shared by “Crazy Leo” Urlichich, and shows just what proper hand motions can do to save a driver when it all goes wrong. One would hope that most drivers are never going as fast as this Porsche racer is while they are on the street, but is a great illustration.
This is how to shoot great car videos
Ok, so you have bought a GoPro and have plans to set the automotive video world on fire. Well, unfortunately, I have some bad news for you. It just isn’t quite that easy. Trust me, I know. One guy, one camera, one mount does not make for great videos. I’m getting better, but I’m still not great.
So, what does it take to produce great car videos? Go behind the scenes with my buddy Matt Farah and his team at The Smoking Tire to see how they shoot a video. Notice I said team. Lots of cameras, lots of mounts and lots of hands.
Historic Rallying: Eifel Rallye Festival 2012
Regular readers (viewers?) know that I am a bit of a rally buff, especially when it comes to some of the historic machines from years gone by. I just came across this fantastic video from YouTube user 0understeer from the 2012 Eifel Rallye Festival. This one is complete with Group B Quattros, star drivers, lots of air and flames! You might want to crank the speakers for this one. The Audis sound incredible!
Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Alumnist – LP Dumoulin
The good folks at the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship have released the next episode of series alumni interviews. LP Dumoulin. In this quick clip, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series racer talks about the skills needed to pedal an F1600 car and how those skills apply as a driver moves up to faster cars.
Victory by Design: Maserati 450S
Several years ago, SPEED used to air a series called Victory by Design, that has to go down in history as one of the best automotive television shows of all time. Beautifully filmed, the key to the shows success lay in the inclusion of iconic, often irreplaceable sports cars. These cars were not only displayed, but driven in beautiful settings, by a gent named Alain de Cadenet. The true gentleman racer built himself a reputation as a giant killer in the early Seventies, as he took on and often beat, many factory racing teams at Le Mans. de Cadenet is a man of many interests, being considered a expert in cars, art, wine and even aircraft. The guy even owns a Supermarine Spitfire.
I haven’t watched the show in years, and just came across a few episodes on YouTube, which I thought I should start sharing. So, the first one up will be the legendary Maserati 450S. The video quality isn’t quite up to the standard we are used to online, but the series has never been published properly online. Regardless, I’m sure you will enjoy!