Sunday, April 5, 2020

Don't Just Sit There (Part 2) Watch Something!

Yours truly with Alfa Romeo F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi. He'll be
online racing today, ESPN2 at 3PM Eastern


All around the world, motor sports fans are busy not driving and not going to races. The smart ones are still in the garage working on their cars, ordering car stuff on line, or studying their race videos and data to become better drivers. Even with all of that, you might have some free time left over, so what in the world is there to do? Glad you asked!

Today at 3pm Eastern, on ESPN2 of all places, some of the current Formula 1 drivers, and a few other folks, will be racing against each other. This is the 2nd official F1 simulation race, and the track for this race is Australia. Other race series are doing similar events, so let's move on to books and movies. ESPN Article

While companies that want to make money like to have you stuck on their website, NMS is not here to make money, so we actually want you to leave THIS website and check out these other ones. Hey, we're just helpful.

If you're a reader, here's Motorsport.com's ten Formula 1 books to read:
Motorsport.com Books

NMS-North has a few books on the shelf, and besides looking at the pictures, sometimes I actually read them! Other than stories about driver from the past, some of the more recent books I like:
 
   How To Build a Car, Anthony Newey, he's designed racing cars for many teams, won the titles
   Total Competition, Ross Brawn, he led multiple title winning teams, now the F1 technical chief
   Enzo Ferrari, Luca Dal Monte, very in depth story of Enzo's entire life
   How to be an F1 Driver, Jenson Button, the F1 world champion tells a great story
   Hobbo, Motor Racer, Motor Mouth, David Hobbs, driver, broadcaster, now author David Hobbs' autobiography

Let's move on to movies, films, documentaries, etc. Everybody seems to have a list of these, so here's a few:

   -Red Bull lists 5 top films/documentaries: Red Bull 5 Films
   -141 Films that reference F1 on IMDB:  IMDB F1 Films
   -Top 5 Must Watch Movies on F1 from DriveTribe:   Drivetribe Films
  - Drivetribe Readers pick 32 favorite car movies:   Drivetribe Readers Picks

At this point, if you're not into computer racing on TV, reading, or films, how about a coloring book from our friends at Automobile magazine?  Automobile Mag Coloring Book

Monday, March 30, 2020

Don't Just Sit There, Visit a Car Museum Now!

Dan Gurney's LeMans winning Ford GT at The Henry Ford

Steve McQueen's Jaguar at the Petersen


We're all fighting the Corona virus by staying home and washing our hands, looking for entertainment in a bazillion places, so here's ONE MORE place to look. Various car museums are on line, and you can always find something interesting. If the first few in this article don' grab your attention, the article has links to plenty more. Once the virus is over, hey, just maybe we'll go visit these places in person. Check this out from our friends at Motor Trend: Museums Article: Motor Trend

When that day comes, we can highly recommend the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and in fact we wrote about it back a few years ago: Petersen Part I    Petersen Part II

Monday, March 23, 2020

Going, Going, GONE!

Modified VW Beetle


What do these cars have in common?

Ford Fiesta
Chevrolet Cruze
Buick Cascada
VW  Golf SportWagen
Lincoln MKT
Cadillac ATS Coupe
Chevrolet Volt
Ford Taurus
Cadillac CTS
VW Beetle

They all go out of production in 2020. Of course, with the Corona virus shutting down just about all auto makers right now this may not seem like news, but some of these cars, like the VW Beetle and the Ford Taurus have been around for a long time, and sold in the millions. NMS has owned a Fiesta ST, and in years past owned a Taurus for about one year.

You can read more about these cars at Kelly Blue Book:



Kelly Blue Book List