Posts Tagged ‘Suzuka’


October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

See Lewis run. Grabbed with my iPhone!

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Greetings from cloudy Suzuka!

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

And here we are, at the esses in stand D on a cloudy, humid morning and just half an hour from FP1. Weather prospects are not bright, and I expect to be making good use of my rain gear, particularly for what promises to be a wet qualifying. Shall we cross our fingers for a mixed-up grid?

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We made it!

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

It really did take all night, but I’ve arrived in Suzuka none the worse for wear and ready to set up camp (literally) and head to the circuit in time for FP1. Given that I’ll have slept all of 20 minutes during the night, don’t expect any stunning insights.

On the other hand, with open seating on Friday, do expect a pictorial tour of the circuit and facilities when I return. And as Friday may be the only dry day of the weekend, I’ll be taking as many shots as I can.

Coming up next: Can I remember how to pitch a tent?

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October 5, 2010 1 comment

Call it a sabbatical. Or a hiatus. A long vacation. But from now, I’m back in business, with some really good stuff coming up:

First off, the Japanese Grand Prix is less than a week away, and things have already started coming together at the circuit. In a marvel of planning, the company which operates the area’s major expressways has decided that now is the time to shut down half of the only highway which connects Tokyo to Nagoya for repairs, so it’s going to be a long tedious drive, but come Thursday night (just 60 hours away) I’ll be loading up my minuscule transporter with camping goods a’plenty and heading to Suzuka. Armed with a gaggle of cameras and a solar iPhone charger (no lie!) I should be able to do a decent job of updating things from the scene.

In a way, this is the perfect convergence of my interests on this site: A cross-country driving adventure, a world class motor sports event and a chance to be in commune with the automotive public at large.

Also forthcoming: this month will provide the opportunity to do a one week extended test drive of the Honda Insight hybrid, and we’ll see what kind of replacement it makes for my tiny little Life (and whether it can actually better its real world mileage). Regrettably, this comes because my life will be a week(!) in the shop having its first major repair. I managed to correctly diagnose my air conditioner compressor as faulty, but thankfully it will be covered under warranty.

That’s all for now, but look out for a brief flurry of activity in the next weeks.

Oh, and one more bonus – it seems child seat reviews will be coming under the purview of this blog, so expect a roundup to be coming sometime before March of next year.

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A retrospective preview

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

The Japanese Grand Prix has returned home to Suzuka, and oh what a difference. It’s criminal to have this circuit third to last on the calendar. Suzuka’s customary penultimate position having added even more drama to countless title battles, I wonder if it’s in danger of losing some of its magic.

While Vettel simply walked away with it this year, what circuit could elicit such awe and admiration from the great, and such remarkable self-destruction from the unworthy. If ever a circuit could separate the men from the boys, it’s Suzuka.

And then the fans.

And this year, for me, it was not to be. Not even on TV. But it is an impetus for the coming retrospectives: Suzuka 2006 and the Fuji experience. Stay tuned.

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