If you would like to revive your interest in history, then come on down to London! There is something about the city that brings back the enthusiasm you once had for history. You'll see the city in its full iconic automotive glory when you visit the annual event of Regent Motor Show. This vintage car rally flags off from London all the way to Brighton. The Regent street's classic architecture and the victorian garb of the revered car owners, complimented the theme of the motor show. The event was my personal European time portal.
I don't usually think too much about the subject matter for my next blog article. Most of the time, I pen down convoluted revelations I have during my shower or some interesting behind-the-scene Motorsport stories that I feel are worth sharing. So, in some aspects, I'm what you would call a moody blogger. I write only when my mind's spark plug fires. However, this time, my recent interview with Dr. Ravi Prakash bolstered my yearlong intention of showcasing his story to a larger (and strangely oblivious) audience. On Aug 11th 2014, I was left almost speechless and fumbling for words as I spoke with him and viewed his elaborate and magnificent collection. So, any attempt of describing my first experience with the Jag E type, the Alfa Spider and Doc’s (as the they lovingly call Dr. Prakash) immense passion for cars, would be futile, as words alone are inadequate.
Dr. Ravi Prakash, a former Cardiac surgeon, is a three time National Rallying & Racing Champion between 1981-1984, Managing Director of Rushe Safetek, a company that offers safety and security systems for the armed forces, a collector and restorer of over 200 vintage cars and 100 bikes, secretary of the Karnataka Vintage and Classic Car Club AND a father of two petrolhead daughters. Phew, now I can take a breather.
Before you read on, you must first understand that although I am a 90's kid by birth, I'm more of a 60's guy when it comes to movies, music and CARS. I would rather own a Lamborghini 350 GT than any of the current lineup of them bulls. So then, what happened on the 10th day of August in 2014 is a memory of a lifetime. Through the likes of Morris, Lotus, Studebaker, Fords, Jaguars, Mercedes, MGs and so much more, I was instantly teleported to the golden era of the automotive history. And all of this happening in my own hometown, Bangalore, makes it a bit more emotional.
Today’s Topic: Google haven’t done their homework.
A small company from Cheshire, UK that was started by the Briggs bros. believes in a small and efficient working force. So it took a team just of 8 people to build the radical BAC Mono. With only a brief glance, other cars would WOW and believe that this is what future holds for them.
So in the unlikely moment of your busy life you may ask yourself- How many Google workers does it take to make a car? Well it’s 15 apparently. Seven more than BAC and yet you can’t even drive it.
Attention readers! If you haven’t come across this monstrosity in the “world wild web”, don’t be alarmed. It’s not a car that you’d be racing from Mars to Sirius with. It’s the new Lamborghini launched just too 40 hours ago, and it’s already CONTROVERSIAL !
Today’s topic: On why the DELTAWING was TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!
There are two problems with proposing a revolutionary idea in this vast engineering playground. Firstly, there aren’t any! Before you could even begin to ink the idea as a result of your lucid dreaming, some bloke from another land would’ve already accomplished what you wanted to.
Secondly, and this is the more itchy one- As society, our reflex tells us to completely ridicule any sign of ingenuity when it presents itself through the eyes of a visionary. Naming the likes of Leonardo Davinci, Wright brothers, Marie Curey, justifies what I’m trying to say.
The conflict between designers and engineers has always been a rough one. A car designer’s ground shaking idea almost always contradicts with an engineer’s definitive principles. In very few cases have both their minds coherently worked towards achieving the same motive without getting their hands dirty.
In the world of Formula 1, there are only two things that exist since it’s inception back in 1946- Ferrari, and powerful rivalry. Rivalry- Now don’t be mistaken for a moment that Formula 1 speaks highly about healthy competition and sets itself as a sparkling example of spirit, hope, strength and friendship. NO! The latter is spoken about only in hush whispers. Competition is only skin deep. Rivalry and enmity, now that’s the cream that goes down the history books more often than success stories, vicariously that we all like to live. After all, “The evil that men do lives on.”
Formula 1 has witnessed so many iconic figures that have come and gone over the past half century. They’re mainly known for some of their heroic drives, act of humility, arrogance, national pride, and sometimes even for their tragic death on the track. Some find themselves known for their notorious behaviour or act of unsportsmanship, and it isn’t that all of this goes unnoticed by FIA or the crowd. It’s just that there is this common unspoken agreement among all of us that be it a dirty trick or harsh war of words, the rivalry between drivers before and on the race gets a hell lot more interesting than the usual Romain Grosjean crashing into at least three drivers at the first turn of every race and frustrating drivers around him.
Today’s topic: Sheer driving pleasure?
The tiring and endless saga to bridge the gap between what is real and what isn’t in the technology world finally seems to be getting somewhere. Software developers predict that soon you will be able to smell the aroma of a hot Mexican pasta while reading its recipe online. The gaming industry is making the experience so realistic for its gamers that it wouldn’t be surprising if one decides to randomly spray bullets in public imagining himself to be Captain Price of the Call of Duty franchise. Even the latest virtual personal assistant like Apple’s “Siri” seems to serve more than just its purpose for a few apple devotees, if you know what I mean.
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