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Last year, civil unrest and rioting caused the Kingdom of Bahrain to withdraw from hosting the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix. One year later, Formula 1 returns to Bahrain despite remaining political instability.
Authorities gave their word to assure the safety of the visiting Formula 1 community, promising to provide an enormous security presence for the event.
Unfortunately, the security measures proved insufficient when four mechanics of the Force India F1 team were caught in the middle of an incident as police clashed with protesters while the team’s hire car was stationary in Bahrain traffic after leaving the circuit yesterday.
Formula 1 is the epitome of motorsport glamor and fortune and the pinnacle of automotive engineering, technology and innovation. However, if an F1 car doesn’t have what it takes to win, then apparently it isn’t worth anything at all. Yet amid the unforgiving reality of competition, Kevin Anthony, a 47-year-old resident of Brighton, England realized that a team’s loss could be his gain.
From bits and pieces of obsolete Formula 1 components found on eBay, Anthony is building his very own race car. So far, he has purchased a damaged tub for about $5,000 produced by team BAR for the 2001 season. With a basic structure, Anthony then bought an engine cover from BMW Williams, a nose from Force India, Lucky Strike racing livery and whatever else he could muster to create his Frankencar. To date, he has spent approximately $10,000 on his project.
He enjoyed purchasing memorabilia like spark plugs from grand prix cars before staring his current project, but realized after a while that “in buying parts, I have met quite a few people who raced Formula 1 cars and were selling their old ‘rubbish’ off. That made my realize that if I bought the right ‘rubbish’, I too could have what they had and fulfill a dream that until then was out of reach, namely having my own Formula 1 car.”
Currently, Anthony believes the project is near 65 percent complete and expects to have a rolling chassis by next year. As for an engine, he’s keeping an eye out for the perfect Formula Renault or Formula Ford powerplant.
[Source: New York Times]
Putting a whole new spin to drinking and driving, distiller Whyte & Mackay has blended a special scotch for Force India’s F1 drivers.
Alcohol brands have a long history when it comes to sponsoring race cars, and Whyte & Mackay’s master distiller Richard Paterson decided to take it one step further with this scotch. The special blends were created for each of the team’s drivers: Adrian Sutil, Tonio Liuzzi and test driver Paul di Resta (the only F1 Scot at the moment).
Each special blend was matched to the driver’s character and given to the drivers as a lead-up to the recently concluded British Grand Prix. Here’s what each of the blends say about the individual driver.
Paul Di Resta: A little shy at first on the nose but behind the shyness there is a full bodied explosion brought about by highland malts, giving it great strength and backbone. This whisky has plenty of raw Scottish talent but also displays a sureness and maturity beyond its years. Strong and determined to make its mark on its own, this blend is a born winner.
Adrian Sutil: This blend features selected whiskies as old as 25 years from the four distilling regions of Scotland. Although this blend has a great complexity to it, a great harmony prevails with beautiful mellow flavors coming through to reward the palate.
Vitantonio Liuzzi: This blend reflects his lively Italian personality and celebrates his first full season in the race seat. It is not one for sipping and savoring but is one for pure enjoyment and pleasure with the rest of the team. Islay and Jura single malts are intricately woven together to allow the peat smoke to harmonize.