Always a good race in Brazil. Sebastian Vettel scooted into first place and liked it so much he stayed there. Valtteri Bottas came in second and the 'iceman' (Raikkonen) remained cool under pressure from Hamilton to take third. Hamilton showed why he is the champion by starting in last place and ending up in fourth. The man can drive. Max Verstappen broke the existing lap record of 13 years, held by Juan Pablo Montoya.....yes, he did drive in Formula One.
Nico Hulkenberg finished in 10th spot. The Haas Team finished with Grosjean in 15th and Magnussen 'out' by the end. Felipe Massa had another emotional send off from his countrymen. After his retirement last year he returned to fill the void left by Bottas going to Mercedes. He had a decent year and was willing to stay for another, but the team had several people lining up for the seat. As you know, he was one of my favorites and I will miss him. I have been following Formula One for more years than I care to say....I have seen many 'favorites' move on in the past and suspect that I will have another one next year.
While Texas state officials claim to be looking into the matter, the state’s DMV has outlawed any rebodied vehicles and has started to revoke titles and registrations for dune buggies in the state, a move that has provoked Texan kit car enthusiasts to start lobbying the state to re-legalize the vehicles.
As far back as 2013, the TexasDepartment of Motor Vehiclesput a halt to registrationsof newly built dune buggies, grandfathering in previously built and registered dune buggies. While some owners of Volkswagen-based fiberglass-bodied beach cars reported success registering their kit cars under the donor vehicle’s identity, the state DMV in March 2015 adoptedTexas Administrative Rule 217.3 (6), which explicitly made any vehicle “designed or determined by the department to be a dune buggy” ineligible for title “regardless of the vehicle’s previous title and/or registration.” The only other vehicles that, as a group, the TexasAdministrative Codespecifies as ineligible for title are race cars, off-road vehicles, and flooded cars.
Starting earlier this year, the Texas DMV has sent letters to dune buggy and sand rail owners in the state alerting them that their titles have been revoked and that the owners have to surrender the vehicle’s original title, windshield sticker, and license plates to the DMV. The letters note that the state considers dune buggies and sand rails “designed for off-road usage and may not be legally operated for use on Texas streets or public roadways.”
Adam Shaivitz, a spokesman for the Texas DMV, said the decision to ban dune buggies came about “because many of these vehicles do not have key safety components or do not have a body at all. These vehicles, as manufactured, were not designed for on-road use. These vehicles, as modified from previously manufactured vehicles, also do not keep their on-road qualities.”
While he said that the DMV is currently researching how other states regulate dune buggies, sand rails, and other rebodied vehicles, that process is in the early stages.
Vincent Parisien, the president of theManx Club, said that the title revocations and the ban on dune buggy registrations amounts to discrimination without merit. “We’re not about making the streets more dangerous,” he said. “Our members are willing to go through all the same safety standards as other cars.”
However, as Parisien pointed out, a number of Texan dune buggy enthusiasts have already resorted to selling their vehicles out of state, and others have parked their dune buggies fearing both the devaluation of their vehicles and the risk of facing legal trouble if they were to drive them on the streets.
To counter the ban, he said Manx Club officials have contacted Texas State Representative Ed Thompson, who has already requested the Texas DMV rescind its ban; the SEMA Action Network; and the Historic Vehicle Association, whichadded Bruce Myers’s Old Redto the National Historic Vehicle Register in 2014.
NOTE: In the early 90's I lived in Texas for a couple of years. In those days I liked their "government be damned" attitude. So, what is this, are the people really behind something like this? If Texas does this then other States will follow....this is terrible. During that time I owned a couple of Manx buggies, which are great fun. Building cars has been an American pastime since the invention of the automobile. I am sorry to see something like this even enter the pea-brain of some politician. Write them, maybe better minds will prevail.
The man can sure drive, but I would like to have seen the championship run until the last race. When the championship finishes up before the end of the season it seems like there is no point to the last races. Another mile-maker for Hamilton as he is now not just a champion, but a four-time champion. Which puts him in a small class with Schumaker, Prost, Fangio and Vettel. He has at least another 5/6/7 years to drive and I suspect that he will end up beating Schumaker's hard-to-beat record of seven championships. Good going.....Lewis! Lewis! Lewis! Lewis!
Here we go, the last three races for the season. Hamilton looks like a shoe-in for the championship, but it is racing and anything can happen. All he has to do is finish in the top five...easy to say, harder to do. First went to Max Verstappen, Bottas in second and Kimi Raikkonen in third.
On lap 27 Hulkenberg was told to abandon his car without touching anything, not grounding out the car or face a"ZAP" from the electrical system. This comes up once in a while and I think it should be addressed more often. Or at least the fans should be told more about the fact that their favorite driver could be electrocuted. Massa ended up in 11th and the Haas Team ended up in 8th and 15th.
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