An American motorcycle racer in the European racing scene. In 2006 he was the MotoGP world champion. In last year's standings he was 5th. Known as "The Kentucky Kid" left no doubt where he was from. Considering how dangerous motorcycle racing is he was killed while riding a bicycle for training purposes in Italy.
Sebastian Bourdais had just pulled the fastest qualifying lap for the Indy 500 when he lost control and plunged into the wall. As you probably know he is on my list of favorite drivers because I know he is a very good driver, but hasn't had much luck lately. Although he started off this year with a bang and then dropping into the 'no luck' mode. In the past under CART/Champ series which came before the latest Indy Car series he was the series champ four times.
He apparently has several fractures of the pelvis and has undergone surgery I hope that at 38 years of age this is not a career ending accident.
Highest qualifier of the day, Ed Carpenter, another personal favorite.
With an internationally recognized concours d’elegance, multiple vintage car clubs and museums, and tens of thousands of collectors restoring old cars, India’s collector car scene has grown rapidly over the last several years. However, that growth may come to a halt with the pending passage into law of a government agency’s order banning all old cars – regardless of historical value – from Delhi.
TheNational Green Tribunal‘sorder, issued in November 2014, called for a blanket ban on all diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles 15 years or older from Delhi, the country’s capital and second-largest city, citing high levels of air pollution. That order made no exceptions, however, and as pointed out in arecentEconomic Timesarticle, the order is set to become law in Delhi, barring any last-minute protestations of the city’s historic vehicle advocates.
“A complete ban will surely kill the historic vehicle movement,” Ravi Prakash told theEconomic Times.
Prakash, of Bangalore, recently formed the FHVI in part to address the NGT old car ban – and similar bans predicted for India’s other major cities – and to request an exemption for historic cars similar to the exemption theFFVE got from the Paris old car ban last year. Of the 20 million cars on the road in India, observers estimate about 10,000 of them qualify as historic vehicles.
Whether the NGT will consider arguments for historic vehicle exemptions is up in the air. Ingranting temporary exemptionsto the order to the organizers of Delhi’s 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally the last three years, the NGT has requested proof that the rally benefits charities, and appeared unlikely to waver from its initial ruling otherwise.
“Prima facie, we are against running of such vehicles and you are totally barred by our order,” the NGT wrote. “We make it clear that none of the vintage cars would be otherwise permitted on the roads of NCR (National Capital Region), Delhi, nor any authority would issue fitness certificates to them without specific order of the tribunal,”
In addition, the country’s Supreme Courtupheld the banin April 2015, arguing that it should not discourage the NGT or interfere with its order.
However, Gautam Sen, FIVA’s vice president of external relations, said he believes the NGT simply “doesn’t see any difference between any old polluting taxi versus a historic vehicle. If the proper representation and explanation is provided to the NGT and the concerned bureaucrats in government, the exemption (I hope) should come through.”
Should no exemption come through, Sen said he believes the NGT could expand the order to cover other heavily polluted Indian cities. “Historically, whatever environmental measures have been taken for Delhi, were soon applicable to all Indian class A cities,” Sen said. “In terms of pollution levels, though Delhi leads, cities like Bombay, Bangalore, Chennai and Calcutta (Kolkata) are not too far behind.”
Proponents of an exemption for historic vehicles from the NGT order note that whatever pollutants those vehicles emit are mitigated by the minimal use of the vehicles, primarily to shows and rallies or for occasional weekend use.
According to Sen, the NGT order is expected to become law this July.
A sunny day in Spain left Lewis Hamilton with the win. Sebastian Vettel came in second and Daniel Ricciardo, his first podium finish this year, came in third. The teammates of each one of these drivers did not finish.
Nico Hulkenberg came in 6th and Felipe Massa came in 13th. The Haas Team finished in 10th and 14th. The Force India team has been doing better and better with each race, inspite of their ugly pink color. Today they finished in 4th and 5th.
On the build-up to the Indy 500 they hold this race two weeks before the 500. In the old days the month of May was practice only. They hold this race at the Speedway, but use the road course left over from Formula One days instead of the oval track. Will Power (I still love that name) came in first for his second win of the season. Which was win number 30 on his overall wins and puts him number 11 on the overall wins for everybody. Third went to Ryan Hunter-Reay which was his 100th top ten finish.
Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato ended up in 20th and 12th. Sebastian Bourdais unfortunately went out in the first lap. Favorite team, Ed Carpenter Racing, ended up in 9th and 14th. Juan Pablo Montoya, although not racing this season, finished 10th as a practice run to the 500.
The online auction company, Catawiki, has decided to run their auctions a different way. Now, instead of dividing their auctions into categories of automobiles, motorcycles, classics, French, British, German, Italian, etc., they now post them in one lump for the day. This makes it difficult for me to separate them. I will be discontinuing to post them until I can figure out how I want to do it. I would like to encourage all of you to continue visiting their website at www.catawiki.com on a daily basis because it is one of the best online auction companies I have ever seen. I will post them again in the future.
Hard to tell exactly when it will happen, but it won't be too long. Both in their early 40's and both still very competitive as witnessed by their last race where Castroneves came in 4th and Kanaan came in 6th. Both of these drivers will be greatly missed when it happens.
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