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  • Alonso helped cause the Stroll/Ricciardo crash, but Stroll was at fault
    Yes, Stroll was at fault, but two other drivers were very, very nearly in the same position. Guess that’s why they’re keeping very quiet. Here’s Lando behind Max. Note the gap. Here’s Charles behind Lando. Bigger gap. Now Charles is allowed to have a gap that big. It’s within the rules, and sensibly not too…
  • Thuraya outage shows dangers of relying on geostationary satellites
    Satphones require satellites, and the two main types of satellite constellation are geostationary and LEO, or low earth orbit. The latter means lots of satellites orbiting at low altitudes, and the former a very few satellites orbiting at higher elevations. In the case of the Thuraya network, there’s only two satellites which cover most of…
  • Should I pay extra for trailer electronic anti-sway systems if I have TSC on my towcar?
    This is a question I am getting about once every two weeks now, and it’s impossible to answer because there’s a sliding scale of cost vs risk reduction. In all aspects of life we make a tradeoff between safety and convenience/cost – for example we cross roads away from pedestrian crossings. Cost is a factor…
  • How did Alonso manage THAT save in the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at Turn 16, yet Sainz crashed?
    Finally, Formula 1 circuit designers and managers are starting to replace tame tarmac runoff areas with surfaces that don’t need track limits measurements because if you put a wheel over the line, you’re in trouble. Unless of course you are Fernando Alonso. Turn 16 at China’s Shanghai Circuit is a corner which now has gravel…
  • The Stories of Cars – Motorclassica reborn as Motors & Masterpieces
    In late 2022 I attended the now-defunct Motorclassica show and lamented that it was essentially Cars and Coffee in a nice house with a more expensive than usual cars. None of the cars displayed told their stories, no interesting factoids were divulged, just the car as art. Now that works for a free Cars and…
  • How slow can you drive Big Red in the Simpson Desert?
    The key to sand driving is tyre pressure, first and foremost. After that there’s a whole range of techniques, but if your pressures aren’t right, you’re going nowhere. Many people launch cars at Big Red, the largest dune in the Simpson Desert at speeds of up to 80km/h, because their tyre pressures are up around…
  • Why the SES’s “15 to float” is wrong, but the message is still right
    Just had a reader ask about a post from VicRoads saying that it only takes 15cm of water to float a small car. That seemed wrong to them, so I investigated and found the claim is misleading. The underlying message is about driving in floodwater, which is extremely hazardous and should never be risked. The…
  • Yankum Offset Snatch Ring Review
    I’ve reviewed Yankum’s Offset Ring and you can find the video at end of this post. Here I’m going to address clarifications and additions. Making a tech video is hard work and while I try and cover everything, sometimes I miss points or realise things could have been clearer. As I write this, over 4500…
  • The Boring (?) Reality of the Simpson Desert, for an hour.
    There are plenty of videos about the Simpson Desert. If you want all the information you could ever need on the topic, refer to Stefan’s channel. If on the other hand you want to see what it’s really like, then watch this video I made. I’ll warn you now. Nothing interesting happens compared to what…
  • The 4×4 Campervan that Doesn’t Compromise Offroad (much)
    There is no perfect travel vehicle. Even if we take cost out of the picture entirely, you have a tradeoff between size/manouverability and interior space/comfort.  For example, you can buy a Ram 3500 and tow a 4000kg caravan…super comfortable, but that’s one huge rig so good luck going offroad with it, or even finding somewhere…