Saturday, August 30, 2008

And the award goes to...

Well, the 2008 Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport has been over for almost a week now, and I think it's high time somebody handed out some awards. Not for the race-winning Audi R10 TDI, which has enough hardware already, nor for David Brabham and his best-in-class Patron Highcroft Acura. Not for the Corvettes that keep dominating the GT1 class, nor even for the Risi Competizione Ferrari that finally had a GT2 win this season. If you want those results, have a look at the news article, or for real fans, the race results.

No, I'm talking about some awards I've dreamed up, having spent the entire day at the races with my brother, fully tooled up with cameras. I've come up with some new classes, and these are my picks of the winners:

Loudest Vehicle: #3 and #4 Corvette C6.R (tie)
Corvette C6.R at Mosport
When these two went past in tandem, the ground shook.

Honourable mention: Panoz Esperante GTLM, seen here with its bits hanging out.
Panoz Esperante GTLM
Loud as hell, slow as molasses.

Car that looks most like it's smiling at you: Aston-Martin V8 Vantage
Drayson-Barwell Aston Martin
Too bad it was so slow.

Most egregious use of day-glo paint highlights: Tafel Racing #73 Ferrari
Tafel Racing Ferrari at Mosport warm-up
Sorry, I was a long way away. Their other car had orange ones.

Worst attempt at hiding behind a post: Risi Competizione #62 Ferrari F430GT
Risi Ferrari (with ugly white pole)
I can seeeeee you.

Most attractive car without wheels: Robertson Racing Doran Ford GT-R
Robertson Racing Doran Ford GT-R, relaxing
I was looking forward to seeing this one race, but apparently they blew it up in testing.

And finally, a special award for Best attempt at turning corner 2 while missing a wheel goes to Marc Basseng and the VICI Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
He was fine. The wheel in question is sitting off in the distance.

More of this silliness, including a picture of the fastest ambulance in the world, a Corvette showing its naughty bits, and a guy who just looks like he should be driving an Aston Martin, are in this Flickr set. There may be even more - I haven't developed the film yet.

Can't wait 'til next year...


EDIT: THIS JUST IN! A special award suggested by Dawn:

Car most likely to crash: #22 Porsche 911 GT3, from the IMSA Challenge GT3 Cup support race.
Make your own Windows Vista pun.
Please, head on over to the Flickr page and leave your own Vista pun there, if you will.


The Wrath of Dawn said...

What about "Car Most Likely to Crash."

You know which one I mean...

Ricardipus said...

Hee hee hee. That was going to be a separate blogpost, but I like your suggestion better. Stay tuned for a supplementary award.

P.S. It was in a different race, too - Porsches only in that one.

#Debi said...

Astin Martin driver is v. nice...

Btw, did you know that Corvettes are made in Kentucky?

Ricardipus said...

Debi - tell you what, you can have the driver, I'll keep the car. Deal?

I probably knew, once upon a time, that 'vettes are made in Kentucky, but if so I'd forgotten. You must have dozens of them yourself?

#Debi said...

Deal. :)

Actually, I'm not a big fan of the 'vette. I rode in one once, and it had no suspension to speak of. I felt every pebble in the road. Also felt like I was sitting 2" from the road, which I suppose I was...

They are very nice on the outside, though, although I prefer the ones made prior to say, 1973...

wv = ookxofg what I said while riding in the 'vette...

Ricardipus said...

Debi - I saw a C2 yesterday, probably a 1965 although I'm not an expert.

Along with a Ferrari Mondial t cabriolet, and a Ferrari 348. All within minutes of each other.

john.g. said...

All good stuff!!

Joy said...

I used to go to car races (various kinds) and enjoyed them. Like the photos.