Barnett Newman is easily one of my all-time favourite painters. Why? Because his work is brilliant, simple, minimalist, and of great taste in colour spectrum choices. His paintings are also very very beautiful in person. The majesty and depth of them does not accurately broadcast in online photos.
By now i’m sure you have heard the debates about Formula One switching to a V6 Turbos OR 4-cylinder Turbos by 2013/2014. The latest news being reported by ESPN is saying that Audi was one of the primary reasons why F1 had initially agreed to switch to 4 cylinder turbos. Apparently Audi had originally said they would join, and the FIA obliged by accepting the idea of the 4 cylinder turbo. After the decision was made, Audi then flipped and decided the finances weren’t working out for them to join F1—and changed their mind. Following Audi’s uncertainty about joining F1, the FIA has recently decided that it is going back to the original idea of V6 Turbos.
I, personally, am a big fan of 4 cylinder turbos and feel they would have enhanced development of road going 4 cylinder turbos in street cars—-and am dissappointed that Audi retracted their original idea of joining F1. I think it would have been great if they had joined—possibly filling the void that BMW had left when they retreated from F1 a few years ago. Here’s hoping they change their minds again and decide to enter!
I first saw “C’Etait Un Rendez-Vous” about 7 years ago, and was absolutely blown away by it. I used to watch it every day for a while. A couple of years later, after speaking to a ‘car guru’ friend of mine, I learned that the car in the short film was NOT a Ferrari 275 GTB, but a Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9, which was later admitted in interviews by Claude Lelouch, maker of the film. Since then, i’ve made it my duty to point this out to almost everyone who seems to think it is a Ferrari 275 GTB, the same thing I USED to think—until i was told the truth.
The sound of the engine, has been rumoured to be overdubbed from a Ferrari 275 GTB, something I feel to be consistent with the sound—unless proven otherwise by some other documentation.
I found this sweet photo of Mr. Lelouch mounting his camera kit on the SEL @ The Torrible Zone
(2nd grainy photo from IDCMB.com)
I’ve seen this clip about a million times, but I suppose for context and for people who have never seen it—-it is worth reposting here.