Saturday, July 22, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lotus Evora: Rejected


That I have only purchased three Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars in the last three months is either evidence that I have great self-control or evidence that the available inventory is crap. I considered buying this Evora the other day, but just couldn't accept the matte black paint job.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

F1 race day in Baku

Thank you again, Tarlan, for these wonderful behind-the-scenes shots. I just have a question about the last photo. Who is that man with the cigar? He looks important.
























Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Saturday before Baku F1 race







The castle!





Ricciardo out of his car.




Debrief.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Hitching a ride on a Colombian military plane (sort of)

Time is of the essence. In order for my bus trip to happen, I have to get back home as soon as possible (for my family and for work). But here is the dilemma: Once I am done and have reached the end of the Pan-American Highway in Turbo, must I ride a bus nearly 20 hours back to Bogota to fly home to America? It's not only a waste of time, but it's also uncomfortable. By then, I will have already been riding buses for 75.5 hours over a five-day period. I would go insane.


So do I fly back to Bogota? How?

Turbo has an airport, but I can't find any commercial carriers that fly there. That Google Street View's view of the airport entrance is this, and ends there, is not a good sign.


Fortunately, I snooped some more and discovered SATENA Airline. It's an airline created by the Colombian military to serve far-flung destinations along the Pacific Coast and the Amazon jungle. They serve Apartado, a town half an hour by taxi (car or motorbike) southeast of Turbo. For less than $100, I can take an ATR puddle jumper and fly to Bogota in 90 minutes direct or two 50 minute flights to Bogota via Medellin.

Here is a cool promo for SATENA Airline. The pilot even got picked up at home in a Duster!


And here is a two-part video of the flight from Medellin to Apartado. The planes at the airports are fascinating and the city of Medellin is oddly beautiful from the air.




Raphael O unscathed after rally car crash

So glad you're okay, man. Full story here.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Friday before Baku F1 race

Marshals getting ready to go to the track.



Tires and noses.




Scrutineering.



I love the font used on the license plates.



Checo.







Daniel Ricciardo?



Definitely Max V. here.







Alonso.




I didn't realize volunteer marshals worked in scrutineering.