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  1. afx added a post in a topic F1 2017 Pre-Season Testing   

    BARCELONA, Spain -- Lewis Hamilton kicked off the 2017 season by edging Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time of the opening winter test, a day which saw McLaren hit Honda-related trouble almost immediately.
    Hamilton, who stepped in for new Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the afternoon as per the team's run plan, went quickest with a 1:21.765 on soft tyres. That time was exactly one second down on the quickest time set in 2016 testing and quicker than his own pole time ahead of last year's race (1:22.000), suggesting the new-for-2017 cars will dramatically cut lap times this year as promised.
    The three-time world champion debuted Mercedes' unique shark fin design during his run and helped the team accumulate 152 laps overall. Bottas accounted for 79 of them and finished sixth on his first official afternoon at the wheel of the W08, though he ran exclusively on the medium tyre and did so in the morning when the track was much greener.
    Of note was the problems encountered by McLaren within the first 60 minutes, which limited Fernando Alonso to just one lap before lunch. The delay came when McLaren detected an oil systems issue, one which cost the team a majority of its running as it was located in a "difficult access location". Alonso emerged intermittently in the late afternoon and finished the day with 29 laps to his name -- a miserable return for eight hours' work and a worrying start for a team hoping to take a big step up the pecking order this season.
    Sebastian Vettel finished second in what was an encouraging start to testing for Ferrari, clocking up well over a century of laps (128) and finishing just 0.113s behind Hamilton on a medium tyre lap. His final mileage count put him second only to the combined tally of the Mercedes drivers. It is unlikely Ferrari will read too much into headline times at this stage -- the team made a strong start to winter testing last year but suffered a winless season, though it will be happy with a trouble-free day to kick off this winter's schedule.
    Dan Istitene/Getty ImagesFelipe Massa also had a good day for mileage, ticking past triple figures in the closing minutes of the session and finishing third. The day represents a solid start for a Williams team which was beaten to fourth position by Force India last season. Kevin Magnussen finished fourth for Haas after a soft tyre run in the final hour moved him above Bottas' time, albeit a full second down on Hamilton's benchmark.
    Daniel Ricciardo prompted the first red flag of the day and the season in the opening hour when he stopped at Turn 4, something Red Bull later confirmed was a sensor problem. A battery issue hampered time further after lunch but the Australian was still able to complete 44 laps on his way to finishing sixth. Team boss Christian Horner later downplayed the severity of both issues. Sergio Perez endured a limited day with Force India, spending the entire afternoon session in the garage after the team detected an exhaust problem.
    The Toro Rosso, featuring what is overwhelmingly the most popular livery in the paddock, had a quiet day, with Carlos Sainz settling for eighth, 0.3s up on new Renault recruit Nico Hulkenberg, whose first proper day with the RS17 yielded 57 laps and ninth position. Behind him was Fernando Alonso, who finished one place ahead of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson. The Swede rounded off the pecking order, over five seconds off the headline times after 72 laps.
    Peter Fox/Getty ImagesTimes at close:
    1. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 1:21.765 - 73 laps (afternoon)
    2. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari - 1:21.878- 126 laps
    3. Felipe Massa - Williams - 1:22.076 - 103 laps
    4. Kevin Magnussen - Haas - 122.894 - 50 laps
    5. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull - 1:22.926 - 39 laps
    6. Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes - 1:23.169 - 79 laps (morning)
    7. Sergio Perez - Force India - 1:23.709 - 39 laps
    8. Carlos Sainz - Toro Rosso - 1:24.494 - 51 laps
    9. Nico Hulkenberg - Renault - 1:24.784 - 57 laps
    10. Fernando Alonso - McLaren - 1:24.852 - 29 laps
    11. Marcus Ericsson - Sauber - 1:26.841 - 72 laps
  2. afx added a post in a topic Datsun 240z   

    Really nice Mika.
  3. afx added a topic in General   

    F1 2017 Pre-Season Testing

    We’ve reached the lunch break on the opening day of running at Barcelona, and what a morning it’s been. Ferrari and Mercedes have both raced out of the blocks, racking up a combined 141 laps and trading times at the top of the leaderboard. Sebastian Vettel’s 1m 22.791s effort (on medium tyres no less) is already faster than the overall best during the first four days of last year's first pre-season test – proof that 2017’s new rules have led to quicker cars.
    But while most have enjoyed a decent start to testing, there have been problems elsewhere, noticeably at Red Bull and McLaren, both of whom stopped running early on with technical issues. Haas too have had an eventful morning, with Magnussen the first driver to tag the barriers this year.
    What will the afternoon bring?
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  4. afx added a post in a topic 1965 Comet 202 Sedan ***FINISHED***   

    Nice job Mitch.
  5. afx added a post in a topic Shelby Cobra CSX2127 Sebring Roadster   

    Thanks Maxx & Ray.
    We have color.  We'll see how well it rubs out in a few days. Fingers crossed.

  6. afx added a post in a topic F1 Car Launches - 2017   

    Red Bull Racing RB13

  7. afx added a post in a topic F1 Car Launches - 2017   

    Toro Rosso STR12
    My favorite!

  8. afx added a post in a topic Is it just me, or has the site slowed down again?   

    I think the ads are causing all the issues. I don't know what ads are currently trying to run but I can't type anything while they are spooling.
  9. afx added a post in a topic Trans-Am the pony wars....   

    A '67 notchback Mustang has never been kitted to my knowledge. The '67 and '68 Cougar where only issued once IIRC.  A proper '69 Mustang would certainly be welcomed as would a '69 or '70 Javelin.  The '67/'68 Camaro and a '70 Mustang make the least sense. 
  10. afx added a post in a topic Shelby Cobra CSX2127 Sebring Roadster   

    The AMT doesn’t provide jack points.  I usually rob them form the Revellogram 427 kit.  However they are not correct.  So I scratch built a bracket and reversed the jack point to mount them in the correct orientation. 

  11. afx added a post in a topic F1 Car Launches - 2017   

    More photos of Haas F1 VF-17
  12. afx added a post in a topic F1 Car Launches - 2017   

    From ESPNF1:
    "The switch back to the colour, long associated with McLaren and its early days in motor racing, has been rumoured and teased for months since Zak Brown took over as team CEO following Ron Dennis' departure from the McLaren Group. The break from the Dennis era goes further than the livery, with the 'MP4' prefix --standing for Marlboro Project Four and used for its F1 car names since Dennis' arrival in 1981 -- dropped in favour of the all-new MCL."
  13. afx added a post in a topic Trans-Am the pony wars....   

    Thanks for posting that link Steve.  The book I referenced above The Cars of Trans-Am Racing tell the same story that the '68/'69 Firebirds where at a minimum powered by the Chevrolet 303 and in some cases just re-skinned Camaros.
  14. afx added a post in a topic F1 Car Launches - 2017   

    Haas VF-17

  15. afx added a post in a topic Ferrari F189 Portuguese GP (Late Version), Tamiya   

    Very nice Aaron especially being only your 2nd build.