F1 German GP at Nurburgring & A New York Rainbow In the Night

This weekend does not bring the excitement of last did with the Women’s World Cup, but there are three notable events, two of which are even sports related.

First up is the German Grand Prix from the famed Nurburgring in the Eifel Mountains. Nurburgring was also the site of the 1961 German Grand Prix. Continuing with this year’s homage to the 50th anniversary of the Championship season for my late friend Phil Hill, let’s go back for a minute to the sounds and smell of The Ring in 1961.

Nurburgring was a far different circuit in the 60s than it is today. Phil Hill took pole position in qualifying by shattering the lap record, becoming the first person to lap in under 9 minutes, with a stunning lap of 8 minutes 55.2 seconds (153.4 km/h or 95.3 mph) in the famed Ferrari 156 “Sharknose”. In the race though, Phil could not match Stirling Moss in his Lotus-Climax. Here is the Wiki description:

The race was won by British driver Stirling Moss driving a Lotus 18/21 for privateer outfit the Rob Walker Racing Team. Moss started from the second row of the grid and lead every lap of the race. It was the first German Grand Prix victory for a rear-engined car since Bernd Rosemeyer’s Auto Union Type C took victory in 1936. Moss finished just over 20 seconds ahead of Ferrari 156 drivers Wolfgang von Trips and Phil Hill, breaking a four-race consecutive run of Ferrari victories. The result pushed Moss into third place in the championship points race, becoming the only driver outside of Ferrari’s trio of von Trips, Hill and Richie Ginther still in contention to become the 1961 World Champion with two races remaining.

It was the last home country appearance for points leader von Trips before his death at the Italian Grand Prix five weeks later. His second place finish saw Ferrari secure the constructors’ championship. The remaining championship points scorers were all from British racing teams. Scottish driver Jim Clark (Lotus 21) was fourth for Team Lotus; former motorcycle World Champion John Surtees (Cooper T53) was fifth for Yeoman Credit Racing and young New Zealander Bruce McLaren was sixth in his factory-run Cooper T58.

The Nurburgring of today is a far different, more sterile and safer track, and much shorter, with a length of just under 3 miles as opposed to the former 14 miles plus. Mark Webber of Red Bull was fast in practice Friday and took pole today with a surprising P2 for Lewis Hamilton of McLaren. Sebastian Vettel in the other Red Bull is in P3, the first time he will not start from the front row this year. The Ferraris of Alonso and Massa will start in P4 and P5 respectively. The race day weather forecast is for cool temperatures, clouds and some rain, which should make for a very interesting race. Again, the assholes at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox TV will make US F1 fans watch the race on a tape delay, starting at 12 EST and 9 am PST.

In other sporting news, it looks like the great NFL Football lockout is in its last throes. From Marke Maske at the Washington Post:

NFL player leaders are scheduled to meet Monday in Washington, where they are likely to recommend approval of the lockout-ending collective bargaining agreement already ratified by the league’s franchise owners, several people familiar with the deliberations said Saturday.

The lockout could officially end next Saturday with the opening of the free agent market and teams beginning training camps, those people said, cautioning that those plans were subject to change. The 10-year labor agreement first would have to be ratified by a majority of the nearly 2,000 NFL players.

But if free agency begins and training camps open Saturday, the preseason would be likely to be played as scheduled beginning Aug. 11, said those people familiar with the situation.

graphic by Lance Bass http://twitpic.com/5uxcd2

Lastly, and quite charmingly, we have the first vows in New York resulting from the recent passage of marriage equality in the state. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd are going to be the first married under the new law at a rainbow-lit Niagara Falls. From The HuffPo:

Two Buffalo women plan to be the first to legally wed under the state’s new same-sex marriage law, which goes into effect on Sunday, one month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law. The pair, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, are to be married the minute after midnight as the Niagara Falls are lit up with the colors of a rainbow.

Sounding much like any other nervous newlywed-to-be, Buffalo resident Lambert told HuffPost they were “really excited, a little overwhelmed, a whole lot frightened.” After 11 years together, she said, “I don’t know why I’m frightened by this commitment.”

Jitters or not, the couple has a big ceremony planned. Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, have five adult children and 12 grandchildren. The umbrella advocacy group New Yorkers United for Marriage is promoting the marriage as the first of its kind in New York State. Local politicians will be in attendance along with an estimated hundreds of friends and gay rights advocates for a meal, speeches, and a candlelight procession on Goat Island that will lead across Bridal Veil Falls and then to Luna Island. And the falls, of course, will be illuminated to look like a rainbow, a symbol of the gay rights movement.

That is pretty darn cool. Hats off to the happy couple, and let’s hope they find happiness on the other side of their rainbow.

24 replies
  1. prostratedragon says:

    From A Tribute to Jack Johnson,

    Right Off, Part 1

    by Miles Davis. The Miles Davis Ensemble featuring a very Mahavishnu John McLaughlin. Links to Parts 2 and 3 at the video.

    Feel free to shout at any point.

  2. nomolos says:

    The first f1 race I went to was in Monte Carlo where, if my memory serves and I know it does Stirling Moss won in a Lotus I do believe. For those trivia buffs out there Stirling Moss drove the first four wheel drive F1 car some time later, it was a Ferguson.

    As for the american game stolen from Rugby it should be note, for football loving teabaggers, there would be no football without a union, union are good…owners bad.

  3. jo6pac says:

    Again, the assholes at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox TV will make US F1 fans watch the race on a tape delay, starting at 12 EST and 9 am PST.

    Yes then we go back to real time:)

  4. matthew carmody says:

    And then there’s the ride into Paris for the closing stage of the Tour de france.

  5. jo6pac says:

    Thanks nomolos I got there in time to see Hamilton get his trophy, I’ll watch it later today when I have time. Thanks for the link. Is there anyone living on the Left coast that goes to Laguna Seca for Reunion in Aug? I’ll be there Sunday. I’ll also be at the Rennlist event in Oct.

    • bmaz says:

      You talking about the Monteray Historics? I used to go every year to that and the effectively concurrent Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance; but have not bee in many years now.

  6. quebecois says:

    Thanks bmaz for the F1 history lesson, I truly enjoy your stuff. Hamilton was damn good today, I really enjoyed that race. Tour de france goes to an aussie, I’m not as pleased with that result.

  7. bmaz says:

    Did y’all see the picture of Niagra Falls bathed in rainbow light in the post? It is mesmerizingly beautiful.

    Ms. Wheeler commented “Alright. That just kicks ass.”

    And it really does. Awesome.

  8. DWBartoo says:

    Thank you, bmaz, for the thrilling stroll down Memory Lane.

    The difference in engine sounds between the Lotus and the Ferrari comes through wonderfully well.

    That you have had the privilege of counting Phil Hill among your friends is equally wonderful, and I count you a fortunate man, indeed.

    As well, my cap is doffed to the newlyweds, wishing them, and those who follow them, the very, very best of life and fortune.


  9. jo6pac says:

    Yes but it’s been renamed to reunion because SCAMP runs it now. They change the format for the races and the track really opens the weekend before with just about every team there. This only cost 10.00 the normal park fee. They had over 450 cars last year, I’ve done the other events in the past but they have priced me out.
    Thanks for the history, I use to get Competition Press back then later called Auto Week every week

    • bmaz says:

      Know AutoWeek well. Hmmm, wonder is Denise McCluggage is still there? She is outrageously cool.

      • bmaz says:


        Howard Eskin of WIP radio in Philly reports that the Eagles could sign quarterback Brett Favre as a backup to Mike Vick, after Kevin Kolb is shipped out of town.

        Sources told Eskin, who serves as a sideline reporter for the team’s radio broadcasts, that it’s “possible” the Eagles will sign Favre.

        The move would reunite Favre with Andy Reid, who was an assistant with the Packers before becoming a head coach in 1999.
        In Philly, Favre would be the safety valve in the event Mike Vick gets injured or regresses. A master of the West Coast offense, Favre would provide a major upgrade over Mike Kakfa. Plus, it would give Favre another chance to ride off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy in his pocket, even if he has to pry it from Mike Vick’s hands.

  10. chetnolian says:

    “Surprising p2 for Hamilton” on the grid. So you’ll be even more surprised he won the race.

    • bmaz says:

      Yep, the last two weeks have surprised me quite a bit for both Lewis and McLaren. I thought they were toast for the year.

  11. merkwurdiglieber says:

    They should run the old nordschleife, these modern go-kart circuits are boring.They test on the old ‘ring, they should race on it, the cars are much safer than ’76 when Lauda burnt so badly.

  12. JohnT says:

    bmaz on July 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Not gonna happen

    (aka john in sac. name change b/c people get hung up on the last half of that username)

    • bmaz says:

      Oh man, I’ve known that name for years! You are gonna need to remind me – maybe like those little appended updates letting us all know where in the world Bob Schacht is

  13. newz4all says:


    New Evidence of Vote Hacking Emerges In Ohio 2004 General Election Lawsuit

    A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio’s 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush.

    The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late Michael Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio’s vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls, that led to Bush’s unexpected victory. Connell died a month and a half after giving this deposition in a suspicious small plane crash.

    Additionally, the filing contains the contract signed between then-Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Connell’s company, GovTech Solutions. Also included that contract a graphic architectural map of the Secretary of State’s election night server layout system.


    SmarTech has an interesting genealogy. It was run by the late Michael Connell, IT guy for Karl Rove and the Bush family. He also ran GovTech, the company contracted by the state of Ohio (Blackwell) to handle the IT aspects of return processing. Connell was closely associated with the Donatelli clan and other notorious Republican bad guys.


  14. joberly says:

    @Bmaz # 14–I live in the Twin Cities and every month there is a different “Favre Returns” story. In March, the St Paul *Pioneer-Press* had him going to Carolina, supposedly to help tutor Cam Newton. In May, Brett talked about going into coaching or analysis (TV-, not psycho-). Two weeks ago former Cowboy exec Gil Brandt started the discussion anew. Now, as you say, it’s Philly talk. One thing to remember is that Brett will not come cheap: he demanded and got a 2-year $25M contract from the Vikings in 2009, and the team upped that to $16.5M for Year Two. Brett’s price would take up quite a bit of any team’s salary cap. What could happen, according to my local all-sports radio station, is situation where a playoff-potential team loses its starting QB 8 or 10 games into the season and in desperation turns to Brett… Could that be the 2011 Motor City Kitties?

  15. Bob Schacht says:

    bmaz on July 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm said:

    “Oh man, I’ve known that name for years! You are gonna need to remind me – maybe like those little appended updates letting us all know where in the world Bob Schacht is.”

    I’m back! More or less. I had some other stuff to take care of, but started cleaning up the end of previous threads, beginning I think with http://www.emptywheel.net/2011/07/22/what-shall-we-condone/#comment-152230

    I am anxiously waiting the return of all the former formatting helps!)

    Nice to know I was missed :-)

    Now that I’m back in good old cantakerous form, why in a wrap up of sports news is their NOTHING about the Women’s final in the soccer championship? Or do you just want to direct us back to EW’s post on the subject. You have nothing to add?

    And of course I’ve grown used to the fact that you provide zero, zip, nada coverage of the women’s NBA (WNBA) and its current crop of sensational freshmen, and the 15 “best” all-time WNBA players, revealed at half-time in their all-star game. Fans got a vote, so of course only a minority of places went to players who have actually been retired for more than a year. Unfortunately, TV coverage is so sparse that its hard to follow the WNBA, despite lots of really good play.

    Bob in AZ

  16. Petrocelli says:

    *cough* … Test Cricket at Lords – India V England, in a matchup of the 2 best Teams.

    Not surprisingly, Rain is the star attraction !

  17. dugsdale says:

    Bmaz, thanks so much for the clip–those were my boyhood heroes, Moss, Hill (Phil and Graham), Ginther, Gurney… (well, and IF Stone)…and it’s terrific to see such crisp, clear footage. Feel free to contribute more of the same.

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