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The Farmer & The Car Salesman by DH1.F1
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August 26, 2016, 04:45:40 PM by cosworth151
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A wise old farmer went to town to buy a new pickup truck that he saw
advertised in the paper for a certain price. After telling the salesman which truck he wanted, they set down to do the paperwork. The salesman handed the farmer the bill, and the farmer declared, "This isn't the price I saw!".
The salesman went on to tell the old wise farmer how he was getting
extras such as power steering, power brakes, power windows, special
tires, etc., and that was what took the price up. The farmer, needing
the truck badly, paid the price and went home.
A few months later, the salesman called up the farmer and said, "My
son is in 4-H and he needs a cow for a project. Do you have any for
sale?" The farmer replied, "Yes, I have a few cows I would sell for
$500 apiece, Come and look at them and take your pick." The salesman
said he and his son would be right out. After spending a few hours in
the field checking out all the farmer's cows, the two decided on one
and the salesman proceeded to write out a check for $500. The farmer
said------"Now wait a minute, that's not the final price of the cow,
you're getting extras with it and you have to pay for that too". "What
extras?" asked the salesman. Below is the list the farmer gave the
salesman for the final price of the cow..............................
Product storing equipment.........$60.00
4 spigots @$10 ea.........$40.00
Automatic fly swatter........$38.00
GRAND TOTAL....... $1,233.00
August 24, 2016, 09:41:16 PM by Scott
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I've been doing a ton of mountain biking this summer and threw the old GoPro on the handlebars for one of my downhill runs that starts most of my bike tours in the area (I have to get to the valley floor to start most of them). Hope you enjoy. We start in the hotel parking lot.
And for the record, I've only landed on my nose once this summer and I mostly hurt my leg (it's better now). A few close calls, but that's what makes it fun.
password is 'Biking' (so it doesn't get deleted for copyright music).
August 21, 2016, 07:17:48 PM by J.Clark
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This is a race any true blue race fan should have on their "bucket list" to attend. I know I would like to go before I die.
It is perhaps the most famous, next to Monaco, circuits on the calendar, and for several reasons. It frequently has rain, sometimes the entire weekend, sometimes just on one day. There have been numerous wet races and it is a circuit that is in some ways more dangerous than most others simply because a couple of turns in a sequence from Eau Rouge to over the top of the hill onto the Kemmel Straight (turns 2, 3 & 4). There is a huge elevation change in this sequence and then, basically at the end of that straight, it is back down hill. It is turns 2, 3 & 4 because of the change a few years ago to move the pits.
The track is carved out of the hilly terrain of the Belgium Ardennes, a few klics outside of Francorchamps, Belgium. Perhaps it is not host to the size of crowds at some venues because there is no large metropolitan area nearby. Francorchamps is a village when compared to cities and towns surrounding so many venues. This limits the hotel rooms available. There is a large enough attendance however, and even in the rain the general admission types line the fences in rain gear to watch. Keeping dry should always be a consideration in planning to attend this race.
The two attached photos were chose for two different reasons. The first shows a fair shot of the entire circuit and does give some indication of the elevation changes - difficult to get in an aerial shot. The second I chose for the great detail in labeling the corners, which is important for views of this event. No sports commentator that I have ever heard speak calls the corners/turns by number for this circuit. All they use are the names given them.
There are two DRS zones; although, the main straight is rather short by comparison to the one on the Kemmel Straight.
It was one of the original circuits, from 1950. The length is 7km (4 miles) and the race length in laps is 44. There are only two straights really; although, there are a few curves that are more or less flat-out. There are 19 turns and actually little chance for the driver to move laterally. The lap record was set at 1:47.263, by Vettel in 2009.
Previous winners who remain current drivers:
Raikkonen (4), Hamilton (3), Ricciardo, Button, Massa, Vettel
This makes for what could be a very interesting race for a few reasons.
1. Kimi has won it more than any other driver currently holding down a race seat, and he is driving a much improved Ferrari.
2. Hamilton has won it three times, but the Mercs have been having some glitches, and I think he has a grid spot penalty looming.
3. Ricciardo has won it and is driving a much improved Red Bull that has shown to be nearly on par with the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari recently.
4. We can't count Vettel out either, in spite so a run of some rather bad luck, as some would put it, he - like Kimi - is in a very competitive Ferrari, and he has won this race before.
5. This circuit is NOT known to be one on which overtaking is virtually impossible. There have been many passes made here, on track.
Rather than me posting memorable racing, which has been abundant at Spa, I would like you all to post some of them. I'll just put up one of my favorites. Even though I was a fan of Micheal (still keeping him in my prayers), the race between he and Mika was epic:
August 20, 2016, 10:29:04 PM by lkjohnson1950
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If you have deep pockets, you can be one of 99 people who will get one of these.
Scroll down for more pics.
August 20, 2016, 12:58:57 PM by liveries7
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