|Technique| A driver’s body is more connected than you think.

Until recently, it was assumed that the body operated as a mechanical model where it was assumed that forces were localized to individual parts of the body. So for example, when gripping a steering wheel it could be assumed that the force would (mostly) transmit through your hands, forearms and upper arms to eventually stop at the neck and shoulders.

However, myofascial research (muscles and their surrounding fascia or connective tissue layers) is now painting a different picture.

The research has found that the current model is incomplete and that the body actually functions as a tensegrity based system, where instead of the body being individual parts that sum up a whole, everything is connected. Under tensegrity model, forces are distributed throughout the whole system and cannot be localized to one body part.

So what does that means in terms of racing?

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Grassroots Racing- If it’s got four wheels and a motor…

Over a thousand pounds to prepare hundreds of hours in designing and fabricating the chassis, running gear, engine position, steering and sub-frames. Using an air-cooled  four stroke Honda engine, running on split rim alloys, LED lighting and a Saxo VTS seat.

All sounds very exciting until you tell people it’s a lawnmower!

“Yes a lawnmower, no all cutting gear is removed, it’ll do over 40mph off road.” That was the phrase that I spoke every time someone asked me what I was doing every night in the run up to the BLMRA 12hr Lawnmower race in September.

For four weeks this took over my life, for four weeks I was Eddie Jordan, I even started wearing crap shirts!

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Lunch Time Video: Aston Martin- Codename: “Kermit”

Just to keep with the green theme of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a video featuring the Aston Martin Vantage endurance race car for the Nurburgring 24hr.

Just to show that the Aston Martin team have  a sense of humor, they gave the car a name. “Kermit”  Here are some videos of “Kermit” in action.

Kermit in the Pits:

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