Found out this short video by accident this morning. You can see a pit stop from the 24 Hours of Spa in 2016, when GT-R NISMO GT3 #22 comes in for fresh tires. With the camera suspended above the pit area, you can control its point of view.
First time I ever saw a pit stop from these angles. Neat 😎.
Last month I wrote about my new dioramas, since I thought that my old track diorama was not good anymore. I even mused that the next upgrade would have to be a new camera, since my old Nikon D90 is by now totally dated. A great camera, but released in 2008, so it just can’t stand up to current hardware. AND, it’s a cropped-sensor camera, so the resolution isn’t the best. But since good cameras are far from cheap, specially a full-frame one, I thought it would take a while.
However, my adorable wife and my dad (!) teamed up and got me a new one for my birthday 🥰. And not just any new camera, but possibly one of the best ones available right now, the Sony A7III!!! The A7III is one of Sony’s professional mirrorless full-frame models, with features that I never dreamt of. With a Zeiss 24-70mm lens it’s a true powerhouse.
Boy oh boy 😊!!! Now I need to learn how to use all those features.
I talked a little about the Tripoli Grand Prix and the Italian lottery when I reviewed the W165. In fact, I even mentioned that there was a story about how the lottery was rigged. Well, Aidan Millward released a very nice video about that infamous episode in 1934.
In 2019 Hachette released a pw series with Le Mans cars. No big deal there, since a lot of the pw editors release regularly a Le Mans series. However, this series was different. Why? Because Spark was making the models!
So that meant we would get Spark-good models at pw prices? Really?!? Well, not exactly. You can read more here.
Rebel Williams Esports #1 won the first 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual! 🏆 Piloted by Raffaele Marciello (factory Mercedes GT driver), Louis Deletraz (Haas Formula 1 reserve), Nikodem Wisniewski (sim racer) and Kuba Brzezinski (sim racer), it started eighth in the grid. But slowly the team climbed up and finished in first.
In GTE, the #93 Porsche dominated the race. Piloted by Nick Tandy (Le Mans winner), Ayhancan Guven (Porsche Supercup), Joshua Rogers (Porsche Esports Supercup champion) and Tommy Ostgaard (sim racer), they took the flag. Pretty nice, since this weekend was Porsche’s 50th anniversary of their first overall Le Mans win.
Not the real thing, of course, but you know? It was cool to watch. Graphics were fantastic and the inboard filming looked like you were seeing it from a real race car.
Well, in e-form we can watch something at least. The 24 Heures du Mans Facebook page is streaming the race simulation live now. The whole 24 hours 😲! Of course it’s not the same as a real race, but I’m extremely impressed with the graphics. This will sure be interesting to watch.