Only in Belgium
News reached us that last Friday a Belgian court sentenced a 30 year-old man to read a book. Yes indeed, a book, but bear with us, it gets even more surreal when we tell you the offence for which he received this joyous chastisement; drifting a car around a roundabout. Like us you might find it hard to see the relation between this offence (well, offence, rather a bit of petrolhead fun) and the alternative sentence at first glance. But, in fact there is a good reason. The pillock has to read a book called 'Tonio' by well-respected Dutch writer A.F.Th. van der Heijden. In the book the writer describes the pain he felt after losing his only son in a traffic accident in the centre of Amsterdam in 2010. A commission will later on determine if the offender read the book at all and, we guess, learned from his mistakes. This is on top of a 4 month withdrawal of his driving licence. If he fails the test he faces a 32 month withdrawal.
So, our advice would be; get reading! Lets hope this guy loathes reading, which he probably does, otherwise he wouldn't be continuously lapping a roundabout like some half-wit. Instead of a chastisement by court this is really rather like self-chastisement. Wouldn't these kind of self-chastisement sentences be a good idea for many other offences or crimes? Wouldn't it be smashing to see, for example, a couple of vandalistic, brass, drunk and shouty lard-arses being humiliated by having to listen to Mozart, continuously, for three weeks on loop-mode? Or what about sexual assailants being put in a very dark-room with 'Bear the Bazooka' for a few days? Perhaps, these Belgians are not so silly after all.. (via: Nieuwsblad)Add a comment
Scuderia Hanseat II. The madhouse revisited.
Those of you who read my post on the Sports drivers course on Nürburgring in May probably think I‘ve gone bonkers (at least everyone in my family does!). All of you who haven't read it: please don‘t, because I did it again! Yet this time it was no trotting with foxes but dancing with wolves. At least this is how the group, I was invited to join, thinks of itself. And I hate admitting it, but they are right. A gang of passionate drivers and loving it. No introduction for the beginners, no long explanations, no questions, no pause, no food, no mercy,no loo, no chitchat (that was a hard one!), just driving, driving and driving. Oh I loved it. Goddess Nordschleife was kind, the weather fine and the track dry. The system Scuderia Hanseat had been much improved by adapting the ideal line to the race line.Add a comment
Mini vs Porsche: Another failed marketing gag?
Just last week Mini USA tried to lure Porsche into a race, they wanted to pit one of their Minis against a Porsche at the Road Atlanta race track. What Mini didn't say, though, was what kind of race it was going to be. On the race track? Not very likely of course, a Porsche will be quicker, hypothetically of course. More obvious would be race on a sprint course or an auto test. The reply Porsche eventually gave was even better though..Add a comment
Scuderia Hanseat: Discofox in hell
The following article was written by Gabriele Spangenburg, we are genuinely honoured that she allowed us to post a few of her blog stories on here from time to time. This time she attended the Nürburgring in her Porsche 911 a.k.a. 'Kobold'. Read, view and enjoy!
Many of you know that my most beloved Nordschleife, is nicknamed „green hell“.
Now I don´t know about you, but I used to think this highly unjust, instead of hell, it was „not quite so green“ heaven for me.
Hohoho! How naive! And if you believe the name “green“: shame on you too! Because last week, at the Driving school of “Scuderia Hanseat“ on Nuerburgring we encountered the wettest, coldest, foggiest, unfriendly, slippery May days in History (ever!!!!). Plus it was snowing! Wet, white, wretched hell!Add a comment