Chris Bevan

# Sound and fury

F1 photographer Darren Heath nails it:

The slate-wiping revolution that’s swept through F1 has reminded everyone of just why our sport is so special. Just think of what the teams have achieved in such an incredibly short time. Brazil 2013 marked the end of a prehistoric age for the sport, the ancient ‘technology’ employed to propel the cars finally being consigned to the trash. Five short months later completely new engines, ERS, electrics, turbos, braking, aero et al practiced, qualified and raced hard around Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

Day 48: Dismantling

05 Jan

Made the fateful decision back on on 18 Nov (48 days ago) to take the 2002 off the road and start the restoration that had to happen.

Ugly

Activity so far has been about taking as much off the car as possible in an orderly manner. Aim is to get the body shell all set for an overhaul, some new panels and some new paint.

Rear suspension is off, working to remove the rear subframe. Interior is just about stripped, lots of tidying of the under dash wiring loom needs to be done.

Very aware that lots of these projects get off the ground only to falter, leaving nothing more than a collection of boxed parts.

Wish me luck.

# A 137-Mile 'Cycling Utopia' Floating Above London's Rail Lines

Foster + Partners’ smash it out of the park with their proposal for building a network of cycling corridors around/above London:

“SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city,” says Foster. “By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car-free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”

Brilliant.

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My new commute

24 Dec

So I bought myself a bike and have been riding into work two or three times a week.

Journey is about 11km each way and has been taking me around 30 minutes. Catching the train takes about the same time, though if I miss a train, trains are delayed or I otherwise find myself waiting for more than five minutes for a train to my station, the bike wins out.

Into work

Home from work

Suspension overhaul

10 Nov

An afternoon's work

Started pulling the rear suspension apart this afternoon.

Right is largely done, left underway. Everything is caked in oil and dirt, looking forward to getting it all cleaned up and back together.

BMW R90 Cafe Racer

10 Nov

R90 Cafe Racer

I don’t usually like motorbikes. For this, I make an exception.

# The secrets to the world’s happiest cities

Peñalosa’s first and most defining act as mayor was to declare war: not on crime or drugs or poverty, but on cars.

Even though I’d consider myself a “car person”, this article makes a whole lot of sense.

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