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Rear View Mirror 11-2-15

John Schommer
Monday, November 2, 2015

What better way to make your Monday something to revel in rather than to revile than to get your racing and Forza news in Rear View Mirror? Personally, I can’t think of a better way to brighten up a dreary day, so let’s hop to it.


Formula One Mexico

Whether it’s on the tried and true tracks of Europe or the new surface at Mexico’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Silver Arrows of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will not be stopped. Rosberg sped to victory ahead of Hamilton this time. Hamilton complained of a lack of downforce when attempting to take the fight to his teammate but the end result was another 1-2 for the history books for Mercedes-Benz.


Despite tangling with countryman Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas put in a strong race to get on the podium for Williams. Felipe Massa started next to Bottas but fell back to sixth by the end of the race. Nonetheless, for Williams, this was a much better result than the retirements that happened at COTA.


Here is a view of the track that has made it back into the F1 schedule after a 23-year hiatus.



NASCAR Martinsville 500

Jeff Gordon showed once again why he is a fan favorite and six-time champion. After winning the 500-mile race on the notoriously action-packed short track at Martinsville, Gordon went up in to the crowd and hung out with fans who stayed late to get a glimpse of the racer before his impending retirement.


On the other end of the spectrum there was drama, controversy, and retribution between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. On lap 454 Kenseth, who was a few laps down from a previous unrelated incident, plowed into leader Joey Logano. Kenseth claimed having a flat tire but it was more likely payback from when Logano took out Kenseth at Kansas.


Some say NASCAR needs to make a call here. Others say let the boys have at it. What do you think should be done? Talk about it in the RVM thread.



The Story Behind the Photo – Zedzillaaa

So far the photos from the Forza community have been blowing my mind. Perhaps this explains a few things. This week I reached out to Zedzillaaa to get a few details on how he composed this awesome community photo contest winning shot of the BMW z4GTE.


Zed got his start in Forzatography in Forza Motorsport 4 and in fact it inspired him to buy a DSLR in real life that he uses to shoot grassroots drifting and custom rides in real life. You can follow him on Instagram at @higherleveluk.


This photo was inspired by an exercise in lighting and motion. The white car against the dark night. This was an emulation of a panning shot using slow-shutter speed to express motion. “I usually don't put much planning into this sort of stuff,” Zedzillaaa said, “but I wanted to try and get the shot perfectly how I had it in my head.”


The result is his third photo contest-winning photo. Pretty cool!



November eBay Motors Clue Thread Logic

I hope you enjoyed this month’s DLC clue thread. In case you were unable to decipher the logic of my clues once you saw the cars of the pack, I have included my reasoning below. While a couple of the clues were quickly figured out, it looks like the rest had you stumped.


If you haven’t read the story on the cars of the eBay Motors Car Pack you can read it here on and here on the eBay Motors blog.


Clue One

Dominant, pioneering, and in Forza it's in a class by itself.


You got this one, but here goes. The MP4/4 driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won 15 out of 16 races in 1988, it pioneered the lay-down driving position, and it is the only F1 car from this era in Forza Motorsport 6.



Clue Two

I'm willing to bet its silhouette alone will capture your heart.

ANSWERl Lancia #31

The #31 Lancia is a silhouette race car, meaning that it is entirely tube frame with a composite body resembling the silhouette of the real car. It is beautiful and would, therefore, capture your heart.



Clue Three

So fast he could pull to the side, reset his systems and still win the race.

ANSWER: Maserati #35

This one is tough since the car itself and the Maserati Tropheo series are somewhat obscure. In researching this car, I learned that driver Mauro Calamia, who won nearly every race and the driver’s championship, did pull to the side from the lead, shut down the car, reset its systems, then retake the lead from the five cars that passed him. Given this is a spec-racing series, credit the driver with some serious skills.



Clue Four

No worries, mate! Pretty sure this will be a hit.

ANSWER: Holden Torana A9X

Sure, you got that it would be an Australian car right off the bat, but that still left it open for guessing. Just as I planned. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! The Torana is going to be awesome.



Clue Five

A millennial moonshot.

ANSWER: 1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster

Simple references to the year and model that would throw you off the trail and make you think of something more or less directly related to the 1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster.



Clue Six

I'm not dumb, but I can't understand why more American cars don't take advantage of this technology.

ANSWER: Mazda #70 Lola

Referencing The Kinks song “Lola,” to get you thinking of the chassis and a little direction to the diesel technology used in the #70 SkyActiv Mazda/Lola. That LMP field is getting deep in Forza 6.



Clue Seven

Shazbot, Nanu Nanu

ANSWER: Plymouth Prowler

My favorite clue for obvious reasons. Despite knowing some of you would know of my love of AC/DC and where it would lead you, I stuck with this clue. It left an open door to Mindy’s CJ5 as an alternate guess too.



“The Jerk” Signs the Declaration of Independence

The term ratification has taken on a new meaning. That’s me johniwanna as “The Jerk.” I knew I was getting on in years but time has truly escaped me. Thanks to Dragnet for the rendition and the ensuing laughter.



Now I must go, but I hope to see you in tomorrow’s stream on Twitch at 1 p.m. Pacific where I will be showing off the cars of the eBay Motors Car pack. Who knows? I might even have a special treat or trick for you.