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Rear View Mirror 12-4-17

John Schommer
Monday, December 4, 2017


Did you see that Josef Newgarden was invited to the Race of Champions? This epic event will be taking place in Saudi Arabia on February 2nd and 3rd, 2018. I hope he accepts the invite.


Now, on with this winter-mode edition of Rear View Mirror!


Formula E – Hong Kong

The FIA Formula E season got underway with the first race in Hong Kong. It’s the start of a series that will travel the world showcasing amazing street circuits and the greatest purely electric racing in the world. This season the series welcomes new drivers such as Eduardo Mortara of DTM fame and new teams like Panasonic Jaguar.


The first race of the season had ups and downs, including a red flag stoppage due to Andre Lotterer colliding with a wall and bringing traffic to a halt. Upon the restart, Jean-Eric Vergne did his best to hold off Sam Bird of DS Virgin Racing. Bird, however, was intent on getting the win and despite a drive-through penalty for a pit lane infringement, came out ahead of the pack and took the top podium spot.


The second race had its own drama after race winner Daniel Abt was disqualified for a technical rules violation involving the tagging of race-declared components. Abt inherited the lead after Mortara of Venturi spun his race car with just two laps left while trying to complete a fastest lap to accompany what he thought was going to be his first victory on his debut race weekend.


Mortara was able to recover quickly and earned second place in his second ever E-Prix. Felix Rosenqvist was promoted from second to first place after Abt was DQ’d, and Panasonic Jaguar slid into third place, generating the fist win for a Jaguar race team since 2002.



2017 LA Auto Show

The coming of the age of the electric vehicle was prominent at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, at least if you focused on what the big three of Europe were showing. Nearly every car maker had at least one EV on display, while BMW, Volkswagen, and Jaguar had multiple models on hand. Jaguar’s entry into Formula E racing signals the company’s ongoing efforts to introduce full electric vehicles like the I Pace SUV. Volkswagen – which includes Audi, Porsche, SEAT, and Skoda – claims to have 50 EV models on the books for production.


As a VW fanatic with a particular affliction for the long out-of-production Volkswagen Bus or Type 2 – I also owned a Eurovan for years and loved it—the coming of the ID Buzz is particularly appealing. Various versions of a newly designed VW Bus have been hung like a carrot for years, only to have production dates pushed back constantly and eventually disappear.



One way to get this Forza community writer onboard with the whole EV thing is to make this vehicle. My personal hero Magnus Walker got a ride in a concept car and it earned his approval. If that vehicle can make a believer of the Porsche Urban Outlaw, I will fall prey just the same.


Certainly there was still a massive showing of gasoline powered vehicles, especially from U.S. carmakers. The new Corvette ZR-1, The Ford GT, The Porsche GT2 RS – sporting its new claim to fame as the fastest production car around the Nürburgring – were just a few of the easily spotted dream rides at the show.



Take a look at the photos the Turn 10 team captured while attending the event here in RVM or peruse the entire album I posted on the Forza Motorsport Facebook page.



2017 NW Toy Run

The holiday season is all about giving, even though it is of course very nice to receive as well. The NW Toy Run is held in support of the NW Toys for Tots program. The cost of entry is either a toy or cash donation, there are a bunch of items up for raffle and car lovers could sign up for lead-follow laps around the historic Pacific Raceways circuit.


This year’s turnout was tremendous. The cars and trucks just kept rolling in. First the paddock filled up, then the drag staging area, and eventually the entire Turn 7 and Turn 8 complex. It was amazing to see the support and the variety of cars was more diverse than ever.



In the previous years I have attended, the car show was dominated by imports, but this year the amount of crews driving big bro trucks and 4X4s was up considerably. Down any row you could see hot rods mixed in with daily drivers, plenty of exotics – including a Lancia Delta Integrale Evo – on hand to enjoy.


Some of my favorites were local NW star car “Hardtail Sally,” my own 1980 Ford Fiesta aka “Old Man Tan,” a Miata with real teeth, and the most Dodge Challengers I have ever seen in one place. Throughout the day, the sounds of cars revving their engines and the smiles from drivers who just had their first time on a real race track was worth every minute.



Take a look at the photos I took as I meandered the grounds with my girlfriend and her dog Tucker. I also posted a large album of snaps I took as the day held off the clouds and rain so we could enjoy the show.



DLC Clue Thread

If you haven’t taken a look at the December DLC Clue Thread on the Forza Forums, time is running out. The December Car Pack will be released tomorrow, Tuesday December 5th and the [insert my best Inspector Clouseau voice] “Mystery will be sol-ved.” We will be showing off the cars of the pack on the #TuesdayDrive on Mixer and Twitch as soon as the pack is released tomorrow. Join us for the show; I’ll also be hitting some of the cool new Rivals events too.


I am always astounded that no matter how cryptic and vague I make the clues, there is always some smartie-pants that guesses some of the cars. I have to wonder if there are people out there in the Forza world that have somehow tuned into my brain frequencies or have access to my Google search records.


That being quite impossible, I just have to hand it to those of you who have guessed correctly, and I offer a virtual high-five to those who gave their best guesses. I will explain the “logic” behind the clues during tomorrow’s #TuesdayDrive show in case you need to know to assuage the chaos in your mind.


For those who are still playing along, here are a couple more clues on a couple of cars that have not yet been guessed.


Car 1 Clue 2: I do also enjoy me some lemonade cleanse and the occasional blackened chicken.


Car 2 Clue 2: What? No fog lights? What a ripoff!


Enjoy the clues, I’ll see you in the show tomorrow or for Heavy Metal Affliction on a very special exotic car on Thursday.