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Rear View Mirror 6-8-15

John Schommer
Monday, June 8, 2015

I think I have the opposite of Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka SAD), because a sunny weekend like we just had motivates me to just go, and go, and go.

 

On the boring side of things, I painted the inside of my house but, on the flip side, I also went to one of my favorite car shows and spent the other day perusing some of the finest local vehicles that were available for sale at Mecum Auto Auctions in Seattle.

 

If you want, check out the great album of photos from The Old School Reunion, including a few of my 1974 Bug looking shiny as it ever has thanks to some help from Meguiars. And while we are talking Meguiars, we are working on a car detailing video featuring their awesome car care products, so keep an eye out for that later this summer.

 

Custom mini-trucks are totally old school

 

When I finally got to the couch on Sunday night I was so pleased to see IndyCars racing in Texas and Formula One in Canada. And that leads us to why we are here today: racing highlights and Rear View Mirror!

 

Porsche, Porsche, Porsche!

I know you all have heard about this already. If, however, you have been sleeping for the last week, Porsche is coming to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One. Just because this feels so good to say, I’m going to say it again, “PORSCHE is coming to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One!”

 

If you know anything about your fair RVM host you know he is a Porsche guy. This is big news to any Forza fan though. It’s happening, it’s happening tomorrow, and it’s going to be so awesome the words I want to use to express my excitement would get me banned.

 

I will be celebrating the release all day tomorrow in an all-day stream showcasing the Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One. We will be getting started as soon as the pack is live so come by and check it out!

 

Until then, scope the story exclusive on autoblog.com. http://www.autoblog.com/2015/06/08/porsche-returns-forza-horizon-2-expansion-video/

 

Mecum Auto Auction Seattle, WA

If it weren’t for all the awesome cars of every category just waiting to be put up for auction, I would have sworn I was at a Hawaiian shirt convention or a meeting of the Tommy Bahama Shirt Club. Mecum’s target demographic is 55-64 men, guys with money to spend, guys looking to fulfill the dream of owning something they grew up wanting, and, apparently, guys who all like Hawaiian shirts.

 

At this weekend’s show in Seattle, some 600 cars were on display up for sale. One of the sweetest Shelby GT500KR Fastbacks in the world, a slew of Lamborghinis, and just about anything that could excite a car lover like me are just a few examples. There were cherry vintage VWs, some really cool trucks, old race cars from several racing disciplines, and I even saw a plain Jane 1994 Ford Thunderbird. The latter couldn’t have gone for more than $5,000, but that’s the great thing about Mecum auctions: they have a little of everything.

 

Mechberg was mad that he missed this sweet Country Squire going across the block at Mecum

 

In addition to Media access, I got a behind the scenes tour of the TV truck, and much of the production facilities. You would be blown away by the amount of work that goes into putting on one of these events. Every VIN is double-checked for validity and legal sale in all 50 states, there is an immense amount of planning into the flow of the auction including coordinating hundreds of car pushers and drivers. It has to be seen to be believed, If Mecum comes to your city, take the time to go. It’s like a killer car show, but everything is for sale. What could be better?

 

 

Formula One Canadian Grand Prix

Once again the Mercedes-Benz team has shown that it is nearly untouchable with another 1-2 for the record books. Hamilton had to lift and coast a bit to conserve fuel and teammate Nico Rosberg had to cool his brakes to manage the double podium. Nobody threatened the pair and, for the most part, Lewis Hamilton was out of reach of Rosberg in this accident-free race.

 

Vettel clawed his way out of the depths from 18th to finish fifth in his SF-15T. His rise through the ranks was, to me, the most exciting train of events. Just ahead of him, Kimi Raikkonen was set up well for the lower podium step until he spun coming out of the hairpin, exactly as he did last year.

 

Williams got its first podium with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa delivered a sixth place to add to the points haul. Lotus finally showed up as a contender with both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean collecting points. Grosjean nearly threw it away in lap traffic and took a five-second penalty for his carelessness.

 

 

IndyCar Texas Firestone 600

This was the cleanest IndyCar race I ever saw. There was only one caution and that was just for debris on track. Given every time I saw a car in the pits getting aero adjustments and hearing complaints of squirrely cars, I was even more surprised nobody wrecked. It was a fast race too, with an average speed of more than 191 mph – a new track record.

 

Scott Dixon tweeked his aero package the right way in the first few stops and turned his understeer into something “that was basically on rails” Dixon said. Dixon led 97 of the 248 laps at the 1.45-mile high-bank oval in Texas. It all culminated into Dixon’s 37th win. That’s his second this year, and his second win at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

The pit-stop exchange at lap 194 gave Dixon the lead over Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Tony Kanaan. Kanaan would hang in there for second place almost eight seconds behind. The resulting 1-2 for CGR was added reason to celebrate. Helio Castroneves, who has won four-times here previously, took third.

 

 

Formula E – Moscow

Racing in Moscow within sight of the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, the all-electric open-wheel racers took to the streets in their first race in Russia. The five-lane wide start gave plenty of space for the field to whittle out some leaders. At a glance this course reminded me of Long Beach, but without the beach.

 

Nelson Piquet Jr. took his second victory, his other came at Long Beach possibly validating the similarity of tracks. This puts The NEXTEV TCR driver at the top of the points – by a margin of 17 – as the series heads home for the season finale in London.

 

The final race will be at a custom track built at Battersea Park. Six drivers are in the hunt for the driver’s championship and the team’s championship is still undecided. A suspenseful end to what has been a thrilling, albeit mostly silent, season.

 

 

In NASCAR Martin Truex Jr. broke his 69-race winless streak at Pocono and Scott Speed took his third consecutive gold medal at X-Games in Austin TX.

 

That’s all we have time for today folks, I gotta get warmed up for tomorrow’s Porsche escapades in Forza Horizon 2. That includes hand exercises, working on my Y-button skills for maximum rewindability, and of course practicing my tree-avoidance regimen. I hope to see you on our Twitch channel for the celebration of Porsche’s return to Forza.