Here's an interesting story about the physics of NASCAR racing, as it's
described in a new book, and about the science teacher who wrote it to
"enliven" the science curriculum at public schools. The article doesn't tell
you much itself but there are some leads there for anyone interested:
Physics that you won't get just by eyeballing and guessing. For example,
that an air damn at the front of a car reduces drag, or the Kamm-effect rear
end on GT race cars, which results in less drag than many "streamlined" read
That's the "king of beers" south of the Mason-Dixon line and west of the
Delaware River. d8-)
NASCAR racers, while technically throwbacks, are the most refined antique
racecars in the world <g> and very interesting projects to teach kids about
some fundamental physics. I think it's a neat idea.
Ed Huntress (who drinks Sam Adams and New Jersey's own River Horse beer,
when he doesn't want to spring for Beck's)
I did have a look at the article you mentioned earlier regarding physics
but was thinking about the article I read earlier this evening in "The
Engineer" about the recent and late adoption of rolling road windtunnels
in the US for NASCAR and other auto developments, big picture for the
article title with a bright red NASCAR vehicle with "Bud king of beers"
plastered across the bonnet. I think US Bud lost their name fight with
the much older Budwieser in the Czech republic long ago. I remember US
bud being piss water in the early 1980s but granted I have heard that as
fightback against the big brewers many smaller breweries have sprung up
in the US since then. Much the same happened apparently in the UK in the
1970s with the big brewers buying up smaller ones and closing them and
limiting the choice, big fight back eventually and much more choice
now. Viva warm beer and Lucas fridges
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