RE: PH 2017: Person/Thing of the year

RE: PH 2017: Person/Thing of the year

Tuesday 26th December 2017

PH 2017: Person/Thing of the year

It's Boxing Day. A time for your favourite people. Our list is short - but distinguished...



Yesterday it was cars, today we move onto our second favourite commodity - people (or, at a push, things made by people). The last 12 months was full of 'em; here's the best for our money.



Sebastien Ogier
Tempting as it was to nominate that lovable nutcase Christian Gebhardt again, my person of the year this year has achieved something a little more significant than internet notoriety. There was a point in 2017 when it looked like Sebastien Ogier wouldn't even have a WRC drive; as it turned out he signed for M-Sport, a new team after so long with VW, and romped to another World Championship. Any questions that still lingered about his ability have been quashed; it's hard to imagine a year being more level than 2017, with all the teams having to adapt to the new rules at the same time, and yet still the Frenchman took another title in an extremely talented field. And if he was in the best car again, then consider that he beat teammate Ott Tanak by 41 points overall. Ogier is an incredible talent, one that still doesn't quite seem to attract the attention he deserves, so that's why he's my person of the year.
(Matt Bird)



Jonny Adam
This year our Le Mans activities meant we were more closely intertwined with a team than ever before. That that team happened to be Aston Martin Racing turned out to be a remarkable stroke of luck. Having taken several fortunate residents of the PistonHeads campsite along for some fascinating mid-race pit tours, and after enjoying the sight and sound of the Vantage GTE thundering its way around the circuit all race, we were even happier and prouder than we would have been when Jonny Adam came out of his duel with Jordan Taylor's Corvette on top. It was a fantastic end to what had already been a drama filled race, a perfect send off for the outgoing Vantage race car and, most of all, a truly remarkable bit of driving.
(Dafydd Wood)



Elon Musk
The man is truly a visionary, from changing the way people spend money online, to democratising space travel, all whilst disrupting the automotive industry with Tesla. Some PHers may scoff at the choice of a man who prides himself on furthering electric cars, but they're coming whether we like it or not. By pushing the boundaries with the Model S, the X, the 3 and now with Roadster 2.0, he has caused mainstream manufacturers to sit up, pay attention and take notes. I hope that the company can control its spending - said to be $8,000 a minute - deliver on its promises, and better the outlook for those of us who want to continue driving cars for fun, by making A-B drivers part of the autonomous revolution.
(Nikolai Attard)



Albert Biermann
Nominating a car here is, of course, cheating. But the i30N provides us with both the 'thing' and the person; namely Albert Biermann, the erstwhile Vice President of engineering at BMW M Automobiles - now Executive Vice President for Vehicle Testing and High Performance Development at Hyundai. Biermann is the man poached by the Korean manufacturing giant to help inject its cars with some of the dynamic zest that's previously been in conspicuously short supply. More than three decades at BMW has made him eminently well qualified for such a job: Biermann oversaw everything from the M3 E30 Touring car to the 1 Series M Coupe. But no amount of CV glitter accounts for the swiftness of his most recent success. Both the i30N and the Stinger GT have been triumphs; ultimately imperfect, yet plainly indulgent of keen drivers like no Hyundai/Kia product before them. "To be honest," he said, when asked about the business of tuning his new charges, "physics just don't change." No, they don't. But car companies do - and Biermann's arrival in Seoul suggests a bold, hot-blooded direction for the previously anemic manufacturer.
(Nic Cackett)



The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Formerly known as V8 Supercars, the VASC is still Australia's premier touring car championship, featuring V8-powered Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores going at it like they have through the ages, with Nissan Altimas putting in the occasional decent showing, too. The cars are fabulous - naturally-aspirated V8s of 600+hp, running through a sequential gearbox and a locked differential to the rear tyres. When I tell you that Jamie Whincup in a Commodore took his seventh title this season, don't think that it's a boring championship: Whincup only secured the title in the closing laps of the season's last race. In qualifying, it's typical for the top 25 to be separated by less than a second, there are always plenty of overtakes in the race, but high driving standards, and lots of respect. To subscribe from outside Australia and New Zealand costs about £25. The best £25 I spent all year.
(Matt Prior)



Peter Dumbreck/ Nio Nurburgring lap 'record'
Apparently there are some unreached tribes in the Amazon who have never met outsiders, but who are already thoroughly bored of Nurburgring lap record stories. Things are getting increasingly ridiculous as manufacturers try to parse out their own tiny slice of glory with increasingly desperate claims: to have the front-drive record, the fastest estate car, even Jaguar's recent boast - seemingly written by the corporate lawyers - that the XE Project 8 has recorded the "fastest ever time by a four-door sedan in production-intent specification."

Your first instinct is probably to put the time set by the Nio EP9 earlier in the year into the same category of slightly made-up speed records. But although it wasn't road legal, getting such a fast lap out of an electric car was a serious achievement, especially for the man in the driving seat - Scottish sportscar veteran and N24 regular Peter Dumbreck. Mr. D's raw speed has never been in doubt, but the commitment - and wrestling - involved in getting the hefty EP9 around its hot lap is deeply impressive. Even more so when you learn that the limiting factor of battery charge meant that each run was started with cold tyres and brakes...
(Mike Duff)

 

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Discussion

jason61c

Original Poster:

2,846 posts

107 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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I can understand all but musk. He’s not delivered on anything yet, he just sells what he thinks is the future. Dull cars.

Yipper

5,964 posts

23 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Musk is not selling cars, he's gifting them. Anyone can strap some batteries to an old Merc and give them away at a big loss. He'll have not made a proper profit until at least the 2020s, if ever at all.

huckster6

245 posts

150 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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The Australian V8s are epic. The continent also has Philip Island and Mount Panorama, two of the most exciting race venues, anywhere.

Ceeejay

255 posts

84 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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jason61c said:
I can understand all but musk. He’s not delivered on anything yet, he just sells what he thinks is the future. Dull cars.
‘Ludicrous’ statement

Too Drunk to Funk

804 posts

10 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Elon Musk????


rofl



From the amount of smoke that gets blown up his arse one might assume he actually invented the EV.

Or even an affordable one.


Musk is delusional.

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Turn7

14,583 posts

154 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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And no mention of Johnny Rea ?

Sad.

Too Drunk to Funk

804 posts

10 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Ceeejay said:
jason61c said:
I can understand all but musk. He’s not delivered on anything yet, he just sells what he thinks is the future. Dull cars.
‘Ludicrous’ statement
Has your Model 3 arrived yet?


Swampy1982

1,239 posts

44 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Toomanycars gets my vote...

loose cannon

5,007 posts

174 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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V8 supercars gets my vote
And moto gp can’t wait for the new season



Edited by loose cannon on Tuesday 26th December 11:53

WojaWabbit

843 posts

151 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Billy monger. 17yr old loses legs in a horrific crash on a Sunday, is already thinking about how to get back behind the wheel before the end of the week. Top lad.


Too Drunk to Funk

804 posts

10 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Yipper said:
Musk is not selling cars, he's gifting them. Anyone can strap some batteries to an old Merc and give them away at a big loss. He'll have not made a proper profit until at least the 2020s, if ever at all.
And had sold around 150,000 cars worldwide last time I looked.

kambites

54,922 posts

154 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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I can't really bring myself to like Musk, but anyone who thinks he's not one of the most (if not the most) influential people in the motor industry at the moment is living in a dream world.

RDMcG

12,586 posts

140 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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The electric Ring Lap

Yes , of course it is only one lap but in the early days of the car, say 1887 they were deeply impractical things. Eventually technological advances turn things into practical realities.
Remember the floppy disk green screen IBM PC?

I do believe that the next ten years will see the accelerating decline of the IC car,very sadly. The Ring lap is a mile marker on that journey.

ZX10R NIN

11,550 posts

58 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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No mention of Three Times World Superbike Champion I have to say that's not right.

V8 Supercars was superb this year & I will recommend Superview to anyone who wants to watch some fantastic touring car racing, actually it was fantastic racing full stop.

The Road Racing season was great this year my highlight was watching Clive roll out his Factory NSR250 at the UGP this year & then watching/listening to it sing past the pits with Bruce giving it hell, yes there were some unfortunate fatalities but that's the sport I'm afraid.

In F1 Carlos Sainz reinforced my belief he'll fight for a title, for him to jump into the Renault & match NH shows how good he really is.

Motogp was a cracker I really wanted Dovi to win but Marquez showed his class.

BSB looked like Leon was going to finally to win it & then just like Scotty in V8 Supercars it just wasn't to be, he was extremely lucky not to be injured.

But for me the highlight of the year was Michael Dunlop winning the TT on another different Manufacturers bike that is some feat.

SKYLINE3333

10 posts

22 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Sorry but Ogier was the luckiest driver in the WRC this year almost won by default as others had all the bad luck and he scraped in with a lot of mediocre performances just everyone who was challenging came a cropper - he WONT be as lucky next year..
And as for MUSK he will either be the worlds first Trillionaire or go bust and no-one not even him knows which it will be yet.....

750turbo

5,722 posts

157 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Swampy1982 said:
Toomanycars gets my vote...
rofl

AdamIndy

1,412 posts

37 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Turn7 said:
And no mention of Johnny Rea ?

Sad.
Here here.

I think it's still quite sad that a world championship such as WSBK seemingly flies under the radar.

3 consecutive WSBK championships is a monumental achievement, yet few people seem to know/care about it.

Too Drunk to Funk

804 posts

10 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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kambites said:
I can't really bring myself to like Musk, but anyone who thinks he's not one of the most (if not the most) influential people in the motor industry at the moment is living in a dream world.
An oddly named fantasist.

cheddar

4,002 posts

107 months

Tuesday 26th December 2017
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loose cannon said:
V8 supercars gets my vote

Edited by loose cannon on Tuesday 26th December 11:53
Mine too and the £25 fee for coverage works out at less than 80p per race, I'd pay £25 for Bathurst alone.

givablondabone

2,582 posts

88 months

Wednesday 27th December 2017
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Too Drunk to Funk said:
Elon Musk????


rofl



From the amount of smoke that gets blown up his arse one might assume he actually invented the EV.

Or even an affordable one.


Musk is delusional.
And a billionaire