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Rear View Mirror 10-29-12

John Schommer
Monday, October 29, 2012

Rear View Mirror is back in business, bringing you coverage of the weekend in real-world racing and what is going on in the world of Forza.


With the release of Forza Horizon, you can now double your pleasure and double your fun. Look for RVM coverage of events going on in the community for both games. But first of all, here is what happened in the weekend in real-life racing.


Formula 1—Indian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel took off at the start, got the lead, and was never to be seen again by the rest of the field. In what was almost a replay of his Korean victory, Vettel built up a monster lead and never looked back. The only threat to his victory was a loose plate on the bottom of the car which kicked up some cool sparks, but it turned out to be nothing of consequence. His lead in the points is extended and Red Bull is nearly assured of the constructor championship.


Fernando Alonso was not discouraged by Vettel’s dominance and held a strong third most of the race before passing Mark Webber. The Ferrari’s were without doubt the fastest cars on the track, nearly a full 7 kph faster in the straights with other cars DRS open.


Aussie V8 Supercars—Armor All Gold Coast 600

Saturday’s race was won by Jamie Whincup and Sebastien Bourdais. Sunday’s race was won by Will Davison and Mika Salo. This puts Whincup more than 200 points ahead of Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom and third place Craig Lowndes who is 25 points further back.


As if racing in a V8 Super car wasn’t exciting enough top drivers Will Davison, Jamie Whincup and others join race festivities by skydiving their way to the event.



This weekend V8 Supercar teams leave the land down under to race in Abu Dhabi along with Formula 1.


NASCAR—Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville

After achieving the pole position, Jimmie Johnson took the win and the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Should he continue this pace, it will be his sixth Sprint Cup Series title. Johnson held off Kyle Busch the last five laps of the race. Busch ended in second and was followed by Kasey Kahne.


Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return after recovering from a concussion suffered at Talladega was disappointing. After running in the top ten much of the race, a decision to keep him on track under a yellow caused by Kevin Harvick’s blown engine, resulted in losing several positions. Later, Junior was caught up in a multiple car pileup that left him at 21st place overall.


Check the NASCAR site for the full standings and more stories. And check out Forza community member TGS Hoss360, kickin’ it with Miss Sprint Cup at the Martinsville NASCAR race. Man, that looks like a good time, and I’m sure the race was fun too.




Just Drift All Star Bash—Coverage by Rob Primo

The Formula D season may be over but some of the nations most up and coming drift drivers were invited to a special event at Willow Springs race track in California to show their stuff and have fun. Heavy Metal Affliction featured driver Rob Primo was there tearing it up with his soon-to-be-competitors and brings us his tale of the event.


Check out this forum post for all the details of how it went down. Also check out the rest of the photos from the event shot by Sully of SullyLife. Be sure to “like” Rob Primo’s fan page.


Alex’s Autoweek American Adventure

While the rest of the U.S. community team is slaving away here in the office, team member Alex Kierstein has been whooping it up in on the open road in a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series. Here is a brief summary of what he has been up to:


“I’m sitting high up in the Rockies at a snow-covered hotel in Telluride. We’re hundreds of miles away from where we started, Colorado Springs, and the journey to Telluride was pretty much just like I expected – gorgeous scenery, stiff competition for clues and challenges, and a 6.3L soundtrack that hasn’t ceased to raise the hairs on the back of my neck when you lay into it. As for the sights, other than the kind of soaring mountains and sweeping valley vistas that inspired Forza Horizon, we’ve also done some fun things along the way – dragging some SRT8 Challengers and Chargers down the strip being my favorite so far. We ended roughly in 8th place out of 29 for the day, reaching the checkpoints first four times, and only giving up on finding a particular clue (a house made of soda cans) when it became too dark to see off to the side of the road. What’s in store for today? Who knows? But I’ll update you throughout the day via Twitter, so follow @Turn10studios and look for the #awadventure hashtag to follow along. And we might have some Twitter giveaways and challenges for you, so stay tuned.”


Tough life Alex, have fun and we look forward to your next update.



Forza Horizon “Urban Camouflage”

I have been having a lot of fun in the Forza Horizon multiplayer mode playing Infected and King. The golf course is far and away the most fun, closely followed by the Carson Warehouses. While one way to make yourself less conspicuous is to NOT chose a Ford Raptor with the light kit—even though it looks incredibly cool at night—I have been trying to come up with a better way to blend in with the surroundings.


So far I have picked up a couple standard fare camouflage designs. But what I really want are some urban camouflage designs to add to my garage. Even if they don’t really help hide my ride from other players I think the concept makes these modes even more fun. If you’re interested, throw up a design on the Horizon storefront and post about it in the RVM thread. If I pick yours, and it helps me retain my crown or my health, I’ll send you a Horizon unicorn.


What is the origin of your GT?

Some people have the wackiest Gamertags. Some are plain Jane and some just auto-generated. I want to know the story behind yours. I will award Forza Motorsport 4 unicorns to those who post the story behind their GT in the RVM thread.


I’ll start…why Johniwanna? Johniwanna was brought to life when Hotmail first came out. It is essentially just suggestive and applicable to just about anything. “Johniwanna cracker?” or Johniwanna beat you on the Goliath course in Forza Horizon.



For the latest results from the Virtual Motorsports racing series’ read their weekly newsletter. Also take a look at this promo video for the VM Classics series.



Community Member Profile—Silenced Mykham

Welcome to a new feature in RVM. Every so often I will feature a community member who has stood out to me for one reason or another and agreed to be in the spotlight. One more way we are trying to give back you folks who make what we do possible.


Silenced Mykham is the “Top Fan” on the Forza Motorsport Facebook page. Try and take him down by liking and sharing everything we post there.


Here is Silenced Mykham’s story in his own words and check out his gallery.


Unicorns- A few expectations from the Unicorn Saint


With Horizon’s release and my track record of giving out unicorns for just about anything—such as posting in the RVM thread—I wanted to set some standards for expecting a unicorn. Since Horizon has just been released and there are fewer unicorns to be hunted, I won’t be able to give out Horizon unicorns for simply posting in my thread. I will continue to come up with ways to earn them, and if you are looking to complete your Forza Motorsport unicorn collection, I will still be giving them out like there’s no tomorrow. Looking for complete official list of Forza Horizon unicorns? Look here.


Close Enough Engineering Grand Prix Truck pic

I was cruising by XXX Root Beer where they host a local car show almost every Sunday and came across this radical rig. The owner, designer and builder Steve Walker called it a vintage grand prix truck. To say the vehicle is a one-off design is not enough. Mid-engine, powered by a GM inline 6 and hand-fabricated from its tube frame to the wood barrel back, it’s truly a unique creation. To see more of the unique creations of this gentleman his web page.



Halloween Trick or Treat?

Look for a special edition of Heavy Metal Affliction on Halloween. We’ll be back next week with another edition of HMA next week at its regularly scheduled Thursday release.


That’s it for this week folks! If you want to comment on the content of this week’s Rear View Mirror, do so in the RVM Thread.