Leyton’s Diary

Budding race ace, Leyton Clarke, starts his 2009 race season diary. Hi there. I?d first of all like to introduce myself ? if you’re mad keen on saloon car racing then you may already have heard of me, but assuming you’re not, my name is Leyton Clarke. I?m a 17-year-old with three years? of racing experience and I already have two championship wins tied down.

I started my life in racing in karting, at the age of 10, which taught me the basics of how to hold onto a vehicle at speed. Then, at 13, I hit the racetracks for the first time in a Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 at Donington Park. It was awesome, and I was hooked (as you would, Ed!). Since then, I?ve been lucky enough to drive some extreme cars ? from your fast road Ferraris to your modern-day LM Prototypes.

I started my first championship in 2006, the SAXMAX series, a touting car series for 14- to 17-year olds, which was interesting as you can imagine. I finished seventh in my first year and then won in 2007. I then stepped up a class and moved championships into the Dunlop Sport Maxx Championship, driving a 2008 Thorney Vauxhall Corsa Turbo, which I also clinched the title with. For 2009, I will drive for Thorney Motorsport again ? in their 300bhp Astra VXR. So with a lot of luck I would like to make it 3 out of 3.

Thanks to all the help I?ve had, which has allowed me to achieve my successes, I have now gained BRDC Rising Star status which I?m thrilled to have managed. Anyway, speak to you all after our first test day. There are just a few days left before the epic N’rburgring Nordscleife 24-hour race, and Tim Schrick ? Road friend, driving god and D-MAX TV presenter ? has still not driven the fully fledged version of his totally reengineered Aston Martin V8 Vantage: Madness! But we can at least show you some pictures of the animal, now its nearing completion.

And, you have to agree, it’s a total bloody weapon of mass destruction. I am in love! With just days to go, Tim is still waiting to finally sign of his uber-highrevving, daft horsepower 3-litre V8, on the Schrick test bed dyno. And the innovative DJ Motorsport sequential transmission, being handcrafted by imagineering genius, Dave Plant (Road mate, who build Colin McRae’s rally cars and the R4), is still in the UK. Gulp!

This one is going right to the wire; but such is the nature of building such an outstanding engineering project, for such an outstanding race. Tim says: ?I?m not nervous now. I know the car will be finished on time, even if the first time I drive it is in qualifying.? Go on my son!

Good Rock Climbing Gear: Could Make This Extreme Sport A Lot Safer

One of the most noticeable aspects to performing rock climbing is that it comes with its fair share of risks and thus it is considered by many as an extreme sport that nevertheless is still able to attract many people to it. In fact, with new advancements in technology, rock climbing is becoming safer and safer and thus more people are being encouraged into trying their hand at it as well. Even so, when it comes to rock climbing gear, what you use must first need to pass the strictest of all quality checks and controls and only then should you consider using it.

Withstands Your Weight

Today, the rock climbing gear that you may be using has been much improved and it is able to ensure that whatever gear you use will be able to withstand your weight in all conditions and in addition, will also withstand extremes of pressure as well as stand wear and tear. What’s more, rock climbers in all probability will first of all consider safety of their mountain climbing gear before they go ahead and buy any kind of rock climbing gear.

It is, in fact, very important that you are able to choose the proper rock climbing gear as well as mountain climbing gear so that you are sure of being able to climb safely as well as successfully. No doubt, basic items of equipment remain the same for all kinds of climbers are they novice, intermediate or expert climbers and they usually include items such as ropes, helmet, harness, as well as rock climbing boots/shoes.

Along with the rope you will need karabiners of a reliable type and in addition, there is need to have quickdraws, stoppers, camalots, micro stoppers as well as wired hexentrics. Also, if you want to execute clean as well as quick rappelling which advanced climbers need the most, you will need to have the proper super 8s as well as ATC guides.

Your rock climbing gear would also be incomplete if you did not use mitts which come in very handy when rappelling since they help in preventing the hands from burning against the climbing ropes. In addition, you would also need to have harnesses that can be of different types and which can be used both indoors as well as outdoors and they can also be chosen to suit the needs of children, women and also men.

One of the more common hazards when rock climbing is having debris fall upon you as a result of normal erosion or because of being dislodged by other climbers and so, for adequate protection you need to use helmets that are a vital additional items of rock climbing gear. Finally, you would not get much success from your rock climbing if you did not wear the right kind of rock climbing shoes which must fit well and the soles should be able to provide necessary friction with the surface of the rock to ensure easier rock climbing.

How To Play Paintball

Paintball as a sport has grown impressively over the last 2 decades that is why along with the increasing number of players, the types of paintball games have also developed as today there are several types of how this sport can be played. With this article we will offer a brief presentation of a few ways in which paintball is played nowadays.

Assassins � the paintball players stand in a circle along with their cards which have their names as well as a description of what their wearing. The card is passed to the player on the left by each participant. The referee will end eventually this procedure and after that every player takes the card and has one minute for hiding in the field. The player can shoot only the person whose name is on the card he holds. After he shoots him, he gets is card and the player that collects most cards wins.

Bounty Hunters � the “fugitive” player has only one minute to hide in the field before all the other players which stay together at the home base start searching for him. The fugitive can shoot the hunters in order to eliminate them. If the fugitive takes out all of the players or survives the time limit (15-20 minutes), he wins.

Snipers � balloons must be inflated and attached to trees and poles through the entire paintball field. The group must be divided into two teams � guards and snipers. The snipers have 10-15 paintballs and 3 minutes in order to hide wherever they want with the condition of not placing themselves within 30 paces of the balloon. The guards will start at one base with their backs towards the snipers and will have the same number of paintballs. The guards will win if they eliminate all the snipers. The snipers win if they eliminate the guards or if they pop all the balloons.

Necromancer � the teams are located on opposite sides of the field and in the middle there is an air horn. Each team has the possibility to bring back their players from the dead once by blowing the air horn. The game should be played for 20 minutes or so and the team with most players left after this amount of time wins.

Deathball � the teams will stay on opposite ends with a limited number of paintball (5 or so). The referee stays in the middle in order to quickly call people out and keep careful watch of time. The team with the most players to successfully make it across the field within one minute wins.

VIP � two bases must be established at opposing ends. Form two teams, position each on the opposing ends and choose a VIP. Establish a time limit, approximately 20 minutes. Make sure that both your VIP and the other VIP are known. The team that eliminates the opposing VIP wins.

Base Capture � form two bases at opposing ends and place a flag there. Form two teams and position them on both bases. The team that touches the opposing team flag wins or if they eliminate the rivalry team.

Capture the Flag � at this type of paintball, the team that captures the opposing team’s flag wins. They also win if they eliminate the other team. It is very similar with the videogames “capture the flag” mode.

Extreme Tents For The Camping Enthusiast

When you’re a serious camper there’s probably some hiking involved and some serious planning on the gear you purchase, the places you visit, as well as the overall attitude you have towards the outdoors. With all this in mind, at imagineoutdoor we are reviewing the best of the best to help you make an informed decision concerning your tent purchase. When extreme camping is involved in your itinerary, there are several factors to consider when purchasing a home away from home. The Tent of all Tents, for Extremists is the 2-METER DOME from the NORTH FACE, with room for eight. This tent is made from Heavy duty Oxford Nylon, Easton Aluminum Poles and a Heavy Duty Stitch that won’t give up. When you’re searching for a Base camp, this is the tent for you; the two exterior windows and a chimney vent are really cool features as well.

Another Extreme Tent for Mountaineers is the DOME 8, a super-duper cool tent from the North Face. Interior features include, a hanging High-low venting system with mesh screens and an internal zip closure canopy, as well as some storage areas that are contained inside around the Dome, with three accessible double doors. The outside of the DOME, sports External snow flaps at base, a color-coded canopy attachment, Removable vestibule that clips into place, as well as many other great features.

A great two man tent is the MOUNTAIN 25, an extreme piece of equipment, just smaller and shaped differently, with some unique characteristics, no one else can match. For instance, at only 8.8 ounces this tent can be easily transported, without giving up any great features or functionality. Some of these include, an 8 Square foot Vestibule area, polyester rip-stop coated canopy, Nylon taffeta floor, Kevlar- guy lines with camming adjuster, Glow in the dark zip pulls.

When it comes to tents, and getting the most from your outdoor adventure, we believe that you can’t sacrifice quality, when your life is on the line, as well as the pleasant experience you long for. These are some of the many tents we have available, from THE NORTH FACE, but there are many more to choose from. Whether you’re on an expedition, or just trekking around with some friends, for some good honest fun, consider a purchase of quality that will last for years to come; who knows maybe even your kids will enjoy the quality years from now.

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A Natural Lake of Cartoon

Swimming in the natural lake may be more enjoyable than swimming in the built-in swimming pool. There are trees and hills. However, swimming in the natural lake exist dangers in a way. And it also takes time to find a natural lake to swim. There is an inflatable pool, which is design as the natural lake. There are a hill to climb and trees beside. Although they look not real, it can bring you to the cartoon world. The cartoon feeling may please your mind.

There are three trees beside the pool. They look funny and it takes you to the natural world. There is also a simulant hill to climb. You can climb by the footholds. When you reach the top of the hill, you can find that there is a slide. And you can slide into the pool.

The diameter is 12, and it is 1 meter height. It is large enough to hold many people in it if you want to have a carnival. The colors are cheerful. And after the digital printing and the vulcanization to the vinyl surface by the special liquid laminate, the color won’t fade out by the scratch or the time.

We use the PVC tarpaulin to be the material of the inflatable pool. This kind of PVC is a virtually unbreakable material. It is of high durability and tear strength. So you can use it for a lot of carnivals. For some inflatable pools, the tarpaulins can’t resist the hot and the ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight. However, the sun is also a participator of the carnivals, how should we keep him away. The PVC tarpaulins are of UV-resistant, so the inflatable pool can be placed in the sunshine.

The inflatable pool is easy to install. IT do not like the inflatable bouncers or slides, it is just one piece. You should find the inflation tubes and attach it to the blowers. The pool can be blow up within a few minutes. When you finish your carnival and want to pack it up, you can unzip the deflation zipper. In order to keep the appearance elegant and prevent the zippers from destroying, the deflation zippers hide by a Velcro flap. After the deflated, you will find it occupy a little space. The packed size of the inflatable pool is 1.8m x 0.7m x 0.7m. It is convenient to move and store the pools. That’s the advantage of the inflatable pools. When you need it, it comes out. When you don’t need it, it can make room, and you can use the place for other events.

Do you think the inflatable pool is convenient and useful? Come and have a look on the inflatable pool, you will like it.