Different Perspectives On Camping…….

Not sure how many teams actually made it to the Hockenheimring, but the Germans certainly have the lion’s share. In the host country the engineering programs are not huge operations that draw from across wide regions. There are many TUs (Technical Universities) and UASs (Universities of Applied Sciences) scattered across the landscape. Within just forty-minutes of Mittweida there are two others technology programs, and that makes it tough to find local sponsorship.
These teams don’t have too far to drive, maybe 10 hours at the most, so they can better afford to bring a bigger crew and set up nicer housekeeping than those who blow their budget on flying their car and crew. Aside from the Bundesrepublik Deutschland and the bordering nations, we count teams from Moscow, Finland, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, and Hungary for starters. The longest-travel-award probably goes to Australia, but India, China, Greece, Spain and Egypt have a way to go, too, as do the seven U.S. teams and a few from Canada.
So, what’s the difference between European and U.S. camping? Suppose we let YOU decide?
Here is the local way of roughing it………………..
And here’s the frontier-style U.S. teams seem to prefer. As if to pour salt in the wound, one team has wooden floors in their tent, while another has a hot tub. Well, it really is just a wading pool, but it was warm today. But the Continentals sure know how to do it.
What about the cars? Not much to report so far. Tech inspection started today, but S&T is so far back in line it’ll likely be lunchtime tomorrow before they go under the microscope. n the meantime the Miners are carefully going down the list to make sure nothing is kaput. Word is the judges here are tougher than stateside; a LOT tougher.
We did hear a great comment today from a Formula Electric team. One fellow asked another team for an electrical relay, but was turned away when they didn’t have it. But the comment they got was “The best thing about Formula Student is that you can ask anyone for anything, and if they have it they’ll give you what you need.” Nice summation!
Also, motorheads are everywhere in this region. When S&T was looking for injector O-rings today, no one had any. They found a small tuning shop and rang the bell. Turns out the owner was former chief mechanic of a Grand Prix motorcycle team, and was kind enough to peel two O-rings from old injectors and gave them to Komal. Meanwhile Mike Mason was tripping over his tongue at the world-class bikes sitting in this quiet little shop.
Lastly, trouble may on the horizon. Now that everyone is friends, there are rumors in the wind of gestational practical jokes. One must be careful; he who pulls the first joke has four days left to watch his back.
Just sayin’.