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june 2011

Mad Max
Drawing Vroom
Designing the worlds best F1 car by hand

at 102mph

Max Stckl t R i d i n g awvi o hc a n o ! l down

Splash Photography Mark Ronson

inside line on ayrton senna movie

Stunning 12-page portfolio: one mans underwater odyssey The making of pop musics kingmaker


Wheeling in the fears

Remember the joy of the first time you swung a leg over a two-wheeler, pointed it down the drive, let go the brakes and went Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!? Its one of those never-to-be-forgotten first times that might come to define a significant portion of the rest of your life, depending on the outcome of that early, intrepid, adventure zoom or doom. For those who fall off, in one of those kiddie-comedy tumbles that look so spectacular, but usually end up with little more hurt than pride, it might be the end of any future speed attempts. But for those who stay on, enjoy it, try again and learn to go faster, who knows what the future might hold? Hold on tight: Mad Max Stckl makes his boneConsider the example of Max Stckl, shaking descent down Nicaraguas volcanic Cerro the downhill mountain bike speed Negro mountainside. See page 48 supremo we feature in this issue. Heres a man who once would have needed a steadying paternal hand to stay upright on his scooter, yet 30-or-so years later, hes crazy-brave-skilled enough to hang on as he tops 102mph down the side of a volcano. Pause a second and think about what that might feel like. Its way faster than any road speed limit; faster, too, than many would dare to drive, legally or otherwise. So its ton-up speeding with only a full-body Spandex skin suit for protection. Even a hint of a speed-shimmy would spell disaster. And as for slowing down with the brakes, forget it. Once this downhill streak has begun, the only way out is to guts it till the end and allow the levelling off of the volcano to decrease your speed. A record attempt such as this is a long, long way from any tentative first spin down Grannys drive. But anyone who has ever ridden a bike will have no difficulty appreciating the sheer laugh-in-the-face-of-danger ballsiness of Stckls adventure. Mad Max, we salute you. Your editorial team


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16 HERE IS THE NEWS Recent history and crystal balls 19 WHERES YOUR HEAD AT? Tom Hanks, the man whose career, it might be said, is like a box of chocolates 20 PLANNINGTOROCK Prosthetic nose on stage? Like, obviously 22 KIT BAG Ah, the joy of six. Cylinders, that is 24 WINNING FORMULA The life-saving role of the Eskimo roll 26 BON IVER The beautiful, brooding tunes of Wisconsin recluse Justin Vernon 27 ME AND MY BODY Wakeboarding wunderkind Dallas Friday 29 LUCKY NUMBERS Theres more to Wimbledon than 15-all

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30 UNDERWATER WORLD The remarkable photographic portfolio of a modern-day Man from Atlantis 42 RAPHAEL SAADIQ Masterclass in reinvention from soul guru 48 MAD MAX STCKL Mere hills arent enough for this MTB speed-freak. He rides down volcanoes 54 FORT WILLIAM On its 10th anniversary, we ask demons of downhill what makes Fort Bill mega 56 WHEN NEWEY MET BAYLEY Columnist Stephen Bayley in conversation with F1 design guru Adrian Newey 62 RUNNERS EARL Tragic inspiration of a very modern peer 66 MICKEY SMITH One mans obsession with the deadly beauty of Irelands west coast surf 74 SENNA: THE MOVIE Inside the making of a classic




More Body & Mind

82 TRAVEL: ANNECY What makes the Venice of the Alps an action sports paradise 84 BEST OF THE FEST Yep, its the sweep of the bleeps or where to get electro-heaven this summer 86 KITCHEN DRAMA Presenting not only a world-acclaimed chef, but the best fish dish in Fiji, too 88 GET THE GEAR So, how to keep a vintage plane in the air? Heres the lowdown on high flying 90 PRO TIPS Beach volleyball torsos dont come easy 91 TAKE 5 Mark Ronson on his inner man mix-tape 92 WORLDS BEST CLUBS It started as a cowshed (thought Ibizan locals). Now its Spanish for club: Pacha 94 THE LIST Because we know you cant do everything, this is our guide to the global essentials 96 SAVE THE DATE Out and about this month? Ink these into your diary right now Every month 08 PICTURES OF THE MONTH 28 KAINRATHS CALENDAR 98 MINDS EYE


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As none of us landlubbers are able to describe how it feels to ride the most dangerous wave on earth, lets hear what the man in this picture has to say about it. His name is Jason Polakow, hes Australian and hes dropping into the mythical Jaws wave, on the north shore of Maui. Its crazy, but this wave can become a real obsession, says Polakow. Last year I almost drowned. You have to show courage from the moment you get into the water. On the day this photo was taken, the wave towered up in front of me, around 7m high. And even though I shifted all my weight on to the edge of the board, I didnt tip over. If youre in the tube, youre part of the wave: just as if youre married to it. More of this at


PhotograPhy: bob bangerter/red bull content Pool

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Sepak takraw is a rapid net-and-court sport with elements of football, volleyball, martial arts and gymnastics. The leading exponents of this game, played in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, have motion techniques that would make Lionel Messis bones crack. What you see here is not an exceptional scene, but rather a common net exchange between Thailands Komkid Suapimpa (left) and Zaw Latt of Burma, during a match at the Asian Beach Games in the Omani capital. Thailand won the match, in the mens regu (three-a-side), on their way to gold. The next Asian Beach Games, in 2012, will be held in Haiyang, China. Put sepak takraw into YouTube and prepare to gasp


PhotograPhy: Photo by bryn lennon/getty Images

PhotograPhy: andreas Pranter/gePa

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A race regularly completed by around three per cent of its entrants is a rarity in the stage-managed, rule-moulded drama that is modern sport. Red Bull Hare Scramble an enduro epic to the top of Erzberg (meaning iron mountain in German), part of an open-cast iron mine in central Austria doesnt have a difficulty curve, it is a difficulty curve. Last year, the burn rate was even higher than usual: only 16 of the 500 starters made it to the top. The (literally) sheer toughness is why you see scenes like this: riders looking after one another. Despite the demands of the conditions, one man has won the last four races, Taddy Blazusiak of Poland. Hell be going for his fifth on June 26.


PhotograPhy: Paul wyeth


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This is not your typical booze cruise around the harbour. The Extreme Sailing Series, now in its fifth year is the closest thing to Formula One on the water. With nine ports of call for 2011, including Muscat in Oman, Istanbul and Amsterdam, the series features blinding-fast (and capsizeable) 40ft catamarans sailing on short courses close to shore. Play-by-play announcers provide a running commentary to crowds, while lucky VIPs secure fifth man berths on boats at each race. From June 30-July 4, the series is in American waters, in Boston Harbour, then heads to the UK for Cowes Week in August, before the season finale in Singapore. More at

Sporting endeavour and cultural ingenuity from around the world

Un quiz de Le Mans
The 79th running of the great race is on June 11-12


The 2011 James Dyson Award is asking smart folks to design something to solve a problem. The problem of realising the ideas is solved, partly, by a five-figure winners cheque. Here are previous clever concepts

1. Audis 2006 victory was the first in race history using what engine type? Electric Wankel Diesel

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4. Back in year one, 1923, what was the winning cars average speed? 57.19mph 60.29mph 63.40mph ANSWERS: 1. Diesel, 2. Tom Kristensen, 3. 253mph, 4. 57.19mph

Email your pictures with a Red Bull flavour to Every one we print wins a pair of adidas Sennheiser PMX 680 Sports headphones. With fully sweat- and water-resistant parts, theyre perfect for sports.

San Francisco An exhibition of first-rate

fixed-gear cycling trickery at Red Bull Ride & Style. Justin Kosman



3. In 1988, Team WM Peugeot set the all-time speed record. How fast did that French jalopy go?

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Checklist The tricksiest fellows in Red Bull X-Fighters


Demon speed climber Daniel Arnold slows down for a quick chat
In 1963, Michel Darbellay made the first solo ascent of the North Face of the Eiger. It took him two days. On April 20 this year, Darbellays fellow Swiss, speed climber Daniel Arnold, set a new record of 2h 28m on an ascent of the mountains Heckmair Route. Why speed climbing? Simply, its a very personal challenge: I want to find out how fast I can climb. The most important thing? Being patient, to catch the right moment. I postponed my record attempt several times because I didnt feel right, or I felt that the conditions werent right. Is it wise to chase records? Many climbers can lose their respect for the mountain. Speed climbing, without rope [as it often tends to be], must not be downplayed. Is the North Face special? In my opinion, it is unbelievably beautiful. And its near where I live. Is there specific training for breaking records? Not really. As a mountain guide, Im climbing a lot anyway. My basic stamina is good and Im used to altitude. Mountains, yes. Oceans? I appreciate water the most when its frozen and hangs from a rock.

Katie Stelmanis


Austral projections
Mozart, Moroder and melancholy: three inspirational forces behind Feel It Break, the new album from Canadian Katie Stelmanis, now going under the name Austra. Her incisive, classically trained voice (over brisk, sombre synthpop) sets her apart from bubble gum colleagues like Gaga and Perry. Shes the Northern Lights on this years pop horizon. Know this about her: 1. Aged 10 she joined the Canadian Childrens Opera Chorus, and an operatic career was in her sights... until she saw her first punk show and started listening to Nine Inch Nails. 2. Austra is her middle name. She thought Katie Stelmanis sounded too much like the girl at the piano. 3. The 25-year-old from Toronto adores Mozart. He wrote clarinet sonatas when the clarinet was invented, she says. Im pretty sure he would make electronic music nowadays.
Austras Feel It Break (Domino) is out now.

DANY TORRES (ESP) The Whip King of freestyle motocross is 2011 tip after win at opener in Dubai.

ROBBIE MADDISON (AUS) All-round daredevil perfecting the Volt Body Varial, which he used in victory at Madrid last year.

The Eiger (3,970m)

CAMERON SINCLAIR (AUS) Many tried it including Travis Pastrana but Cam was the first to do a double backflip in competition. Videos at: www. Heckmair Route, circa 1,650m

Spielberg Thomas Morgenstern, ski

jump legend, karts for charity in Austria. Rene Wallentin

Auckland 3-2-1-Lego! Blockheaded pit crew

build on success at the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix. Graeme Murray

Doha In Qatar, the first-ever one-on-one B-Boy contest in the Middle East: Red Bull BreaKing. Jonathan Le Marchand

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Small but mighty: Red Bull Mini Drome

On the road again

From total obscurity to world-famous music festivals in the space of a week: this is the lot of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam winner. The band at the top of the chart in the online battleof-the-bands competition will, along with seven others chosen by voters and judges, play the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage at six leading events on summers music calendar. On Monday, June 6, the line-up is confirmed; the first show is the following weekend, at Download, at Donington Park, on June 10-12. Five days to get heads around what is clearly the biggest moment in the lives of these young bands. Among the subsequent five shows are T in the Park (July 8-10, Balado, Scotland) and Hevy Festival (August 5-8, Kent).

The little velodrome that could spark a mini-revolution in cycling

Short circuit

A pair game
Cricket matches are getting even shorter. Red Bull Catch 2:2 simplifies the rules and format of Englands summer game, so that teams of two can compete in a 15-minute game of two overs per side. Runs are scored, but batsmen dont run (armchair sports fans, this is for you) and no batter is ever given out; instead, runs are taken from his teams total. Qualifying events will take place in noted cricketing towns, in parks on Saturdays and Sundays: the spiritual time and place of leather on willow, namely: Leeds, June 4; Cardiff, June 12; Birmingham, June 18; Nottingham, June 19; Durham, June 25; London, June 26; Bristol, July 2; Canterbury, July 9. Specific event details, and the location of the final, will be online.

In Miniature: a world sporting first: a velodrome one-tenth the size of its regulation big brothers. the 25m circuit was designed and built in germany by velotrack, which has made velodromes for olympic and commonwealth games. the tight turns are created using a new, ultra-flexible plywood. Weve built some of the biggest velodromes in the world, says company founder Walter von ltcken, so making the smallest was the perfect challenge. Lean machines: tiny track, big racing. the continuous curve means riders are permanently at an angle of about 50 to the ground. lap times eventually drop to 3.5s and the speed gun can read 50mph. this idea is special, says von ltcken. it gives pro and amateur cyclists a new track experience. its an exciting way to compete. It gets around: the Mini drome reaches places other tracks cannot. it is currently heading up the M6 to scotland, broken down into 180 pieces. and when it reaches its destination, three people can have it prepped and ready for action in just over two hours. Highland game: on June 25, Barrowland Ballroom in glasgow will host red Bull Mini drome, a day of head-to-head competition for 100 fixed-gear bike riders. theres no other track like this, says von ltcken. the competition is going to be tough.

Auckland Mad Mike Whiddett does a crowdpleasing spin at the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix. Xavier Wallach

Rio de Janeiro New Zealands Nick Franklin

faultlessly fulfils fab feat at Red Bull X-Fighters Jam. Marcelo Maragni

Bangalore At the Aero India airshow,

the Flying Bulls flew in perfect four-mation. Ashok Gowda


Words: ruth Morgan, Paul Wilson. PhotograPhy: alice PePerell/red Bull content Pool, getty iMages/red Bull content Pool, roMan skyva/red Bull content Pool

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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to kiss him at the top of the Empire State Building, and those who want to help him save Private James Francis Ryan. And if his life is like a box of chocolates, theres much to chew on
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Tom Hanks was born July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. His parents separated when he was five, and moved around a lot with his father and two subsequent stepmothers. A class clown who knew when to make funny and when to not, he took up acting at Skyline High School. His first role? Hank, the bus driver, in a production of Night Of The Iguana.

Nine men have won two Best Actor Oscars, but only two did so consecutively: Spencer Tracy (1937 and 1938) and Tom Han ks (1993 and 1994). Tracy played similar, figurehead roles a ship s captain; a priest running a boys home. Hanks played a law yer dying of AIDS in Philadelphia, and, as For rest Gump, a distance-running, ping-p ong playing, shrimp-catching , simpleton war hero. Thats versatility .

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You might think there is a typical Tom Hanks character little bit geeky, little bit lost, little bits of all of us and you might be right. And yet he has variously played opposite: a volleyball with a face painted on it, Meg Ryan (three times), a slobbering French Mastiff, a mermaid, a wrongly convicted man who may or may not be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, and Madonna.

Hanks love of space likely formed in 1968, the summer he turned 12, when he saw 2001 A Space Odyssey 22 times. It remains his favourite film. Hes on the board of governors of US humans-into-space group the National Space Society (as is Buzz Aldrin), starred in Apollo 13 and co-produced From The Earth To The Moon, a mini-series about the Apollo programme and a great lost HBO box set.

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Words: Paul Wilson. PhotograPhy: lie-ins and tigers

After studying theatre, and jobs on and off-stage in local theatre, Hanks got US$800 for three days work in autumn 1979 on the slasher film He Knows Youre Alone. With that film credit, in 1980 he headed for LA and won a part on the sitcom Bosom Buddies, about two men who dress as women in order to get cheap rent in an all-female apartment block. YouTube confirms exactly what youre thinking.

Hollywood Brea k: a drag

S ni ce Hanks has a repua tion for being a go od guy (he has never played a baddie). Th is is boosted by his wa lking the line betw een actorly sincerity an d self-mockery. Promoting Saving Private Ryan, hed say, We got to dress up as army men and ca rry cool weapons, an d, Is it worth riskin g eight men for one? There is no answer.
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When a young Tom Hanks took his first cheap and cheerful typewriter to be fixed, the guy in the shop told him to forget the repair job and upgrade. Thus began a passion for collecting typewriters. Hes got about 100 (all working), always travels with one, buys them from eBay and posts pictures of favourites on Twitter.

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In Hollywood, the law of the box office is to be obeyed, and one man is the champion of US ticket-money generation: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks. His movies have made just shy of $4bn, $260m or The Da Vinci Code plus The Ladykillers, thereabouts ahead of Eddie Murphy.

In his latest film, Larry Crowne, which he also co-wrote, co-produced and directed, Hanks taps into the recession zeitgesit, playing a fellow made redundant who goes to college to retrain. And if youre going to write/direct/produce/star in a film in which your character develops a crush on his hot, slightly lost teacher, then you damn well make sure Julia Roberts gets the part.
Larry Crowne is in cinemas from July 1.


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Cocker, and youre never sure whats around the corner. W is a sensual record full of black humour and dizzy romance. Whether writing an opera (she worked with The Knife on darwinian cyber-romp Tomorrow, In A Day) or directing videos see her extraordinary clips for recent singles Doorway and The Breaks her skewed, personal touch is always evident. Planningtorock? its all about drama and soul, she says. What are you hiding? Planningtorock sports a prosthetic nose in press shots, and quite often on your album you process your voice electronically. Well, Planningtorock has always been about ideas and fantasy. i wanted to make a hybrid gender voice on certain songs, where you dont think of the voice as him or her but rather they or even it. im not interested in the idea of an authentic voice, or a so-called honest vocal. im really not precious about my voice at all. i get closer to feelings, sentiments and emotional intent from pushing my voice to new places. Similarly, theres a fair amount of saxophone on the record, but again you put your own stamp it Yes, there can be something embarrassing, humorous and slightly alien about the saxophone, but ive manipulated its sound a lot. On Doorway its heavy and messed up. it reminds me of a turbine engine or a mental vibrator; it makes the track kinky and moody. W is not the kind of record were used to hearing from New Yorks New Wave-meets-disco label DFA i think James [Murphy] loves the record, but im sure hed be the first to say he has no idea what its about or what it is he just likes what i do. ive come to terms with the fact that what i do doesnt reference immediately recognisable stuff. Theres almost a hip-hop element to your flamboyant live shows, you must need a lot of confidence to pull it off Yes, i love the attitude of hip-hop. i dont deliberately do it like that, but i know what you mean. Whats the significance of the letter W? ive always liked the letter W because when you say it youre saying, double you. its like two of you i always thought that was funny. its a powerful letter and i like that people can make their own decisions about what it means. People might jump for woman or work or world or any other clich. i felt that the title was very specific and not specific at the same time, and thats an important balance with Planningtorock.

Born to perform

Only the smartest acts can move into the producer-creator role for that extra musical sparkle. Now with her second album, Janine Rostron is proving she is part of that elite group
Name Janine Rostron Born Bolton, Lancashire Proudest moment When Bolton Wanderers kicked off their 2006/07 Premier League season, a song from Janines Planningtorock debut album, Bolton Wanderer, was played over the PA system at the Reebok Stadium as the teams walked out. Bolton went on to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0

With her hallucinatory songs, prosthetic nose and imposing stage presence, Janine rostron is not your typical pop star but thats precisely what has attracted acts such as The Knife and Hot Chip to collaborate with the berlinbased musician. in fact, so enchanted by rostrons enigmatic output was lCd Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy that he signed her to his dFA label. (in April this year she took part in Murphys bands three-hour final concert.) As the one-woman, multimedia performance artist Planningtorock, rostron, who is originally from bolton, in lancashire, has just released her second album, W. With it, she welcomes the listener into a parallel world of her own rich design where, musically speaking, Kate bush and Grace Jones rub shoulders with Janis Joplin and Jarvis

Videos and more at: planningtorock


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Planningtorocks second album, W, is out now on DFA/Co-op Records


BB King

Claude Nobs

Deep Purple

Paolo Nutini

Top performers and winning ways from the wide, wide world of sports




The 45th Montreux Jazz Festival will be overseen by the man who ran the first, a true secret music legend
Claude Nobs, general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival since he cofounded it in 1967, must be a brilliant host. Why else would Herbie Hancock be playing in Montreux for a 27th time, and BB King for a 20th, at this years festival? Nobs, 75, also has a keen eye for young talent: Norah Jones and the Black Eyed Peas made their major European stage debuts at Montreux. Among the many acts at this years festival, from July 1-16, are some of Nobs favourite performers: Deep Purple The story of Smoke on the Water is well known [it was inspired by a fire at the Montreux Casino, on the shore of Lake Geneva, during the 1971 festival]. What very few people know, is that the band were recording their album Machine Head in a studio near my house, and came over for dinner every night. One time, they brought a tape and said, Claude, we recorded this song just for you. I listened to it and was blown away by the guitar riff. I told them, You have to release this. Originally they didnt plan to include the song on the record, which would have been a pity because exactly it was Smoke on the Water. BB King Weve developed a deep friendship since he first came here in 1967. At the end of his Montreux gigs, he gets me up on stage for an improvised blues session: I play harmonica. After the shows he stays up until 3am to chat with his friends and fans, even though hes 85 years old! This year he will play his first-ever open-air concert in Europe, alongside friends like Carlos Santana. Paolo Nutini Five years ago, I invited this young Scottish singer to appear, totally unknown back then. Today, Paolo Nutini is a superstar, and hes coming back to Montreux. All these huge musicians could make way more money playing stadium gigs, but they all appreciate my hospitality.
Victory at the Billab ong Rio Pro in Brazil her third win of the sea son extended US surfer Carissa Moores lea d in the 2011 tour ran kings.

World junior badminton champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark won gold, and a big bar of chocolate, in Finland at the European Junior Championships.

Champagne moments in France for Australias Casey Stoner following his from-pole win in round four of MotoGP at Le Mans.


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Roll with it: Kayak champion Jana Dukatova demonstrates how to do a perfect Eskimo roll, a technique which can save a paddlers life

Winning Formula

The Eskimo roll is the single most important move in a kayakers repertoire: getting it right is, literally, a matter of life or death. Here, a paddler and ponderer explain how

Capsize Matters

Paddle do Nicely Its very common for even the best athletes to find themselves upside-down in white water, says Jana Dukatova, the 27-year-old European and world kayak champion from Slovakia, so the Eskimo roll is absolutely essential. Its the movement that allows you to right yourself after capsizing. If you cant do it, your only option is to swim, which can be extremely dangerous where its rocky and rough. When youre under the water, first you need to put your paddle up and out of the water alongside the boat. Then you do a strong forward stroke with the paddle, and use momentum from your hips to start turning the boat. Your body comes out of the water first, then your head. People panic and try to get their head out first, and that wont work. When you finish your paddle is back in the basic position across your body. On occasions, when the white water is really huge, knowing how to do the perfect Eskimo roll can be a lifesaver.

caNoe comPreheNd it? The Eskimo roll, also known as the kayak roll, is the righting of an overturned kayak without exiting it, says Dr Martin apolin, from Viennas Institute of Physics. They say the Inuit invented this technique because they couldnt swim and who would want to in ice-cold water? for them, this technique was essential to life. When your head is underwater, you are stable, because the buoyancy force acts directly over the force of gravity. any attempt to bring your body upright creates a torque that pulls the body back down (fig. I). There are several Eskimo roll techniques, but what physically happens is always the same: the athlete must generate a torque in the opposite direction greater than the downward torque. To do this, the athlete must bring one end of the paddle just below the surface of the water. Into play here come three elements: newtons third law (of action-equal-opposite-reaction); the torque mentioned above; and the laws of buoyancy. The athlete pushes the paddle into the water and exerts a force, or action. The water exerts an equal, but opposite force on the paddle (reaction f2 in fig. II). now torque, (M) comes into play, defined as force (f) times distance from the axis of rotation (r): M = f x r. Thus torque becomes greater when the same force is applied at a further distance, and hence why the paddler pushes the paddle as far out into the water as possible. The torque generated (M2) must be larger when coming upright than the existing torque relating to the athlete and the boat (M1). To make the roll possible, it must therefore apply M2 > M1. (fig. II is simplified because the torques and the rotating point change constantly.) now, the force of buoyancy is equal to the weight of the displaced water, and points upwards. Mans density is only slightly larger than waters. Therefore, when the upper body is underwater, the force of buoyancy is almost as large as the weight in laymans terms, weightless. To minimise the force required to rotate, the athlete first turns her pelvis and the kayak automatically follows (figs. I and II). Only at the end of the Eskimo roll does she put her body into an upright position (fig. III).
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out of the woods

Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon has had a quick, strange trip from obscurity to the limelight
back in the summer of 2007, reeling from the break-up of both a band and a relationship, Justin Vernon headed to a cabin in Wisconsin to ruminate and wound up writing and recording a series of songs. He originally meant to pass the tracks around to friends, but when they started to draw attention online, he signed a deal with indie label Jagjaguwar and released them as For Emma, Forever Ago in February of 2008. The album received critical acclaim and Vernons career grew steadily until Kanye West came calling. The rapper sampled Vernons Woods for his track Lost in the Woods, and Vernon also collaborated with him on the hit Monster. For his follow-up, Bon Iver, Vernon declined to invite any rappers, but drew on a variety of influences to make an ethereal album that recalls some of the best musical moments of the 80s. Given the notoriety you gained from working with Kanye West, why did you decide not to reciprocate and work with any hip-hop artists on the new record? Most of the record was pretty set by the time the Kanye thing happened, and there was nothing on the album that really made sense for him to be a part of. but hes down to work together if i do come up with something that would be a good fit. Your first album was recorded off the grid, but this new one is one of the most anticipated indie records of the year. Did you feel any pressure? No, not really. The first record worked so well because it was so personal, and

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Name Justin DeYarmond Edison Vernon Born April 30, 1981, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboard Success Bon Ivers debut album entered the Top 10 Album of the Year charts of magazines such as Mojo and Uncut Side projects Apart from Bon Iver, Vernon is also involved in the bands Volcano Choir and GAYNGS

I always come home to the same place and go to my local bar, and no one gives me any sort of adulation
i think this is the same thing. The people who expect a Kanye appearance just for the sake of it are really buying into some sort of industry and branding hype. i just went in and got this one done. i was working on it for three years, really, and i finished recording in May, added some stuff over the summer, and mixed it in the autumn and winter. The new album is much richer than the previous one, and has some obvious 80s influences with horns and the keyboards? How intentional was that? it was pretty subconscious. People in europe have said they hear Phil Collins [laughs], but im more of a bruce Hornsby man. When i was on tour i would be listening to music, of course, but when i got off the road and went in to record i would sort of shut myself off. Obviously many things have changed for you since For Emma, Forever Ago, but what are some things that havent? i always come home to the same place [eau Claire, Wisconsin] and go to my local bar, and no one gives me any sort of adulation. i bought myself a really nice Canon camera, but i havent really bought anything else big. Maybe i should buy a local softball team, or something. Or a really badass curling team.

Justin Vernon (below) is the mastermind of Bon Iver. Live, he adds his friends Sean Carey (drums), Michael Noyce (guitar) and Matthew McCaughan (bass) to the line-up

Bon Iver: Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar/4AD) is out on June 21

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What hurts more than having a rod inserted down your leg to fix nine fractures? For the 2009 wakeboarding world champ, its rupturing three knee ligaments at once and then having to find the patience for a frustratingly slow recovery

Dallas FriDay

me and my body

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nt, [Last year Friday tore her anterior cruciate ligame posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament.] I knew I was seriously hurt because Ive seen lots of injuries in my time. Just the pain: it was like a chain reaction of explosions in my right knee, just one after the other. I definitely knew it was not going to be just a few days off the water. I have some ns gnarly scars up to 10cm long: two straight incisio on the sides of my knee, too. on the front, and two

long, Its crazy because it doesnt feel that been but at the same time its felt like Ive er. Im so ready to be back rehabbing forev when on the water I knew in my head, even ed, that it wasnt the end. I got injur

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[After leg surgery to fix a nine-part fracture, Friday was induced into a coma.] I saw dolphins and circus animals I was on so much morphine. I remember them pulling out my chest tube when my lungs collapsed. They told me to hold my breath because the tube was close to my heart. But they were like, Hmm, thats not going to work. Lets try again. So they went for it. I dont remember the pain, but I do remember the terror of the situation.

I see myself accomplishing so much more, and I know I have so much more to give and to show in terms of my abilities. For an athlete, I think the knowledge that theres more to come is a good thing. I never contemp lated it or second-guessed it. Its my hope, and I never felt like it was taken from me.

ho pe and glo ry

I got the OK to star t carving. Ive noticed fatigue and even getting back in the water, you notice how some of your endurance levels have been brought down. Its just going to take time, the consistency of being on the wat er and training to build that back up. It just felt good to be back to what I know, what Im pretty much born to do, like I was back at one with myself.

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Words: Ann donAhue. PhotogrAPhy: robert snoW

Right now were just doing lots of stability and a little bit of easy impact work. On the balance ball we do a lot of ball throws, and were doing leg presses, squats and lunges of all types of variations for probably two hours a day. I cant push it too hard too early. The outdoor training that Id usually be doing cardio and being out on the water a lot has been put on hold. Its just a long road to recovery and theres a certain way youve got to go about it. Youve got to listen to your doctors and do what they say, although its hard.

on the ball

Breaking my left femur in 2006 men tally, that was just unbelievable. The knee was kind of the same thing, though, although the pain was worse than when I broke my leg. The knee injur y was one of those thing s I never saw coming from a hundred miles. Ive never felt so completely hear tbroken, drained and frustrated all at once. It took it all out of me and to get another injur y, and to know what I have to look forward to, is really deva stating. But through each injur y, every athlete gets smar ter and learns from it and grows as a person. Mentally, its some thing youve just got to accept. You cant really get too stuck on why this happened and Im so happy and relieved to be back wakeboarding again.

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The worlds greatest tennis tournament celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, with a lake of cream, a mountain of strawberries and ace stats galore

Queen Elizabeth II



The Lawn Tennis Championships, the worlds longest-running tennis tournament, is a bastion of tradition. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club insists that 90 per cent of a players clothes be white. Other rules have relaxed: since 2003, players walking onto and off Centre Court bow or curtsey to the Royal Box only if the Queen or the Prince of Wales not noted for their love of the game are in attendance. Yet last year, Elizabeth II dropped by, for the first time since 1977, a break of 33 years. There are only two women and no men currently in the worlds top 100s who were alive then.

Fred Perry

Many firsts during a not-so-proud moment in English sporting history. In 1995, Tim Henman, who home fans hoped would become the first British winner since Fred Perry in 1936 (they only gave up this hope when Henman retired in 2007), hit a ball-girl on the head with a ball he smashed in frustration during the first round of the doubles. He became the first (and only) player ever to be disqualified from the tournament. On the other side of the net was bad boy Jeff Tarango of the USA, who was fined a record 10,000 after a tantrum during a third-round singles match.


Thats how many punnets of 10 strawberries this years record prize-money fund of 14.6m could buy. Last year, on average, 8,615 bowlfuls of the delicious fruits were sold every day, for 2.50 a pop another record. You cant have strawberries without cream: a total of 7,000 litres of the stuff topped off the 28,000kg of strawbs consumed. Perhaps a glass of bubbly to wash it all down? More than 17,000 champagne corks were popped during Wimbledon 2010.

Some players will forever be associated with Wimbledon. Pete Sampras was mens singles champion seven times in eight years, from 1993-2000. Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova each won 20 singles, doubles and mixed doubles crowns. Navratilova is also the oldest woman to have won a match at SW19. In the first round in 2004, she beat Catalina Castano of Colombia 6-0 6-1 at the age of 47 years and 224 days, a mere 22 years and 208 days older than her opponent.



Martina Navratilova Boris Becker

Boris Becker always called Wimbledons holy turf his living room. Boom-Boom Boris set three records at once when he won the Championships in 1985. In winning the first of his three titles aged 17 years and 227 days, he became the youngest mens singles champion, the first German winner and the first unseeded winner. Switzerlands Martina Hingis became the youngest Grand Slam winner of all time when she won the ladies doubles title at Wimbledon in 1996, at the age of 15 years and 282 days.

John Isner

6:4 3:6 6:7 7:6 70:68! Last years match between John Isner of the USA and Frances Nicolas Mahut is a remarkable note in tennis history. It was played over three days, thanks to two stoppages for bad light, taking 11 hours, 5 minutes to complete. The 6ft 9in (2.06m) big-serving Isner fired down 112 aces during the match; Mahut 103. They are first and second, respectively, on the aces-per-match list for all pro tennis. In the second round, Isner was thrashed in straight sets by Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands.


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2010 Lemon sharks, 3-4m long, patrol for food at twilight beneath a rolling sea at the western edge of the Bahamas Banks. David Doubilet: They werent aggressive, but I did have to bang some of them on the nose with the camera housing


The Seas Unseen

A remarkable set of pictures from the portfolio of David Doubilet, one of the worlds greatest underwater photographers
Words: Paul Wilson



David Doubilet has spent more than 50 years looking through his dive mask, into a camera and out into the worlds oceans. The first time he did so aged 12, in the waters around his familys summer home in Elberon, New Jersey, around 60 miles south of New York City he was using an underwater camera of his own invention. I used an anaesthesiologists breathing bag and parts of a face mask to make housing for my Brownie Hawkeye, says Doubilet, 64. My first pictures were terrible, it looked like modern art. I was taking pictures of fish and peoples feet and the side of pools. My first actual dives were in a lake in the Adirondack Mountains nearby. I was about eight or nine. When I first put on a diving mask, I said, Oh my God, this is the other side of the world, this is where I want to be. It was a long way from then to looking out of a faceplate into blue water and watching a great white shark materialise. A long way, perhaps, but Doubilet made it in double-quick time. He sold his first undersea shots aged 15, to a South American magazine. A couple of years later, while volunteering at a marine lab at the entrance of New York Harbour, he parlayed a job washing equipment into becoming the labs de facto chief photographer. In 1971, while at university, he got his first credit in National Geographic magazine, after a trip to the Red Sea to shoot garden eels. His continuing, 40-year relationship with NG is at the heart of his work. There have been other jobs, too. The summer of 1976 was interesting: he spent a couple of months of that year tracking the Loch Ness Monster using a thenrevolutionary sonar-triggered camera, followed by still photography on the set of

underwater adventure movie The Deep, the unofficial follow-up to Jaws. Of course, we got to Loch Ness and the camera didnt work, says Doubilet. I found something that looked like a monster, which turned out to be a really large Oxford shoe, with the upper separated from the sole, nails exposed like teeth. Theres a golden glow to the water there, like good single malt: when youre 10m down its dark but clear, with no surface light. From 10m up, its golden. Then I worked on The Deep, and with Jacqueline Bisset. I made THAT picture, he adds, recalling the famous and saucy image of the actress, fresh from the water, wearing the white T-shirt she had worn on a dive. Sadly, I did not own the rights to that shot. In recent years, he has seen up close the effect on the oceans of global warming, and is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Instead of a dive being a single dive of exploration, he notes, somewhat ruefully, we may be documenting a time soon passed. And after a lifetime spent in waters from Arctic ice floes to Cuban coral reefs, photographing tiny plankton, giant predators and all marine life in between much of it alongside his partner, the photographer and writer Jen Hayes Doubilet has seen as much as any man in his field and still yearns for more. In April, he returned from an assignment in the Gulf of St Lawrence, off the coast of Canada, and more trips are scheduled. He conveys the same passion for being in the water as his eight-year-old self did all those years ago. Its amazing, he says, pausing to no doubt contemplate a deep blue vista in his minds eye, to see the pulse of life.

additional photography: gary Bell

1986 Chevron barracuda form a perfect defensive circle around a diver in Papua New Guinea. This works so well because its a geometric pattern in a world without geometry


2002 A diver follows a rare American crocodile as it surfaces for breath in the Gardens of the Queen off Cubas southern coast. Nile crocodiles will try to eat you; American ones will not

1996 A manta ray feeds at night in plankton-filled waters off Kona, Hawaii. Patio lights from a hotel can attract huge clouds of plankton; we copied that with lights on a boat


1995 A box jellyfish captures a shrimp in its tentacles off Townsville on the Queensland Coast in Australia. The most venomous of all living creatures, except certain lawyers. Each tentacle is covered in thousands of nematocyst cells, each with a tiny harpoon of toxin

2008 A fisherman crosses over a large gathering of moon jellyfish in a remote corner of Gam Bay, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Moon jellyfish sting a little bit, nothing like the box (above), which is as big as your fist. Moon are the size of dinner plates



2008 Fishermen stand on their outriggers over a school of baitfish flashing beneath them in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This place has the richest coral reefs in the world, and the highest diversity of marine creatures because of that


2011 Chinstrap and gentoo penguins on an ice floe near Danko Island off the Antarctic Peninsula. They were wary of me as I swam, thinking I might be a hungry seal

2010 This is me in a field of brash (ice fragments) to photograph leopard seals on the Antarctic Peninsula. The waters -2C here. Its like swimming in a margarita


additional photography: steve jones

1994 A stingray at North Sound, Grand Cayman. The cruise ships need everyone back on the boats for lunch, so after 2.30 you have the place to yourself to make pictures. Then its a Zen garden, with the waves raking the water


1974 A diver inspects the massive propeller of a 300m crude oil supertanker off Eilat, Israel. I was shooting something else in the Red Sea, when an editor called me and asked me to do this. Its a decompression dive, 21m down 2006 (right): A double-headed wrasse swims along the reef edge at Lord Howe Island, 285 miles off Australias New South Wales coast in the South Pacific Ocean. Perfect island: no venomous creatures, like on the Australian mainland. Hard to get reservations: only 300 beds on the island


How to make pictures underwater

When he talks about his work, David Doubilet says make a picture, not take. There speaks a craftsman, and one, who, like any other, needs a set of tools to do the things he does. Along with a camera, the underwater photographer also requires housing (the cameras waterproof cover), dome ports (covers for the lens) and strobes, usually two, one each attached to either side of the camera and housing. After his homemade Brownie Hawkeye in a bag, Doubilet has graduated through many cameras, almost exclusively Nikons, to arrive at a set-up he favours above all others. My basic kit right now is the Nikon D3, D3S a fabulous camera and D700, with the attendant lenses and domes, says Doubilet. All housing is made by SECAM, and the strobes are all Sea & Sea YS-250.He also needs conflict. In the water, you are face to face with marine creatures, he says. There is a real sense of menace, and a sense of beauty, and the tension between them is what makes an image work.

2004 An African reed frog clings onto Doubilets mask during a night shoot in Botswanas Okavango Delta. I hadnt seen him get on there. I thought it was a big spot on my mask

Few artists have managed to reinvent themselves while staying true to their sound Raphael Saadiq is one who has. the accidental Frontman talks about role models, learning the craFt, and giving Fans the scooby snack on his new album

student oF soul

Words: Richard Thomas Photography: Emily Shur


Man with a mission: Raphael Saadiq has left his mark on three decades of music



I feel lIke the money Is fIrst now, and that the groove Is sufferIng because of It. Im not sayIng you shouldnt be able to make $20 mIllIon doIng what you do, but the product has to be good


rtists have gone to great lengths to reinvent themselves in the hopes of capturing just a trace of their former glory. They change labels, change their hair, trade up band members, even shack up with a new domestic partner to make fresh headlines in the blogosphere. In the end, media hawks and longtime fans who knew you when feast on their folly with great delight, and the music invariably suffers along with its creator. But what about when culture does the reinventing, and you just hang on for the ride? When you do what you love, love what you do, and leave the rest to the music buyers and the headline writers? Raphael Saadiq has left his mark on three decades of popular music. As a member of Tony! Toni! Ton!, he turned out jams like Feels Good and If I Had No Loot, which helped transform the face of R&B. His work in late 90s supergroup Lucy Pearl with En Vogues Dawn Robinson and A Tribe Called Quests Ali Shaheed Muhammad earned him a Grammy nomination. His first solo LP, 2002s Instant Vintage, earned him five more. Across each of these albums, his tenets never wavered: sing powerfully; sing truthfully; know your instruments; respect the groove; and (most importantly) dont fake it. Born and raised in Oakland, California, his childhood was met with an improbable amount of personal tragedy. He lost siblings to drugs, murder, and suicide, but it was his music, not his tragedy, that defined him. Like the title of his latest album, Stone Rollin, Saadiq has soldiered on, trading up the slick Motown style of 2008s The Way I See It for a raucous, bluesy sound that invokes the likes of Chuck Berry, BB King, and Muddy Waters. And, like every album before it, Stone Rollin is introducing Saadiq to a new era of soul searchers. On the last Saturday in March, he brought his five-piece band into the Red Bull Recording Studio in Los Angeles to play a few tunes off his new record and talk role models, lyrics, and knowing your instruments with The Red Bulletin.

The Red Bulletin: You studied a lot of gear and read a lot of books such as Recording The Beatles before you went into the studio to record The Way I See It, and Im sure you did the same for Stone Rollin. Why is it important for you to have such an in-depth understanding of the tools you work with? Many artists try to emulate specific vibes and eras, but few can transcend the equipment to make their own sound. Raphael Saadiq: Its quite natural for me to think like that, but it always starts with the way somebody holds an instrument the way Jimi holds a guitar, or BB King, or Elvis, or Neil Young. Then you find out later that theres so much more behind it. You find out that Stratocasters and Telecasters and Gibsons have all these different pickups, and the electricity that picks up the sound has so many different characteristics, from bluesy sounds to gritty, dirty sounds. The more you start researching, the further you go. To play sports to be good you have to find out what the fundamentals are. Its not just running out there and playing; its how to pick up a ball, take it out of your glove, and throw it. Theres a lot that goes into it, but when it all becomes natural, thats when you start having the most fun. RB: When did you reach the point where it all started to feel natural? RS: Weirdly enough, it just happened around The Way I See It. I felt comfortable on stage. It was something I had to do, and I knew it was a sink-or-swim situation all the time, but I didnt start off being a singer, and it was always somewhat of a struggle for me being a frontman and an artist. I played for a lot of great frontmen as a kid; a lot of blues groups, a lot of quartets. All the dudes who sang lead was bad. They knew how to get a mic, say something to the crowd, and they always set up the songs. I think I picked up those traits naturally. So I had that going forward, but it wasnt until The Way I See It that I felt like it came together. RB: Who did you learn the most from? RS: I think my favourite frontman was probably a guy named Roy Tyler from Oakland. I played behind him and he was real calm. Wed go out there on stage and hed grace the crowd. Hed say Good evening to everybody, but in a mild-mannered way. It would capture people. Before he went on stage, he would whisper to me, Hey, when you hit that bass line on that song, Im gonna



you cant mess up the groove. you gotta fIt In where people can stIll feel It
RS: [Laughs] My friend, who is a really good keyboard player, told somebody, Hes the only person who can write a song with no bridge and you dont miss it. RB: You didnt have an easy life growing up, and there was a lot of tragedy in your family. That perseverance, Im sure, helped shape who you are today, but how is the Raphael of today different or similar to the Raphael of 20 years ago? RS: There are a lot of similarities. Im always a little cautious about a lot of different things. Growing up in Oakland, you could be sitting with a girl and she thinks you have the wandering eye, but Im just looking at everybody because you had to [laughs]! I remember I was in sixth grade and my neighbour was in high school, and he got shot in an argument with some guy. I was the kid who went to his moms house and said, Kenny just got killed. In that time, they didnt even take the chalk off the ground, and Id walk to school for six months and Id see it every day until it washed off. I can still see that chalk in my head and Im thinking, They dont do that where I live at now. So you have all those thoughts, but I think that made me a better person. RB: And as an artist, you have to be careful that not all your inspiration comes from that dark place. RS: Right, you do. It made me more positive. Things can be worked out if theres a problem. Theres always some way out of it. I always called myself the narrator. I saw a lot of things happen just riding my moped through East Oakland listening to [Princes] Dirty Mind on my Walkman. Id see somebody getting shot or going to jail, but Oakland had some of the most beautiful and loving people, man even the thugs and the gangsters. Its just what everybody got caught up in. Everybody was good when we got there, but the way it was set up for us, some people fell into it. But the ones who didnt the ones who outlived that stuff it was a beautiful thing.
Stone Rollin is out now. Saadiq plays Ghent Jazz Festival on July 7 and North Sea Jazz Festival on July 8. Find out more on

Rollin with it: Saadiq and his band perform tracks from his new album in the Red Bull Recording Studio

start shoutin. So I would be playing a song, and at this certain pattern he would just start shouting, and people would get into it. He had all these tricks that I paid attention to, and later on I was able to grab a lot of the things he did and add them to what I do in my own way. You cant help it if youre watching people like that. Im behind him, and I can see the back of him and the people responding to him, so that was the best view I could ever get. Ive had that view a lot. RB: What was your favourite song on Stone Rollin to finish? RS: Moving Down The Line. That one I call em Scooby Snacks [laughs]. My fans have always been cool to understand that Im just that person thats gonna do something that makes me feel good. So Moving Down The Line is my Scooby Snack for everyone. I always like to do new things, but also things that feel good for touring, being on stage, and just playing. Moving Down The Line was an easy groove, but it was tough to sing. RB: Lyrically? RS: The music felt so good. You cant mess up the groove. You gotta fit in where people can still feel it. I feel like a lot of artists back in the day, they all

wanted money. Everybody cared about making cash. But even though they wanted to be paid, the grooves were always first. I feel like the money is first now, and the groove is suffering because of it. Im not saying that you shouldnt be able to make $20 million doing what you do, but the product has to be good. RB: Patience from the audience is lacking as well. We live in a playlist world, and artists understand that albums come second to singles, and singles are what get you on those playlists. That doesnt help the groove, either. RS: Its something you have to learn, and a lot of people missed out on it. You dont have to be old or deep or anything to have those types of characteristics in your music. You just have to have that experience, or somebody had to drop that science on you. You dont have to be doing music from the 60s or be some rap star. Isaac Hayes said, Theres no such thing as old school. Its either you went to school or you didnt. RB: Take Just Me and You, for instance, the song you did with Tony! Toni! Ton! for the Higher Learning soundtrack back in 91. That song didnt have a bridge, and it barely had a verse.



Words: Nicolas Stecher Photography: Mauricio Ramos
Wheels in motion: With a surface of loose shale and the blistering sun causing maximum discomfort, Stckl makes his bone-shaking descent down Nicaraguas volcanic Cerro Negro mountainside. Opposite page: Stckl celebrates his new status as record-holder

In 2002, Frenchman Eric Barone almost died setting a mountain bike downhill speed record on a Nicaraguan volcano. Last month, Markus Max Stckl tried to break it. This is what happened



SuNday May 12, 2002 Cerro Negro, NiCArAguA

Eric Barone sits atop his customised prototype mountain bike on the crest of the Cerro Negro volcano, looking down at the slope before him. In the remote wilds of north-west Nicaragua, the clouds of the coming rainy season have yet to arrive, leaving the skies utterly spotless. With the peak bereft of trees or vegetation of any sort, the late morning 40C sun lasers down directly, transforming his red Lycra aerodynamic bodysuit into a skintight plastic shell.

Underfoot, the black volcanic rock emits waves of heat, obstructing the otherwise clear view to the timer 640m below. The goal is simple: to descend this mountain faster than any human has before. Hes focused, calm. And why shouldnt he be? Earlier that day, Barone established the downhill record on a stock (mass-production) mountain bike by clocking 101.68mph. He knows this mountain well; just get a good start, hold tight, maintain perfect form and gravity will do the rest. Then and there, looking down that slope, Barone realises this will be his last speed run on soil. Hes going to break the record, then hang up his aerodynamic helmet in victory. A half

mile below, his best friend and business partner, Marco Rebuttini, and Barones Nicaraguan then girlfriend, Jany Salinas Medina, stare up at the apex anxiously, both seemingly more aware of the mortal danger of the impending feat than Barone himself. From the timer where they stand, Barone is little more than a crimson Lycra ant gleaming in the sun. Then the wind offers a moment of calm, and hes off. Over the ledge and speeding up as the bike makes its accelerating descent down the face of Cerro Negro. The velocity is remarkable, the sound of the wheels rushing over the rocky slope like a sharp, incoming wind. A growing plume of dust follows


his descent like a scalpel. Then the slope hits an elbow where it flattens out from 95 per cent to 40 per cent, and instead of absorbing the grade change, the fork of the prototype buckles instantly, the front wheel disappears before him, and Barones chest slams into the ground at 106.88mph. His helmet jettisons like a slingshot, his ribcage colliding with the volcanic rock at full speed, shattering five ribs on impact. He then bounces up and begins cartwheeling like a spineless childs doll across the black earth. In his violent tumbling, he ruptures the tendons clean from both shoulders, dislocating his left. The forearm muscles in his right arm rip in half when he overextends his wrist. On the last impact he tears his glutes and breaks his hip. Somewhere along the rolling cannonball of collisions, Barone breaks his fourth cervical vertebra. Finally, he comes to a grinding halt, his body motionless in a broken heap of dust and silence. Everyone was saying, Hes dead. Imagine, he was sitting there lifeless, not moving, recalls Jany, who is now Jany Barone. It horrified me, we were all crying. For me, I had already lost him; he couldnt have survived that. So we ran over, he was bleeding everywhere and his face was covered in dirt. And suddenly, his eyes opened! We couldnt believe it. Were all very Christian here, so to us it was gods miracle. There was no time for emotion, says Marco coolly. There was only time for action. Unfortunately for Barone, the team had spent all their money on production and preparation, so they didnt have funds left for a prepared airlift. In fact, they didnt even have health insurance. So Marco did the only thing he could do: he lifted his crumpled buddy up and placed him in the pick-up truck unknowingly putting his broken spine in unconscionable peril. In a high anxiety sweat they rushed to the hospital on Nicaraguan dirt roads, his broken body jostling around in the cabin like a shoe in a tumble dryer. When they finally arrived at the hospital 50 minutes later, the elevator was broken, so with Murphys Law in full effect they carried him up to the second floor. Needless to say, Barones injuries were critical. His surgeon, dr Laurent Lafosse, argues that if it werent for the nearly superhuman bull-like muscles around his neck, hed now be paralysed or dead. Barone is lucky to still have the ability to walk, so the fact his gait now comes with a hip-shaking limp, as if perpetually

salsa dancing, is something he can only be upbeat about. (Its a lasting result of the damage he suffered to his hips.)

MoNday May 16, 2011 Cerro Negro, NiCArAguA

The road out to Cerro Negro from the closest village of Len is a dusty trip through the vintage lens of Spanish colonialism. Travelling through the second-poorest nation in the western hemisphere assures that once youre off the main artery to Managua, you are witnessing a way of life that has changed little over the centuries. On this dirt road ox carts outnumber trucks 10 to one. Caballeros on horseback herd their various livestock and wave as you drive by, curious. you rumble past dry fields of yucca, corn, beans and sugar cane with their young saplings poking through the soil like hundreds of green Sideshow Bob heads, while giant pigs wander freely. Happiness, for some, is riding in the back of a pick-up truck in the remote savannas of Nicaragua. We finally arrive at the base of the towering Cerro Negro, a lone black monolith reaching far into the sky. The chain of volcanoes disappearing into the distance all smoulder, white smoke wafting into the atmosphere. It is ominous. portentous. Markus Max Stckl leaps out from the cabin and surveys the surroundings. Under the silhouette of the looming mountain, Stckl looks a bit like a conqueror all broad-jawed visage and wide shoulders. If you were filming a movie about the germanic tribes of the dark Ages and you were in need of a quintessential visigoth hero, youd be ecstatic if central casting sent a man who looked like Stckl. Theres a reason his nickname in the mountain biking community is Hercules. Stckl is here to do one thing: break Eric Barones mountain bike speed record on a stock bike on dirt. That record was established, ironically, on that fateful run that ended his career nine years earlier on this very same slab of rock. Adding to the irony is that Eric Barone himself is here to coach Stckl to success. But it wont be easy. This is the second day of test runs at Cerro Negro, a volcano in the Cordillera Los Maribios mountain range in western Nicaragua. The day before Stckl spent acclimatising to the terrain, slope and heat. When it comes

wheN we weNt dowN yesterdAy At speeds ArouNd 37-43Mph it felt uNstAble. todAy froM the first ruN it wAs perfeCt Max STckL
to mountain bike speed records, the Austrian is no amateur. Eschewing the expensive customised prototype bikes that Barone used to capture his various speed records, Stckl prefers to use serial production, or stock, bikes on his attempts as with this events frame which is made by Evil Revolt. presently he retains the Serial Mountain Bike Speed Record on snow, which he achieved at La parva in Chile in 2007 when he clocked 130.74mph. But this is on dirt, a decidedly more difficult and dangerous terrain. When we went down yesterday at speeds around 37-43mph, it felt really unstable, loose. Today from the first run it was a perfect, so we know if we go faster it stabilises more; youre not sinking in the sand, youre on top of it, notes Max after this days first attempt. Eric Barone is sitting on a cool box nearby, gingerly trying to fit Stckls shoes over his bandaged feet, badly frostbitten and bloody from a recent ski accident. As Barones shoes are too small to fit over his bandages, hes borrowing Stckls considerably larger trainers. Just like hes trying to fit his feet into my shoes, lets see if I can follow in his footsteps, says Stckl, smiling broadly, his limited English managing to capture the moment adroitly. Barone grins, quite the image, dressed in a black Metallica T-shirt and extremely tight biker shorts the type only a European would be caught wearing in public. His muscles are


Above: Serving up Nicaraguan specialities. Above right: the streets of Lon, Nicaragua. Right: checking the timing. Bottom: Barone and Stckl on the trek up the Cerro Negro

Theres taking the rough with the smooth, and theres a whole lot worse than that: Eric Barone almost lost his life trying to break the record for the fastest speed run on soil, but he still picked up the pieces and agreed to help Max Stckl successfully break his own record this year


Shooting star: some tourists dressed head to toe in safety gear take a photo opportunity with a jubilant Max Stckl

its A reCord ANd iM very hAppy but At the sAMe MoMeNt iM thiNkiNg About the NeXt step is there ANy higher volCANo? Max STckL
TuESday May 17, 2011 Cerro Negro, NiCArAguA
In the morning Stckl can be found sitting atop his stock mountain bike on the crest of the Cerro Negro volcano, looking down at the vertiginous slope before him. The wind is blowing stronger than it has all week, whipping the ends of the Red Bull wrap Max has affixed to his head. Quietly he contemplates the run ahead. The first two runs of the day have gone smoothly, and preparation has segued into actualisation. The moment is at hand. Everything is silent on the peak, the only sound the sharp flapping of the plastic flags set to delineate Stckls trajectory over the volcanos lip. From here the air tastes like arid rocks. We all wait for him to be ready, wait for the wind to calm even just a bit, offering a clear window for which to make a recordbreaking run for the fastest human on a bike on dirt. Then he puts his helmet on. Its an inexplicable feeling to be here, ready to witness such an event. Historic? perhaps not who will remember such a feat? How many avid fans of speed mountain biking are there? But the anonymity of the endeavour makes it all the more authentic. What is the true motivation for many record-breaking attempts? Money, certain notoriety, fans, women? Its quite possible this

bulging, his features exaggerated, he almost looks like the caricature of a super athlete a bit like some sort of Cold War-era Captain America. His hands and calf muscles are enormous, his jaw an anvil, his feet flat and wide like iron plates. But this massiveness is betrayed by an omnipresent joviality Barone is not just helping Stckl in his attempt to beat his record, hes sincerely enjoying every second of it with selfless glee. Its a contagious goodwill. Its going to be a hard target. A record is a record for a reason, says Stckl, zipping up his Evoc bag, which is overstuffed with helmet, shoes and water. Then he throws it over his shoulder and begins another long climb up the unforgiving face of Cerro Negro. The hike up to the peak is an absolutely brutal affair. The pair are not only in direct scorching sunlight, but the grade of the volcano is also incredibly steep. What makes it insufferable, however, is the looseness of the shale; every two steps you take, you lose a step as the ground caves around your feet. Theres no firmness, no support. Its like climbing up quicksand. And there goes Barone with his bandaged feet and all, following Stckl steadily, carrying his bike up the mountain like a crucifix, paying a horrible penance for a crime he didnt commit. His piston-like legs churn up the incline like a mountain goat. After the gruelling ascent, the days series of test runs get under way. Slowly

but surely the test results improve, a welcome sight after the first days discouraging times. That first set of times led to Stckl changing his outfit from a protective leather suit to a more aerodynamic latex one. After that they decided to move the starting point up another 50m to achieve that extra bit of speed. Then they held him at the start until the wind dropped, waiting for the perfect moment, each step improving the time steadily from 81 to 87 to finally 96mph on the days final run. Today went well, much better than yesterday, says a sweat-drenched Stckl as we pack up for the day. I hoped that with higher speed it would be more stable; its nice to be correct this time. That evening, over large plates of steak with jalapeo cream sauce (a Nicaraguan speciality), a few beers are imbibed as the team look over photographs and then proceed to break down how to improve Stckls form. As will happen in a table full of Austrians dining with a Californian, the conversation soon turns to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who I assume is a great hero in his homeland. do they have a lot of statues erected in his honour? Is he like some sort of demi-god over in Austria? I ask naively. Hes from a small village called Thal in the state of Styria, explains Stckl sternly. And this part of Austria creates some very special people.

On his way to victory: Max Stckl builds up speed on the slopes of Cerro Negro

From left: Stckl comes to terms with the fact that he is now the record holder; he proudly shows off the print-out of his speed

feat, whether successful or not, will not provide Stckl with much of the above. Still, he does it for no other reason than because he simply likes to go fast, as hes fond of saying. Then, suddenly, he is going fast. Hes going very fast indeed down the face of the volcano. From up top all you can follow is a cloud of black dust. And then theres the yelling, and the running. And then theres the paper read-out feeding out from the timer. It reads 102.49mph. The record for fastest stock mountain bike speed on dirt is reset. At the bottom of the run there is celebration. Barone is hugging Stckl in victory, and a long series of photos are taken. Water is poured on his head in triumph. It is a moment of true jubilation. Theres an amorphous bond thats grown among this group of strangers during these past four days, a bond built on being strangers in

a strange land, seared together by the torrid heat of the sun, melting on a distant black volcano. The beer he has ingested doesnt seem to hurt either. But with celebration surrounding him, Stckl still seems unfulfilled. Removed. We jump in the sapphire-blue Toyota Hilux and surge forward, rising and falling in the waves of the vast volcanic dunes, a lost boat shimmering in the sun, rolling out of the swells of a coal-black sea. As we drive back towards Len, I say to him: If youd been something like 1.2mph slower, you wouldnt have beaten the record. Well, he begins, considering every word, Eric had a really good run on his run too. Its really, really hard to beat the best. Well now youre the best. So how does it feel? Stckl stares straight ahead, driving. I registered it as a record, and Im very happy, he says. But at the same moment Im thinking about the next step and

whats going on in the future. Is there any higher volcano? he asks, more to himself than anyone. Stckl looks youthful, despite his full beard. yet the temples are greying. Theres something there about an athlete perhaps just over his own personal athletic peak, coming to grips with the latter end of his professional career. Its been three years since his last speed record, and at 36 years old hes clearly no longer on his way up. Even with the stock bike I want to beat Erics prototype bike speed record, thats the goal, he says. Im onto the next thing. Especially because I am not that happy with the end result. Im not disappointed, but I would love to go faster and its just not possible on this hill. I suppose, in the end, there are always more mountains left to conquer.
Witness Max Stckl at his world-beating best at


Competitors start at the top riding over boulders and rocks, then further down the course they come up against a series of large jumps

2. The Crowd

As the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup downhill race in Scotland nears its 10th birthday, we ask the champions what makes it so special
1. The Course

From the start, all the way down to the finish, its packed with people. The noise is unreal. Its amazing when youre hanging out for breath, with people shouting encouragement. It helps you dig deep and can make all the difference. Last time I came out of the start gate there I thought, This is what its all about. Rachel Atherton, 2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup winner (downhill)

3. The Weather


There can be four seasons in one day on this mountain. It might be sunny, but theres often snow near the start gate and conditions can change in minutes even as a rider descends the course. That makes for very interesting racing. The weather is always an extra challenge on that mountain. Youre trying to second-guess whats going to happen. Gee Atherton

4. The Action

Its a high-speed, physical track, with a few big jumps and a big pedal to the finish. Theyve made a few changes to the course this year, so I expect it will be even better than it was before. Its a mans track. Its my favourite track. Steve Peat, three-time UCI Mountain Bike World Cup winner (downhill) Its a tough course, it really challenges you physically and technically all the way down. There really is no let-up. Gee Atherton, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup winner (downhill)

If you want to see the ultimate in skilful riding you want to be at the top of the course, where it goes over rocks and boulders. Seeing the guys go through that section is unbelievable. Ive walked it and thats hard enough, but doing it on a bike at high speed is phenomenal. Martin Bullock, Hardcore Fort William fan

Rachel Atherton came out on top in the downhill event three years ago


The 1.7-mile-long race sees mountain bikers charge down the face of Anach Mor in the Scottish Highlands

5. The Scenery

I love being in the mountains and the views from the top of the track in Fort William are amazing. You can see for miles and miles. Its all wild mountains and moors, you feel like youre out in the middle of nowhere and its so beautiful. Rachel Atherton The scenery from the top all the way downhill on a clear day is amazing, but for the most part we dont get to enjoy its beauty; were focused on the race. Greg Minnaar, three-time UCI Mountain Bike World Cup winner (downhill)

8. The Fanatics

6. The Turf


So many British riders have a real chance of winning at Fort William, and that gives the competition a razor-sharp edge. They all want a home-soil victory, but only one will take it. Gee Atherton will be defending his World Cup Crown against a line-up that includes the likes of Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland, Marc Beaumont, Brendan Fairclough and Danny Hart. The British women such as 2006 World Champion Tracy Moseley and 2008 champ Rachel Atherton will also battle hard.

Gee Atherton won the downhill section of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup last year

Even during practice the commitment of the fans helps the riders raise their own game. At most races the crowds turn up for race day and thats it. But at Fort William there are people there for the first day of practice cheering you on, theyre watching qualifying, theyre with you the whole way. It makes you put that little bit extra into the race and also makes it much easier to motivate yourself. Gee Atherton

9. The Locals

7. The Awards

Its not just about the fans, the pros or the locals, Fort William gets the seal of approval from the whole mountain biking world. It has collected a total of 22 awards, including Best UCI (International Cycling Union) World Cup Downhill Event on six occasions, the IMTTO (International Mountainbike Teams, Technical Support and Organisers) Best Mountain Bike Event in the World five times and Singletrack Magazine has voted it the best UK Mountain Bike Event six times.

The hospitality shown to everyone involved in the race is unrivalled. Spectators, event workers, the UCI guys and the pros all say its the friendliest venue on the tour. Hosting a World Cup Downhill is a big thing for the region and the locals really go out of their way to make sure that everyone who comes has a great time. Its not just the people either the local whisky provides a warm welcome all of its own.

10. The Whole Package

Its the best event of the year by far. The organisation is second to none; they get it right. The people behind the race manage to keep everyone happy the supporters, the crew and the riders. The whole thing just works really well for everyone and the fans are awesome. Its the most fun event to be at and at the same time its a very serious competition. Theres always a really good feeling around the race. Steve Peat


A D r i A n n e W e y TA l K s To sT e p h e n B Ay l e y






drian Newey is a very practical person. At 16, he went on a British Oxygen (BOC) welding course in Birmingham. After all, Formula One is, despite its magnificent and profligate absurdities, the most practical of sports. In the design of a racing car you are continuously doing trades: penetration versus lift; speed versus reliability; lightness versus strength. Its the designers balance of these trades that makes a winner. Right now, Adrian Newey, chief technical officer of Red Bull Racing, achieves this balance better than any of his rivals. I wanted to meet him not to steal Red Bull Racings secrets and start my own team, but to understand the place of design the place of creativity in the hard, mercenary and realistic world of Formula One. I wanted to know if Newey was aware what made him and his cars first, best and different. Do exceptional people know what makes them exceptional? Newey is mild-mannered, soft-spoken, quite intense, but friendly in quite an unassertive way. He is undemonstrative and calm, but not, one imagines, much

given to the toleration of dissent in the workforce. And by workforce I mean drivers as well as grease monkies. He is one of those Formula One technocrats who, like Patrick Head of the Williams team, has an unromantic view of the drivers overall contribution to a cars performance. For Newey, the design of a racing car is a technical exercise in which the driver is just another (expensive) encumbrance on the way to perfection. I am guessing that Newey would be just as interested in designing a remotely piloted Formula One car, a Grand Prix drone. Without a driver, you could strip out a lot of unnecessary stuff: things such as seats, pedals, steering wheel, rear-view mirrors and whole load of safety systems. A driver-less Formula One

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car could become an exercise in pure mechanical engineering, controlled from a distant console in Milton Keynes, just as someone in Nevada controls the unmanned aerial vehicles known as MQ-9 Reapers over Afghanistan. You sense this in the decoration of his office. By which I mean: there is none. No mementoes. No signed photographs. No charming knick-knacks. I have visited most leading road car designers all over the world. Mostly they have a Wurlitzer, a Fender Stratocaster and a model Ferrari 250 GTO in Rosso Corsa on display for instructive and inspirational purposes. Some have guns. I immediately ask Newey why no Ferrari: irrespective of contemporary Formula One team rivalries, the 250 GTO is surely the ultimate car? He looks disappointed, even confused, and says: Why does everyone focus on the 250 GTO? I give him an answer which touches upon the airy fantasies of art and the erotic power of seduction by sculpture, but he is unimpressed. He explains that the 1967 330P4 was the better Ferrari and, in any case, he much prefers the Ford GT40. But my first big question is very different. Formula One is governed by manically detailed laws which dictate this and that down to millimetres. And when you have satisfied the FIAs [the governing bodys] legislators, there are then the even more non-negotiable laws of physics. Why, I want to know, if everybody is subject to the same rulebook and identical physical laws, are the results so very different? Why arent all Formula One cars exactly the same? Why isnt every car a Red Bull Racing car? Because there are so many variables, Newey replies. A Formula One car is a phenomenally messy vehicle: an open-wheeled car is not something youd design just by giving it a free hand! Just look at the level of complexity. An aircraft is much cleaner. The thing is, we set off on a certain route, but it might be a dead end. You can start well, but then end up getting stuck. Here, Newey soon gets into an extraordinarily interesting argument between potential and realisation in design. Basically, he believes the creative objective is to design a racing car which has the maximum amount of development potential. This means the perfect car is not necessarily the one that rolls straight out of the transporter into pole position. He cites the 2009 Brawn car as a warning: this was a design which

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box-fresh won races, but had only limited development potential and, as the season progressed, started going backwards as competitors developed their cars. Or, at least, the 2009 Brawn car stayed still while the competition speeded-up. Instead, Newey argues, for sustained success you must allow for evolution: the future has to be designed into the car right at the origin. Actually, I think this principle applies to a chair as well as to a Grand Prix weapon. Actually, I think it applies to people, too. We all know one of those sad, tiresome souls who peaked at Oxford or Cambridge and then spent the rest of their lives remembering youthful glories. I abandon the Ferrari question because I feel Newey would not be much persuaded by my argument that, while the 250 GTO was the first Ferrari developed in a wind-tunnel, its ineffable shape really owes as much to Sergio Scagliettis hammer and the pencils at Pininfarina as to aerodynamic formulae. So now Im keen to know if Newey has an answer to the question: Where does engineering end and design begin? Is the creation of a racing car pure science or is there an element of art? It may be a false distinction of mine, but I think its a good prompt. It certainly gets a good response. Our process is, he says, research, design and build. Our philosophy is to spend as much time as possible on the research. In fact, the build time for a new car is only around one week, so research and design can be maximised. But during this phase, Newey says there is room for whim, expression and even fantasy. Drawing is not pure science: its from the artistic side of the brain, he adds. So then I ask him if there is an element of dread word styling, in the design of a Formula One car? Its not a word Newey would use, and he winces a bit, but then says something fascinating. There are areas on a Formula One car where you can make visual changes that make no difference to the performance. Generally, the most visible parts the upper bodywork are the least functionally important. This reminds me of an American aerospace engineer who once told me there was no doubt



that there was plenty of scope for art: they actually wanted the F4 Phantom to look mean and nasty. I mention that Johannes Brahms had no idea where his music came from, and I want to know where Neweys ideas come from. It very much depends on the problem, he says. The majority of the work is iterative. We have a wing, so how do we make the wing better? I look at the problem. I try to understand it. Occasionally I have to get up and walk away. Its almost as if things are evolving in your mind even when you are not aware of them. So what does he do when the process gets stuck? A long walk? A run? Listen to rock or opera very loud? A conversation with Jack Daniel? Im met with a blank look. But it leads to a revealing anecdote. Neweys father was a vet who taught him exam technique: time spent in reconnaissance is never wasted, was the rule. Read the questions, Newey senior said, and dont rush to answer them. It is the same with Formula One regulations: ponder them long and hard before you start drawing. It is fascinating how, every time the legislators introduce a new rule to slow cars down, it takes only a little pondering before cars start going faster again. So

how long can lap times continue to fall? Mile runners keep on going more quickly, but obviously there is a limit somewhere. And it must be the same with cars. To be absurd, the current Silverstone fastest lap is 1 minute 18.739 seconds. It is easy to imagine that coming down to 1 minute 10 seconds. But how will it happen? Newey says: The limits are not established. Drivers can physically stand to go more quickly. Regulations are the main obstacle. We are certainly not yet at the limits of the human body. The suggestion here is that drivers will have to put up with what comes their way. If a human neck can cope with 6G, it can cope with 8G. But maybe not 15G? We shall see, but meanwhile, progress in racing car design depends on mechanical engineering. What I do is try to find enough time for inspiration says Newey reflectively. I spend my time being an

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engineer with my fellow engineers at Red Bull, not managing them. Im not interested in management. So what inspires Newey? Anything that combines form and function, he says. Concorde who knows why it is so beautiful? So now we are back to the Ferrari 250 GTO, a car made by inspired artisans, not technocrats or sophisticates. The 60s was certainly a Golden Age for car styling but, he adds provocatively, the GTO, the GT40 and the 330P4 were not products of stylists. Adrian Newey is the most admired and successful racing car designer of his generation. He was born in 1958. Jonathan Ive of Apple can make the same claim in the design of consumer products. Ive was born in 1967. Although the iPod, iPhone and iPad have quite literally changed the way we think, Newey does not know Ive. I dont mean socially. He has simply never heard of him. Mind you, nor do I imagine Ive has heard of Newey. This is very interesting on two levels. First, its a clear demonstration that design is a vast and nearly indefinable subject. Both Newey and Ive are great designers, yet inhabit not just separate geographical continents, but different creative worlds. The person who does your hair will call himself a designer. The technician-nerd who writes computer code will call himself an engineer. And the designer who conceptualises and executes unbeatable racing cars calls himself technical director. Second, there is the matter of computers and their role in racing car design. Newey turns 53 this year. Not very many people under 50 will know what a French curve is, except as it applies to Charlotte Gainsbourg. A French curve is the generic term for a set of templates design-engineers used, when drawing by hand, to replicate curves of differing radii. Computer Aided Design, with its obedient electrons, made French curves redundant in Formula One car design around 25 years ago. Adrian Newey still has a set of French curves in his office-studio. He also has a vast, parallel-action drawing board, exactly as I remember from childhood visits to my fathers factory, a place of gloomy romance that smelled of hot oil. The very last time I saw a drawing board like Neweys was in Terrazzano di Rho, near Milan, visiting the carrozzeria of Zagato in 1990. At the time they still had artisans in leather aprons bashing metal in the dark and the guys at the drawing




Born Stratford-Upon-Avon, December 26, 1958

Educated Repton School, Derby University of Southampton, BA Aeronautics and Astrophysics, 1980 Career Fittipaldi F1, 1980 March Engineering, 1981 Williams F1, 1990 McLaren, 1997 Red Bull Racing, 2005 The only designer to have won the Constructors Championship with three different teams. In 2010, Red Bull Racings double Championship year, he contributed to Sony PlayStations Gran Turismo 5. On joining Red Bull Racing in 2005, team principal Christian Horner told The Guardian Given the choice of Adrian Newey or Michael Schumacher, Id go for Adrian every time.

boards were wearing white lab coats. What I am saying is that Adrian Newey likes to draw. Its the way he thinks. We get our word design from the Latin designare which means to mark out. Lots of claims have been made, not least by me, for the importance of design in technology, culture and business. Sometimes, the effect is mixed. Dieter Rams created superlative product designs for the Braun electrical company in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Applying Bauhaus principles to a food processor or record player, he created objects of exquisite, absolutist, pre-minimal perfection. Rams raised Brauns international profile and prestige and became hugely influential. He was a huge influence on Jonathan Ive. Yet Rams beautiful designs were impractical in use and

expensive to manufacture. So much so that production engineers at Braun groaned about the Rams Ausschlag or the Rams Surcharge: the extra cost of getting something impractically beautiful into production. It is completely different with Adrian Newey. So far from adding a cost, his design his balancing of trades brings a premium benefit. An American once defined design as the cash value of art. Maybe success in a Grand Prix is the ultimate example of that idea. So, Formula One design inches its way up the tightening helix of invention, exploiting more advantage in ever smaller areas. The great ideas are easy to copy; more difficult to imitate are the modest, successive improvements that come with careful development. Its all

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about the increments. Progress, perhaps, lies in the infinite capacity for taking very great pains over very small matters. Remember: a quantum is the smallest possible measurement. Thus, a quantum leap is a very small, but significant, event. This is a business of quantum leaps. Formula One is, above all, a sport (or maybe an art?) of percentages. So the fantastic spectacle of a Grand Prix in all its blur of noise, deafening colour and plethoric vulgarity is made possible by painstaking work with a set of French curves and a good deal of pondering. And a billion spectators are regularly stupefied by this brilliant edition of everyday mechanical facts. Research, Newey and I agree, in concluding our conversation, is a matter of not being absolutely certain where you are going. But being determined to explore. In this sense I found Newey a little like an intrepid Victorian lady traveller whose ambition was very simple: to comprehend the full truth of every subject. In their case, Niagara Falls, in Neweys, a Gurney flap.;



ressed in muddy running gear, Nick Ashley-Cooper, the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, bears no resemblance to the gilt-framed oil paintings of former earls that flank him as he walks through his ancestral home in Dorset. Hes a lord fit for the 21st century: at 32 hes a former club-night promoter who knows his way around a pair of decks, and is also the first English aristocrat to have taken part in some of the worlds most testing ultra-marathons. The future of the neglected 17thcentury pile Ashley-Cooper calls home now rests with him, after prohibitive running costs have seen it fall into disrepair over the past 50 years. He has taken on this mammoth task with gusto dealing with crumbling walls and dry rot. Not only does the building need attention, but each room contains centuries of heirlooms. They lie in disarray. Ashley-Cooper stands in the library, leaning on a desk cluttered with old photographs and papers, including an inventory of paintings from 1869 referencing historic friends of the family Handel, Milton, Cromwell. A copy of Whos Who 1922 lies on a dust-covered chair from the coronation of King George VI in 1937, next to rows of faded books that line the many shelves and lie in piles on the floor, their pages disturbed by the cool April breeze finding its way in through empty window panes. But Ashley-Cooper has proved hes able to meet far tougher challenges than merely bringing order to

chaos. A horse riding accident in 2009 damaged his spinal cord and almost left him paraplegic, but he has battled back to regain his mobility. As part of his plan for the estate, he is breaking with tradition this month and opening it to the public for the first time, raising money for charities including one benefiting those who have suffered similar injuries. The inaugural Great Shaftesbury Run, a simultaneous 10km race and a half marathon, will mark the start of what Ashley-Cooper hopes will be a brighter future for the property, and himself. Weve got some work to do, he says, an understatement delivered with customary calm. But Ive learned not to look at the whole task I focus on one thing at a time and just chip away. Its a coping strategy that AshleyCooper had to employ even before his accident, as the circumstances that made him lord of the manor owe more to tragedy than tradition. In 2004 he led a life far from the rural responsibilities he has inherited, working as a successful techno DJ and promoter in New York. But then the unimaginable happened. In November 2004, his father, the 10th Earl of Shaftesbury, was murdered in the French Alps on the orders of his third wife. Then, shortly after his body was discovered, Ashley-Coopers older brother and heir to the title, Anthony, visited Nick in Manhattan, where he suffered a fatal heart attack. In just a few months, Nick Ashley-Coopers life had changed completely, as he struggled

One small step

After inheriting his title in tragic circumstances, the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury is intent on dragging his estate into the 21st century, taking ultramarathon discipline as his inspiration
Words: Ruth Morgan Photography: Thomas Butler

Marathon challenge: Nick Ashley-Cooper is intent on turning his ancestral home into a heritage asset, beginning with a charity run this month


to cope with both the tragic losses and the implications of inheriting a title he never thought would be his. You never know how youre going to respond when tragedy strikes, he says. life condenses down to simple things and what matters is your family and the people close to you. I never expected to be in this position, but when it happened the decision of whether or not to come home became so simple when its your turn to represent the big history this family has, theres no hesitation. on returning to london in 2006, Ashley-Cooper began the difficult transition from DJ to lord. The asymmetric hairstyle he sported during his time in the uS became a more conventional short back and sides, and a tattoo on his forearm is now the only visible reminder of his old life. He began a two-year MBA at a london business school and, free of his nocturnal DJ existence, took up running. In 2008 he ran the london Marathon, followed later that year by his first ultramarathon, a punishing race more than 155 miles long, held over seven days in the Sahara Desert. I went from running one marathon to doing a marathon every day for four days, then a double marathon, then a 10k at the end, he says. Thats how an ultramarathon maps out. Youre pushing yourself to a place you have no concept of. You find you can push through situations you thought you couldnt. Ashley-Cooper also met his future wife, a German vet named Dinah with a passion for horse riding, in london. He began taking riding lessons, keen for the two of them to make the most of the picturesque 5,000-acre Dorset estate.


hen on a frosty autumn day in 2009, his life was changed again. While on a ride in the grounds, a rabbit spooked Ashley-Coopers horse, which bolted, throwing him off. It was bucking and going crazy, he says. I landed on my coccyx, crunching my spine. I had no idea at the time what Id done, but I found out later Id broken my back. My l1 vertebrae cracked and a fragment came off and bruised my spinal cord. I had never known that level of pain. Ashley-Cooper required surgery

You never know how Youre going to respond until tragedY strikes

to fuse the broken vertebrae with those when everyone else had rested and above and below, and had metal screws eaten. You just go to bed and get up to and a rod inserted. He had severe nerve do the same thing again for another 11 damage to his legs, but he knows the hours. Your mind goes through all sorts outcome could have been much worse. of ways to make it oK to give up. But The differences between a person who you have to mentally break it down becomes paralysed and one who doesnt and put one foot in front of the other. are so minute I was very lucky, he says. Ashley-Cooper made it to the finish My recoverys still ongoing, but I look line after seven arduous days, and was at it as a positive thing, as strange as given the Spirit Award to recognise his that sounds. Being faced with losing my brave efforts. Having now completed mobility has given me a sense of whats ultramarathons in the Sahara, Namib important. Its made me passionate and Atacama deserts, he is qualified to about supporting people with spinal compete in Antarctica next year, and is cord injury, through signed up for an event charities such as Wings in Nepal this autumn. For life, a spinal cord I still have time to research foundation bail out, he laughs. which will benefit My body isnt what from the Great it was, but then the Shaftesbury Run. moment you stop Four months were believing is the spent in and out of moment you bring out hospital, not knowing the walking stick, so how much mobility part of me thinks hed regain, hoping I should keep going. his nerves would Ashley-Coopers recover and using next outing is the Pilates to improve more manageable half flexibility in his back. marathon distance at Psychologically its the Great Shaftesbury tough, as no one can Run later this month, give you answers, the first of his plans Nick Ashley-Coopers father, the 10th he says. Things you for the estate in the Earl of Shaftesbury, was murdered take for granted, like Dorset village of in France in 2004. His third wife was going the loo, were Wimborne St Giles to found guilty of arranging the killing impossible. The nerves come to fruition. You controlling many of my can no longer look at leg muscles were damaged up to 70 per these houses purely as homes, he says. cent, so signals werent going through. Its a heritage asset for the whole But Ashley-Cooper is nothing if country, so now I need to safeguard it. not tenacious. After five months of our strategy is to throw open the doors improvement, though still hobbling, he and say were open for business. Music decided to enter another ultramarathon, festivals, weddings, corporate events, this time in Chiles Atacama Desert. they all lend themselves to this location. I still walk very flat-footed and I dont Ashley-Coopers family history will really run as it puts so much strain on continue in a modern manor befitting my body, he says. But I had been signed a lord who has broken the mould. And up for the 2010 Atacama race, which I for the first time in years, its a welcome missed, so it felt like unfinished business. challenge he faces. As I go through all And theres no better way to appreciate this restoration, I feel my brother with having legs than by using them. me, encouraging me and supporting me, In March, Ashley-Cooper flew to Chile he says. Now Im here with my wife and after eight months of training. At the my son, Anthony, who was born this start line he was faced with 250km of the year, it feels so positive and theres such a worlds toughest terrain, to be covered sense of looking to the future. A son and one painful step at a time, carrying all heir has been born, the house is being his supplies on his back. It wasnt a race restored, it feels like good times ahead. against anyone else, it was just get to We have lots going on, but now Im just the finish line, he says. From day one focused on making this run a success. I was struggling. I took so much longer Just as he has always done, the young than everyone else, walking for 11 hours earl is taking things one step at a time. The Great Shaftesbury Run is held on June 12. each day. Psychologically it was difficult getting into camp when it was dark,

Wild West Waverider

The mystical allure of Irelands west coast has drawn tourists for generations. Now its untamed Atlantic waves are pulling in a tiny, but ultra-dedicated band of hardcore surfers
Words: Anthony Rowlinson Photography: Mickey Smith


Splendid isolation: Off Irelands west coast lies a surfing paradise unreachable to all but the most passionate, most committed riders. Cold Atlantic waters, cliffs, bad weather these obstacles are forgotten in the beauty of moments such as this



he jet-black Jet Ski sputters to a halt half a mile offshore. Out of gas, water in the pipes Trouble, whatever. Mickey Smith and his small crew of surfing buddies are now powerless and bobbing around in the deep, dark, leaden Atlantic swells off the Aran Islands that sit near Irelands west coast, somewhere between the city of Galway in the north and the town of Kilkee to the south. Theres no script for this. Their craft is kaput; the coast a fiercehard half-hour paddle away. Grey skies, big seas, no one watching out for them. Nothing for it but to lash the ski to a buoy and make a break for the shore, catching any wave that might help. Bedraggled, core-cold and chattery-toothed, they drag themselves towards the slate-dark rocks that pass for a beach where they wash up and, after a treacherous clamber, head inland. Even on shore theres no swift respite from the jagged chill: their only option is to shamble along a track and hitch a ride any ride and then find some shelter. A passing farmer takes pity back of the van to a pub: a messed-up crew of surfers who might have drowned if things had worked out worse. They filled us with soup and Guinness and whiskey, Mickey chuckles. They took pity on us, they could see we were in a bad way. He pauses, with a trace of a sheepish smile on his lips as he surveys the hardscrabble landscape were trucking through in his surf-wagon Ford: Then we had to ask them for a ride out to rescue our ski. Generosity and bemusement earned them a lift, later, with a local fisherman who moaned all the way then told the lads: You tied your Jet Ski to my buoy. So its mine before cracking into a mile-wide smile and towing them all home, ski n all.

The joys of surfing waves such as Aileens, which breaks at the foot of the Cliffs of Moher, arent easily bestowed. A perilous hike (below, left), or a Jet Ski (below), is needed to get close to many of the best waves. And the danger of such powerful swell is always apparent; Mickey Smith (opposite) takes five with some of his camera equipment. Note flippers, The Surfers Journal and waterproof camera cases


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Hard, black, cold, powerful, mighty, Atlantic Guinness These are just some of the words Mickey Smith has used to describe the surf that has become his lifes guiding passion. Theres another: beauty


ondi, this aint. nor is it the gold Coast, nor SoCal, nor the Mentawai islands, Jeffreys Bay, Bali, hawaii this is a different kind of surf paradise: an idyll for the few (the very few) to whom it makes sense; a watery hell for those who yearn for sunny dreamscapes of blue skies and perfect breaks. For all its elemental magnificence, irelands west coast is fickle, cold (did we mention already how cold it is?), unwelcoming and just hard, hard, hard. its a dangerous place; deadly, even, and fittingly wrapped in myth. Celtic legend has it that the ancient rulers of this land, the tuatha d danann, tried to escape the arrival of Christianity by turning themselves into horses and hiding in local caves. generations later, seeking freedom, they plunged to their deaths in the sea, their spirits captured in the waves. history more concrete is that of the Spanish Armada, sections of which ran aground in 1588, depleted and broken, after violent storms, at a spot now known as Spanish Point. Although far from home, the survivors believed they would be safe, at least, on Catholic soil. All were slaughtered. Mickey Smith is driving through this storied hinterland towards the Cliffs of Moher, six miles or so north of lahinch (An leacht), a wee town blessed by a graceful sandy arc of beach that forever smiles at the surly Atlantic. its a nascent west ireland surf hub, whose board shops and emerging cafe culture are the tangibles of surfdom, which is slowly creeping up on lahinchs more established golf holiday trade (its home to 18 of the countrys most popular holes). this is where surf groms come to learn; where old hands get an easy kick and where, once in a while, records are set: on May 14, 2006, 44 surfers rode the same wave, upping the 42-mark set in rio de Janeiro a year earlier. these beguiling sands arent for Mickey though. At 30, he has spent two of his three decades surfing and half his life searching the world for his version of truth on a wave. When i was a kid, my mums boyfriend was a musician and there were always musicians going through the house, he says. i picked up various instruments and i was in bands playing three nights a week by the time i was 11. So by 16, when i left school, id saved enough cash to take off. i just hit the road. And then some his road stretched all the way to the other side of the world, western Australia, where teenage Mickey fell in with surfers, travellers, musicians. none of it was planned, he says. i just rolled with it. My mum [Sue]s a teacher, and she always encouraged me to follow what i believed in and not what i was taught in school. So i stayed in Australia for a few years, but wherever i went, surfing was the driver. it was always Wheres the next mission? Where can we go that people arent going? there was just a little unit of us who travelled together and we had the same mind-set: we were looking for the same, really specific things heavy waves, isolated places and being up for putting in hard yards to make it happen. it had to be people who could see the possibilities in something, rather than saying nah. Mickey, a Penzance Cornishman from a family of pirates moved from Australia through iceland, tahiti, the Azores islands and Madeira, all the while experiencing each location as intensely, as intimately, as he could and documenting all he saw with his lens. his love of photography was born of

We were looking for specific things: heavy waves, isolated places


a desire to record the magic beauty of moments he was experiencing in the water, and hed been tinkering with cameras since getting his first, a gift, aged nine. Even when i was younger, id go for a surf and then id go back out with a camera, says Mickey. id always be in the water thinking thats beautiful, and id just have to shoot something. its amazing to be able to try to convey that side of it. theres some kind of spark of divinity when youre right up close to the elements, something that you cant put your finger on, but that you identify with. i like to feel in awe of it and to be happy im in that state a sense of wonder that little kids have. this simple, instinctive desire kept Mickey travelling for more than a decade, until, one day, a funny thing happened. returning for a season to irelands west coast a place where hed experienced a special harmony since his first hike there aged 17 he stopped. here, for the first time in his life, he felt a sense of homecoming, of spiritual belonging, that had always proved elusive before. the coast here has so much potential for incredible waves, he says, and the experiences ive had over the years have convinced me of that. the culture here is so similar to where i grew up in Cornwall that i felt relaxed, without a need to go off on another adventure. there are enough adventures on my doorstep every day. hes about to prove it: threading his black transit van through narrow lanes better suited to mountain bikes (and chased at every farm gate by Border Collies that seem to identify the van as a large, lost sheep), Mickey climbs closer and closer to what appears to be a range of hills. yeah, but theres nothing on the other side. Just a sheer, 200m drop. hes not kidding: were looking from the land side at the Cliffs of Moher, a range of sandstone precipices that mark in the most dramatic fashion the edge of this part of County Clare. out of the van and Mickey leads us across a field, ducking under some wires intended to halt overly

Clockwise from above: freeze-frame captures the majesty of the Irish Atlantic, cold and Celtic: there are sunshine breaks, here, too just not so many; Mickey Smiths nephew, Riley, after whom he has named one of his favourite, most isolated waves; winter surfing off Ireland demands a heavy wetsuit and body armour


that, theres a sense of wonder and of being exposed to the elements. it gives you a feeling of humility and a sense of how fragile you are. People are so wrapped up in their own worlds with a sense of security. But you only have to look at what happened in Japan. thats real natural power. in a small sop to Aileens might, theres now a survival box tucked on a rock, above the water line where Aileens breaks, containing fluids, a survival blanket, some chocolate enough to get a stranded surfer (maybe, one unfortunate day, Mickey or McCarthy) through the night. When the weathers bad thered be no getting close to you, says Mickey, and a helicopter definitely couldnt winch down those cliffs in a storm.

its dangerous, of course. But beyond that, theres wonder
curious tourists in their tracks, and shouts (its very windy): BASE-jumpers love it here! on all fours, we creep to the precipice and peek over at raw Atlantic fury, smashing into the unyielding shoulders of ireland. thats Aileens, bellows Mickey, using one hand to hold his bobble hat, the other to grab grass and hang on. its one of the best waves in the world. laurens is another, just down the coast. And what a wave! Aileens is beautiful and huge. Even from 200m up, its scale and curvature are manifest, as are its speed, power and the ferocity with which it rolls in, backed by the heft of the Atlantic ocean, before slamming into the foot of the cliffs. Surf that? down there? its only in the past four years, in fact, that Aileens has been surfed and even then only when Mickey, in a small team that included local surf legend John McCarthy, decided theyd never rest till theyd tried this wave. i was hiking the coast in winter when i saw these explosions from the base of the cliffs and i figured there had to be a really special wave breaking down there. But i couldnt see it properly, he says. McCarthy thought Mickey had imagined Aileens, until, months later in another heavy swell, he saw the same himself. With a Jet Ski, extreme caution and a great deal of patience, they were the first to taste Aileens salty embrace. And it was instantly apparent this was no ordinary wave. Apart from its sheer power, there was the very obvious risk of being smashed to death after a loss of balance, or a wrong choice of line. of course its dangerous, says Mickey in a soft lilt completely at odds with a man who rides such deadly giants. But beyond

ickey Smith, photographer, surfer, musician, traveller, is the closest thing to a free spirit youre likely to encounter in the money-hurried 21st century, and hes unblinkered about the fact that a life spent chasing epic surf, rather than a buck, could never be for everyone. im very lucky with some of the people ive met through the years, he reflects. like my landlord, Antoin, who lets the rent roll for a month if im skint or will put some of my pictures up in his restaurant so they might sell. its clear that cash is of little interest to Mickey, except in as much as a certain amount is needed to keep him eating, surfing, searching. And that clarity of purpose, a singularity of vision, is frequently expressed through the muscular lyricism of his photographs, a small selection of which grace these pages. But its actually best articulated by the simple, determined act of living the life he chooses on terms that arent dictated by boss or bank; rather, by nature. its this article of faith that ensures his quest for the ultimate wave goes on. in the middle of winter its pretty hard to get motivated, he admits. youre in a six-mill wetsuit, with gloves, hood and boots, but the waters down to 6C, which means youre freezing whatever you do, even without the windchill. So unless youre really, really passionate, its not going to happen. it has to be a natural thing, like getting out of bed. And you never know when things might change, so you always have to be respectful. he laughs off injuries, such as the broken arm which took four months to heal. or those to friends whove broken legs and backs. i guess its part of what i do and you try to put it to the back of your head, he says. Sometimes its really serious and on some waves theres a chance of death. When you start, its not in your mind, but when you do hear of it happening to someone, maybe a friend somewhere else in the world, its pretty horrific. Were such a small unit here that we really look out for each other. Fingers crossed itll never happen

few miles south of lahinch, through farmland, past Quilty, the cliff-tops rise again and the coastline once more makes a brutal interface with the Atlantic. Mickeys driving to a wave hes christened rileys, after his two-and-a-half-year-old nephew, whose mother, Mickeys sister, Cherry, died last year. She became ill during pregnancy and subsequently contracted MrSA. this, Mickey explains, is a special place, discovered only after miles and months of hiking, looking for a wave sufficiently isolated, sufficiently difficult, sufficiently unlikely ever to attract a crowd, to honour the memory of his late sister. She always wanted to know what i was doing, where i was. And this is what its all about. its a spooky place. But i love it.
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An acclaimed new film of the life and death of Ayrton Senna has just been released in the UK. The Red Bulletin speaks to the man whose passion made it happen
Words: Anthony Rowlinson

the lost action hero


Ayrton Senna was everything. At least, thats how it felt to a gifted, though directionless teenager. A kid who was outstanding at school, but uncertain where best to channel his talents. Hero, idol, inspiration, obsession, Senna was all these things and more to Manish Pandey (right), a surgeon-turned-filmmaker who can now assert with confidence that a fixation bordering on the maniacal with the late, fabled, three-time Formula One World Champion wasnt simply the easily dismissed distraction of an angst-ridden adolescent. For it has led Pandey to create a featurelength portrait of Senna that is as beautiful as it is powerful, as moving as it is thrilling, and one that has deeply touched those lucky enough already to have enjoyed preview screenings. Senna, which won the 2011 Cinema Audience Award for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, was released in the UK on June 3. Much more than a motor racing documentary, its a work of passion about a man demonised by some, though feted by millions. Its a lesson in sporting history (though hardly an impartial one) to those who may be aware of the Senna name, but who fail to understand why he continues to cast such an enormously long shadow over the sport he came to dominate in the late 80s and early 90s. Its an achingly bittersweet reminder of what was lost on May 1, 1994, when Senna, driving for the Williams team at the San Marino Grand Prix, was killed in a 190mph accident that has yet to be definitively explained. This much will become apparent to anyone who pays the requisite coin over the coming months to


Tokens of remembrance: Tributes from fans cover an image of senna on a wall at Imola, the track where one of f1s greatest drivers lost his life


watch a wonderful film. What will remain hidden, unless those moviegoers choose to seek further, is the tale of devotion that led to its making. like his hero, Pandey, the films executive producer, always considered himself an outsider, but whereas there was never any question as to why Senna had been put on earth, Pandey took longer to reach a comfortable conclusion on that thorny topic. More than anything I wanted to be a fighter pilot, he relates, but my eyes went when I was 18, so that was that. As an Indian boy raised in a family of doctors and medics, hed always been conscious of an expectation that he would do well and, accordingly, he excelled at school: a straight-A scholar through O- and A-levels; then a year off, to try to work out what to do with his life, and the whole default thing came up, which was why dont you study medicine? So he did, at Cambridge. People would always tell me what a good basis medicine could be for later life, even if I didnt pursue it as a career. But I knew straight away, as soon as I got there, that this wasnt where my heart was. His private passion, one that he would share only with those he knew would understand him, was Formula One, and more specifically, Ayrton Sennas majestic lead role in that thrilling global contest delivered fortnightly, chapter by epic chapter. Pandey was also a movie junkie, capable of relating obscure facts about minor screen classics. Medicine, it seemed, was almost the day job. The true calling lay elsewhere. He nevertheless persevered with his studies, eventually, he says, falling in love with the subject. He began his professional medical career in london but restless screenplay voices in his head were screaming for an outlet. I started writing my scripts were all rubbish, of course, but after a couple of years a friend of a friend read one and really liked it and got me introduced to an agent. Big break? No. Nothing happened at all, despite me thinking that by having an agent everything would get easier. The real big break came at a cashpoint, one evening in londons Kensington High Street, when a somewhat star-struck Pandey turned

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senna: star of f1
1. In 1988, senna, in the mcLaren mP4/4, took his first drivers title, beating team-mate alain Prost with eight wins to Prosts seven. 2. always an advocate of safety, senna talks to former f1 medical chief Professor sid Watkins, the man who would later attend sennas fatal crash. 3. senna joined Lotus in 1985 and the team celebrated at the brazilian GP in rio. 4. sennas time at Lotus wasnt always a happy one. He failed to finish in the monaco GP of 1985. Hes pictured here with team-mate elio de angelis, who died in a testing accident in 1986. 5. senna had plenty of british fans. Here they show their support at the british GP at silverstone in 1988, which senna won, using all his considerable wet-weather skills, ahead of nigel mansell. 6. senna had one of the most intense expressions of any driver of his era and it was echoed in the intensity of his on-track style



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from the hole-in-the-wall and literally bumped into Shekhar Kapur, whose films include such big box-office numbers as Elizabeth. Despite being told, you cant have my autograph, Pandey grabbed his opportunity with Senna-like conviction and the two got talking corresponded with increasing frequency met up over the next couple of years and became fast friends. Through his exhaustive movie-biz connections, Kapur would secure an introduction for Pandey at Working Title films (which would eventually produce Senna), to discuss his screenplay for an Indian makeover of Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. The script never made the cutting room, as an Austen-meets-Bollywood rival Bride and Prejudice got there first. Pandey did, however, get friendly with Natascha Wharton, then an executive producer at Working Title, who, a couple of years later, would become his wife. This was 2002, and by now writing was elbowing aside medicine. Pandey has since scripted four rom-coms for Working Title, and Senna, his first produced film, is his fifth screenplay. There must have been some other X-factor to this one being the first to make it, he reflects, over mid-morning fruit and latte. The unsaid being, of course, his consuming passion for the subject. Pandeys odyssey in making Senna has been remarkable. As an outsider (that word again) trying to gain privileged access into a sport thats fearsomely difficult to crack, and then go further and try to gain Senna family help and support for the project (without which it could never have been made), Pandey has overcome huge obstacles over the past seven years. The key, he believes, is that a certain Bernie ecclestone, Formula One overlord and gatekeeper to the magical film archive of the sport, wanted the Senna story told and told well. ecclestones involvement, however, came relatively late into the project. Pandey takes us back seven years, to a meeting with a film producer called James Gay-Rees, who would become Pandeys closest partner on Senna. It was James who first started working on what we could call the earliest version of the film, says Pandey. His father used to work for JPS, which sponsored lotus in Formula One when Senna was there in 1985 and 1986. Hed tell James about this driver who was different, but James had no big interest, as he was massively into football. Something must have lodged, though. When Senna was killed, in 1994, Gay-Rees was working as a film producer in lA and a further subconscious mental note was made: My dad used to talk a lot about him. pool forward another 10 years and Gay-Rees is reading a Sunday Times article reflecting on Sennas loss, a decade on from Imola. In that moment, the dots were joined up and Gay-Rees committed to producing a documentary about his death, focused closely on three dark days in San Marino. Through a fortuitous twist Gay-Rees was working at the time with Pandeys by now


wife, Natascha, and mentioned the project to her, prompting a fateful: you have to meet my husband. They met. They got on. They got working. Several months and plenty of redrafts later, a settled, and quite different, script had been created one which would focus more on Sennas life than on his death and which would attempt to portray the volcanic emotional complexity of man who, like few before and arguably none since, raced with his heart on the sleeve of his fireproof Nomex race-suit. It was this script Working Title agreed to back and which, ultimately, has become Senna. To progress any further, however, agreement to support the project had to be sought from the Senna family, fiercely protective of their late sons reputation and guardians of the Ayrton Senna Foundation, a charity that relies almost exclusively on Ayrtons legend to generate funding. Pandey, unsurprisingly for a man who excelled as a history student, has total, minute recall of a particular trip to Brazil (one of several) to meet key members of Sennas family and the foundation most notably, Ayrtons sister, Viviane. By this stage, he says, we had already convinced other members of the foundation of our passion for the subject, and of our knowledge, but we still had to get Viviane on side. To aid their cause, Pandey and Gay-Rees had produced a mini-movie showing exactly how they wanted to proceed with the film proper, its tone and feel (parts of which made the final cut) and presented it to Viviane in So Paolo. I remember when she came into the room where we were waiting, and, Im not kidding, she looked like an Aztec goddess, wearing gold in the way that only Brazilian women can. She looked so beautiful and it was almost like Senna was in the room. It was the oddest atmosphere. We were late because of flight delays and we hadnt been able to set up our presentation properly, so we ended up sitting in a darkened room, Viviane next to me, watching it on my laptop with a couple of speakers attached. And bizarrely it became an incredibly intense experience. She started to cry straight away

emotional moment: manish Pandey visited sennas grave in so Paulo and placed a model of his mcLaren mP4/8 car beside it

senna is in cinemas from June 3:


I was only just holding it together myself and when they put the lights back on everyone in the room was crying. Viviane stood up and gave me this long hug and said you really knew my brother. That was an incredible experience for someone, like me, who had never met him. It hit me in the solar plexus. There was a further emotional journey a little later on the same visit. Aside from the business aspect of the itinerary, Pandey was desperate to visit Sennas grave in the Morumbi district of So Paolo. He and Gay-Rees went there together and their visit allowed Pandey to complete a very private, personal pilgrimage: since 1993 he had kept a small-scale model of the Mclaren MP4/8 car driven by Senna in his last year with that team. His feelings towards this totem had always been tainted by the knowledge that only a few months after buying it, his hero was dead. He stood at Sennas headstone, weeping openly, and placed this small toy car on top of Sennas grave, and in that moment, I remember saying to James: Whether the movie happens or not, this is the highest moment of my career, it was a real moment of completion. yet there was much more to come not least the agreement of ecclestone (secured in no small part with the help of a persuasive phone call from Viviane) to allow the full access to the Formula One film archive essential to make Senna in feature length. Virtual carte blanche inside the FOM (Formula One Management) vaults, the holiest of grails to a motorsport flimmaker, was granted for three weeks and this proved vital in defining the films final identity (as did the deft guiding hand of double-BAFTA-winning director, Asif Kapadia, who Pandey is swift to praise). One of Sennas hallmarks is the absence of talking heads, and while it contains audio interviews with relevant journalists and broadcasters to bring order and sense to key chronological passages, for 104 minutes all an audience sees is moving images of Senna, distilled from 15,000 original hours: from early karting battles with his greatest rival, Terry Fullerton; to behind-closed-doors political showdowns with Jean-Marie Balestre, the autocratic ex-head of governing body the FIA; to unseen footage of Sennas titanic and defining rivalry with Alain Prost, the four-time world champion whose relationship with Senna, firstly as his Mclaren team-mate, then as his rival at Ferrari, became explosive. Mention of Prost brings forth one of Pandeys few regrets about the films final edit. He believes it could have been more rounded, more balanced, in its portrayal of events that led these two legendary racers to fight so hard they drove each other off track. But this was never a film, says Pandey, where we were directing an actor or choosing who would be the best guy to play Senna. It was all real footage and because we were handling something with so much emotional energy, we didnt want to be accused of making a film about a mans death. People have said to me its ultimately a tragedy. But personally I think its a film about Sennas intense humanity. See it. youll agree.

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82 TRAVEL IDEAS An adventure paradise in France 84 FESTIVALS Our pick of the best 86 FOOD A chefs secrets and a recipe to follow 88 GET THE GEAR The things that aid a smooth take-off 90 TRAINING Tips from the pros 91 TAKE 5 The music Mark Ronson keeps going back to 92 BEST CLUBS Pacha, Ibiza 94 THE LIST 96 SAVE THE DATE 98 MINDS EYE

PhotograPhy: olivier laugero/red Bull content Pool

From a Lockhead P-38L (pictured) to a North American B-25J Mitchell, there are 14 vintage aircraft in Red Bulls Salzburg-based Flying Bulls fleet. Discover the things that keep them flying on page 88

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Good air days

flying high in Annecy

this months travel tips

Thanks to a perfect climate and topography for aerial- and watersports, Annecy in south-east France is a bona-fide action-adventure paradise

Whether youre flying in the skies above or roaming the old town known as the Venice of the Alps, being stuck for things to do in Annecy isnt likely

need to know
Fly: Geneva airport in Switzerland is a 40-minute car ride from Annecy town centre, or a on- anda half-hour journey by coach. Trains run from the airport to Annecy, with one change required. Stay: LImprial Palace hotel is as grand as its name implies, and offers fantastic views of Lake Annecys north shore. Eat: La Ferme du Pp restaurant in the village of Le Grand-Bornand, a short drive out of the town, is an Alpine haven of home-cooked French food and reasonably priced wine. Annecy-le-Vieux
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Theres only one way to truly take in the ancient forests, snow-capped mountains and crystal-clear lake of Annecy in south-eastern France, and thats to get airborne. The region is a centre for aerial sports, attracting those seeking their next high with its near-perfect climate for non-powered flight. And its not a playground exclusively for the aerially initiated; novices with a head for heights can be riding the thermals in minutes thanks to tandem flights in paragliders, hang-gliders or hot-air balloons. Not convinced? Here are eight reasons to opt for an adventure in the air.

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Get high with a little help from the French

Hitting the heights Its no coincidence that paragliding, an aerial sport using a harness attached to a fabric wing, was born 25 miles from Annecy in 1978. The Aravis and Bornes Massif mountain ranges around Lake Annecy provide an almost perfect climate for aerial sports, as thermals fed by air currents from the valleys allow novices to learn gently and experts to disappear off above the mountains.

Its only natural The 21,000 hectares of protected natural land in the Haute-Savoie region mean the views are more than worth taking off for. Paraglide from Planfait in nearby Talloires to catch a glimpse of Mont Blanc, or take a hot-air balloon flight from the village of Le Grand Bornand to sail over La Tournette, the areas highest peak, at 2,400m.

2 So fresh, so clean second Lake Annecy is Frances largest and Europes cleanest. In summer months it reaches a bath-like 24C, making it a popular spot for watersports, especially the aerial sport of kitesurfing. It also provides a soft landing option for beginners in paragliding or hang-gliding, and professionals practising more acrobatic aerial manoeuvres.

Aerial infrastructure Nature isnt to thank for all of Annecys charms. Local authorities have embraced aerial sports and provided some of the best facilities in Europe. There are now 70 equipped take-off points at diverse locations, with mats allowing easier take-offs for all fliers, including those with disabilities. With 150,000 take-offs each year, they have also taken the step of introducing their version of air traffic controllers at popular points such as Montmin.

While hot-air ballooning above Annecy is quite relaxing, snowkiting is anything but

Theres also a forest adventure trail and the chance to try the new sport of speed-riding

Professional playground As an aerial sport paradise, Annecy is home to some of the worlds best airborne athletes, including paragliding world champion Elisa Houdry, and some of the most experienced instructors. Its possible to watch the pros in action at contests held throughout the year, such as last months Red Bull lements, a multi-sport event including aerial sports, and next months national paragliding competition in La Clusaz.

Great outdoors The sheer number of sports and pastimes on offer in Annecy means a day without flight wont be dull. From sailing to scuba diving, the lake is a hive of activity in warm weather, as is the cycling track created from an old rail line that runs the length of the lake and beyond. And during winter, the Annecy/Aravis mountain region offers 155 miles of ski runs that have made it a strong candidate to host the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Its no slave to the seasons Whenever the desire to take to the sky arrives, Annecy can oblige. Traditionally thought of as summer sports, paragliding, hang-gliding and hot-air ballooning can be enjoyed here all year round. And in winter, speed riding, an exhilarating new sport combining skiing and paragliding, and snowkiting snowboarding with a large wing allowing uphill travel further swell the aerial options.

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Work, rest and play When it comes to aprs-fly options, Annecys old town, known as the Venice of the Alps thanks to its two canals, offers numerous restaurants and cafes. Theres also the Chteau de Menthon-SaintBernard, said to have been the inspiration for Walt Disneys trademark castle. Annual events include the Annecy International Animation Festival, which brings the Hollywood A-list to town in June, and the Talloires Pyroconcert, a music festival with fireworks in August.


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Mean Beats of Europe

June 16-18 Barcelona, Spain The Mecca for all electronic aficionados, who make the pilgrimage to Barcelona every June to see an eclectic array of concerts and DJ-gigs in a museum courtyard in the daytime, and then party on into the night at a massive exhibition centre on the outskirts of the city. Acts: Underworld, M.I.A., Apparat, Aphex Twin, Die Antwoord, Discodeine, Jackmaster. Take: Speedos theres usually an ad hoc beach party hosted by the festival DJs when the festival ends on the Sunday night. Avoid: Staying too long at the exhibition centre. Thousands of dancers storm the handful of end-of-the-night shuttles. Web:


July 910 Amsterdam, Netherlands Pitch takes the form of two nights of sizzling hip-hop beats, futuristic soul and jazz from outer space in northern Amsterdam. By day you should cycle over to Rush Hour one of the best record shops in Europe. Acts: Crystal Fighters, Buraka Som Sistema, Flying Lotus, Jamie Woon, Siriusmo, Chromeo, The Gaslamp Killer. Take: The Booty Shaking for Beginners handbook. Youll be very glad of it at the hotly anticipated Buraka Som Sistema gig. Avoid: The Best Coffee-Shop if all you really want is a bog-standard cappuccino Web:

Pitch Festival

Festivals From helsinki to rome, the continent has switched on to electronic music festivals in a big way. heres our sweep of the bleeps

Whistles, glowsticks and techno thats what electronic music festivals used to be like. and even if our parents still call them raves, the range of digital music and related events on offer has increased enormously. today youll only find neon workmens overalls being worn at a village disco. the snar Festival in barcelona the mother of pulsating festivals is all about taking pop further. Whether its a dJ, band or laptop producer, whether dubstep, digital rock or house, the artists in attendance will be showcasing the very latest music. similar festivals are springing up all over europe. The Red Bulletin has chosen the best eight and drawn up a summer timetable. Plus we introduce a piece of future-music per festival (see right for our very own summer mix-tape). ysee, festivals arent always about testosterone, leather jackets and guitar solos, and all the better for it they are too.

June 30-July 3 Vienna, Austria

Prater Unser

A former sauna called Prater was converted into a club two years ago and the area surrounding this hipster mother ship has been Viennas partying epicentre ever since. The Prater Unser festival is being held for the second time this year and sees one of Viennas landmarks the Giant Ferris Wheel transformed into an airborne night club. Acts: Martyn, Secret Sundaze, Rustie, Cosmin TRG, Visionquest, Tiger & Woods. Take: Bowling shoes. While Prater Unser is on, the Brunswick Bowling Alley close by turns into a night club for one night only. Avoid: Dont opt for a midnight snack of Lngos. The fatty doughy treats may be a common sight on the Prater food stalls, but youll regret eating them in the morning. Web:

July 15-16 Rijeka, Croatia


Known to many as the little sister of Serbias Exit Festival, Hartera offers the perfect combination of beach holiday and culture trip. The location a dilapidated paper mill situated right on the harbour creates the industrial feel that goes with the music by night; a Bloody Mary at a beach cafe helps you get going by day. Acts: Trentemller, James Holden, Fairmount, Hercules and Love Affair, Petar Dundov, Brodinski, DJ Feadz. Take: Time to go island-hopping in the Adriatic Sea after the festival: Cres and Krk are just a short distance offshore. Avoid: Being too last-minute. The location is a bit outside Rijeka, so leave your hotel early or book into the hostel nearby. Web:

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Soundtrack of the Summer

We pick a track from each festival line-up to create the perfect summer mix-tape of the most pulsating electronic pop music
1. Discodeine Synchronize This young Paris duo bring together the vocals of Pulps Jarvis Cocker and a string-infused disco melancholy. This track is a highlight of their self-titled debut album. 2. Lone Animal Pattern British newcomers Lone come up with euphoric techno music as frazzled as it is abstract. The super-catchy twist comes in the form of some captivating melodies. 3. Buraka Som Sistema Hangover The Portuguese dance act combines Angolan Kuduro sounds with quirky electro, guaranteed to bring any party to life. Their brand-new track is proof of that. 4. Hercules and Love Affair Painted Eyes Having reinvented disco with their hit Blind, the New York bands most recent single, Painted Eyes, will have endorphin cups running over once again. 5. Space Dimension Controller Old Spacey New synth experiments from outer space elegantly combined with distilled house beats by 20-year-old wonder producer Jack Hamill from Northern Ireland. 6. Brandt Brauer Frick Teufelsleiter In the most successful crossover project of the year, this German trio marry together lush orchestral instrument sounds and harder techno beats. 7. Lykke Li Sadness Is a Blessing On her new single, the young Swede brings a 50s ballad bang up to date with noisy electronic sounds and a chorus to melt the hardest of hearts. 8. Diplo (Featuring Nicki Minaj, Sleigh Bells, Swedish House Mafia) One Kid The man behind Major Lazer is boldly working on the future of hip-hop, and as far as hes concerned, its going to sound as electrified as possible. You can listen to the mix-tape at

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July 22-23 Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy Concerts in an auditorium with seating provided, open-air DJ sets in the park Meet In Town, on the former Summer Olympics site in the north-west of the Italian capital, breaks down the divide between high culture and subculture. This, in a city which is already both a museum and modern metropolis, makes for a pretty unique music festival. Acts: Lamb, Zero 7, Primal Scream (performing Screamadelica), CocoRosie, Nicolas Jaar, Space Dimension Controller. Take: A picnic and blanket. The enchanting Villa Glori park is just a short walk away. Avoid: The stampede when electro posterboy Nicolas Jaar takes to the stage. Web:

Meet In Town

12-14 August Suvilahden vanha voimala, Helsinki, Finland Flow is the Johnny Depp of the summer festivals: environmentally aware and incredibly cool. Its been held on the site of an old power-station near the city centre since 2007. The line-up includes superstar rappers and the hippest electronic acts, and 2 from every ticket sold goes to the World Wildlife Fund. Acts: Kanye West, Q-Tip, Lykke Li, James Blake, Ryksopp, DJ Koze, Midlake. Take: Er, your birthday suit! You sauna naked here and theres a rather large sauna on the festival site, which is hardly surprising. This is Finland after all. Avoid: Booze. The alcohol-plus-sauna combo has been known to go to the heads of Flow Festival novices. Web:


Words: Florian obkircher. PhotograPhy: getty images (6), rex Features (1), claudio Farkasch (1), david roemer (1), daniel Jackson (1), hartera (1), FloW (1), anton corbijn (1), red bull content Pool (3). illustration: Julia PFaller

July 29-31 Pock, Poland


August 28-29 Notting Hill, London

Notting Hill Carnival

Pock was once the capital of Poland, and when it comes to electronic music, it still is. Around 14,000 house music fans flock to the banks of the River Vistula every July to dance at night, watch films in the open-air cinema on the Market Square in the evening and to admire the 12th-century architecture by day. Acts: Paul Kalkbrenner, Chris Liebing, DJ Marky, Brandt Brauer Frick, Stamina MC, The Qemists, Nu:Tone feat. Natallie Williams. Take: Patience. The nearest airport Warsaw is a three-hour train ride from the festival. Avoid: Liebing and Kalkbrenner will send the zombie and rave factor seriously sky-high. Web:

Started up by Londons Caribbean community in 1964, the Notting Hill Carnival is Europes loudest and most colourful street event. Steel bands and parades make their way through avenues lined with market stalls. There are soundsystems on every corner, which keep a million carnivalgoers dancing. Acts: Street bands and soundsystems such as Aba Shanti-I, Channel One and Major Lazer. Take: Indigestion pills. The soundsystems turn the streets into an ocean of bass, which can be pretty hard on the body. Avoid: Leaving London early on Sunday: the second day of the Carnival Monday is a bank holiday, so the party carries on. Web:


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the worlds best chefs

Unwind and dined

whos cooking at hangar-7?

EmmanuEl REnaut You dont just go to this restaurant to sate your hunger. You also go to learn a little, but mainly to relax

Emmanuel Renauts award-winning restaurant, Flocons de Sel, came about thanks to a spell of homesickness for La Belle France. In 1997, I took on the position as head chef at Claridges in London, he explains. The job was great, but I missed the mountains of home. So he said au revoir to England after a year and moved back to France, where he found the perfect location for his first restaurant, in Megve in the Savoy Alps. Renaut may cook classic French fare, but he likes it to be highly technical, to the extent of virtually disguising some dishes. So you might be served ravioli and only realise that its actually polenta when you taste it. Everything should look very simple on the plate, regardless of how much technology has gone into it, says Renaut. Im really not one to show off. Renauts hard work was rewarded with a second Michelin star in 2006. But he wanted more. Which is why he upped sticks in 2009, restaurant and all, and opened a hotel with a spa and cookery school a couple of miles outside Megve. People want more than just good food nowadays. They want peace and quiet too. Flocons de Sel gives them both.
Vegetable and herb mille-feuille

My PHiLosoPHy
Cosy Our hotel is fairly small, but thats what we wanted, says Renaut. That helps us get to know our guests a bit better and find out what they like. And it also means we dont just treat them like guests; we treat them like good friends or family members. Surprise Renaut doesnt just disguise his dishes; hes equally passionate about trying to experiment and play around with different aromas. So hell sometimes bring in a bitter or spicy twist to a dish when the guest least expects it. Makeover Now that hes moved his restaurant out to the country, the original Flocons de Sel in Megve has a new concept behind it and a new name: Flocons Village, a small brasserie serving simple, regional tasty specialities.

My RestauRant
Flocons de Sel 1775 Route de Leutaz 74120 Megve, France Were in the middle of the French mountains surrounded by forests, explains Renaut. Thats why we went for a classical style of decoration with lots of wood everywhere. That makes the place warm and cosy, but dignified at the same time. We dont want our guests to feel oppressed by too many frills.

Hangar-7s guest chef

Every month, a guest chef comes to the Ikarus Restaurant in Hangar-7, at Salzburg airport, and teams up with the permanent in-house kitchen staff to create two menus. The guest chef for June 2011 is double Michelin-starred Frenchman Emmanuel Renaut, who is head chef at Flocons de Sel in Megve, France. Find more information about Renauts menus and other guest chefs at Ikarus at To book a table and to make enquiries send an email to or call +43 662 219 77.



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national dishes to make at home

tastes of the world

Spicy South Pacific

Words: Klaus Kamolz. PhotograPhy: fotostudio eisenhut & mayer

All the way from Fiji, to your table

tHe ReciPe
Serves four: 600g white fish, either mahi-mahi, cod, sea bass, or sea bream, filleted 1tsp sea salt Juice of 3 lemons 2 green chillies 250ml coconut milk 1 sweet red pepper, finely diced 2 tomatoes, deseeded and finely cubed 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped 1tsp Tabasco sauce 2 coconuts 4 lettuce leaves

This recipe comes straight from the handbook of paradise-island clichs: fish from the local ocean, served in a coconut shell. Cool, refreshing and spicy, its tailor-made for the South Sea climate. The fish most commonly used to make kokoda is mahi-mahi, but thats not essential so long as your fish of choice is white. Pick from either sea bass, cod, or sea bream if you cant get hold of it. This dish of raw, marinated fish has long been a staple for tourists, but for locals, a kokoda supper often celebrates a good catch. And for any Fijian whos a long way from home, that taste of paradise is the one they most frequently pine for. In a recent interview printed in the Fiji times, a local businessman, who was chasing deals in India, was asked what he missed most about home: Fiji, of course, he said. And kokoda.

Skin the fish fillets and cut into pieces approximately 2cm long. Stir together with the salt and lemon juice in a plastic or glass bowl and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight. Deseed and finely chop the chillies. Before serving, stir in the other ingredients (chillies, coconut milk, pepper, tomatoes, onion, Tabasco sauce) and leave to infuse briefly. In the meantime, cut the coconuts in half and drain. Insert the lettuce leaves in the coconut halves and fill with Kokoda. In Fiji, the dish is often served with an exotic fruit salad.





MICHAEL MADER Having spent the last decade maintaining the vintage aircraft in Red Bulls Flying Bulls eet in Salzburg, the Austrian avionics engineer knows a thing or two about keeping planes up in the air

Ready for take-o

1 Ideal Aerosmith 1300 Series manual positioning table An oldie but a goodie: this comes with two axes of motion, one for tilting and the other for rotating the table so I can accurately calibrate a range of gyroscopic instruments, such as the altitude indicator. 2 Twine This is particularly handy for tying cables together securely. 3 Facom ratchet set For the nuts and bolts of my job; these are of the very highest quality. 4 Fluke 87 Series III digital multimeter For measuring everything from tension to resistance as well as things like electrical capacity, frequency and lots of other things. A much-used, vital item.

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5 & 5a DMC crimping tools I use these to crimp contacts on to cables (5) and coaxial wires (5a). 6 Weller WS-150 soldering station In daily use. Soldering is to avionics engineers what welding is to mechanics. 7 Safety wire pliers You really have to make sure things dont come loose on a plane, which makes for a lot of checking and tightening. As all mechanical parts are secured with fuse-wire, these pliers are the go-to tool for maintenance work. 8 Aeroflex IFR-4000 NAV/COMM test set This is used to gauge and calibrate things like avionics systems, radio and navigation equipment, and emergency transmitters. 9 Ludolph HPK67 compass Despite all the advances in navigation technology, pilots still use magnetic compasses. With a portable one, I can get my bearings before take-off. 10 Druck Air Data Test Set (505 model) This is used on the runway for testing and calibrating air information. This includes altimeter, air speed indicators, vertical speed indicators and air data computers. 11 Cable strippers I need an accurate pair: to keep weight down, cables can be just 1.15mm thick, with only 0.25mm left for insulation purposes. 12 North American B-25J Mitchell twin-engined medium bomber When I found out that the Flying Bulls had acquired this plane, in the late 1990s, I was working elsewhere, but I knew I had to end up working for the Flying Bulls. Their world was a world I had to get into.

Probably one of the most sought-after jobs an avionics engineer could hope for: Michael Mader takes care of the historic Flying Bulls fleet of aircraft in Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport




The weighting game

Being a champion volleyball player means Todd Rogers does a lot of lifting. He sent us his training schedule
Monday Practice: 2 hours at the beach Gym: 5min treadmill warm-up 3x10 half pull-ups 2x15 rotator cuff exercises with light dumbbells and tubing 2x5 forward lunges, left and right legs with 30kg and then 35kg dumbbells in each hand for first and second set 2x5 backward lunges (as above) 3x5 military press, alternating left and right arms with dumbbells from 22kg to 27kg 3x5 seated front shoulder raises, left and right arms with dumbbells from 9kg up to 13kg 3x5 standing lat raises: dumbbells in each hand, raising from 18kg through to 23kg 5x5 deltoid raises on a bench: dumbbells in each hand to 14kg 4x10 left and right side kneeling downward chops with a cable 4x10 left and right-side kneeling upward chops with a cable Tuesday Practice: 3 hours at the beach Wednesday Gym: 5min treadmill warm-up 3x10 half pull-ups 2x15 rotator cuff exercises 3x5 flat bench dumbbell lift 3x5 inclined bench dumbbell lift 3x5 one-arm cable pull-down 3x5 one-arm kneeling cable rows 4x10 medicine ball abs Thursday Track: 5x300m sprint at 50 seconds with 3 min rest in between each one Three laps of the field 80 yards of bounding 30 side-to-side jumps 25 squat jumps with 20lb weight vest 25 medicine ball sit-ups, where you catch a ball mid-sit-up 15 burpees with 10kg weight vest, and finishing with a jump 15 reverse hamstring curls Three laps of the stadium 25 one-leg jumps up the kerb Two-legged bounds to the top of the stadium, jumping to every 4th step; 21 jumps total Sprint up the stands Friday Practice: 2 hours at the beach Gym: 5min warm-up on treadmill, then: 3x10 half pull-ups 2x15 rotator cuff exercises Squats: sets of 5 with a 1sec pause at bottom of each squat Barbell squats: bar only x 15, then doing fewer reps going up the weights from 10 at 40kg up to 5 reps at 100kg 5x12 hamstring curls on machine, from 45kg up to 65kg 3x8 one-leg deadlift with dumbbells: 20kg, 27kg and 30kg 3x8 alternating dumbbell bicep curls: up to 20kg 3x8 two-arm reverse bicep curls on machine: 50kg, 52kg and 54kg 4x8 two-arm tricep push-down: up to 45kg 4x8 alternating dumbbell tricep extensions with one arm on bench: up to 16kg 4x10 alternating kneeling downward cable chops: up to 50kg 4x10 alternating upward cable chops: up to 25kg Saturday 45min jog at 8 min/mile pace Sunday Stair climber: 10min warm-up, 40min sprint with 1min sprints at 180 stairs per min and 1min active rest at 105-120 stairs per min, then a 10min cool down. Weights: warm-up with bar 10 times, then 40kg x 8, 60kg x 5 and then 80kg in 5 sets of 3. After each set, do 5 max jumps.


How to get net results


TODD ROGERS Thanks to a punishing regime on and off the sand, top beach volleyball pros Rogers and partner Phil Dalhausser rank among the worlds ttest athletes

Rogers personal secrets

Such an intense work-out deserves an equally powerful chill-out: Todd Rogers favours a weekly deep-tissue massage and a drink While Todd Rogers takes a trip to a sports chiropractor and massage therapist once a week after his track work-out, he also spends some time working out the kinks at home every night using a foam roller and a baseball. The roller acts like a deep tissue massage only not as good, he says. It works particularly well with the hamstrings, quads, IT bands and calves. The baseball gets deeper into the muscles than the roller can, he says, and it is especially effective for the glutes, back, calves and shoulders. And while massage is relaxing, Rogers also advises athletes to take the time to really chill out. Rogers favourite work-out? A glass of wine or a beer or two every Friday night. I call it my 12 fluid-ounce curl, he says.



Todd Rogers: not a fan of training on the track

Beach volleyball pair Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers are preparing for the sports world championships in Rome from June 13. The reigning US Olympic gold medallists and former world champs combine intense weight lifting sessions with hours of practice on sand. The hardest part? Thursdays on the track. It crushes the legs and lungs, and its a mental killer, says Rogers. If I can get through that, I can get through anything on the court.

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The Brand New Heavies People Get Ready I was 14 when the first Brand New Heavies record came out and it blew my mind. Suddenly there was Acid Jazz and this great young English resurgence of good soul music. I was listening a lot of heavy metal and hip-hop at that time, but this record was the first thing I heard that made me go back and discover all the original stuff. My older friends were like, oh, if you like The Brand New Heavies you should check out Roy Ayers or The Gap Band. People Get Ready was a real seminal record for me because it sent me on my path. The horn arrangements were heavily influential over the first 10 years of my production career.

Public Enemy Welcome To the Terrordome (Album: Fear of a Black Planet) That era of Def Jam records including stuff like LL Cool J or this Public Enemy record had a sonic energy, similar to metal bands like Pantera and Slayer. Welcome To The Terrordome has these great James Brown breaks layer upon layer. What a lot of white middle class kids like myself loved about rap is that you felt you werent supposed to be listening to it. It was kind of dangerous it was like being a voyeur.

Take Five

There wasnt one morning when we worked on Amys record I didnt listen to some Motown song
Mark ronson amy winehouse and adele owe their platinum records to this man. now the renowned producer reveals the music that gave him the impetus to skyrocket
words: florian obkircher. photography: alexei hay/sony Music

the music that influenced the musicians

Mark ronson is an indefatigable all-rounder. a guy who never seems to rest. the 35-year-old brit commutes between new york and london, juggling dJ gigs, live shows and recording studio appointments all over the world. he produces grammy award-winning albums for the likes of amy winehouse, robbie williams, adele or Q-tip, tours with his own outfit the business intl., runs a record label named allido, models for tommy hilfiger, or composes the score for movies such as the new russell brand comedy, Arthur. so how does ronson spend his (limited) spare time? well, he listens to music a lot, he says. here are some of the records that have stuck on his playlist.

Stevie Wonder I Was Made to Love Her When you say Motown its so easy to think of pop classics like Aint No Mountain High Enough, but theres also an era of Motown from 1964 to 1971 where they didnt make a bad record. I think there wasnt one morning when we worked on Amys record I didnt listen to some Motown song. Something like this track by Stevie Wonder, because its the more mono-ish scratchy 1966 era of recording where its a bit dirty, you can hear the mic is breaking up while hes singing. When we did Amys vocals, we did them a lot on this old RCA mic that has a lot of scratch and hiss in it, but that also gave it attitude and sentiment that wouldnt have come from just throwing up a good classic clean mic.

Blur Theres No Other Way This is simply an outstanding record combining Britpop melodies with a hip-hop influenced beat. When I first heard it I was like, what the heck, I wanna make music one day that sounds like this. And that has always been the touchstone for music I make all the way to now. Its just like if you have an amazing beat in the background and you have a great melody you cant go wrong really.

Tame Impala Innerspeaker Its my favourite record of the past year. We just toured with them in Australia and watched them every day before we went on stage. They have a similar aesthetic thing. It seems you dont have to necessarily sound like someone as long as you share the same palate.

Mark Ronson: Arthur (Soundtrack, Sony); Mark Ronson Fireside Chat:


Cherries, like those hangingd y more bo above the dance platform, are Pachas trademark

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Ricardo Urgell in the 60s. Mr Pacha is now 73

The club is a 15-minute walk from the port, but its lights mean you can see it long before you get there

Club SPeCial

A passion for Pacha

Ricardo, you opened your first club in 1967. What made you want to get involved in nightlife in the first place? I grew up in the 50s in Spain at the time the tourism industry took off. And it transformed the whole country, which was still suffering the effects of civil war, from being grey and sad to exciting and bikini obsessed [laughs]. As a teenager I spent my summers at Sitges, a seaside town south of Barcelona and thought whats missing here is a night spot for tourists. So in 1967 I opened my first disco there, originally called Pacha Sitges Vallpineda.

The besT parTy spoTs in The world

Pacha For almost four decades this club has been the undisputed number one on Europes insular party circuit. Founder and owner Ricardo Urgell reminisces about the early days and reveals the secrets of his success

Six years later you opened the flagship club in Ibiza. How did that come about? After the first season in Sitges, I went to Ibiza just because I wanted to discover the island. It was wonderful, so three years later I decided to open a place there. But even though I found a good property, it wasnt easy to get investors on board because there wasnt a lot of tourism in Ibiza back then. And the people from the island wondered who would go to this place as it was quite a way outside the village. But step by step we gained momentum.

What did Pacha look like in the beginning? you wont believe it, but in terms of architecture the first Pacha Ibiza was quite a traditional Ibizan building, like a country house. the place was 400 square metres and the locals thought that it looked like a shopping centre nowadays clubs are 10 times bigger. Tell us about the early days. the atmosphere was very nave and sweet. Back then, having a little amount of hashish meant a very big party. So, we were, like, 15 people pulling on a small

Erick Morillo on the decks. The house hero gets the Pacha Ibiza crowd going every Wednesday night

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The original Pacha Ibiza in 1973 and the clubs first poster

Pacha in profile
Ricardo Urgells Pacha universe includes 20 clubs all around the world, a hotel, radio stations, record labels and a music magazine. The centrepiece, though, is still the flagship club in Ibiza. Its an experience on six levels: five different floors and a mind-blowing rooftop terrace.

joint. For comparison, at that time Pacha was like Snow White, while now its a bit more like Boogie Nights [laughs]. What kind of music did you play at Pacha back then? We mainly played normal pop music, like the Beatles and the Stones. But the dJ was a simple chap who earned the same money as a waiter, far from the nASA engineer-like fees these superstar dJs get nowadays. When I was young we went to the club to flirt with girls, not to watch a man standing still and putting on one record after the other. How did Ibiza gain its reputation as the ultimate party island? that happened in two stages, the sweet and nave one, that I mentioned earlier, and a vulgar one. the latter one started in the early 80s when open-air discos flooded the island. corrupt politicians allowed them to operate without being legal in terms of urban planning. these people treated Ibiza as if it were their private kingdom, so to speak, and thanks to their ineptitude people thought they could do whatever they wanted, too. But before that point, Ibiza was fantastic. How would you describe Pacha visitors today? As I said, Ibiza has changed. nowadays, Pacha has had to become more elitist, as it is much smaller than the islands other discos, which, at first sight, means that we have fewer people in the premises but, at the same time, we still keep an image that is much less artificial.

SWEET PaCha This is the clubs banquet hall, It can accommodate 160 guests dancing to hits from the 80s and 90s. FUnky RooM (El CIElo) Party hard with mainly Ibizan locals in the Funky Room adjacent to the Main Room and Terrace. The Gaudi-inspired interior, the low ceilings and a massive soundsystem guarantee many sweaty hours. MaIn RooM Chandeliers hang from the lavishly decorated ceilings, glamorous dancers girate on elevated platforms while up to 1,200 clubgoers devote themselves to the house bangers of DJs such as David Guetta, Erick Morillo and Swedish house Mafia. RESTaURanTE PaCha/ SUShI loUnGE Smart and stylish, Pachas on-site restaurant with its high-class cuisine attracts not only the clubgoers but also sophisticated diners. Choose between Mediterranean and Japanese delicacies and enjoy the quiet garden that almost makes you forget youre in a club. Global RooM When Pacha opened this was the main floor, and it still is during the winter season. The music is electronic and more experimental. Its Pachas playground with live acts and a soundsystem that makes the 250 dancers waking dreams come true. TERRaCE Crowning the building complex, the cushions, low tables, white silky tarpaulins and dimmed lights help add a Moroccan atmosphere to the Terrace. Its the meeting point for DJs and celebs who are looking to chill out in the moonlight.

WoRdS: FloRIAn oBkIRchER. PhotogRAPhy: PAchA IBIzA (7), REd BUll contEnt Pool (1), VIctoR SPInEllI/gEtty ImAgES (1)

Over the last decades, Pacha has grown into a proper party empire. How many branches are there? there are around 20 Pachas around the world. two new ones in Rio de Janeiro and Poznan, in Poland, will follow soon. What advice would you give to someone who wants to open a club? you just have to work really hard. the main thing is to be fully committed and to persevere. Step by step you will be able to buy a car and many other things. And then you will realise you can live more comfortably with less [laughs]. less is more and the best thing about having less is that you can enjoy it to the full.
Pacha Avinguda del Vuit dAgost, 07800 Ibiza Town



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FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX CANADA (1) CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE, MONTREAL, 12.06.11 Last years race was dominated by pit strategies, which helped Toro Rosso driver Sbastien Buemi experience leading a Formula One grand prix for the irst time. By the end of the race, which culminated in a McLaren one-two (Hamilton beating Button), the Swiss driver was back in eighth place. MOTOGP OF GREAT BRITAIN UK (2) SILVERSTONE, 12.06.11 There was no top-class motorbike racing on this legendary race-track for 24 years, but a rework of the circuit changed all that. As this is only the second MotoGP to be held here, itd be wise to expect the unexpected. WRC RALLY GREECE (3) ATHENS, 16 19.06.11 Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen faces a hot and sandy drive on the twisting, gravelly mountain roads around Athens to defend his 2009 title. But Mr Acropolis Rally is still the late Colin McRae, who won here ive times. RED BULL X FIGHTERS ITALY (4) STADIO OLIMPICO, ROME, 24.06.11 The motocross acrobatics were so popular last year in the 32,000-seater Stadio Flaminio that this time around theyve been promoted to the 73,000-seater Stadio Olimpico.


PIKES PEAK HILLCLIMB USA (5) COLORADO SPRINGS, 26.06.11 Drift racer Rhys Millen will try to bring the speed record for the 12.42-mile hillclimb back into the family; his father Rod held it from 1994 to 2007. Nobuhiro Tajima is the man to beat with a time of 10 minutes 1 second. NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES USA (6) INFINEON RACEWAY SONOMA, 26.06.11 The Toyota Save Mart 350 is one of four races in the NASCAR season that isnt held on an oval track. Kasey Kahne, who put in an impressive race to win here in 2009, will be out for another victory on the 2.52-mile track.

RED BULL ALPENBREVET SWITZERLAND (7) MEIRINGEN, 18.06.11 For only the second time, 1,000 moped riders take their steeds to the limit in this, a hair-raising moped race which stretches over 82 miles and up to altitudes of 3,500m above sea level in the Swiss Alps. RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE UKRAINE (8) KIEV, 18.06.11 Speed alone wont be enough for these engine-free vehicles. The Soapbox Race also demands creativity in bodywork design and plenty of showmanship during the ride. RED BULL ART OF MOTION BRAZIL (9) THE UNIVERSITY OF SO PAULO, 25.06.11 Around 20 of the worlds most gifted freerunners demonstrate their acrobatic agility on a specially designed course that features walls and cars in the heart of the city. RED BULL FLUGTAG TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (10) PORT OF SPAIN, 03.07.11 If youre going to take to the air in a homemade lying contraption, a bay in the Lesser Antilles is a good place to do it.

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C/O POP GERMANY (18) COLOGNE, 22 26.06.11 This is considered one of the main industry get-togethers in the worlds of electronic music and media. And, unlike some of the more hob-nobby events, theres nothing dry or sti : acts like Janelle Mone, Kreidler, WhoMadeWho, and Natalia Lafourcade are bound to add some spice to the night. RED BULL BC ONE ALL STARS ALBANIA (19) AMPHITHEATRE, TIRANA, 24 25.06.11 Lilou and his six colleagues are to the B Boy world what the Justice League is to the world of comics. They are light-footed superheroes, each of whom has special powers. This time the Red Bull BC One All Stars head to Albania, with Superman Lilou teaching the breakers there a new trick or two.

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Red Bull BC One champion Neguin

KINOTAVR MOVIE FESTIVAL RUSSIA (11) SOCHI, 04 11.06.11 This open-air ilm festival has been going from strength to strength in Russia since its launch in 1990 and is now the countrys largest. Held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, it features discussions and masterclasses for young directors and a high-pro ile platform for the latest Russian underground ilms. RED BULL EMSEE COLOMBIA (12) BARRANQUILLA, 25.06.11 Freestyle rap calls for super-quick thinking, a luency of eloquence, and an accomplished grasp of rhythm. At this event, a series of word magicians are tasked with seamlessly integrating di erent phrases and images into their raps. Last year, star juror Eminem crowned the young MC FowL the 2010 Red Bull EmSee champion. This year, new rapping hopefuls will get their shot at the big time.

BONNAROO USA (13) GREAT STAGE PARK, MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE, 09 12.06.11 Coined by New Orleans musician Dr John in the 1970s, the word Bonnaroo means a really good time. And popular consensus is that the festival lives up its name: in 2008 Rolling Stone Magazine declared Bonnaroo the Best Festival. Now in its 10th year, the event is still in top shape, featuring acts like Eminem, Deerhunter, Girl Talk, The Strokes, Big Boi and, of course, the man also who helped give the festival its name. ESCAPE INTO THE PARK UK (14) SINGLETON PARK, SWANSEA, 11.06.11 More than 20,000 dancers, 50 acts, and 11 hours of (musical) electric shocks; Wales biggest and best dance festival brings together testosterone-laden acts such as Pendulum, Dot Rotten, Caspa and Zinc. NORTH BY NORTHEAST CANADA (15) TORONTO, 13 19.6.2011 We all know about SXSW in Texas, but maybe its northern counterpart less so. Now in its 17th year, North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE) is the main festival destination in Canada for everything from nascent unsigned bands, indie favourites and major label headlining artists alike. Hence youll see PS I Love You performing alongside New Wave giants Devo, and sweet retro hipsters Cults alongside Twin Shadow. URBAN ART FORMS AUSTRIA (16) WIENER NEUSTADT, 16 18.06.11 As Europes top festival for audiovisual fusion, this event sees DJs and VJs come together on an equal footing and indulge the ravers simultaneously with electronic dance music and overwhelming visuals. Highlights include Fatboy Slim, Deichkind, Carl Craig and the Red Bull Music Academy stage. ELECTRIC MINDS LOFT PARTIES UK (17) LONDON, 18.06.11 Low-level lighting, a laid-back atmosphere and a big fat sound system: thats the menu for Londons best club night, Electric Minds Loft Parties. This time around the organisers have invited expert Belgian DJs from the We Play House label to tend to the decks.

KINKY FRIEDMAN & VAN DYKE PARKS AUSTRALIA (20) POWERHOUSE, BRISBANE, 24 25.05.11 A double bill of unique legends. Kinky Friedman is a cult Texan singer-songwriter, author and cigar-maker. His companion, Van Dyke Parks, is an ingenious composer and pop-troublemaker who has produced records by acts ranging from The Beach Boys to Joanna Newsom. WEEK END AU BORD DE LEAU SWITZERLAND (21) LAC DE GRONDE, SIERRE, 01 03.07.11 Air ields, race-tracks and abandoned factory buildings all make perfectly good festival locations. But the Swiss have their own ideas. The weekend by the water is held on the shores of the Lac de Gronde in the heart of the Alps, and, from chilled electronic music by Quantic to deep house by MCDE, it has a line-up good enough to make you yodel. STREET DANCE KEMP CZECH REPUBLIC (22) JEDOVNICE, 03 10.07.11 For 51 weeks of the year, its fair to say that theres not a whole lot going on in Jedovnice. This village is dusty, sleepy and just a little on the wrong side of shabby-chic. But for one week, the party rolls into the middle of the Czech Republic, and thousands of dancers from all over Europe come to do everything from krumping and locking to breaking. Basically, its all about modern dance being taught new talents by Red Bull BC One champions Neguin and Lilou.


Weirdo Rock from Deerhunter at Bonnaroo

Plucky mopeds take on the Swiss Alps


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Save the Date

June-July 2011
dates for your diary, plus stuff to do, watch and shout for in the coming days and weeks

Brit Stop
Only the Italian Grand Prix has been around longer (1921, compared with 1926). Only two Brits have won their home Grand Prix in the last 12 years (David Coulthard, twice, and Lewis Hamilton). Only three circuits other than Silverstone have hosted the British GP (Brands Hatch, Brooklands and trivia points scorer, this Aintree). Only the God of Motorsport himself could have reached down and prevented a determined Mark Webber from winning last years race, after Sebastian Vettel started from pole. At Silverstone this year, therell be a new pitlane position and, as sure as you can be at any track, a gripping race.
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july 8-10

Need for speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is to petrolheads what Glastonbury is to music lovers: a long weekend uniting and celebrating all aspects of what they love. What began as a hillclimb in 1993 has grown to become one of the biggest gatherings of its kind, attracting 150,000 fans to the grounds of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. (Theres still a hillclimb; this year F1 driver Jenson Button will be taking part.) The programme now features a rally stage on a purpose-built forest track, and a race for road-legal supercars. Off the track, attractions span automotive history, from showcases of vintage vehicles to Mark Webber in his Red Bull Racing F1 car. Two wheels also feature, with motocross stunt rider Robbie Maddison and Yorkshires world trials champion Dougie Lampkin taking part, while the YouTube sensation and street trials rider Danny MacAskill proves you dont need a motor to impress.

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Think about leaving the house

Deep breath and: DJ Shadow, Mark Ronson, Katy B, Chase & Status, Simian Mobile Disco, 2ManyDjs, Kelis, Spank Rock and Amanda Blank, Erol Alkan, Mystery Jets, Hercules and Love Affair, Kode 9 and Space Ape, Fenech Soler, Jamie xx, Rob da Bank, Horse Meat Disco, Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash! and Toddla T. This is only 16.82 per cent of the confirmed line-up at The Parklife Weekender, the mini-festival held in Manchesters Platt Field Park, from the makers of the citys terrific Warehouse Project club nights.



Another day, another World Cup win for Germany...

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Winning women
The sixth FiFA Womens World Cup kicks off in Germany at the end of June, and youll be forgiven right now for thinking of the uSAs Brandi Chastain, on her knees, shirt in hand, at the third Womens World Cup in 1999 not only was it a lady removing her top on live television, her teams victory in that tournament remains the high watermark of womens football in the common consciousness. in England, the womens game is thriving: the fully pro Womens Super League launched in April, and the national team the only one of the home nations heading to Germany is ranked 10th in the world. In Deutschland, the host nation will be looking for a third consecutive title, while the uSA, top of the world rankings, have never finished outside the tournaments top three.



ormula One should be on The National Curriculum. I am very glad my school taught me classics, but I can still recall with a shudder those words: Please open Kennedys Latin Primer at page 128 and consider the pluperfect subjunctive of the verb to be. How much more appealing is Gentlemen, start your engines? I know they dont actually say that at races, but you perhaps get my point. Our old curriculum was based on assumptions founded in Britains vast pre-electronic imperium. For many generations, geography lessons which taught statistics of ground nut production in Sierra Leone were a sound preparation for a life in international trade. Learning, as I did, how to calculate logarithms made sense when calculators were as big as shipping containers. Formula One is a mixture of craft, design, snake-oil, materials, science, specialised manufacturing, marketing, aerodynamics, teamwork, management, graphics, logistics, charlatanism, supplychain management, sex, speed and desire. In fact, all the elements necessary to a successful modern economy. And in this strange brew of cold, hard technology and black arts, Britain excels. While this country abandoned making trains long ago and now buys Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens, Hitachi and Fiat Ferrovia, Americans, Germans, Japanese, Italians and French have not yet been able to manage all the processes of Formula One so successfully as the British. Its not so much that Formula One should be on the National Curriculum; it should be The National Curriculum. In one way or another, I learned almost everything I know from racing cars (at least before the competition for attention from girls and champagne became too intense). It was the sight of a Lotus XI on a trailer near Aintree that, as a very small boy, gave me an aesthetic thrill still with me now. The first article I published

Grand Prix Learning

Formula One can teach you about pretty much everything in life, says Stephen Bayley
(at 15) included drawings of the Lotus 49s suspension: at the time Id never seen anything so beautiful and ingenious. I would beguile myself with books about racing car design. Outstanding here were Laurence Pomeroys The Racing Car Explained, Costin and Phipps Racing And Sportscar Chassis Design and LJK Setrights The Grand Prix Car 19541966. From the first two I learned more about physics than I ever did at school. Fundamental concepts such as weighttransfer, polar moment of inertia and piston speed were not only fascinating, but also had metaphorical applications to the philosophy of life. From Setright, I learned sentence construction and rhythm. I still re-read this great book now and marvel at its orotund Biblical cadences. Formula One is about conceiving and making things that perform supremely well. What else is business about? And making things is fundamental to any successful culture and to any successful economy. When Formula One is on The National Curriculum, there will be courses in riveting. If you can understand how a rivet works, you have mastered a

Minds Eye

Stephen Bayley is an award-winning writer and a former director of the Design Museum in London

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good deal of basic engineering. Its a matter of tension, loads, stress and shear as is so much of life. Of course, nowadays there are fewer rivets in a Red Bull Racing RB7 car than there were in a Vanwall, but the same principle applies to the layering of carbon-fibre. If you understand how something is made, you understand everything about it. The technology of Formula One is glorious, but so too is the art. When we have finished teaching structures, we can move on to sculpture, semiotics and semantics. Never believe everything the Formula One designer tells you: yes, cars are designed to perform in an envelope whose dimensions are dictated by maddeningly detailed rules, but theres still enough room to allow for a good deal of artistic expression. And the semiotics? Its amazing to compress such a mass of meaning into so small an area. Even Formula One neophytes can tell in a blink what car they are looking at. Well use this on the Communications course. Then there is what happens off-TV and off-track. Here is the greatest Formula One drama of all: the intercontinental movements of intellectual property, money, air-time and licensing. The dealmaking is where you find manipulations to humble Machiavelli. Goethe said genius is the ability to put form on the indeterminate, and thats what Bernie Ecclestone did when he realised Formula One wasnt chaps in Aertex shirts tugging at wood-rim steering wheels, but a hightech medium of global significance. Teach Formula One and you teach technology, art, design, manufacturing, media and business. Formula One will make bean shoots on the botany table and Kennedys Latin Primer seem very dull. Education should be exciting. Gentlemen, please start your textbooks.


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