Formula 1 Reimagined

Here at The Supplier Blog we spend our days thinking about the auto industry and writing about the important things we stumble across.  We meet with suppliers and OEMs alike, travel to whatever important automotive events we can fit in our schedule and report on the technologies, trends and fads we think you want to read about.  While it sounds like a super-fun job (especially for a car nut like me), unfortunately there are a lot of late nights and missed family occasions.  On the upside, our favorite part of job is simply awesome; meeting new people. With that in mind, this week we would like to introduce you to Jimmey Fogolini.

Porsche

Jimmey is a local guy, graduated from Wayne State and is currently doing freelance work after retiring from Ford where he was an Industrial Designer for 13 years.

Camaro vs Corvette - They Really are all the Same in the Dark

Sports Car Graphic June 1970

Like myself, he became enamored with racing by reading Sports Car Graphic magazine (SCG) when he was 12.  Raised in Germany I was exposed to Auto Motor und Sport in Germany as a young child.  Later, living in North Carolina I was surrounded by NASCAR and put my sports car passions aside.  Then, I saw an issue of SCG at a newsstand and realized sports cars were also big in the US.

Buy this poster at http://www.autotrend.com

Buy this poster at http://www.autotrend.com

I still have my first issue from June 1970 – it was the first issue of a subscription that I received from the parents as a birthday present at the age of 9.  That issue featured articles on the AAR Cuda, Corvette versus Camaro with the tagline “The Really are all the Same in the Dark”. the AMX3, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Citroen SM, a cutaway of the Brabham BT33, and race reports from the 12 hours of Sebring (where Steve McQueen finished 2nd) and the South African Grand Prix.  With that content, who wouldn’t be hooked?  It was a sad day in my life when SCG merged with Motor Trend in 1971 and even this 10 year old knew it was a poor substitute and let the subscription lapse.  Anyway, back to Jimmey…..

TargetRecently Jimmey started thinking about what was wrong with Formula 1 (don’t we all) and decided the key issue was the safety of the open cockpit.

MercedesSo he did what any good designer would do – he re-imagined Formula 1 by investigating the use of a driver safety cell and a closed cockpit. His designs include a canopy that would be released by sensors using compressed air when the vehicle is pitched upside down.  There is no doubt today’s F1 cars are ugly – it would be nice if they once again were beautiful like these images.

DHLIf you run into Jimmey, be sure to ask him about his passion for Porsches and the wide body 1972 Porsche 911 street/racecar project he is working on. And if you have a side business, garage project or hobby you would like us to see here, drop us a note.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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