Fil-British Formula 4 racers Sam and Ben Grimes take spotlight in racing

In one of the world’s most dangerous sports, it takes a lot of guts, courage, and hard work to attain such discipline in the world of Formula 4 racing. Fear and quitting are not in the vocabulary of siblings F4 racing riders Benjamin Thomas and Sam Edward Grimes. They make sure that in every competition, they always give their best and always remember to thank God for all of their accomplishments.
Born Benjamin Thomas Grimes on July 16, 1998 and Samuel Edward Grimes on February 16, 2000 to Mr.  Peter Grimes and Ms. Marissa Grimes, Ben graduated Business Management Studies from Brent International School Manila and soon to attend University of Leicester while Sam is studying as a high school student at Brent International School Manila.  
Ben had won a few karting championships and went to the World Championship in 2013. He also had a few podiums in Formula Masters this year, being the first Filipino in Formula Masters to get a podium in the overall championship, and have also won a few F4 races and gotten multiple F4 podiums.
Sam is highly competitive in the Asian karting scene for the four years where he was karting in Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia in the Asian Karting championship against other promising upcoming Asian talents.
Paolo: How do you balance your sports and your studies?
Ben: It’s hard, it takes a lot of sacrifice and for a while I really had to minimize my social life in order to be able to successfully balance my racing and my schoolwork. Now I am out of school, I can focus on the racing, and have a good social life so it’s much better than it was two years ago in that area.
Sam: Actually, this is one of the things I have questioned about myself quite a lot in the past year. It’s definitely not easy, and being in my final year of high school and being in the IB diploma program (which is widely considered to be one of the toughest high school diploma curriculums worldwide), pursuing racing has definitely taken a toll on my grades, despite this I wouldn’t stop racing for the world. The experiences and life lessons that I have learned over the past 6 years racing are as valuable to me as academic knowledge. That being said, there’s a lot of work being brought to my race weekends to ensure that I don’t fall behind too far, but that’s part of the deal. To continue racing, I have a deal where I must continue to perform academically, which acts as a motivator to try and perform on both sides.
Paolo: Why did you choose racing/F4?
Ben: I started racing 6 years ago. I watched a go-kart race at the Carmona kart circuit in 2010 and fell in love with the sport. I started competitively racing the following year in the Thai karting championship, as I was based in Thailand at the time.
Sam: It’s always been my dream, ever since I went to my first karting race as a spectator when I was 10. It was an Asian Karting Open Championship race being held here in Carmona, Cavite, and my best friend was racing. I saw kids my age racing and doing amazing things and it inspired me to grasp my dream and pursue it. 7 years later, making a step up from karting to Formula 4 which has also been a dream also feels great. It feels like a step in the right direction towards where I want to end up in the future.
Paolo: What is your advice to youngsters who are into motor sports?
Ben: It’s never too late to start! Follow your dream, and work hard. I hope that I can inspire more Filipinos to start racing and to make the Philippines one of Asia’s top racing destinations, and I hope I can become a good ambassador for the sport in the country”.
Sam: Don’t give up on your dreams, in racing, the sport has a funny way of showing it with the ups and downs on the journey, but if you set your mind to something, and apply yourself outside you can make anything happen. If I were to go back in time and tell my 10 year old self that in a few years he would be racing in Formula 4 South East Asia, I would have laughed. I believe the Philippines has a raw talent for the sport but not enough people pursue it.
Paolo: What is your ambition in life?
Ben: My dream is the F1 racing. However, I would settle for a drive in any top category of world racing, such as WEC, or DTM, or being a paid driver in GT racing. Outside of the sport, in case things don’t work out my way, I would like to run my own company on the business side of Motorsports, or run my own fitness, nutrition and lifestyle company.  
Sam: The obvious and cliché goal is to make F1, but realistically I want to try a mold a successful racing career, and whether that be in a form of single seater somewhere, or GT cars, or even being in a team, just involved in the development of the sport and/or a driver would be a lot of fun too.

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Bike Maintenance Fails Most Beginners Make

If you have bought your first motorcycle, you will no doubt be excited to hit the road and enjoy the freedom and thrill that comes with this mode of transport. However, this thrill won’t last very long if you do not maintain your motorcycle properly. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the most common motorcycle maintenance mistakes people make, so that you can avoid them.
  1. Poorly inflated tyres – There is only one place to begin, and this is with poorly inflated tyres. This is an error a lot of beginners make because they are simply not used to adding air to their tyres, and so they forget about it. Plus, a lot of people don’t realise how often you need to do this.
  2. Using poor quality parts or parts that are not compatible – This is a mistake that a lot of people make, especially those with second-hand motorcycles. At Clean Harleys, you can see our preowned motorcycles, and it is always recommended that you replace any parts with a like-for-like piece. If you cannot find the exact part you need, consult with professionals, rather than engaging in a bit of guesswork. If you fit something that is not right for your motorcycle, you can end up causing more harm than good, which could mean that you have a very expensive repair bill on your hands.
  3. Over tightening bolts – Any decent mechanic will tell you that this is one of the most common errors they see. Stripped threads often occur when too much force has been applied when tightening the bolts on a motorcycle. This can also lead to broken sump plugs and damaged bolt heads.
  4. You don’t get your motorbike checked enough – You are probably well aware of the fact that cars need to have an MOT every year. They also need to be checked on a regular basis to ensure that everything is in good working order and there are no issues. The same applies for motorcycles, yet for some reason a lot of people don’t tend to take maintenance as seriously. An issue with a motorbike can be just as damaging and expensive as one with a car, if not more so. So, make sure you do regular checks and if you notice a problem, take it to a mechanic as soon as possible rather than letting it get worse.
  5. Incorrect chain tension – Last but not least, we have incorrect chain tension, which is a major problem. If your chain tension is not correct, you can knacker your bike’s sprockets, which will result in the gearbox bearings being worn out prematurely. Moreover, the incorrect chain tension will also stop the rear suspension from working correctly.

So there you have it: some of the most common motorcycle maintenance mistakes that beginners make. If you can avoid the errors that have been mentioned above, you can ensure your new investment lasts for years to come so that you get plenty of enjoyment out of your motorcycle.

Warning Signs Your Car Needs a Service NOW

Warning Signs Your Car Needs a Service NOW
If you care about your car, you need to give it your full attention; you need to learn how to spot the warning signs that she’s in need of some serious attention. If you can do this, then you can intervene and have your vehicle serviced before her problems become more serious, and much more expensive to put right.
Below are some of the most common warning signs that a service needs to be booked for your car right now:

The Check Engine Light is Flashing

It’s such an obvious warning sign – I mean it’s a flashing light actually telling you that something is wrong- but so many people ignore it and keep on driving regardless. This is something that you should never do.
Although you don’t have to stop what you’re doing and drive straight to Stuttgart Autos, getting things checked out as soon as you possibly can, will ensure that problems with your engine, such as emissions system failures, which could cause the whole thing to seize up, will be sorted before they snowball.

It’s Smoking from the Hood

If there is smoke coming out of the hood of your car, take it as a very bad sign indeed! This is something that should never happen, and it’s highly likely that it could be caused by an overheating engine. If that’s the case and you leave it be, your engine could soon be caput.
When you’re driving, you should always keep an eye on your vehicle’s temperature gauge and if it gets too high, pull over. If this happens regularly, time to book a service.

There’s Too Much Smoke Exiting the Exhaust

It’s normal to see some smoke coming out of the exhaust – that is what it’s for after all – but if the amount of smoke that spills out of the pipe increases dramatically, and especially if it’s black, it could be a sign that there’s an oil leak and you will need to visit your mechanic as soon as possible.

Transmission Troubles

If your car’s transmission suddenly stops operating normally or you have issues with it on several occasions; perhaps you find it more difficult than usual to get your car up to speed, or you notice unusual noises, don’t wait to take it in and have it patched up because new transmissions are expensive!

She’s Sprung a Leak

If your beloved car has sprung a leak and you notice either patches of green, brown or red underneath your usual parking spot, you need to take your car into the shop. Green patches indicate a coolant leak whereas brown and red could signify leaks in the transmission or oil well – all things that could kill your car if you don’t have them sorted out promptly!
If you’ve noticed patches of water under your car in the summer, and you’ve been using your air-con – don’t worry – that’s probably just a normal result of keeping your car cool.
Noticed any of these warning signs and you’ll be sorry if you don’t get to a mechanic pronto!

Making Smart Choices When it comes to your Car

Saving some money on your car is beneficial for you in so many ways. This might mean you have a little bit more extra spending money each month, or it could even mean you have enough to get a newer model and update your car when the time comes. Whatever you want to save for, or if you just want a bit of extra cash, it can never hurt. There are lots of ways to save money on your car, from deciding which model you want to buy, to thinking about insurance. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about making smart choices when it comes to your car. There are so many ways you can start to save money, here are just a few of them.
Making Smart Choices When it comes to your Car

Shop around for Insurance

Everyone needs to get insurance, and it can really put up the general cost of your car. Shopping around for the right one for you though, is always a good idea. This can mean you find deals or someone that can give you a better offer on your model for example. When you are comparing prices though, make sure this is what you’ll actually be getting. Many websites post estimates that seem cheap but actually aren’t. When comparing deals make sure you are seeing the figure you are getting, and not anything else. Many companies use this to entice you in, then make you pay the full price. Sites like Youi PTY can really help you out in your search, however. Online comparison websites are great for this and can save you a lot of time and energy in your search.

Don’t Put Everyone on Your Insurance

If you have a family or shared car, only put those on the policy who will be using it the most. It can really add up if you put multiple people on the policy, who don’t use the car much. Getting insured for a day or so at a time is a lot more cost effective for those who don’t often drive. This is an easy way to save some money.

Drive Safely

This goes without saying, but some people don’t. Protecting that no claims bonus will make sure that your car insurance stays low, and will protect it. This term is used a lot, but remember the definition of this term is slightly different for different insurers. Check with your insurance company about what this term means for them. Not being liable for accidents will, of course, be a lot less costly for you. Paying that extra for your premium can means saving loads more money in the long run.

Get Security

Fitting Your car with a tracker and alarm will also bring your insurance cost down. If your car is less likely to be stolen, insurers will give you a little bit off each month.
There are lots of ways to make smart choices when it comes to your car. These choices can save you money, meaning you can spend it elsewhere.

Motorcycle Racers: Finishing First

Finishing first is something all racers want to do. It is in their blood. No one takes part simply for the fun of it. They aren’t happy if they have a ‘decent’ performance. They want the number one spot. Of course, achieving this is a lot easier said than done. No matter what level you are competing at, read on to discover some top tips on taking the number one spot.
  • Don’t launch at the redline – You can end your race before it has even begun if you launch at the redline. In fact, if you watch the beginning of any road race, you are bound to notice a few riders that are doing it wrong. The majority of road racers will hold their engines near or at redline, and then the clutch gets dumped, which causes a squawking clutch, a wild wheelie, or both. The best thing to do is hold the engine revs at peak torque – rather than peak horsepower – then quickly let the clutch out and pin the throttle.
  • Maintain your motorbike – You are only as good as the bike you are riding. This is why it is vital to keep your motorbike in prime condition. Make sure you conduct maintenance before and after every race. It is important to also only use premium quality spare parts whenever you are replacing anything. The likes of Solomotoparts offers premium quality aftermarket parts. However, there are other companies that cut corners in terms of quality and their products really aren’t up to standard, especially for racers. This is why you need to do your research and choose sellers with extreme care.
  • Brake where you need to – A lot of racers make the mistake of braking where they think they should brake, rather than braking where they need to. This is one piece of advice that has been provided by Freddie Spender, who has his own High Performance Riding School.
  • Learn how your suspension works – If you have ever seen a rider that has had to swap motorbikes and use something they are unfamiliar with, you will probably notice a distinct difference. This is especially the case if they have not had any prior testing. It is important to use practice sessions and testing to explore the full range of chassis and suspension adjustments before you even think about going fast. Getting to know your bike is of the utmost importance.
  • Ride proud – Last but not least, arguably the most important point of them all – you need to ride proud and you need to ride confidently. Your attitude will make a massive difference. They often say the motorbike can sense if you’re not entirely happy. You need to be in harmony with one and other.

So there you have it: some top tips for ensuring that you beat the competition and take the number one spot. No matter what level you are competing at, or what your aspirations and goals are, follow the advice that has been mentioned above and you are assured to notice some improvements.

Ramp Up Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

One of the biggest concerns of motorists all over the world is the price of fuel. So, if there are a few ways that you reduce costs for yourself, you should be looking to use them. Many of the most effective methods of doing this simply require some common sense solutions while you are driving. Here in this article, we will talk in more detail about a few of the most effective techniques that you can use.
Monitor Your Tyre Pressure Regularly
A huge proportion of motorists are driving around on tyres that are over or underinflated. That is why you should make a habit of checking the pressure every time you go to the fuel station. Better still, you could invest in a tyre pressure monitoring system so you can check them from wherever you are. And you certainly need to test them before you are heading out on long journeys or if a lot of people will be travelling in the vehicle.
Don’t Let the Vehicle Idle
This doesn’t tend to be such a problem with modern cars that are built with a system that stops the car from idling for an extended period of time. But if you are driving an older car and you get stuck in traffic, you should switch off the engine if you are stopped for 30 seconds or more. When you are trying to warm the engine back up again, don’t rev it as you will needlessly be pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.
Drive Smoothly
Learning to read the road ahead is your best way of anticipating times when you need to stop or slow down. Harsh acceleration and braking should be avoided wherever possible. And when you are out on the motorway, you should make use of the cruise control function whenever possible. Research has shown that smooth driving is one of the most effective ways of increasing fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
Lighten Your Load
Rather than driving around with a whole load of unnecessary things all the time, you should instead be aiming to lighten your load and therefore increase your fuel efficiency. Roof racks that aren’t needed create wind drag so it is also worth removing these. Of course, there are a few essentials that you should be carrying around in your trunk at all times, but other than these, lightening your vehicle is always a good thing.
Choose the Best Type of Fuel
What you are actually putting in your car on a regular basis makes a big difference to its performance. Consult with the owner’s manual if you are looking for some more information on what is best for your car. The higher the octane, the higher the price but only a few cars perform best when the premium fuel all the time.
None of these techniques is overly complicated, but they are all worthwhile in your quest to drive a more fuel-efficient vehicle.      

The Most Luxurious Car Brands Available Right Now

Would you like to drive one of the most luxurious car brands in the world? Are you struggling to identify the best automobile makers on the market today? Then take a moment to check out some of the information on this page. There is also an infographic below that provides more tips on the best ways to get hold of something made by these companies.


The German carmaker BMW has been around since before the Second World War. However, it’s only during the last few decades that the brand has become a popular choice for those seeking luxurious vehicles. Anything made in the previous ten years will blow you away.


Mercedes is one of the world’s top car brands for a couple of reasons. Firstly, their vehicles offer the smoothest drive available, and the interiors always provide maximum comfort. Out of all the cars on this list, Mercedes automobiles tend to hold their value best.

Aston Martin

If you’ve always fancied yourself as a bit of a James Bond, you can’t go wrong with an Aston Martin. The carmaker is renowned for designing some of the most upmarket and stunning vehicles of the last fifty years.
Now you just have to decide if you’re going to purchase any of those brands outright or look for another means of obtaining the vehicles. The graphic below provides all the information you need to know on that subject, and it should help you to make a better decision. Use it wisely!

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San Pablo Coco festival Car show to draw motor aficionados on Jan. 14

Car enthusiasts and motorcycle aficionados of all ages are invited to watch and participate in the San Pablo Cocofestival Car and Motor exhibit on January 14, 2017, Saturday at San Pablo City Central Gym in San Pablo City, Laguna.
A lot of surprises await visitors and participants for the one-day car show affair that includes Audio Competition, Car Club Meetings, Car babes, Twerk Battle, Auto show, motor show, among others.
Various and colorful motorbikes and cars will be some of the attractions in the fair. The event will be co-sponsored by Herald group of Publications, Tribune Post, The Southern Tagalog Herald, Bubble Bath, Tahanan ni Aling Meding, Hot FM, among others.
This is part of the weeklong celebration of the Cocofestival in honor of the City’s Patron Saint, St. Paul the first Hermit. Special thanks to the festival’s overall chairman, Honorable City Mayor Amben Amante and the City government of San Pablo City. For more information, text 09193377726 and look for Mark Mallari.
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Car, motor aficionados: Mark the date on Sept. 24 for Laguna Trans Moto Show 2

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

Car enthusiasts and motorcycle aficionados are invited to watch and participate in the Laguna Trans Moto Show part II Car and Motor exhibit on September 24, 2016, Saturday at SM City San Pablo, Laguna.
A lot of surprises await visitors and participants for the one-day car show affair that includes Audio Competition, Car Club Meetings, Car babes, Twerk Battle, Auto show, motor show, among others.
Various and colorful motorbikes and cars will be some of the attractions in the fair. The event will be co-sponsored by Herald group of Publications, Tribune Post, The Southern Tagalog Herald, Dunkin Donuts, Bubble Bath, SMSP, Mitsubishi Motors, SMS, among others.

SM City San Pablo and Herald Productions are preparing to take its modified cars and bikes once again for Laguna Trans Moto Show Part 2. Mark your calendar. September 24, 2016 Saturday at 10 AM. 

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Race track heartthrob James Christopher ‘King James’ Barcial steals thunder in motocross world

Race track heartthrob James Christopher ‘King James’ Barcial steals thunder in motocross world

In one of the world’s most dangerous sports, it takes a lot of guts, courage, and hard work to attain such discipline in the world of motor sports.
Meet motocross rider James Christopher D. Barcial. Born on August 3, 1994 and hails from Balagtas, Bulacan, the 5-foot-6 motor sports athlete started in his sports at the tender age of 6. His father, Jaime Barcial, taught him the ways of motocross. The young rider has already won several titles and competitions in this sport like the 2008 Underbone King 115 Super Stock, 2009 Underbone King 115 open category, 2013 IRGP Champion, and 2014 IRGP Champion in the 160 and 180cc categories.
He recently won in the Inside Racing Grand Prix or IRGP motocross competition held at Carmona, Cavite last November. He is currently studying as a 2nd year Information Technology student at STI Balagtas. At 20, the promise of a great career is on the way. With nerves of steel and unmatched talent, he took the risk and overcame the challenge that was ahead. 

Motocross is a form of motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. The sport evolved from motorcycle trials competitions held in the United Kingdom. Motocross is a physically demanding sport held in all-weather conditions.

The fast-paced world of riding can be one of the most dangerous sports in the world, yet despite this hard, cold fact, this young athlete remains resilient and brave on the race track of life. Indeed, only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

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