June 27th, 2011 by Gavin
“I feel the need, the need for speed”
supposedly – and this is just a rumour – someone shouted that during a Specialized Engineers meeting.
That was what Maverick and Goose would shout before they went to shoot down some ‘migs’ in the movie Top Gun. But then during a training exercise when they were chasing Jester something went wrong, Goose ejected and died on impact.
In Top Gun, Maverick and Iceman don’t get along – Iceman thinks Maverick is dangerous “thats right ! Ice … man . . . I am dangerous“.
Iceman is played by Val Kilmer.
You might know Val from from other movies such as Batman Forever or Billy the Kid and he also was the voice of KiTT in Kinight rider. Awesome. More recently he played a role in “Kill the Irishman” – a movie about Irish-American mob boss Danny Greene.
Danny Greene, you didn’t want to mess with him. Danny got up to all sorts of mischief during a gang war with the Italian Mafia in the 1970s in Cleveland.
Growing up around this time in Cleveland was Tracy Chapman and she loved music. In 1988 she released a self titled album – Tracy Chapman (which I have to admit to owning). My personal favourites are ‘Talking about a Revolution’ and ‘Fast Car’.
I certainly wouldn’t describe my car as fast. However I was watching a triathlon on TV last week in which British F1 driver Jenson Button was racing – he drives a fast car – it’s made by Mclaren.
McLaren is a Formula 1 Team and their Technology Centre helped design my 2011 bike.
They call it a Venge.
I will not pretend to know about cambered airfoil x-section seatstays, high modulus carbon or ply patterns. Nor would I be able to execute a review in the style Bikeradar or Cycling Weekly/ Mark Cavendish …. but I was able to get to it from Top Gun and that should count for something ?
My Shiv-Sl3 love child is gangster light, stiff, aero and very pretty.