A day at Goodwood, by Ashley Finch
Romance in France
F4H Gashi in the Viper GTS-R during Friday practise
F4H Carrera at Tora GT
F4H & GT One will collaborate again at VM 2hrs of Silverstone GP
New Team's Livery for Simracersonline HTCC
Photo taken by F4H Carrera. VM September Calendar Competition Winner
F4H Motorsport wins VM Spec Season 3
F4H Motorsport wins VM Spec Season 2
F4H Motorsport wins TORA 24 Heures du Mans
As many of you know, I had the opportunity to study in Europe for this semester. For the past ten weeks, I've been living in Saint Petersburg, Russia, studying conversational Russian and also taking classes on the scientific and chronological histories of the city. It has been quite the culture shock, going from a rural town in New England of about 4,500 people to a city of 4.5 million. I have seen many glorious pieces of Russian art, architecture, and ingenuity, and yes, the women are just as beautiful as they're advertised to be. I'm going to share some photos that highlight my trip so far.
This feels quite fitting with the release of Halo 4 but the club was born on November 11 2004 with the launch of Halo 2. Two brothers who were avid Halo fans would play each other and it became quite competitive between them both. They hailed from Madrid, Spain. One little brother trying to over throw his older brother. Victor who is the eldest became quite tired of his brother beating him. They would play split screen and his little brother, Charlie, could always see where he was. "This has to change with Halo 2", he thought. So he and his brother acquired the then new black xbox and Halo 2 but a special piece of paper came with the game. It was an xbox live gold membership and thus beginning their foray into the world on the Xbox community and ultimately to the birth of F4H.
In Halo 1 on the starboard of the Pillar of Autumn there is a notice board. As one of the two brothers was playing and the other was watching they observed the noticeboard and something interesting. It was a big picture of the planet earth and above the image was the caption, "Fight for her". Perfect! It clicked for them both. Interestingly though, there was another advertisement beside it that asked for information about a lost cat called 'Jomsey', this is the same cat called Jomsey from the first Alien movie.
In Halo 2 you could make clans. This was something that was in Forza 1 but these young guys didn't grace the tarmac of Forza 1 yet but they wanted to create a name that was Halo related as opposed to being generic. Forza Motorsport would come later for them both. It wasn't an easy decision. Victor had to choose wisely while at least not giving his brother the upper hand in something! They debated several possibilities and came up with some very strange names. They did however decide that they liked the word 'Fight' to be incorporated into the name somehow but really they kept hitting dead ends.
Some pics of the team in Forza Motorsport 1
Chris (Chrisupra) at this time was running a car club called TDR. He had some of the best at TDR in xCamx, Damo, Picaso, Project Mayhem, Koenigsegg and Eries but to name a few. They had bags of talent and ability but they were missing some key requirements for a successful team that we see in F4H today. Unity, etiquette, character and personality were all at fault at TDR. This period would prove very important for him and whilst racing in the second season of the Endurance championship, TDR would be squared up against F4H for the first time. TDR did not win. F4H brought people like Nikrox, Euskosati, Raoo1, Tito, Kiko, Dany, Esdinior and of course Victor and Charlie and despite all competitors from both sets of teams racing on Road America for 50 laps in R3 Vipers, all setting top 20 times (Kiko number one) in the race, they all finished within 25 seconds of each other. F4H had just landed feet first in the community.
Chrisupra was impressed by F4H and quickly became friends with Victor. It would prove to be an important relationship for the future of F4H. Shortly after, the situation at TDR began to get disgruntled and disenchanted with ego's clashing in the club and they could feel the team on the verge of collapse and something had to be done. TDR quickly turned to VVV and requested that the club take the reliable members as a group and not individuals. If they refused one they would not get anyone. The members presented forward all got accepted and such became the fall and break up of TDR but a core group intact and now settling at VVV. Chris himself moved to VVV for a short time with members who still trade themselves at VVV such as Mattystang, Flexy B, Lippakorv and Hellbringer. His time at VVV was short and he left the game for a year to find his motivation again.
Some pics of the team in Forza Motorsport 2
Victor was becoming increasingly busy with work. Forza Motorsport 3 became quite distant to the team as the community dropped and the team began to fall dormant. Charlie was in University and all his time was taken up with studies. The recession had hit Ireland and Chris had moved to Denmark for a time. It was a lull for the team for sure but it was to be only temporary. Raoo1, Tito, Nikrox, Esdinior, Euskosati and Dany where all that remained of a 20 strong team.
There was motivation to restore the team to its former potency and this began with tapping into his roots within the community and looking for the right people to create a powerful team. The first one to follow Chris was Koenigsegg (Thom) who had spent some time with VVV before drifting away and going solo. Both of these guys would lead the team forward together under the watchful eyes of Victor and Charlie. The first new additions to the team were Mopar, Bullet, Ascari, Carrera, Timmo, Westy, Eclipse and Emetic. Not a bad start at all but it was the quality of these characters that was needed which got the team going again. All else would follow accordingly. With the team becoming more active and starting to make impressions again it wasn't long before more additions were made and right up until 2012, F4H prides itself mostly on having the right people for the right job. It is a basis for even the most successful companies. Working smart at getting the correct people and Victor had to watch from the stands at his team being resurrected because of work. Chrisupra was elected as President by Victor in 2010 and in 2010 Victor brought him to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It would be the first time they would meet as team mates and also as friends. Chris landed in Madrid with his best friend James and was welcomed at arrivals to a beer and a couple of embraces. It was a testament that through online sources and ventures that friendships can become reality. They drove from Madrid all the way to Paris and camped at Le Mans in the Beausejour campsite and shared great motor moments together as they enjoyed a car fest weekend. Victor would visit later that winter when travelling to Ireland where Victor was treated with the finest Poitin (illegal alcohol) and the creamiest Guinness. He couldn't see straight for a week. Good times.
And now to today, the team is now run as a group and governed by everyone. F4H is enjoying probably it's best spell as a team. The comradeship between members is recognisable to all, including applicants and the friendships grown are unrivaled. This has paved way for success on the track and F4H have now won countless championships across all the major organisations, have made their mark on many of the leaderboards and are building a solid reputation as a powerful team and cementing their place in the history of the game. From media, to tuning, paints, times, racing and hotlapping, the team is improving at every juncture while maintaining it's principles and stability. This is the attraction of F4H. On the 11th of November 2013 the team was 9 years old and long may it continue.
I know most of you heard about my sisters battle with cancer and thankfully she won her battle and has been declared cancer free. However what has not been said about these trials is that most of the bills - that were not covered by insurance - were paid through fundraisers like this one that I will be participating in on Nov. 2nd, 2013. My goal is to play 25 hours of video games nonstop (mainly xbox) with my hope of having a live stream up on twitch so people can see my attempt of completed the full time. My goal is to raise $100.00 total which seems small but I felt it can be done.
If you decide to donate, I would appreciate it and if you don't or can't all I ask is that you spread the word to help me reach my goal. Thank you for your time in reading this post.
Jason "F4H Insanity" Iverson
Here is the link to whole thing being streamed over twitch TV. It starts at 7-8am Central Time this Saturday. (twitch.tv/f4h_insanity)
Here is the link to the webpage created for my part of the fundraiser. Thanks again. Search for 'Jason Iverson'