Formula 1 Wall of Champions: F1 1000 Edition

After F1 reached the historic milestone of 1000 races, I decided it was time to update and redesign my Wall of Champions. Designed back in 2014, the version on my wall now annoys me with how out of date it is.

So, trying to use images of drivers in the year they won their first championship where possible, the updated version gives a snapshot in time of the champions of the first 1000 races.

Restoring and Repurposing a Printer’s Tray

I bought an old printers tray off eBay and set about cleaning and refurbishing it to hang on my wall as a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ for my trinkets. I have very little knowledge of how to do this sort of thing, but thought I’d share my process as it came out pretty well!

I started by cleaning it as it was filthy; full of dust and smeared black grime. I started with a hoover to get up the loose dust, and then wiped it down with a damp cloth.

It was then that made my first unexpected discovery; whilst hoovering I sucked up a bit of backing paper from the floor of the tray I had mistaken for wood. Underneath was pristine, so it became clear that it all needed to come out.

I soaked the paper in warm water first, then when the water had absorbed into the paper, I cut around the edges of each drawer with a pointy tool (mine came from a cake decorating kit). Placing the hoover nozzle flush onto the paper was then enough to suck the whole section off cleanly.

Once it had dried, I gave it another hoover and clean, before beginning the stage that made the single biggest difference. I used steel wool to apply Rustin’s Surface Cleaner, a solvent designed to remove accumulated wax and dirt from wood without harming the original finish. In 20 minutes I had stripped away years of grime revealing the wood’s grain and patterning; it was an incredible transformation!

Next came the second unexpected discovery; the surface cleaner revealed that the metal cross bars between each drawer weren’t black and corroded, but were shining bright brass. I switched to a microfibre cloth to apply the surface cleaner as the wire wool was damaging the brass surface. It took quite a bit of time to clean every one up, but it made all the difference.

The next stage was to give every surface a fine coating of Colron Refined Beeswax, which I had in ‘Jacobean Oak’ colour. I applied it with a microfibre cloth, taking care to fully buff it and work it in.

I then gave the whole thing an hour to dry, before going over every surface one final time with Renaissance Microcrystalline Wax. This is my favourite finishing wax (which I use in my professional life as a museum curator) and was originally developed by the British Museum. It is perfect for protecting most surfaces from handling and environmental attack, and protects the beeswax layer.

My final task was to screw some mirror plates to the back and hang on my wall. I used sticky fixers on the bottom corners to ensure the tray doesn’t bounce on the wall (which adjoins my staircase) and shed my precious trinkets!

I hope that helped you if you’re thinking of doing a similar project.

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Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines

Photos of the 2017 British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone.

1st: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
1st: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2nd: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
2nd: Valtteri Bottas,
Mercedes

3rd: Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
3rd: Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari

4th: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4th: Max Verstappen, Red Bull

5th: Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull
5th: Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull

6th: Nico Hulkenberg, Renault
6th: Nico Hulkenberg, Renault

7th: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

8th: Esteban Ocon, Force India
8th: Esteban Ocon, Force India

10th: Felipe Massa, Williams
10th: Felipe Massa, Williams

11th: Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren
11th: Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren

12th: Kevin Magnussen, Haas
12th: Kevin Magnussen, Haas

13th: Romain Grosjean, Haas
13th: Romain Grosjean, Haas

14th: Marcus Ericsson, Sauber (being caught by Esteban Ocon)
14th: Marcus Ericsson, Sauber (being caught by Esteban Ocon)

15th: Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso (moments after taking out his team mate Carlos Sainz Jr.)
15th: Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso (moments after taking out his team mate Carlos Sainz Jr.)

16th: Lance Stroll, Williams

17th: Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber
17th: Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber

18th: Fernando Alonso, McLaren
18th: Fernando Alonso, McLaren

19th: Carlos Sainz Jr., Toro Rosso
19th: Carlos Sainz Jr., Toro Rosso

20th: Jolyon Palmer, Renault
20th: Jolyon Palmer, Renault

Pale Blue Dot

As NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our Solar System in 1989, Carl Sagan pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system. The resulting image of the earth from 3.7bn miles away became known as ‘the pale blue dot.’

If ever you need perspective, just think; pale blue dot.

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Formula 1 Wall of Champions

Formula One World Champions since 1950I finally completed a little home decorating project; my F1 Wall of Champions.

Every formula one word champion since 1950 proudly displaying their year(s) of victory (Schumacher was a bit of a squeeze!). Stitched together on Photoshop, I had this printed on a large canvas which now graces my living room wall.

If you like this, I updated it to celebrate F1 1000.

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