Team Paddy Murphy

Team Paddy Murphy

Our shirts are green because the green behind our ears is still dripping down.Paddy Murphy, 2015

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09-07-2017: Second place at Charity Classics 2017

On 08 July 2017, Paddy attended the fifth edition of Charity Classics in Weinfelden. Charity Classics is a one day rally around beautiful spots in Eastern Switzerland with three regularity tests and some passage controls. Paddy did very well and finished the rally on the second place! The score from two years ago is now settled (Charity Classics 2015).

Charity Classics 2017 plate

The statistics of the rally are:

Total Length: 195.9km
Total Duration: ~4.8h
Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 1314m / 1314m
Elevation Range: 383m - 916m
Average Speed: 40.74km/h

11-04-2017: Coppa d'Europa 2017

Team Paddy Murphy attended the 13th edition of Coppa d'Europa 2017 from 6th to 9th April 2017. The 2017 edition started in Maastrich (NL) and led through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and ended in Munich (DE). Coppa d'Europa is among the most challenging rallies in Central Europe. Team Paddy Murphy started in the category CoppaSport for the second time and finished the rally 43rd of 52.

Coppa d'Europa 2017

Coppa d'Europa 2017

Paddy had a slow start. The first day, he seemed to drive according to the legendary drivers' motto ambitious but rubbish, coined by automotive legend Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear / The Grand Tour fame. On the second day, Paddy could improve his performance and it looked like the team would match or even surpass last year's result. Things never turn out the way you expect. The problems startet in the afternoon of day 3, after a great morning. Suddenly, Paddy couldn't shift gears anymore. None of the gears would stick and there were weird noises coming from the general direction of the engine. "Surely, this must be a leprechaun", thought Paddy. Whether or not a character of Ireland's folklore made it under the hood of the Audi quattro to plague your valiant hero during his most arduous test became irrelevant as the situation got so bad that, in the name of safety, Paddy had to stop. It was pretty bad. Was Paddy beaten?

Coppa d'Europa 2017

After half an hour waiting, the mighty Audi quattro was brought to a garage.

Coppa d'Europa 2017

The car mechanic figured out that break liquid was leaking and was empty. This caused the problem with the clutch. He could pump out air out of the clutch system and refilled the break liquid tank ‐ the quattro was alive again! Much like an Irishman on St. Patrick's Day five minutes before last call, Paddy refused to be beaten. Quitting the race? Out of the question! With the Audi purring like a kitten again, he was back on the road! He lost a lot of time and collected lots of penalty points for missing checkpoints. Eventually, though, triumphant and undefeated, Paddy rolled into Munich. While he was not first, it tasted a whole lot like victory. Because against all odds, in an old car with a clutch that has a mind of its own, Paddy finished the race.

The statistics of the Coppa d'Europa 2016 are (data is missing on day 3):

Title Total Length Total Duration Elevation Range Average Speed
Way there 634 km 7h 43m 25m to 772m 92.00 km/h
Day 01 582.67 km 12h 27m 49m to 637m 51.83 km/h
Day 02 484.17 km 10h 28m 102m to 1084m 51.14 km/h
Day 03 365.58 km 10h 20m 405m to 1471m 49.83 km/h
Way back 340.33 km 4h 45m 387m to 714m 81.14 km/h

Map of the rally Coppa d'Europa 2017:

Map of Coppa d'Europa 2017

05-06-2016: Strade del Vino 2016 ‐ Hat-trick!

Team Paddy Murphy emerged again victorious as the winner of this year's Strade del Vino rally ‐ they scored a hat-trick! The definition of hat-trick is three successes of the same kind within a limited period.

Strade del Vino 2016

Team Paddy Murphy attended the 7th edition of Strade del Vino from 1th to 5th June 2016 in Piedmont, Italy. It was once more an awesome experience. Beautiful landscapes, interesting routes, great food and drinks. Thanks to the Orga-Team of Strade del Vino for that!

Strade del Vino 2016

The statistics of the rally Strade del Vino 2016 are:

Title Total Length Total Duration Total Elevation Gain/Loss Average Speed
Prologue 245 km 4h 22m 2904m / 3012m 74.09 km/h
Day 01 192 km 7h 59m 4553m / 4558m 40.38 km/h
Day 02 237 km 8h 40m 6299m / 6291m 41.75 km/h
Day 03 171 km 7h 53m 4837m / 4849m 40.51 km/h

Map of the rally Strade del Vino 2016:

Map of Strade del Vino 2016

05-05-2016: Best of Coppa d'Europa 2016

Paddy distilled hours of recording down to this film ‐ the pure essence of motor racing for car enthusiasts and petrol heads. The film Best Of Coppa d'Europa 2016 contains only the best ingredients: speed, straight tracks, narrow roads, dangerous bends and classic cars, accompanied by the lovely sound of a V6 engine.

Coppa d'Europa 2016

Coppa d'Europa 2016

Play button Click here to view Best of Coppa d'Europa 2016

There's one more thing: Paddy proudly presents the first film encoded in a new video compression standard called High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265. HVEC promises that it encodes video files up to twice as efficiently compared to previous standards like H.264 ‐ that's a bold statement. So it's time for proof: Paddy encoded Best of Coppa d'Europa 2016 four times and used each time the same settings such as 720p, 60fps, 7000KB/s bit rate, two-pass.
Let's compare the results:

Encoder File size [MB] (du -h)
VP9 (libvpx-vp9) 431
H.264 (libx264) 399
VP8 (libvpx) 395
H.265 (libx265) 366

That is a impressive result even if it's not half the size of the others. But, and there's always a but, most browsers don't support HVEC/H.265 yet. However, here is Best of Coppa d'Europa 2016 in H.265 ‐ just play it in your favourite video player and see for yourself. Paddy would love to hear your feedback.

11-04-2016: Coppa d'Europa 2016

Team Paddy Murphy attended the 12th edition of Coppa d'Europa 2016 from 7th to 10th April 2016. The 2016 edition started in Vaals (NL) and led through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and ended in Prague in the Czech Republic. Coppa d'Europa is among the most challenging rallies in Central Europe. Team Paddy Murphy started in the category CoppaSport and finished the rally 34rd of 41 ‐ a decent result for their first participation!

Coppa d'Europa 2016

The statistics of the Coppa d'Europa 2016 are:

Title Total Length Total Duration Total Elevation Gain/Loss Elevation Range Average Speed
Way there 626 km 9h 5m 7389m / 7701m 61m to 795m 74.09 km/h
Day 01 541 km 12h 8m 11559m / 11543m 63m to 704m 51.96 km/h
Day 02 578 km 12h 37m 12875m / 12752m 139m to 937m 53.7 km/h
Day 03 483 km 10h 58m 10122m / 10169m 201m to 799m 53.04 km/h
Way back 688 km 7h 4m 7519m / 7317m 174m to 794m 108.03 km/h

Map of the rally Coppa d'Europa 2016:

Map of Coppa d'Europa 2016

Of course there will be a cool video by Paddy ‐ stay tuned.

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