Brun Motorsport

Brun Motorsport GmbH was a Swiss auto racing team founded by driver Walter Brun in 1983. They competed as a Porsche privateer team in sports car racing for their entire existence, running in a multitude of international championships, they notably won the World Sportscar Championship in 1986 and became a full-fledged chassis constructor. Brun was briefly part of the EuroBrun Formula One team from 1988 to 1990; the team was dissolved in 1992. Following several years of competing for Team GS-Sport and their partner Sauber in the World Sportscar Championship and Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, Walter Brun would take over the ailing GS-Sport company and rename it Brun Motorsport for the 1983 season. Brun took over GS-Sport's BMW M1s and a Sauber SHS C6, modifying the into what became known as the Sehcar C6; the new team would keep Hans Joachim Stuck and Harald Grohs as their drivers, with Walter Brun himself doing driving duties. Following initial problems with the Sehcar, Brun would become one of the early privateer owners of a Porsche 956, used in both the World Sportscar Championship and Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft.

The 956 would boost Brun's performance, as the team took their first victory that season at an Interserie event at Autodrom Most with Walter Brun driving. This would be followed by a fourth place at the 1000 km Spa. Abandoning the Sehcar project for 1984, a second 956 would be purchased by the team, being used by drivers Massimo Sigala and Oscar Larrauri; the team would add sponsorship from Jägermeister and Warsteiner. Running their first full seasons of the WSC and DRM with the 956s, Brun continue to improve their performances as the season progressed; the season opened with a fourth at the 1000 km Monza, followed by fourth and seventh places finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, third and fourth at the 1000 km Spa. The team would achieve their second victory at the 1000 km Imola, followed a week by a victory at a DRM round at the Nürburgring, once more a month at the same circuit for an Interserie event. Brun would secure their first championship by winning the DRM teams title, while Stefan Bellof won the drivers' championship, having run for both Brun and Joest Racing.

For 1985, Brun added a new Porsche 962C to his fleet of two 956s. The team began to dominate in the combined Interserie-DRM series, taking five victories and earning Hans Joachim Stuck second in the drivers' championship behind Joest Racing's Jochen Mass. However, the team would remain winless in the World Championship. Though the team scored a third at Mugello and a second at Hockenheimring, the team struggled to finish many events, leaving them sixth in the team's championship; the team would suffer a further loss as Stefan Bellof was killed during the season in an accident while driving for the team at the 1000 km of Spa. Building on the team's success in 1985, Walter Brun began to expand his team further for 1986. Two more 962s were purchased, with one being dedicated to competing in select rounds of the North American IMSA GT Championship. Although only running five rounds, the team managed to finish second at Watkins Glen behind champion Al Holbert. Back in Europe, Brun would rebound in the World Championship.

After failing to finish Le Mans the previous year, the team would earn a second place result. The first victory of the season would be followed by another at Spa. Although Brun only scored championship points in four rounds, with only one victory counting for points, the team was still able to win the teams' championship that year, defeating the factory Jaguar and Porsche teams. Brun would close off the successful year with one final victory at the Interserie round at the Österreichring. 1987 began with quick success, as Brun opened the year with a second place finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona. However, the World Championship saw Jaguar ascending to become the dominant team, while the German Supercup became a struggle for Brun; this left the team with their first winless season even though there were some strong performances over the year. Consistent finishes in the World Championship were not be enough for Brun to defend their title, yet the team finished in second, ahead of plethora of Porsche teams.

With their great success and hoping to aid their driver Oscar Larrauri move into Formula One, Brun joined with Euroracing to form the EuroBrun team. Although Walter Brun provided a large amount of monetary investment, the team was run more by the Euroracing side; the team struggled and Brun's concentration on the Formula One squad hurt their efforts in sports cars. With the aid of new sponsor Repsol, the team would manage only a lone victory at an Interserie event. Brun would slip to fourth in the World Championship; the EuroBrun effort downsized for 1989. Following a third at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Brun would abandon their small IMSA GT effort and instead moved to the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, where they scored a third in their debut. In the World Championship though Brun struggled to score podium finishes, the team was able to earn consistent points and finish third in the championship, beating out Jaguar as well as newcomers Nissan and Aston Martin; as the EuroBrun effort continued to drain funds and the Supercup championship was dissolved, the team was downsized in 1990.

The Japanese effort was cancelled, the team was left to concentrate solely on the World Championship. With a more concentrated effort, the team struggled to finish in the top ten. A fifth place at Spa would be their best effort all year

Diff's Lucky Day

Diff's Lucky Day is an EP by Blyss, the forerunner of Lifehouse. With Ron Aniello as the album's producer, frontman Jason Wade and his band, comprising Sergio Andrande, Jon "Diff" Palmer, Collin Hayden, Aaron Lord, released their album in 1999 for sale at concerts and distribution among friends or potential industry contacts. No. Title Writers Length "Cling and Clatter" Wade 4:28 "Unknown" Wade 4:05 "Fool" Wade 4:18 "Crown of Scars" Wade 4:50 "Mudpie" Wade 5:07 "Trying" Wade 3:52 "Storm" Wade 4:41 "Breathing" Wade 4:28 "Somewhere in Between" Wade 4:12 "Fairy Tales and Castles" Wade 3:21 "What's Wrong with That?" Wade 4:35 "Revolution Cry" Wade 6:53 Jason Wade - lead vocals, rhythm guitar Sergio Andrade - bass guitar Jon "Diff" Palmer - drums Collin Hayden - lead guitar Aaron Lord - keyboards

Flash Gordon (serial)

Flash Gordon is a 1936 science fiction serial. Presented in 13 chapters, it is the first screen adventure for Flash Gordon, the comic-strip character created by Alex Raymond in 1934, it presents the story of Gordon's visit to the planet Mongo and his encounters with the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson and Frank Shannon portray the film's central characters. In 1996, Flash Gordon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant". "The Planet of Peril" The planet Mongo is on a collision course with Earth. Dr. Alexis Zarkov takes off in a rocket ship to Mongo with Flash Gordon and Dale Arden as his assistants, they find that the planet is ruled by the cruel Emperor Ming, who lusts after Dale and sends Flash to fight in the arena. Ming's daughter, Princess Aura, tries to spare Flash's life. "The Tunnel of Terror" Aura helps Flash to escape as Zarkov is put to work in Ming's laboratory and Dale is prepared for her wedding to Ming.

Flash meets Prince Thun, leader of the Lion Men, the pair return to the palace to rescue Dale. "Captured by Shark Men" Flash stops the wedding ceremony, but he and Dale are captured by King Kala, ruler of the Shark Men and a loyal follower of Ming. At Ming's order, Kala forces Flash to fight with a giant octosak in a chamber filling with water. "Battling the Sea Beast" Aura and Thun rescue Flash from the octosak. Trying to keep Flash away from Dale, Aura destroys the mechanisms. "The Destroying Ray" Flash, Dale and Thun escape from the underwater city, but are captured by King Vultan and the Hawkmen. Dr. Zarkov befriends Prince Barin, they race to the rescue. "Flaming Torture" Dale pretends to fall in love with King Vultan in order to save Flash and Thun, who are put to work in the Hawkmen's atomic furnaces. "Shattering Doom" Flash, Barin and Zarkov create an explosion in the atomic furnaces. "Tournament of Death" Dr. Zarkov saves the Hawkmen's city in the sky from falling, earning Flash and his friends King Vultan's gratitude.

Ming insists that Flash fight a tournament of death against a masked opponent, revealed to be Barin, against a vicious orangopoid. "Fighting the Fire Dragon" Flash survives the tournament with Aura's help, after she discovers the weak point of the orangopoid. Still determined to win Flash, Aura has him drugged to make him lose his memory. "The Unseen Peril" Flash recovers his memory. Ming is determined to have Flash executed. "In the Claws of the Tigron" Zarkov invents a machine. Flash torments his guards. Barin hides Dale in the catacombs. "Trapped in the Turret" Aura realizes the error of her ways, falls in love with Barin. She tries to help Flash and his friends to return to Earth — but Ming plots to kill them. "Rocketing to Earth" Ming orders that the Earth people be caught and killed, but Flash and his friends escape from the Emperor's clutches, Ming is killed in the flames of the "sacred temple of the Great God Tao". Flash and Zarkov make a triumphant return to Earth. Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon Charles B.

Middleton as Ming the Merciless Jean Rogers as Dale Arden Priscilla Lawson as Princess Aura Frank Shannon as Dr. Alexis Zarkov Richard Alexander as Prince Barin Jack Lipson as King Vultan Theodore Lorch as Second High Priest James Pierce as Prince Thun Duke York as King Kala Earl Askam as Officer Torch Lon Poff as First High Priest Richard Tucker as Professor Gordon George Cleveland as Professor Hensley Muriel Goodspeed as Zona Early film fan historians have claimed that actor Lon Poff, playing the first of Ming's two high priests, died shortly after production began and so was replaced by Theodore Lorch. In fact, only Poff's character died, or rather was killed by Ming in an act of fury and replaced by Lorch's High Priest. Poff did not die until 1952. According to Harmon and Glut, Flash Gordon had a budget of over a million dollars. Stedman, writes that it was "reportedly" $350,000. Many props and other elements in the film were recycled from earlier Universal productions; the watchtower sets used in Frankenstein appear again as several interiors within Ming's palace.

One of the large Egyptian statues seen in The Mummy is the idol of the Great God Tao. The laboratory set and a shot of the Moon rushing past Zarkov's returning rocket ship from space are from The Invisible Ray. Zarkov's rocket ship and scenes of dancers swarming over a gigantic idol were reused from Just Imagine. Ming's attack on Earth is footage from old silent newsreels, an entire dance segment is from The Midnight Sun, while some of the laboratory equipment came from Bride of Frankenstein; the music was recycled from several other films, notably Bride of Frankenstein, Bombay Mail, The Black Cat, Werewolf of London, The Invisible Man. Crabbe had his hair dyed blond to appear more like the comic-strip Flash Gordon, he was very self-conscious about this and kept his hat on in public at all times with women present. He did not like men whistling at him. Jean Rogers had her hair dyed blonde prior to production, "apparently to capitalize on the popularity of Jean Harlow". Brunette was the natural hair color for both actresses.

According to the 1973 reference The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury by Jim Harmon and Donald Glut, Ming's makeup and costuming were designed to resemble Fu Manchu, a fictional "supervillain" popularized in earlier Hollywood films and in a series of novels first published in England in 1913. Richard Alexander h