By Archie Bilk:
In racing we are keenly aware of load paths and forces. When we find more power, more downforce, more traction, it usually reveals more consequences—the next weakest link. Of course, this is the fascination that draws inquisitive minds to our industry. It is they who are our problem-solvers, and we survive on their astuteness.
For centuries Peruvian villagers have been constructing a bridge from grass that is installed in three days and renewed every year. Their motivation was simple: natives needed to find a way to cross a wide, deep ravine and the most common material available to them was grass. The inspiration to convert grass into braided cords, ropes, and finally large diameter cables was the mark of considerable insight by the their ancient ancestors, the Inca, conquered by the Spanish in 1572.