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#1 Teez

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 17:18

Amid the general acrimony and scandals of the past couple of years it's nice to read stories like this:

Super Aguri and Force India were invited to meet their new neighbours on Thursday when McLaren opened their doors for a tea party for their next-door teams. [...]

Source: Autosport.com Grapevine

Very nice of McLaren to do this. I usually come down hard on them (to say the least!), but I have to give kudos to the team this time for being welcoming and opening their doors to the 'little guys'. Well done, Team McLaren! :up:

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#2 RedBaron

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 17:24

Yeh, while they were all at the tea party some McLaren agents slunk into the empty garages and pinched whatever data they could. Their wives could well be photocopying it right now!

#3 Dragonfly

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 17:32

Was MaXXX invited for a cup of tea?

#4 EvilPhil II

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 17:39

Originally posted by Dragonfly
Was MaXXX invited for a cup of tea?


He was invited, but couldnt attend as he was tied up with other arrangements.

#5 giacomo

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 17:44

Originally posted by Dragonfly
Was MaXXX invited for a cup of tea?

Originally yes, but after McLaren heard about the Spankgate scandal they withdraw the invitation. They did not want to give him his usual pre-tea spanking...

#6 HSJ

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 17:51

Yeah, this was one of the most positive things to come out of McLaren in a while. :up:

#7 se7en_24

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 17:52

Originally posted by HSJ
Yeah, this was one of the most positive things to come out of McLaren in a while. :up:

You mean since Kimi. :rolleyes:

#8 Buttoneer

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 18:00

Originally posted by se7en_24
You mean since Kimi. :rolleyes:

:rotfl:

I think I remember that when Super Aguri picked up some points for the first time, Ron sent a crate of Champers along? I think the Mac boys do this sort of thing quite regularly(?)

#9 SevenTwoSeven

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 18:03

Funny, i could only think this thread was about the cast of the somewhat once popular Oz soap visiting the McLaren pit garage, then thinking, thats strange, why didnt they do it during the melbourne weekend!

#10 tahadar

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 18:07

haha! when they are back on their usual side of the pitlane next year i cant imagine the tea party making a repeat performance!

#11 Andrew Ford &F1

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 20:25

Yeah, I still think that McLaren is a fan-friendly team. And it is extremely nice of them to invite their colleagues from Super Aguri and Force India. I hope that others will follow suit and that F1 paddock would become as friendly as it was in the 70s!

#12 giacomo

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 20:31

Originally posted by Andrew, Ford &F1
Yeah, I still think that McLaren is a fan-friendly team. And it is extremely nice of them to invite their colleagues from Super Aguri and Force India. I hope that others will follow suit and that F1 paddock would become as friendly as it was in the 70s!

Dream on.

#13 WOOT

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 20:34

Originally posted by giacomo
Dream on.


No need to. We're living the dream.

#14 Jason

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 20:36

A nice gesture by McLaren.

#15 dawg_7529

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:00

Well halleluja, finally a nice optimistic news story about mclaren. Eventhough they where big in the red numbers i say: mclaren +1

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:03

Originally posted by SevenTwoSeven
Funny, i could only think this thread was about the cast of the somewhat once popular Oz soap visiting the McLaren pit garage, then thinking, thats strange, why didnt they do it during the melbourne weekend!


Maybe because they were not next to those teams in Oz.

#17 paffett4F1

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:08

....and this is the first time the 'Brand Centre' has been used this year (it isn't used at the fly away races)

#18 SevenTwoSeven

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:09

Originally posted by Clatter


Maybe because they were not next to those teams in Oz.



:confused: :confused: :confused:

#19 Clatter

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:13

Originally posted by SevenTwoSeven



:confused: :confused: :confused:


In Oz Mac were not at the end of the pit lane, their neighbours were BMW and Williams (I think).

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#20 paffett4F1

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:14

Originally posted by SevenTwoSeven



:confused: :confused: :confused:



McLaren had the fifth garage in Oz so Force India and Super Aguri were not their neighbours there.

#21 Formulaonefan

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:33

nice gesture by McLaren, I feel kind of sorry for the team, after the spy saga. I hope they can rebuild their reputation they didn't deserve it but it happened, it will be very hard regaining reputation and may take as long as a decade to forget about it. Even as a Ferrari fan I don't think they deserved it, :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

#22 Lord Snooty

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 22:05

Originally posted by SevenTwoSeven



:confused: :confused: :confused:




:rotfl:

sometimes your best work is wasted.....

:up:

#23 Dolph

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 22:26

Originally posted by EvilPhil II


He was invited, but couldnt attend as he was tied up with other arrangements.


:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

#24 BiH

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 22:27

"It was the first time I'd been inside the famous 'Brand Centre', and I was very impressed," he said. "And the apple juice was delicious - I gather it's produced to Ron Dennis's personal specification."


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

#25 djellison

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 22:38

All credit to them. Life must suck a whole load if you're working for SA at the moment, so a nice bit of the high life to chill out for a bit is deserved.

Doug

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 23:29

they told the other teams to ignore the guy in the background frantically photocopying thier stuff.

#27 David M. Kane

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 23:34

Yes it is nice to see this type of behavior. Let's hope there is more of it, hopefully others catch the spirit.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:08

Originally posted by SevenTwoSeven

:confused: :confused: :confused:



Dont worry. At least a few of us here knew what you were referring to.

#29 vsubravet

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 05:15

A nice gesture by the team and possibly the first positive news about the team in quite a while. I do hope they keep their PR blitz (the Matt Bishop variety) to a very low level throughout the year and let their on-track performances speak.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:31

Originally posted by Buttoneer

:rotfl:

I think I remember that when Super Aguri picked up some points for the first time, Ron sent a crate of Champers along? I think the Mac boys do this sort of thing quite regularly(?)

I believe it was Canada last year, Ron was thanking Sato for taking points off Alonso :p

#31 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:35

PR

#32 kar

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:37

Originally posted by Ross Stonefeld
PR


With Max Bishop in charge no!? Say it isn't so?!

#33 primer

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 11:30

Yes, but it is a good, cheap way to get some PR. Much better than releasing yet another self-congratulatory press release, with a fake questions-n-answers session with phantom journalists thrown in for added effect..

#34 smartie_f1

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 12:26

Originally posted by Buttoneer

:rotfl:

I think I remember that when Super Aguri picked up some points for the first time, Ron sent a crate of Champers along? I think the Mac boys do this sort of thing quite regularly(?)


He did that for Jordan when they got their first win too

#35 SevenTwoSeven

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 14:53

Originally posted by Clatter


In Oz Mac were not at the end of the pit lane, their neighbours were BMW and Williams (I think).


If anyone bar those who pointed it out, actualy read all of my post youd see i wasnt referring to where they were in the pitlane!

#36 Andrew Ford &F1

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 17:58

Originally posted by giacomo
Dream on.


OK, I exagerated a bit when I said that the paddock would be as frriendly as in 70's, noone can bring those times back. But I do hope that others will follow suit ad that the paddock would become a bit friendlier. That's what I should have typed in my earlier post.

#37 Clatter

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 18:03

Originally posted by SevenTwoSeven


If anyone bar those who pointed it out, actualy read all of my post youd see i wasnt referring to where they were in the pitlane!


But where they were in the pit lane was probably one of the reasons they didnt do it in OZ.

#38 SevenTwoSeven

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 18:21

Please read my post again. PLEASE!

I stated that i thought (thats me, thinking, not a general observation on anything other than that) that this post was about Mclaren inviting the cast of the once popular (maybe an understatement) Austrailian (thats a country near New zealand) televisual feast also known as 'NEIGHBOURS' to there pit garage.

Neighbours at one time had amongst its cast Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and many other austrailian 'stars'. Most of which had appeared in various other low budget shows such as 'sons and daughters' and 'prisoner:cell block H' and later went on to star in other commercially viable multi season long runs of shows, such as the unforgettable 'Home and Away'

Now comes the hard part. As 'neighbours' is based in austrailia, it occured to me that for mclaren to invite the cast of said soap to their pit garage, why do it in Bahrain when the first race of the season was in.........Austrailia.

I never once asked about pit garages, or their position in relation to other teams, or anything of the sort.

Ok?

#39 Clatter

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 18:23

Originally posted by SevenTwoSeven
Please read my post again. PLEASE!

I stated that i thought (thats me, thinking, not a general observation on anything other than that) that this post was about Mclaren inviting the cast of the once popular (maybe an understatement) Austrailian (thats a country near New zealand) televisual feast also known as 'NEIGHBOURS' to there pit garage.

Neighbours at one time had amongst its cast Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and many other austrailian 'stars'. Most of which had appeared in various other low budget shows such as 'sons and daughters' and 'prisoner:cell block H' and later went on to star in other commercially viable multi season long runs of shows, such as the unforgettable 'Home and Away'

Now comes the hard part. As 'neighbours' is based in austrailia, it occured to me that for mclaren to invite the cast of said soap to their pit garage, why do it in Bahrain when the first race of the season was in.........Austrailia.

I never once asked about pit garages, or their position in relation to other teams, or anything of the sort.

Ok?


OK, sorry that went right over my head. Probably because I never watched it.

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#40 SevenTwoSeven

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 18:28

No, but you had maybe heard of it :lol:

Well im glad thats cleared up!

*note to self. Explain all posts in more detail to avert similar confusion :clap:

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 09:03

Poor old Ron. He´s damned if he does and damned if he doesn´t. Is it just my imagination or do I detect a softening of attitudes where he´s concerned since the FIA squeezed that 100 mil out of him? Maybe they did him a favour by bringing him back down to earth.
Another feather in Max´s cap? :lol: :cool:

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 09:49

Originally posted by ex Rhodie racer
Poor old Ron. He´s damned if he does and damned if he doesn´t. Is it just my imagination or do I detect a softening of attitudes where he´s concerned since the FIA squeezed that 100 mil out of him? Maybe they did him a favour by bringing him back down to earth.
Another feather in Max´s cap? :lol: :cool:


It is 'Poor old Ron' who is having the last laugh, whilst his nemesis is sweating waiting for the "hanging/spanking" on D-Day :wave:

#43 Mika Mika

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 09:52

Tell you what they could do well taking some of the cream form SA and FI tech staff... I always though Mike Gazza would end up at McLaren sometime...

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:00

Originally posted by vsubravet


It is 'Poor old Ron' who is having the last laugh, whilst his nemesis is sweating waiting for the "hanging/spanking" on D-Day :wave:


I'm not so sure yet. Let's see what Max got up his sleeve, something tells me he's prepared something. :)

#45 vsubravet

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:10

A "spanking" session for all the delegates of the EGA as 'ze punishment' for not being more supportive of him? :p

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Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:10

:up: to McLaren for this positive gesture.
The fact that some have used this particular thread to bash McLaren is a bit unecessary IMO.