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#1 Roger39

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 06:48

and you had one chance of driving any race car in any race what and where would it be?
Mine would be driving a Porsche 917 at the Kyalami 9 hour in the early 70's...magnificant car on a classic track..

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#2 Giraffe

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:04

If you could turn forward time...... Mine would be the winning car in the next F1 GP, whatever it was; it wouldn't be the drive itself that would appeal to me, but the drive in the hire car into town to bank the cheque.............;)

#3 Hieronymus

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:16

Tyrrell P34 (1976 version) at the Nordschleife.

#4 jcbc3

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:26

Haven't we played this game before? Hmm, maybe on another forum.

Ok, here goes: I am a very competent driver and have raced go-karts. So I would never in a thousand year have any chance of mastering a monster 917 or even a current or seventies F1 car. So I'll go for a shark nose around Spa. I think I could handle that AND enjoy myself without the risk of either soiling my pants or kill myself.

#5 Giraffe

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:36

Originally posted by jcbc3
Haven't we played this game before? Hmm, maybe on another forum.

Ok, here goes: I am a very competent driver and have raced go-karts. So I would never in a thousand year have any chance of mastering a monster 917 or even a current or seventies F1 car. So I'll go for a shark nose around Spa. I think I could handle that AND enjoy myself without the risk of either soiling my pants or kill myself.


Interestingly, I asked Chris Rea at Donington on Sunday what it was like to drive his recreation of the sharknose, and he rather dissapointingly said "a bit like a Formula Junior".
I also asked Chris (a man who is able to make his dreams a reality) what his favourite drive was, and it was "David Piper's 330P around Spa; Awesome!"................... :smoking:

#6 jcbc3

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:42

I think that I would have more fun absolutely wringing the neck of a car rather than feeling being a passenger on a nuclear bomb.

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#7 Stephen W

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:01

Originally posted by Roger39
and you had one chance of driving any race car in any race what and where would it be?


Meanwhile back on track ............


My choice would be a works Porsche 908 Spyder in the 1969 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:26

Always had a yen to do the Mille Miglia, but was only 7 when the last one ran. Car? How about a Lotus XI to dust up those Etcetterinis? Until it broke!

#9 Ray Bell

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:37

Would have to be a F5000...

Phillip Island in a McLaren M10B.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:21

I feel compelled to state that I changed my sig before I saw jcbc's pic - what a coincidence! :eek:

As for the "dream ride", I'd go for a Miller 122 in the Indy 500. Not the most exciting of tracks to drive on, but boy, what an event! :up:

#11 john aston

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:33

Targa Florio Ferrari 312PB(was it ? )

#12 kayemod

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:33

I'd go for a 908 Spyder as well, but in the Targa Florio, trying hard not to think too much about the flimsiness of the 'crash protection' structure. On second thoughts, maybe I'd go for a CanAm McLaren M8B, just to be part of the atmosphere and camaraderie of that wonderful series.

#13 SEdward

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:48

A Ferrari P4 round the banking at the 1967 Monza 1000 km. Thanks to the 1967 sports car mod and the version of the full 10 km Monza circuit, I can already experience this fantasy in GPL, at least virtually.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:49

Mine would be attempting to do a qualifying lap in a Lotus 98T or Williams FW11 at the Osterreichring, on full boost. saying that though, I don't think i would make it past the end of the pit wall before falling off the road so maybe 'just' something like a Lotus 72! Maybe i could do half a lap before incurring the wrath of Chapman... :)

#15 kayemod

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 12:07

Originally posted by john aston
Targa Florio Ferrari 312PB(was it ? )


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I think that the word is 'evocative'.

#16 Allan Lupton

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 12:11

Like jcbc, I shall stick to cars I might stand a chance of controlling and enjoying!
1958 Vanwall at Spa
1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo B on the Nordschleife
1914 Sunbeam on the Isle of Man TT

#17 kayemod

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 12:14

Originally posted by Allan Lupton
Like jcbc, I shall stick to cars I might stand a chance of controlling and enjoying!


Come on, don't be so sensible. If we're all heading for Fantasy Land, at least let's do it properly!

#18 Allan Lupton

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 12:21

Originally posted by kayemod


Come on, don't be so sensible. If we're all heading for Fantasy Land, at least let's do it properly!


I wrote " and enjoying"
I view the game from the standpoint of who and what I am (and was) and I can't imagine enjoying a Porsche 917 or a current F1 car.

#19 fines

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 13:07

I am more than a little bemused by the fact that some people appear to believe that a fifties, pre-war or even a vintage racing car would be easier to control than a more modern one! :confused:

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#20 jcbc3

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 13:16

That's not quite what we are saying though. A Brute is a Brute, no matter when conceived. Which is why I went for 1.5 ltr. engined benign(ish) mannered car.

#21 Rob Lees

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 13:30

If it's permissible to choose a rally, rather than a race, I'd have loved to do the Monte Carlo rally in a Mk.1 Lotus Cortina.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 13:43

Originally posted by john aston
Targa Florio Ferrari 312PB (was it ?)


It sure was - the year was 1972 and you can count me in with this one!!

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#23 f1steveuk

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 13:47

The assumption is that I have the ability to do so succesfully!

Tyrrell Ford 006/2, Monaco..................

#24 Chezrome

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 15:12

...and it was april 7th, 1968, I would have walked up to Jim Clark at Hockenheim and said to him: 'I just had a telegram from the tire company. They say the tyres are faulty, and you shouldn't drive. Here's the telegram.'

After the race, they would have found out I was lying, and that the telegram was forged. By that time I would have been zapped to my own time, and Jim would still be alive.

Oh, sorry. That was not the intention, I understand.

#25 barrykm

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 16:19

Originally posted by Chezrome
...and it was april 7th, 1968, I would have walked up to Jim Clark at Hockenheim and said to him: 'I just had a telegram from the tire company. They say the tyres are faulty, and you shouldn't drive. Here's the telegram.'

After the race, they would have found out I was lying, and that the telegram was forged. By that time I would have been zapped to my own time, and Jim would still be alive.

Oh, sorry. That was not the intention, I understand.


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#26 Flat Black

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 16:59

Frank Lockhart's Miller in the 1926 race at Altoona

Parnelli Jones' Shrike in the 1966 race at Langhorne

Rick Muther's Hawk II/Offy in the 1970 Indy 500

Carlos Reutemann's Brabham Ford in the 1975 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

#27 hay!

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 17:05

Well I don't want to jump on the Ferrari 312PB bandwagon................. So how about a Matra 670 from the same era (1973?)
I wonder if it sounds so cool, from inside the cockpit :confused:

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#28 Keir

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 17:17

Keeping with the Matra trend.

LeMans 1971, Matra 660. Beltoise gets ill and I get to co drive with Amon.

BTW, I'll ask Chris about the sound difference.

#29 sterling49

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 17:25

I will take the other nice car he drove at the BOAC at Brands, a 330P4, that will do nicely :love:

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 18:43

In the Matra trend: Le Mans 1968. Pescarolo hands over to you the 630 he managed through the night, in the rain, with no windshield wiper, to the 2nd place. Johnny Servoz-Gavin gave up, so you have to take over...



#31 RStock

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 19:31

Auto Union B-type , Nurburgring :cool:

#32 giacomo

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 20:44

The Brabham fan car in Anderstorp.

#33 Chris Bloom

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 20:47

Alfa P3 would do me fine

#34 Vicuna

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:16

This is a cool thread :up:

One question - do we have to pick a car that actually raced on the circuit we pick?

Or even be from the same era?

Which is two questions...

In other words, could I pick, for example, an Auto Union at Indianapolis in 1939...or a Brawn at Avus in 2009??

#35 john t

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:20

JPS Lotus. Silverstone 1973

#36 Stephen W

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:21

Originally posted by Vicuna
One question - do we have to pick a car that actually raced on the circuit we pick?

Or even be from the same era?

Which is two questions...


If you read the very first post the answer woudl be Yes to both your questions.

However reading through most people have stuck to the historically correct car/race/circuit theme!

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#37 sterling49

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:21

Originally posted by john t
JPS Lotus. Silverstone 1973


Sideways at Woodcote though :eek: :up:

#38 Roger39

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:28

Originally posted by Stephen W


If you read the very first post the answer woudl be Yes to both your questions.

However reading through most people have stuck to the historically correct car/race/circuit theme!

:cool:



What I really meant was "any race" meaning Monza 1982, Le Mans 1968, Kyalami 9hr 1970..etc but we won't be too fussy :)

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:30

Tin top would be a black JPS BMW M3 in the wet at Bathurst in 1987..

Open wheeler... hmmmm, so many. F190 Ferrari at Adelaide in 1990, Lotus 72 at Zandvoort, Lotus 49 at Longford, BRM V12 anywhere, Matra powered V12 anywhere..

Ferrari F190 ( again ) at Baskerville...

Mini at Baskerville, wait, Ive done that one!

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#40 Vicuna

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:39

I thought you'd have gone for a 1992 Brabham - with a helmet in matching colours

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:02

Of course to stand any chance whatsoever I'd drive a Lotus 79, in the 1973 British Grand Prix, not in the spirit of the question, but I really might have a chance (especially as I'd steer clear of "Fletcher" in the first lap!)

#42 john winfield

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:31

I think I'll take the Ferrari 312B at the British Grand Prix at Brands in 1970 (with a slightly wider moulded seat).
I'd have the differential checked carefully in practice for any potential problems, qualify on the outside of the front row, dive inside Jack at Druids, pull away for lap after lap and enjoy the Kent scenery. When coming up to lap Denny, I would tow Clay through to fourth and, having lapped Jochen and Jack with twenty laps remaining, would back off allowing them to save a bit of fuel in my slipstream. After the race I would note that Jack was lucky that his fuel lasted until Paddock on the slowing down lap and would hear Colin saying 'don't bother' as one of the Lotus mechanics began to lean heavily on the Lotus 72 rear wing.

#43 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:15

Originally posted by Ray Bell
Would have to be a F5000...

Phillip Island in a McLaren M10B.

I think maybe a T332 or maybe Garrys MR9

#44 Stephen W

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:38

Originally posted by Vicuna
I thought you'd have gone for a 1992 Brabham - with a helmet in matching colours


Too much information! :lol:

#45 Vicuna

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:58

i think there was both purple and pink on that 92 Brabham...

#46 Keir

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 14:13

Amon responds to the Matra sound question.

The car was loud everywhere, but in the cockpit, one had the added sounds of engine mechanicals and gearbox. Chris was glad he used good earplugs early in his career and still has good hearing to this day, unlike some of his cohorts.

#47 Stephen W

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 14:46

Originally posted by Vicuna
i think there was both purple and pink on that 92 Brabham...


The front end was pink whilst the rear half was two-tone blue (dark over light) plus the rear wing was white.

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#48 Vicuna

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 14:48

Originally posted by Lee Nicolle

I think maybe a T332


Perhaps Ray was thinking of his feet

#49 SEdward

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 15:21

Dear John Winfield

"I think I'll take the Ferrari 312B at the British Grand Prix at Brands in 1970"

Couldn't agree more. This was the first GP I ever attended and it made me an Ickx fan for life. Something to do with the noise, the colour and gold wheels of that car.

Shame the race lasted more than 6 laps! I'm sure he would have lapped everyone. The king of Brands Hatch, if ever there was one!

Edward

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 16:28

Gurney Eagle at SPA



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