You just HAVE to check this out.
Posted 14 October 2000 - 00:15
The Connew Story By Barry J. Boor
"Even to those who would have to admit to being REAL F.1 Anoraks, the name Connew is probably totally meaningless. A single entry in any F.1 records book does not even begin to scratch the surface of what is, I believe, a remarkable story. Of course, I am biased, having been one of the three major members of the Peter Connew Motor Racing team. However, I think anyone who reads it will have to admit, it was a very brave effort."
Posted 15 October 2000 - 01:13
Earlier today in an email, someone suggested that this Forum was like a letters to the editor feature in a journal or magazine. I had never looked at it that way, but I now see what he was pointing out to me.
BTW, the Connew is one of my favorite stories. Unlike the rather snooty and dark view taken by most today about the minor teams that used to exist almost by the score, I thought they added something to the flavor of the proceedings.
Under today's rules, to mention but a few, McLaren and Williams and even Ferrari would be somewhere but not on the F1 grid... Keep in mind that Ferrari was never a true manufacturer, but a small constructor of specialist sports cars. Its annual production was barely that of an hour at any of the major US companies or of a day of the European companies. Not a criticism, just a comment.
True, some of the minor teams were truly awful in some ways, but there was a freedom to try even if that meant getting embarrassed in full view of the paying audience.
The Connew crew gets one of my rare four star awards for their sheer determination and actually getting onto the grid. Sometimes winning is just getting into The Show....
Posted 15 October 2000 - 13:26
But they created the thing from scratch, and a much more complex thing than I ever had, and overcame problems and national boundaries and different languages to present it on a grid for a World Championship race ... out of a little private pommie backyard.
Posted 17 October 2000 - 06:59
I'm sorry I never found ATLAS F1 before.
If anyone has any more Connew-related questions, I'd be delighted to answer them as best I can.
Posted 22 October 2000 - 08:58
Connew? Connaught? Or am i on the total wrong track here?
Posted 22 October 2000 - 09:30
Am I a grown-up now ????
Posted 22 October 2000 - 11:09
Posted 28 October 2000 - 10:09
I'm sure all us racers have some great stories to tell in our racing days, the world forgot all about the "back-yard" teams , and in F1 they'll never be back, except in Vintage £ Historic events, (at least we have that!)eg: TGP F1