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#51 Flat Black 84

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 21:09

Dario Franchitti is married to actress Ashley Judd, the jammy sod.

Regarding JYS, he has said that if Helen had ever said "it's motor racing or me", it would have been "bye bye Helen". Now that's dedication!


It's also common. There have been few extremely successful race car drivers who would have chosen their wives over racing, and almost all wives had the good sense not to pose such an ultimatum.


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#52 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:05

Originally posted by layabout
I'll bite. Consider me interested...


TNF has changed a great deal since I posted that...

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 22:08

Judd's a looker, of course, but she also strikes me as pretentious and a touch neurotic, unlike the stable, down-to-earth Dario.

Pretentious and Neurotic? It's not only not very nice to speak of any Man's Woman that way without at least knowing the Lady.... but I have seen no signs of that in many, many interviews of her. I think she's as down-to-earth and as supportive a racing wife as has ever lived.... what we all want.... and a Genuine Sweetheart! What is possibly less pretentious than wearing an inexpensive sun dress at a race track??? She is no "Babysitter-turned-CART wife" by any stretch.

There's a small cafe in Salina, Utah called Mom's Cafe, a decidedly unpretentious and untouched remnant of eras passed — a Route 66 kind of place. In it is a Wall of Fame with notes by patrons and whomever takes the time to write. This is not a place where someone would write for self-promotion, glamour, whatever, but on that Wall is a really sweet and honest letter written by Ashley to Thank the owners for a great and real experience.

Pardon my opinion.... but as there's a very real chance that your comments could be read by her, or Dario, or anyone knowing them, I reply in contrast. :)

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 22:18

They used to live nearby and I would see her in the grocery store. Bobby Rahal' wife is smoking hot!!!

#55 kayemod

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 22:40

I haven't a clue as to the identity of the lady with Peter Collins in this photo (taken from another TNF thread), but I think she should be included. Can anybody identify her?

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There was a fairly lengthy discussion of this woman's identity a year or two ago on TNF, general consensus was that she was French, probably a model there for publicity work of some kind, and probably not one of PC's intimates. I'd certainly agree that she has that classic gamine wow factor.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 23:26

And, as the 500 is tomorrow, I must mention Alice Hanks - still looking good over a half century since Sam's win at the Speedway.

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Woody:

And as the 500 was yesterday, I must ask if anyone has a late-1940s photo of Mary Hulman, who reportedly fell in with one Rudi Caracciola as he recuperated from his Indy injuries in Terre Haute? I still recall photographing the poor old woman being hauled out of an Indiana State Police car at the Speedway in May 1994 and being sadly prompted ("Now?") to warble, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Just another overworked "Indy tradition".

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#57 E1pix

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:17

Woody:

And as the 500 was yesterday, I must ask if anyone has a late-1940s photo of Mary Hulman, who reportedly fell in with one Rudi Caracciola as he recuperated from his Indy injuries in Terre Haute? I still recall photographing the poor old woman being hauled out of an Indiana State Police car at the Speedway in May 1994 and being sadly prompted ("Now?") to warble, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Just another overworked "Indy tradition".

Frank

All in our 500 viewing group commented on that yesterday, in the end her assistant had to tell her the words, "Gentleman,...."

I think a giant video of Tony himself, and his famous words, would have been really nostalgic for this 100th....


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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:34

Pretentious and Neurotic? It's not only not very nice to speak of any Man's Woman that way without at least knowing the Lady.... but I have seen no signs of that in many, many interviews of her. I think she's as down-to-earth and as supportive a racing wife as has ever lived.... what we all want.... and a Genuine Sweetheart! What is possibly less pretentious than wearing an inexpensive sun dress at a race track??? She is no "Babysitter-turned-CART wife" by any stretch.

There's a small cafe in Salina, Utah called Mom's Cafe, a decidedly unpretentious and untouched remnant of eras passed — a Route 66 kind of place. In it is a Wall of Fame with notes by patrons and whomever takes the time to write. This is not a place where someone would write for self-promotion, glamour, whatever, but on that Wall is a really sweet and honest letter written by Ashley to Thank the owners for a great and real experience.

Pardon my opinion.... but as there's a very real chance that your comments could be read by her, or Dario, or anyone knowing them, I reply in contrast. :)


Good thing you wrote this. Her threadbare self esteem would never recover from my animadversion otherwise.

At any rate, I obviously don't know the gal, but based upon what I've seen from her TV appearances, I stand by my assessment. Perhaps I'll be disabused someday by the woman herself.


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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:36

There was a fairly lengthy discussion of this woman's identity a year or two ago on TNF, general consensus was that she was French, probably a model there for publicity work of some kind, and probably not one of PC's intimates. I'd certainly agree that she has that classic gamine wow factor.


Wow factor undersells her in my opinion.

I stated this last time and I'll do so again, if only women looked and dressed like this today.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:39

Good thing you wrote this. Her threadbare self esteem would never recover from my animadversion otherwise.

At any rate, I obviously don't know the gal, but based upon what I've seen from her TV appearances, I stand by my assessment. Perhaps I'll be disabused someday by the woman herself.

What did she ever do to you to give you such a sour outlook? I have seen and met her at the track on a couple occasions and found her to be very honest, sincere, and a real booster of her man. Unlike some Indy wives we remember, she consciously tries to stay in the background, knowing that it is Dario's show, not hers. Always wears wide brimmed hats and shuns the cameras. It is only after the race, when Dario has done well, that she is up front, and that is where she should be under those circumstances.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 13:04

What did she ever do to you to give you such a sour outlook? I have seen and met her at the track on a couple occasions and found her to be very honest, sincere, and a real booster of her man. Unlike some Indy wives we remember, she consciously tries to stay in the background, knowing that it is Dario's show, not hers. Always wears wide brimmed hats and shuns the cameras. It is only after the race, when Dario has done well, that she is up front, and that is where she should be under those circumstances.


Didn't Ashley Judd appear on Blue Peter for several years back in the 70s?

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 13:44

Didn't Ashley Judd appear on Blue Peter for several years back in the 70s?

Not unless child labour laws had been relaxed somewhat! That was Lesley, wasn't it?


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Posted 31 May 2011 - 14:11

Perhaps not strictly a racing wife, but certainly a wife to one of motor racings best promoter / supporter, the one and only Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco. Absolute stunner. Is it any wonder Graham Hill won at Monaco so often !

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 14:33

What did she ever do to you to give you such a sour outlook? I have seen and met her at the track on a couple occasions and found her to be very honest, sincere, and a real booster of her man. Unlike some Indy wives we remember, she consciously tries to stay in the background, knowing that it is Dario's show, not hers. Always wears wide brimmed hats and shuns the cameras. It is only after the race, when Dario has done well, that she is up front, and that is where she should be under those circumstances.


Brimmed hats and very low-cut sun dresses. Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 16:16

for me as a young man Pauline Moffat and Bev Jones.
Although i was once at a Calder State round and Gary Rogers was racing a group NB Mustang and had one very hot blonde in tow.


What, no mention of Sue Ransom?


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Posted 31 May 2011 - 19:30

Didn't Ashley Judd appear on Blue Peter for several years back in the 70s?


You're thinking of John Noakes.

From the Dorie Sweikert and Alice Hanks era, I'd add Bonnie Ayulo and Lois McGrath.



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Posted 31 May 2011 - 19:33

You're thinking of John Noakes.


"Get down Shep!"


#68 David M. Kane

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 22:05

How can we forget JP Beltoise's wife who was also Francois Cevert's sister?

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 20:33

Sandy Hall without a doubt!

#70 Jim Thurman

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 20:33

From the Dorie Sweikert and Alice Hanks era, I'd add Bonnie Ayulo and Lois McGrath.

Bonnie Ayulo married an Indianapolis motorsports writer 14 days after Manuel died.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 20:50

In more modern (and roofed) terms, the Ford Performance Racing (Aussie V8 Supercars) garage was worth a visit last year - Angela Richards and Renee Winterbottom are both lovely ladies. And both married to very nice fellas, so it's looking only.

The Winterbottoms
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Can't find a pic of the Richardses - too much of a hurry.

The WAG phenomenom is not restricted to football, then?




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Posted 01 June 2011 - 21:56

Bonnie Ayulo married an Indianapolis motorsports writer 14 days after Manuel died.

Why so long? :confused:

#73 E1pix

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 22:09

Why so long? :confused:

Isn't it said it only took 7 days to make our planet?

That considered, that's a long wait to re-marry! ;)

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 22:47

Originally posted by cheapracer
What, no mention of Sue Ransom?


Technically, not a 'driver's wife' for the purposes of this thread...

Sue is indeed very good looking, and has a great personality to boot. I've always enjoyed talking to her and on those rare occasions I've been in her company found her truly magnetic.

Garry Rogers was mentioned... his companion for many years (still? I don't know, haven't seen him for ages) was Vicki (sp?) who had been around the pits in Sydney with Milton Leslight. After joining Garry she had a nose job which had what I'm sure was the desired effect. She was blonde.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 22:55

Isn't it said it only took 7 days to make our planet?

Not in Genesis.... we may read there that it took a little less time than that  ;)

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 22:57

Not in Genesis.... we may read there that it took a little less time than that ;)

Was it 6?

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 23:06

Was it 6?

At most - it depends of your defintion of "our planet". According to Genesis God created the earth on the first day, but he had to take some time for a few finishing touches and make it a bit more fun.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 23:17

Yes, I had forgotten that until now....

He did well, wouldn't you say??? :)

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 23:22

Back to topic...

What of Barbara Hutton? She was married to two who claimed to be racing drivers and was also the mother of a driver-constructor.
Did she bankroll the "penniless" Prince Igor Troubetzkoy's activities? She may not have been an absolutely ravishing beauty, but seemed to scrub up quite acceptably, and her high society connections were an obvious attraction, to say nothing of the Woolworth fortune.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 23:32

Apologies for straying OT.... was Lance Reventlow related to Hutton? I thought he was also an heir....


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Posted 02 June 2011 - 00:09

Apologies for straying OT.... was Lance Reventlow related to Hutton? I thought he was also an heir....


He was her son, from her marriage to the (?dastardly?) Count Kurt von Haugwitz-Reventlow.


#82 E1pix

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 00:17

Thanks! :up:

Back on topic, Um, Um.... no thoughts....

#83 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 00:18

That's what this thread needs!

John Ellacott's pics of Lance Reventlow and his wife at Sandown...

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 03:22

Re: Bonnie Ayulo

Why so long? :confused:

To correct myself, it turns out it was actually 41 days. So...

Edited by Jim Thurman, 02 June 2011 - 03:22.


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Posted 02 June 2011 - 11:38

Maybe kaydee's pic of Jill St John will have to do?

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 13:52

Re: Bonnie Ayulo

To correct myself, it turns out it was actually 41 days. So...

Good to know; at least she didn't rush into it...

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 13:52

Having recently spied a picture of Mary Faulkner ca. 1955, I unhesitatingly add her to the roster. She was--and remains--a winsome spitfire.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 14:56

I'm trying to imagine how someone can be both winsome and a spitfire...

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 17:35

Re: Bonnie Ayulo

To correct myself, it turns out it was actually 41 days. So...


I've known marriages that didn't even last that long.


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Posted 02 June 2011 - 19:35

Re: Bonnie Ayulo

To correct myself, it turns out it was actually 41 days. So...


It was to Jep Cadou wasn't it? Lasted no more than a few years I believe.


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Posted 02 June 2011 - 19:54

It was to Jep Cadou wasn't it? Lasted no more than a few years I believe.

Correct, Jep Cadou. Marriage lasted 11 years, according to accounts I've seen.

Edited by Jim Thurman, 02 June 2011 - 19:55.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 05:39

Wives, schmives. Anyone remember Ronnie Peterson's girlfriend? Yoawza !!!!!!

D.


Are you referring to his wife?
I was hanging out with him in Daytona and I had a skateboard with me. He had never ridden one so we went down to the boardwalk on the beach so he could try it. I'm thinking how much trouble I'll be in with BMW's management if he breaks his leg but he was determined to ride a skateboard. OK here we are in Daytona Beach riding a skateboard in February and we meet two gals from Canada on vacation. Ronnie leans over and tells me "Fresh meat tonight is worth a second tomorrow". At some point Ronnie tells them he's a Formula 1 driver. They responded "What's Formula 1?" Somewhat later he leans over again and says "these two birds are going to be a bit more of a challenge than normal!"

Edited by Tom Smith, 03 June 2011 - 06:29.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 06:15

I LOVE IT!!! :up:

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 13:46

At some point Ronnie tells them he's a Formula 1 driver. They responded "What's Formula 1?" Somewhat later he leans over again and says "these two birds are going to be a bit more of a challenge than normal!"


Ignorance is not always bliss.

I suppose the words "I'm a Formula 1 driver" usually had the "open sesame" effect and bras magically popped open. If I had known that I just would have lied back in my salad days.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 18:11

I suppose the words "I'm a Formula 1 driver" usually had the "open sesame" effect and bras magically popped open. If I had known that I just would have lied back in my salad days.

:lol:

In the here and now, even fair-faced Kimi might get "Is Formula 1 a hair tonic, or something like Viagra?"

Of course, using "I race NASCAR" as a pick-up line would get you an entirely longer rodeo.

Edited by E1pix, 03 June 2011 - 18:13.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 18:25

:lol:

In the here and now, even fair-faced Kimi might get "Is Formula 1 a hair tonic, or something like Viagra?"

Of course, using "I race NASCAR" as a pick-up line would get you an entirely longer rodeo.

Only in the US. In the rest of the world F-1 ranks right up there with soccer in terms of universal knowledge and popularity.

"I race nascar"? In a pick up truck, not pick up line :p Probably help if they were wearing shoes and had more than half their teeth.

Edited by RA Historian, 03 June 2011 - 18:26.


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Posted 03 June 2011 - 21:10

Only in the US. In the rest of the world F-1 ranks right up there with soccer in terms of universal knowledge and popularity.

"I race nascar"? In a pick up truck, not pick up line :p Probably help if they were wearing shoes and had more than half their teeth.

Absolutely, I wasn't referring to anywhere but here. My Bad for not making that clearer! :eek:

You Know, a pickup truck is the perfect venue to follow a pick-up line.... Fore! My teeth suck, but I'm not offended. :lol:

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 21:18

Absolutely, I wasn't referring to anywhere but here. My Bad for not making that clearer! :eek:

You Know, a pickup truck is the perfect venue to follow a pick-up line.... Fore! My teeth suck, but I'm not offended. :lol:


The Brits have no room to talk about other people's teeth. Ever see Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson's biters? Blimey, indeed!

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 22:39

According to Buford, Indiana was the place to go looking - but I can't remember what his recommended line was.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 22:40

The Brits have no room to talk about other people's teeth. Ever see Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson's biters? Blimey, indeed!

Dandy Dan spent part of his booty from his first Indy win on getting his choppers fixed. He looked rather good in all the photos from this past Sunday! :up: