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#51 arttidesco

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 18:59

Gulp - 30 years ago.

As a student I made my way from Leicester by public transport for the day. I wonder if it would be so easy to do these days.

Geoff


I occasionally hitched from Nottingham but on this occasion I had a hire car and drove up from London.


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#52 Phil Rainford

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 17:26

http://www.motorspor...ere-it-belongs/

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#53 arttidesco

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 18:32

http://www.motorspor...ere-it-belongs/

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:up: tickets for Donington WEC up for grabs :love:


#54 Julian Roberts

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:04

:up: tickets for Donington WEC up for grabs :love:


European Le Mans tickets actually, so no Audis and Toyota.

I enjoyed reading the irritated comments from readers who had embarked on their survey only only to give up when the questions became purely financial. In fairness to Motor Sport though, they have read and acted on the complaints and posted this message :

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#55 arttidesco

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 10:28

European Le Mans tickets actually, so no Audis and Toyota.


Stand corrected "Free" always gets my attention when it comes to motor racing tickets :blush:

#56 Julian Roberts

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:26

Stand corrected "Free" always gets my attention when it comes to motor racing tickets :blush:


As it did mine which is why I dashed off to their website to try and win ! Sadly ELMS isn't what it was since the WEC.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:41

As it did mine which is why I dashed off to their website to try and win ! Sadly ELMS isn't what it was since the WEC.


I'm always game for endurance events, not been to races at Donnington since WEC in 1990 ish :-)

#58 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:52

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Hard to believe it was 30 years ago that I got up at the crack of dawn to go and see the debut of the 956 and Group C at Silverstone :smoking:



The first WEC/SWC (whatever its been called at various times) I went to. Loved every minute of the 6 hours and was amazed when the comics declared the race extremely dull and tedious...which means I was either easily pleases/totally smitten in those days or finding interest in the event that the regular reporters were missing!

IIRC Patrese had to do the last stint with no clutch and a creaky gearbox on his Lancia and although the Bell/Ickx 956 was coasting on fumes it wasn't all over until the fat lady sang.
Maybe I just loved the cars so much that six hours passed in a happy daze? Maybe messers Titchmarsh & Scott-Russell on the PA were making even a dull race seem like a cracker?

30 years ago....god I feel old! :|

#59 arttidesco

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:46

The first WEC/SWC (whatever its been called at various times) I went to. Loved every minute of the 6 hours and was amazed when the comics declared the race extremely dull and tedious...which means I was either easily pleases/totally smitten in those days or finding interest in the event that the regular reporters were missing!

IIRC Patrese had to do the last stint with no clutch and a creaky gearbox on his Lancia and although the Bell/Ickx 956 was coasting on fumes it wasn't all over until the fat lady sang.
Maybe I just loved the cars so much that six hours passed in a happy daze? Maybe messers Titchmarsh & Scott-Russell on the PA were making even a dull race seem like a cracker?

30 years ago....god I feel old! :|


I'd agree the race was by far from the best I had ever seen, but those cars were just something else I could and eventually did watch them all day long, like you maybe I'm easily pleased :up:

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:13

Some photos from 1985 Shell Gemini at Brands

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#61 johnfitzpatrick

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 14:27

The #34 at Sandown was one of the first 962 (105) entered by John Fitzpatrick. The Le Mans #34 was a 956 (102) also owned by JFR, normally seen in Skoal Bandit livery but in Bob Jane colours for the race at Le Mans. Another JFR 956 (110) ran at Silverstone 1984 with Bob Jane livery. So three races with three different cars although owned & run by the same team


That was very informative. Thank you. Even I didn't know which car was which and I owned all the f*****g things. Joking apart, it is great to know that
there is still interest in these cars which I personally enjoyed driving so much and was lucky enough to have a few good finishes.

I am delighted to hear that the Festival of Speed will have a Group C feature this year.
I have been invited and I hope to be reunited with one of my cars. For a gentle run up the hill I hasten to add.

best regards to everyone and Doug!

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#62 Phil Rainford

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:06

A horrible wet Saturday morning and a serious accident on the first lap of the race rather took the edge of the Group C encounter at Le Mans last weekend

Having said that there were some fantastic cars on show :)

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Bob Berridge ( Mercedes C 11 ) was the victor.....

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...although Roger Wills ( Lancia C2) pushed him hard

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The race was billed as Derek Bell's last ever ( Porsche 962)

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Christophe D'Ansembourg at the esses in his Porsche 962

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The ex-Tim Harvey Spice SE89 of Claus Bjerglund


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#63 arttidesco

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:16

The race was billed as Derek Bell's last ever ( Porsche 962)

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Top photo's Phil :up:

I was at Brooklands on Sunday where there was a Bentley Blower with Derek's name on the bonnet and the suggestion he would be driving it in the Le Mans Classic in a couple of weeks.


#64 Wouter Melissen

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:38

Here are some our shots from Le Mans:

Qualifying

The very wet race

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#65 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:19

Here are some our shots from Le Mans:
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:love: Lovely shot!

#66 Wouter Melissen

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:21

:love: Lovely shot!

Thanks. The drivers knew where I was ;)

#67 Mallory Dan

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 13:25

Those Group C cars look better with age, truly beautiful. Even the ugly ones look good, eg the original ADA, and the GRIDs. Especially compared to the modern Endurance/Sportscars...

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 14:09

:love: Lovely shot!

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 14:56

:love: Lovely shot!

+1 :up:

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#70 Phil Rainford

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 18:08

Those Group C cars look better with age, truly beautiful. Even the ugly ones look good, eg the original ADA, and the GRIDs. Especially compared to the modern Endurance/Sportscars...


A few more from last weekend for Dan.....


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The Tiga GC 285 of Legros -Danvin

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The rapid Cheetah of Eric Rickenbacher


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Richard Bateman's Spice SE90

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Another Spice : this time the SE88 of Thomas Dozin


Fantastic shot of the two Lancias by the way :clap:


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#71 Francois78

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 19:35

Good evening Gents .
Some Group.C views (video archives) during private test at dijon in 1989 :
http://hoslotfrance.free.fr/?p=185

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 20:23

Good evening Gents .
Some Group.C views (video archives) during private test at dijon in 1989 :
http://hoslotfrance.free.fr/?p=185


Shame there were no Aston Martin AMR1's present but a lovely reminder of the good old days :up:

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962C #006 hot footing it after those pesky Jags  ;)

#73 Paul Parker

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 21:15

Shame there were no Aston Martin AMR1's present but a lovely reminder of the good old days :up:

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962C #006 hot footing it after those pesky Jags ;)


The interesting thing is that whilst the cars from this era are self evidently very different from today's machines, nevertheless they don't look obsolete and ancient per se.

If however you were to go back 25-30 years from 1988 say then the difference is far more marked and 1950s/early 60s cars really do appear antediluvian by comparison.

I also suspect that if you gave a 1980s 956/962, Jaguar or Sauber modern brakes and tyres with appropriate suspension mods they probably wouldn't be that much slower than their modern counterparts.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 21:50

The interesting thing is that whilst the cars from this era are self evidently very different from today's machines, nevertheless they don't look obsolete and ancient per se.

If however you were to go back 25-30 years from 1988 say then the difference is far more marked and 1950s/early 60s cars really do appear antediluvian by comparison.

I also suspect that if you gave a 1980s 956/962, Jaguar or Sauber modern brakes and tyres with appropriate suspension mods they probably wouldn't be that much slower than their modern counterparts.


I was just looking at some picks of the latest LMP1 & 2 cars and thinking how dated they look with those 'old' school fins running down their backs  ;)

IIRC the Saubers may already been running cf brakes by 1992.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:27

The interesting thing is that whilst the cars from this era are self evidently very different from today's machines, nevertheless they don't look obsolete and ancient per se.

If however you were to go back 25-30 years from 1988 say then the difference is far more marked and 1950s/early 60s cars really do appear antediluvian by comparison.

I also suspect that if you gave a 1980s 956/962, Jaguar or Sauber modern brakes and tyres with appropriate suspension mods they probably wouldn't be that much slower than their modern counterparts.


Thats a good point Paul and I have pondered this myself when looking back through photos from early GpC days - now thirty years old and as you say still looking modern in most respects.

Racing cars in general have ceased looking newer - it also applies in some cases to F1, F3 etc.

A Mid 90s F1 car with high nose, airbox, driver huddled down in high sided cocpit etc looks very like one from today!
Thats almost 20 years with no really noticable visual changes... how dull. :|

Work it back,
10 years before 1996 and we are at the peak of the Turbo era, rather bulky looking cars with no air boxes and drivers sitting up high
20 yearts before was Ferrari 312T2s McLaren M23s Tyrrell P34s etc. all looking striking individual
30 years and it's elegant little Lotus 33s and BRM P261s , small tyres, no wings,sponsors, side pods or airboxes
40 years and it's Vanwalls and Maserati 250Fs.....

If you look at F3 the Dallara of today looks roughly as it might have in about 1990.

No wonder modern racing makes so many of us old codgers switch off. We've seen most of it before...




#76 Paul Parker

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:37

Thats a good point Paul and I have pondered this myself when looking back through photos from early GpC days - now thirty years old and as you say still looking modern in most respects.

Racing cars in general have ceased looking newer - it also applies in some cases to F1, F3 etc.

A Mid 90s F1 car with high nose, airbox, driver huddled down in high sided cocpit etc looks very like one from today!
Thats almost 20 years with no really noticable visual changes... how dull. :|

Work it back,
10 years before 1996 and we are at the peak of the Turbo era, rather bulky looking cars with no air boxes and drivers sitting up high
20 yearts before was Ferrari 312T2s McLaren M23s Tyrrell P34s etc. all looking striking individual
30 years and it's elegant little Lotus 33s and BRM P261s , small tyres, no wings,sponsors, side pods or airboxes
40 years and it's Vanwalls and Maserati 250Fs.....

If you look at F3 the Dallara of today looks roughly as it might have in about 1990.

No wonder modern racing makes so many of us old codgers switch off. We've seen most of it before...


Yes indeed and due to the interminable restrictive legislations, innovative design has become limited to incremental changes hence the results as you have noted.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:34

Yes indeed and due to the interminable restrictive legislations, innovative design has become limited to incremental changes hence the results as you have noted.


In fact worldwide the spread of homogenized series has led to a serious decline in spectator interest in general - you only have to think how attendances for NASCAR (always sell-outs in the 80s/90s) have declined in the past decade, ditto Indycar, ditto GP2, ditto F3...

Someone at the FIA needs to wake up. Sooner or later this widespread lack of interest filters through to the TV viewing figures.
The trend is currently very unhealthy.


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:59

Those Group C cars look better with age, truly beautiful. Even the ugly ones look good, eg the original ADA, and the GRIDs. Especially compared to the modern Endurance/Sportscars...

I like the look of the modern sportscars. They have a sort of amour of the brutalisme about them. Every facet of their engineering screams aggression and purpose. It's a different beauty to the freeflowing aerodynamic aesthetic of the past but none the less attractive for that. Like comparing Natalie Portman with Vogue from Gladiators.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 15:38

I like the look of the modern sportscars. They have a sort of amour of the brutalisme about them. Every facet of their engineering screams aggression and purpose. It's a different beauty to the freeflowing aerodynamic aesthetic of the past but none the less attractive for that. Like comparing Natalie Portman with Vogue from Gladiators.


I watched parts of LeMans this weekend. The general look of a lot of those LMP2 spyders remind me on the early version of the Shadow Mk.III can-am car from 41(!) years ago. Specially if you look at them from the top.
Was Peter Bryant's design so far ahead of its time?

2012 Oreca 03 vs 1972 Shadow Mk.III
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Sorry for gettin' OT.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 18:03

I can see a vague similarity DM, but the Shadow's far nicer. It hasn't got any of those awful 'sticky out' bits on, as all modern racing cars seem to have.

By the way, what were the 'Morgan's' at LM. Are they re-badged 'Ginettas' from a year or so back? I can't think what Robin Gray, Steve Cole, John Absalom or the Higgins brothers would think of them?

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 18:13

I can see a vague similarity DM, but the Shadow's far nicer. It hasn't got any of those awful 'sticky out' bits on, as all modern racing cars seem to have.

By the way, what were the 'Morgan's' at LM. Are they re-badged 'Ginettas' from a year or so back? I can't think what Robin Gray, Steve Cole, John Absalom or the Higgins brothers would think of them?


The Morgan's are built by Onroak Automotive and run by OAK Racing.

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 18:52

I can see a vague similarity DM, but the Shadow's far nicer. It hasn't got any of those awful 'sticky out' bits on, as all modern racing cars seem to have.

By the way, what were the 'Morgan's' at LM. Are they re-badged 'Ginettas' from a year or so back? I can't think what Robin Gray, Steve Cole, John Absalom or the Higgins brothers would think of them?


No, the Morgan is an almost new design from Oak Racing, Jacques Nicolet team, based on a Pescarolo chassis :) the Ginetta you probably refer was basically a Zytek, that started life as a Reynard design, before the company went bankrupt


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 19:21

The Morgan's are built by Onroak Automotive and run by OAK Racing.


There is the ominous line "will compete as..." in that story. :well:
Motor racing meets STARS IN THEIR EYES ?