Apologies for the quality of the photography, (I know this isn't really what you are after) but this was my first experience of Grand Prix. And rather predictably, it was the British Grand Prix, 2001.(Saturday admission).
And as much as it is a cliche, it really was the track side noise that got me. Despite the awful weather, imagine my surprise when it turned out that my bones were more than happy to oscillate at the precise frequency provided by each passing race car, be that McLaren, Ferrari, Sauber, Jaguar or Jordan. Who would have thought that such a thing could be transmitted so absolutely. It was incredible. And I remember thinking, What type of engineering is this, that could produce such phenomena? It was just another world to me.
Then trips to Goodwood, an experience which, in technological terms at least, supported the old adage that, 'there is rarely anything new under the sun'. Furthermore, the things that I saw and heard at Goodwood suggested also, that actually, in hindsight, those contemporary race cars, the cars that I first encountered at Silverstone in 2001, in comparison, had perhaps been representative of 'a bit of a lull in motorsport proceedings'.
And so from there on in, my interest has really been cultivated through books. It is the notion of invention that I enjoy the most. Individuals who came along with an idea and then actually made something with their hands. That sort of thing. And specials such as the 'Swandean Spitfire', the 'Flying Saucer' and the 'Flying Triangle'.
But I think the value of this particular forum, for younger generations, is that more often than not, here 'nostalgia' will actually be a thing derived from a persons real experience.
And so in that sense I suppose I indulge merely an interest, rather than a bona fide form of nostalgia.