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#1 NeilR

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:01

So which engineers have a life away from the slide rule?

I had word that Malcolm Oastler ran his new hill climb car last weekend and it went well (it is a motorcycle engined ex-F3 Dallara with a lot of Malcolms own work in it).
Willem Toet used to hill climb in a serious way but has gone missing for quite a while.
Adrian Reynard has raced a bit, in NZ most recently as far as I know.

Who else has a go for the fun of it?

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#2 Tony Matthews

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 11:09

Adrian Newey has wisely spent some of his well-earned dosh on at least one, probably more, historic racers, and drives his Lightweight E-Type very quickly at Goodwood and possibly elsewhere.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 13:38

Adrian Newey has wisely spent some of his well-earned dosh on at least one, probably more, historic racers, and drives his Lightweight E-Type very quickly at Goodwood and possibly elsewhere.


IIRC Newey shunted his GT40 (at le Mans?) and hurt himself a few years ago - not seriously though.

#4 morticiaskeeper

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 16:18

A Tyrell engineer in the 90's (katayama's ?) also raced in Formula Vauxhall. He then raced a Tyrell in the BOSS series.

Simon ????

#5 ensign14

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 16:30

Kirk Shelmerdine was successful enough in NASCAR to qualify for the Daytona 500.

#6 chdphd

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 20:52

I think Mike Gascoyne has done a few historical events.

#7 Kelpiecross

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:16

Kirk Shelmerdine was successful enough in NASCAR to qualify for the Daytona 500.


I like your "grammar tips". "Off of" is another annoying one - and the most annoying of all, using an apostrophe "s" on plurals.

#8 mariner

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:51

If the list can include Tony Southgate and is not time limited then

Mike Costin

Colin Chapman

Len Terry

Gordon Murray

Eric Broadley

to name but a few 750 motor club members

I suppose the catch is they started for fun but it became a career which I don't think is quite what the original question intended??

#9 Tony Matthews

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:32

...using an apostrophe "s" on plural's.

 ;)

#10 NeilR

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:29

perhaps we should keep it to contemporary activities? People doing things now regardless of F1 or otherwise.

#11 Tony Matthews

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:43

I assumed that was the idea - if not, the list is huge, going back into the mists of time...

#12 carlt

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:53

I like your "grammar tips". "Off of" is another annoying one - and the most annoying of all, using an apostrophe "s" on plurals.


He forgot :-
Give us a break
Your breaking our balls

#13 gruntguru

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:00

using an apostrophe "s" on plural's.

;)

using an apostrophe "s" on plural's tail end makes it plural's dunnit?

Get off of his back Tony.

#14 Tony Matthews

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:00

using an apostrophe "s" on plural's tail end makes it plural's dunnit?

Get off of his back Tony.

But - but - Oh, all right.

#15 Lukin

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:03

I just waiting for Ben to join in the conversation!

#16 gruntguru

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:12

But - but - Oh, all right.

Shouldnt they're be an apostrophe in du'nnit?

#17 hogits2

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:27

Shouldnt they're be an apostrophe in du'nnit?


No, it should be in apo'strophe.

#18 Fat Boy

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 16:04

He forgot :-
Give us a brake
Your braking are balls


fixed

#19 Tony Matthews

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 16:09

fixe'd

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#20 carlt

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 20:06

Obje' Fixe'
http://en.wikipedia....ional_fixedness

Brake Dancin' in'nit

Edited by carlt, 16 May 2012 - 20:08.


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 15:32

Adrian Newey has wisely spent some of his well-earned dosh on at least one, probably more, historic racers, and drives his Lightweight E-Type very quickly at Goodwood and possibly elsewhere.

During the coverage on ITV4 of last years Goodwood revival the commentator on the Race in which Adrian Newey was competing in said E-Type expressed the opinion that the car was possibly more highly developed than some of the others in the field. I would have thought a blown diffuser would have been a bit tricky to conceal on a car with as high a rump as a lightweight E-Type :D I know the rights and wrongs of developing historic machinery with the latest brakes etc has been covered here before but I supose for someone who's job is to find that unfair advantage that instinct carries through to ones hobby whether that be fishing or racing a weapons grade Jaguar!

#22 MatsNorway

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 21:10

of course.. Its like being a Piano tuner and attending a contest with one being out of tune.

Professional pride comes to mind.

#23 Tony Matthews

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 23:55

Very well put, Mats old chap!

#24 h4887

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:43

Adrian Newey has wisely spent some of his well-earned dosh on at least one, probably more, historic racers, and drives his Lightweight E-Type very quickly at Goodwood and possibly elsewhere.


That's how he can afford to crash so often... :wave:

#25 MatsNorway

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 14:42

Very well put, Mats old chap!


young! young!

#26 Tony Matthews

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 15:56

Old means young, like bad means good.

#27 h4887

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 19:46

So logically 'not bad' means 'bad'... :confused:

#28 Tony Matthews

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 22:30

Better ask Michael Jackson. Oh, no...

#29 benrapp

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 00:04

Me too.

Ben who?

Me, I assume.

cf. Paddock Club thread with similar hijack

#30 desmo

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 00:43

Actually I'm sure it refers member and tire guy Ben.

#31 benrapp

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:18

Actually I'm sure it refers member and tire guy Ben.

Suppose it depends on whether we're discussing tyres or grammar.

#32 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:26

That'd be spelling.

#33 hogits2

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 13:33

That'd be spelling.

Aaron?

#34 Tony Matthews

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 15:16

a G string?

#35 hogits2

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 15:33

a G string?


Wearing a G string in your trade? Must be due to the current sunny weather. Do you get many wolf whistles?

#36 Tony Matthews

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 16:55

Do you get many wolf whistles?

Only at Whipsnade.

#37 NeilR

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 22:43

Quick, Look over there! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->>
That's the tangent this thread is heading off on, perhaps all those that want to compare their
undergarments could go that way too?

Now getting back on track, Ben I assume you are racing?

Edited by NeilR, 05 June 2012 - 22:43.