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Did you dream of being an F1 WDC?

  1. Yes (58 votes [48.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.74%

  2. No (59 votes [49.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 49.58%

  3. Depends, I don't know what you mean. (2 votes [1.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.68%

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#1 ch103

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:06

As a soon to be 30 year old, I could not help but think that during my youth (from 1994 - 2001) the only vision I had for my future was to do whatever it took to become a F1 WDC.

Now, as a 29 yr old office worker, I wonder how common my dream is.

I vote YES. Watching Michael Schumacher drive from Benneton to Ferrari... It is what I dreamed of for myself...

Who else feels the same?!

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#2 Seanspeed

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:19

Haha.

No. I actually wanted to be a wide receiver in the NFL. Or a fighter jet pilot.

To be a kid....

#3 404KF2

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:22

Not at all, I wanted to win the Tour de France after watching Eddy Merckx live on TV, but that too never happened. But I still ride a bike, 41 years later!

#4 ch103

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:22

Haha.

No. I actually wanted to be a wide receiver in the NFL. Or a fighter jet pilot.

To be a kid....


Fair point. Thank you for your reply.

Have you ever dreamed about being an F1 WDC?

#5 ch103

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:24

Not at all, I wanted to win the Tour de France after watching Eddy Merckx live on TV, but that too never happened. But I still ride a bike, 41 years later!


Good for you! Keep riding!!!

#6 Seanspeed

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:25

Have you ever dreamed about being an F1 WDC?

I didn't really get into F1 til 2005.

Edited by Seanspeed, 19 January 2013 - 06:26.


#7 911

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:42

I definitely did - a very long time ago!

#8 Shiroo

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:00

and who wouldn't want to be? You get beautiful women, insane amount of cash for driving the fastest cars, have luxury, you are wide-known and have respect for your work. dreamy job

#9 PassWind

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:29

I had a wild imagination as a child, I wanted to be a colonial viper pilot smashing the colons back to cosmos dust. To command the Yamamoto in its Star Blazer guise using the wave motion cannon on any protagonists. Drive a racing car, my bed at night would transform into many of these machines, during the day a wrecked car in our back yard became any number of imagined things to fight the evils of the universe against all odds, and yes oh to be a child again.

#10 August

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:59

Yes, I dreamed. But now I'd rather be the commercial rights holder than WDC.

#11 fifi

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:46

even as a female - yes :lol:

#12 grandmastashi

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:07

Absolutely, in fact aged 16 when Button made his debut, I remember getting very frustrated for a time that I'd probably missed any chance to ever become a racing driver... I changed my focus though and promised I'd find a way to work in motorsport - the next best thing I guess.

I fulfilled my ambition in 2007, getting a job as PR person at Ray Mallock and doing freelance work on other projects like Speedcar Series, Auto GP and GP2 Asia - at one point I even wrote a press release featuring a quote I wrote for Bernie himself!

Had to cut things short though as a my mum got sick so had to leave Mallock to look after her. Now work full time for a Chamber of Commerce, but still do freelance work and something very exciting coming up!

#13 SealTheDiffuser

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:00

No.
My big dream was/is becoming the CEO of an automobile manufacturer. Let's revive TVR! Crowdfunding anyone?

#14 olliek88

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:21

No.

Honestly, i spent most of my childhood wanting to be a footballer, largely due to the fact i grew up in a footballing family but once i "grew up" (got older, not wiser or more mature though!) i discovered F1 and it is now one of my biggest passions in life, sad, i know.

#15 RedBaron

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:32

Yes.

#16 turin

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:37

ah yes. Then when I realized I was too old aready, I was on the verge to apply to postgraduate school to study race car aerodynamics, but then I realizedagain I didnt have a back up plan, so I took the "safe" route.

#17 ch103

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 14:19

even as a female - yes :lol:


More power to you!

#18 ch103

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 14:20

Absolutely, in fact aged 16 when Button made his debut, I remember getting very frustrated for a time that I'd probably missed any chance to ever become a racing driver... I changed my focus though and promised I'd find a way to work in motorsport - the next best thing I guess.

I fulfilled my ambition in 2007, getting a job as PR person at Ray Mallock and doing freelance work on other projects like Speedcar Series, Auto GP and GP2 Asia - at one point I even wrote a press release featuring a quote I wrote for Bernie himself!

Had to cut things short though as a my mum got sick so had to leave Mallock to look after her. Now work full time for a Chamber of Commerce, but still do freelance work and something very exciting coming up!


Hey I've been there before. At the end of the day its just not in the cards for most of the world. What is coming up that is exciting?

#19 ch103

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 14:21

ah yes. Then when I realized I was too old aready, I was on the verge to apply to postgraduate school to study race car aerodynamics, but then I realizedagain I didnt have a back up plan, so I took the "safe" route.


I took the safe route as well and while I do feel a great amount of satisfaction from my job, I will usually find my self day dreaming about racing on the drive into work most days.

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#20 Skinnyguy

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 14:41

No, F1 turned me on as much as any other sport as a kid, but always looked totally out of reach.

I rather pictured myself setting the pace in a small bunch with the top 10 TdF riders in any legendary cote crowded of loud people, having a look over my shoulder and seeing pain on the otherĀ“s faces. And in the end I could fulfill that experience in the amateur field from time to time, and even race alongside pro superstars in some races. Highly rewarding.

#21 B Squared

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 14:54

Being born and raised in Indiana, victory in the Indianapolis 500 was a dream, with being a Grand Prix champion close behind. To think that Clark, Hill, Andretti, Fittipaldi and Villeneuve were able to accomplish both feats is amazing.

#22 DampMongoose

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 17:19

No, I wanted to win Le Mans for Jaguar, given that Group C was far more entertaining and attracted bigger crowds than F1 at the time! Plus the V12 Jags sounded so much better than the turbo f1 cars...


#23 Kingshark

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 17:26

Yes. :)

I am 16, and I am dreaming about it now. I have been ever since I start watching F1 back in 2002. :p

#24 Zoetrope

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 17:28

Never drove a race in my life, so no.
But any work in F1, sure :)

#25 Jimmy

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 17:34

Oh yeah totally, but I think in the back of my mind, I always knew it would remain a dream. TBH, I still do "dream" of being an F1 driver, playing racing sims, etc.

#26 gm914

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 17:40

A school chum and I raced karts on a shoestring budget from age 13-15, but seeing young kids (like a 9 y.o. Ryan Briscoe) turn up in mega equipment and slaughter us all on track gave us a reality check.
So we bought beat up old Mk2 Escorts, Datsuns and the like, anything 70's, cheap and RWD really, hid them in the bush and would visit them after school to learn rally driving on the fire-trails.
I remember buying a battery that cost more than the car :lol:

So I guess I wanted to be a rally driver more than an F1 driver.



#27 jjcale

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:09

Wanted to be a rally driver .... my wife says I still do :p

Never expected to have anything to do with F1 ... have had a lot more contact with F1 since coming here than I ever imagined I would. Which is great.

Hardly follow rallying these days and have become a racing (particularly F1) nut ....

#28 Sin

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:13

No but I actually dreamed today of Vettel o.o... there was a rocket I started putting a The Sims crystal into it... and then we flew with the rocket, .... but we weren't sitting inside but holding onto it on the outside.....

I also once dreamed I was driving F1 in Caterham and took a 4th place race finish :o

oh you mean daydreaming?

No thats too late now D:...

Edited by Sin, 19 January 2013 - 18:14.


#29 jjcale

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:14

No.
My big dream was/is becoming the CEO of an automobile manufacturer. Let's revive TVR! Crowdfunding anyone?


Isnt it owned by a Russian Company and making cars over there?

/OT

#30 exmayol

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:24

I don't think I have ever dreamed of WDC but vividly remember imagining race grid flowing slowly on the screen with my name in top 6.

#31 Risil

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:50

I don't think I have ever dreamed of WDC but vividly remember imagining race grid flowing slowly on the screen with my name in top 6.


Realistic. :up: :D

#32 Fastcake

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:53

I still do :lol:

Although nowadays it's the money and not booking at restaurants that appeals to me more, the actual winning seems way too tough. :)

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:53

I did briefly when jenson a career kicked off, but F1 was not big at all in my house, it was all about rallying and Richard Burns and Colin McRae were my driving heroes.

I'm a grown up now and the younger me would have been glad to know that I am a full time driver now... Disappointingly I drive a tractor though. At least it's red and four wheel drive like what I used to see Tommi Makkinen driving around in.

#34 olliek88

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:54

Isnt it owned by a Russian Company and making cars over there?

/OT


Sadly no, the rich Russian kid that owned TVR basically ditched them and they no longer exist i think.

#35 bourbon

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:10

Yup and MotoGP Champ. But pursuing your real dream, what you really love doing, beats all that - even if others might not see it as glamourous and you don't get the chicks, lol

#36 Risil

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:18

Yup and MotoGP Champ. But pursuing your real dream, what you really love doing, beats all that - even if others might not see it as glamourous and you don't get the chicks, lol


Had a friend at university who went to a club in a NASCAR jacket he'd picked up from somewhere, and told women that he was a motorcycle racer. So you can always just lie.

#37 Jimisgod

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:21

Yes :cry:

I still remember playing F1 2000 and acting like I was the real WDC.

Had I started at that age I might have had a shot.



#38 ArkZ

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:22

Yes I did, once I have had a dream that I started the F1 career in Ferrari ,and I was able to drive dominant , competitive and underperforming cars, got 3 straight titles with them and then retired after 3 years of racing as a greatest ever driver. :cat:

#39 noikeee

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 19:25

I was sometimes a F1 driver, sometimes a footballer. More often a footballer though...

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#40 E.B.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 15:40

My dream was always to be an Indy 500 winner rather than a WDC. I think it's because I like milk.



#41 ryan86

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 16:03

I've never liked milk. However if they gave me some Diet Coke in Victory Lane, then we'd be talking.

I was a gymnast up until about 11 or 12, and wanted to make the Olympics, but I kind of lost interest when I suffered pneumonia and never regained it.

#42 Ragingjamaican

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 23:56

Yes! And I still do!

Being an avid fan since I can remember, being a racing driver was what I've always wanted to be, along with the reality job of mechanic.

I never did karting competitively and finally once when I was 14 I was doing karting with friends, I apparently did well for myself as I won by a considerable margin and got recommended to someone who could get me into karts full time.

Was progressing well, until I broke my leg and sponsors pulled out when I was in talks with Formula Renault and BMW teams.

To do this day I still think about it, if anyone asks me what I want to be, I say "Racing driver". But I know it's highly unlikely now, so I've started studying Motorsport Design Engineering so I can still be in the racing enviroment.

Also wanted to be a cricket player too :lol:

#43 Marc Sproule

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:59

Sure did. Was gonna sell everything I owned, move to England, get into Formula Ford and set the racing world alight.

Met Mike Brockman, then a F5000 drive one night at dinner. He suggested I stay in Californial go to the Russell school and get into FFs here.

Did just that. I was pretty quick but didn't know enough to slow down enough when it started getting oily in my first qualifying session. Lost it in old turn 10 at Sears Point, got into a concrete fence backward and fractured a couple of vertebrae in my neck.

End of driving career.

I had been renting cars from Tom Gloy and picked up a camera whilst recuperating, won a couple of contests right away and then went to a couple of Atlantic races at the end of the '75 season to see Gloy race.

Got a bunch of snaps published and then convinced Autoweek they needed to have me do the words and pictures for the Atlantic series the next year.

That's what led to my being fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time during one of the golden ages of American open wheel racing.

This link leads to c. 1400 of the roughly 75K racing images in my archives. A pretty decent turn of affairs I reckon.

http://www.flickr.co...681980@N03/sets



#44 ClubmanGT

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:55

Yes. But I was too much of an ass as a kid for anyone to want to give me a chance to try karting so I missed out. I'm 26 now and I might give some Yamaha racing a go for a laugh.

#45 Dino2000

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 18:22

Yes. When I was 7 y/o someone asked me if I wanted to be F1 driver, and I answered that actually to be 8 times WDC with Ferrari. That was in late seventies...

I fulfilled my dream in part when had the chance of competing into Historic Formula One with the 1955 Ferrari Supersqualo chassis 001.

Now I work full time in motorsport and thanks to God daily fot this wonderful life.

Regards,

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#46 Jejking

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 18:48

Yes. When I was 7 y/o someone asked me if I wanted to be F1 driver, and I answered that actually to be 8 times WDC with Ferrari. That was in late seventies...

I fulfilled my dream in part when had the chance of competing into Historic Formula One with the 1955 Ferrari Supersqualo chassis 001.

Now I work full time in motorsport and thanks to God daily fot this wonderful life.

Regards,

Dino

Okay, I'm officially jealous. As soon as my study is finished, I'll have a serious go at it. Whatever it takes!

#47 Dino2000

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 20:11

Okay, I'm officially jealous. As soon as my study is finished, I'll have a serious go at it. Whatever it takes!


Do it, and you'll never regret. While a Formula 1 career as a driver is probably out of reach for almost anybody, if you believe in yourself and work harder than anyone, you could be either Formula 1 engineer or Touring Car or GT/Sportscar driver if you can find the right mindset and work ethics.

Your future is in your hands, try to be close to people from the sport (ex drivers, mechanics), be humble and forget about money, listen, and try to learn from everyone.

But remember, while motorsport is a wonderful life, it is also a highly competitive job that will demand you quite a lot.

Good luck!

Dino