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#351 Dave Ware

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 21:45

A few months ago I was thinking about some of my college professors of 35 years ago.  It came me that I don't remember them in the sense of suddenly being reminded of their existence, and visualizing some  moments with them.  Rather, they entered that thing that makes me, me, and they stayed there, adding to the "me".  The same it true of several racing drivers, and certainly of one Francois Cevert.  Hero of my youth. 


#352 hogstar

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 22:53

It seems that drivers were being linked with Tyrrell for '74, but with Cevert being in the dark about JYS retirement, then he may of placed himself under pressure of thinking he may be replaced. Had Cevert known about Stewart's impending retirement, then maybe he would of been more relaxed and the accident wouldn't of happened? Just a thought.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 08:44

Just to remember that today is François' 70th would-be Birthday...


A million days could pass us by, but you will never be forgotten, François!

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 13:35

Today it's 41 years since that day that took life of François and 40 years since that day for Hulmut. :(



#355 jj2728

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 14:24

Another year gone by. Sadly, I remember that day at the Glen as if it were yesterday.

RIP Francois

#356 Longtimefan

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 16:46

41 years, my god it's a lifetime ago and still I remember hearing the news as if it was yesterday.

RIP :(

#357 Dave Ware

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 21:59

Howden Ganley wrote the forward for the book "Matra Sports Cars" of the WSC Giants series.  In talking about his time with Matra he says this about Francois:


"And, of course, there was Francois.  What a wonderful bloke.  So good to share a car with.  Intelligent, witty, good looking, he had everything going for him.  We got on very well.


After all the 'Rosbiffs' and the 'Kiwis' had to depart the team (French drivers only for 1973) Francois said to me: "What a pity.  I think we are a very good combination, you and me."  He taught me a few words of 'technical' French, and most importantly how to play 'Pompiniette.'  We refined our act to almost cabaret status - and we never broke a glass. A little bit of my enthusiasm for motor racing also died at Watkins Glen in October 1973."


Thank you, Howden Ganley. 


Salut, Francois.



#358 E1pix

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 07:37

42 years since we witnessed his only Can-Am win, one of a kind personality. We need more.