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#1 ian senior

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 14:56

Bill's Lola 227 story (he had me going at first) reminded me of a report of an imaginary race in, I think, Bermuda that was published in the Christmas edition of Motoring News in 1970 or 1971. A Formula Libre event, it featured a number of interesting cars and stars combinations. The only one I can remember was Gijs Van Lennep driving a March 701 that had been adapted to take a DAF-type CVT transmission. It was fitted with a Cosworth DFW rather than the normal; DFV, as the transmission apparantly "could not handle the DFV torque". Anyone else remember this "race"?

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#2 Felix Muelas

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 15:09

No, but slightly OT, I think Bill Moffat deserves an award for that highly imaginative recreation ;)
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#3 ensign14

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 16:15

It was in Autosport, in Bermuda, it featured a cast of real drivers including Cyd Williams, Peter Revson, Mark Donohue &c (some of whom ended up in the drink - there was a narrow bridge over a waterway), the Governor-General (Sir Nicholas Ponsonby?) taking part with an artificial foot IIRC, a car made out of flotsam (retired when it ran out of fuel - no fuel cans large enough had been washed up - there was a pic of this!) and a Harley Davidson invited to enter by mistake (the rider threatened to sue when he was excluded so they ordered him to fit stabilizers to turn it into a 'car').

Another imaginary race - did Motor Sport not carry a report on the Hungarian GP 1984? Whether it was an April Fool or a computer simulation I cannot remember - I seem to think Alboreto 'won' by a nose.

#4 petefenelon

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 16:19

Originally posted by ian senior
Bill's Lola 227 story (he had me going at first) reminded me of a report of an imaginary race in, I think, Bermuda that was published in the Christmas edition of Motoring News in 1970 or 1971. A Formula Libre event, it featured a number of interesting cars and stars combinations. The only one I can remember was Gijs Van Lennep driving a March 701 that had been adapted to take a DAF-type CVT transmission. It was fitted with a Cosworth DFW rather than the normal; DFV, as the transmission apparantly "could not handle the DFV torque". Anyone else remember this "race"?


Presumably the Schnorrcedes, Burano and the Yamura teams dropped out?

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#5 LittleChris

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 17:01

Originally posted by ensign14

Another imaginary race - did Motor Sport not carry a report on the Hungarian GP 1984? Whether it was an April Fool or a computer simulation I cannot remember - I seem to think Alboreto 'won' by a nose.


Don't forget the 1977 German GP held on the Nordschleife and reported by DSJ in Motor Sport !

#6 fines

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 17:52

... or the 1974 Saudi GP at the height of the oil crisis... I believe Scheckter was second in a Renault R5 - THE SAME CAR I DRIVE NOWADAYS!!! :D

#7 dretceterini

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Posted 24 January 2003 - 05:18

Na, too much schnaps for the Schnorrcedes team, too much grappa for the Burano team, and too much saki for Yamura :lol:

#8 Jimmy Piget

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Posted 24 January 2003 - 05:36

In its Crombac days, French magazine "Sport Auto" used to publish a fake information in every April issue.
Of these , I only remember the project of a French GP organized on a purpose-built circuit around the Mont Saint-Michel, within the Bay.
Timetable of practice & race might be changed to take the high tide into account.
And in order to keep ecologists satisfied, the track had to be made out of a special bio-dissolving tarmac with the effect of sea water...

#9 Roger Clark

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Posted 24 January 2003 - 23:21

http://www.atlasf1.c...&threadid=18585

#10 JacnGille

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Posted 25 January 2003 - 01:51

Originally posted by fines
... or the 1974 Saudi GP at the height of the oil crisis... I believe Scheckter was second in a Renault R5 - THE SAME CAR I DRIVE NOWADAYS!!! :D


Renault R5?????? NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I still have nightmares of those little shoeboxes fliping and rolling in front of, behind or on both sides of me from back in my SCCA Showroom Stock racing days.

#11 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 January 2003 - 02:21

Originally posted by fines
... or the 1974 Saudi GP at the height of the oil crisis... I believe Scheckter was second in a Renault R5 - THE SAME CAR I DRIVE NOWADAYS!!! :D


You've updated?

Ron Hodgson would be proud of you...

Thanks for the link, Roger, I'd forgotten that one completely. Not so the Jenks Grosser Preiss von Deutschland effort.

#12 antonvrs

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Posted 25 January 2003 - 06:37

Road&Track magazine did a report on the GP of Los Angeles in about 1957- the course was partially on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
Wery well done and rather amusing. I'll try to dig it up if anyone's interested.
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