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#1 Don Capps

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 01:01

I am always interested in the various "projects" that the members of TNF are working on.

I have the usual gazillion, but the focus is currently on the 1964 GP Narrative, the 2004 Nextel Cup project in contemporary history, and finally finishing the 1916 AAA project now that the missing folder with my notes has been found.

I have also been mulling over rewriting the articles on the 1959, 1961, and 1982 seasons into a something similar to what I am doing with 1964. In addition, doing a thorough re-think and will perhaps finally complete the 1966-1967-1968 project as intended or revise it into something a bit more manageable. Plus, the USAC RRC & the SCCA USRRC and the US Formula A/5000 series still beckon and wish to be completed..... which links into the SCCA Nationals & major events from 1948 (the Nationals since 1951) to 1964. Not to mention the AAA/USAC/CART/IRL odyssey.....

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#2 dretceterini

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 02:29

I've been working on an update and revision of an article I did with Peter Marshall (Alfa 6c2500 and 1900 registers) on all the Alfa powered "specials" ever built that appeared in the Dutch national Alfa magazine "Het K" about 7-8 years ago. The biggest problem is the one we all have, sorting out fact from fiction (plus trying to find photos)..

#3 quintin cloud

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 06:26

I am still busy wihth my webpage, results of 1934 and 1935 are in progress, thanks mainly to Gerrit Stevens :up: and would leave a small section to be completed (1936 to 1949)
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#4 Darren Galpin

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 08:18

Where to start?

1) Compile the usual results for the year.
2) Complete updating my Grand Prix results. Still too many non-championship results only have top six results.
3) Flesh out the new car section.
4) Continue writing articles for another website, trying to get history and new information in where possible.
5) Flesh out the new LSR section.
6) Maintain the rest of my website.

Is that it? Oh, almost forgot - have a life with my new wife!

#5 gdecarli

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 08:23

I went here nearly one year ago while looking for info about old circuits for my website.
After 404 posts I'm still here... :)

Ciao,
Guido

#6 Gary C

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 08:44

............still trying to get my TV documentary on the Tyrrell P34 off the ground..................

#7 karlcars

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 09:12

My projects are as follows:

A book about cars with V-12 engines. I'm especially concerned with finding any and all obscure cars or those that were planned but not built. I'm also trying to understand why and how they were built.

A biography of 1930s-1940s German engineer and developer Hellmuth Walter.

Updating my history of the Chevrolet Corvette.

A book of the photos of Rodolfo Mailander of Ferrari cars and people from 1950 to 1955.

Photo book of Can-Am machinery -- engines, chassis etc.

An article about the run-up to the return to racing of Mercedes-Benz at Reims in 1954.

An article about the cars that were the precursors to the VW Beetle -- NSU and Zundapp prototypes and others.

A book about the two races in February 1951 in Argentina in which the pre-war Mercedes competed.

And I still hope to write something definitive about the Auto Unions!

#8 Dick Willis

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 09:41

My projects are somewhat different to the previous; maintaining and "improving" six old racing cars in readiness for the 2004 season which starts in just under a month---times running short !

#9 Frank de Jong

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 09:56

As usual, the touring car website - besides updates to the results section (and short reports on the races), there will be car and driver portraits. The "amateur" photo section will expand (I hope  ;) ). I've given Darren access to my racing car database which became a bit neglected.

#10 Bruce Moxon

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 10:30

I just finished a 1/24 1958 Edsel kit. Soon to start a 1958 Chev Belair (for a model-building contest). Then I've got a 59 Impala Convertable and a pair of NASCAR kits - Dale Earnhardt's Chev and Sterling Marlin's Dodge. And write my column, feature stories, unpack the house (we just moved) and maintain a 9-5 job.

And in my spare time... I have a "rally" car to get going again for club sprints and stuff.


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#11 stuartbrs

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 14:20

Trying to finsih my Tamiya 1/12 Lotus 49....

then start my Tamiya 1/24 Lotus 107....

Win our slotcar championship...

Read more TNF.... fit some "day" job in, drive the 928 on some Targa Tassie roads...

Nothing to complain about at all actually!!

#12 Dave Wright

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 16:37

Together with a large team, producing a computer simulation of the 1965 F1 cars, based on "Grand Prix Legends".

If anyone has any photos of the cockpits/dashes of the 1965 Ferrari 512, Brabham BT11 & BT7, and Cooper T77 I would be very interested!

#13 Allen Brown

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 17:30

1. Trying to complete more of my F5000 research
- publishing more of the results (UK 1975, Australian Gold Star, South African F1/F5000, SCCA Nationals ...)
- publishing pages on more cars (Lola T140, Lola T400, McKee Mk8, LeGrand Mk7, etc, etc)
- getting more photos on the site.

2. Refreshing all the Can-Am results and getting it up to the same standard as the F5000 section.

3. Helping Chris Townsend and others with the Formula Atlantic project

4. Starting to publish bits and pieces of USAC data - maybe the 1961-1985 results will start soon.

That will do for 2004.

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#14 Joe Fan

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 19:09

My current project, the Masten Gregory biography, is nearing fruition. Pre-orders are now being accepting for U.S.-based customers at: www.mtcabooks.com

My next project has nothing to do with motorsports, but I am doing some research on Steve McQueen's childhood growing up in Slater, Missouri (which is about 100 miles from my home). If I find anything interesting, it may spawn into an article of some sort but the prospects look dim so far.

#15 Ron Scoma

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 21:39

My current writing projects consists of checks.
I will write checks for the following:

1 Assembling the engine to my MGA Deluxe. HRG Head, Roller Rockers, Kent Cam, Carrillo rods, etc.... while Fred the Painter does what he does best.

2 Restoring the XK 120 ots (silver/duo blue) I have owned since about 1987.

3 Supporting motorsport authors by buying just about everything available.

After that, NO MORE project cars, I am done ! (unless that Lotus IX I have known about for 30 years is available of course, or a BN2 Healey in Florida Green which I would just have to...)

I have a few thousand white metal and resin kits that need to be built along with a couple hundred posters that need framing and then there's all that NOS slot car stuff from the 60s that I never got around to setting up, the LGB trains.... the list is endless.
Is there any wonder why I am not married.

Cheers,

Ron, King of Unfinished Projects
49 MG TC finished
50 XK 120
55 MGA Fastback finished
57 Porsche 356 src finished in Geneve CH
58 MGA Twin Cam finished
62 MGA Deluxe
65 Radio Flyer "monoposto" finished
70 Maserati Ghibli finished in Paris Fr.

#16 VAR1016

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 21:50

The Fulvia is in pieces; it has to be rebuilt, de-dented, welded, new dashboard, suspension overhaul, and resprayed by the end of March.

Err, groan, blah, help etc....

PdeRL

#17 Barry Boor

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 22:14

A pathetic list in comparison with the heady stuff listed above but....

build some slot race Emerysons and the BT.3 Brabham Climax;
continue racing the mid 1950's slot race series;
get stuck into the Halfton slot race series;
get around to building the 43rd scale diecast racing car kits I got for Christmas;
oh yes, and go out and earn a living somewhere along the way.

#18 Buford

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 22:28

Ummm... we are talking about racing related projects?

#19 HangtownHealey

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 23:04

Finding information and updating the big Healey racing database is on going.
So is inputing my magazine collection into a database.
On the Healey, I need to install the Bilstein shock absorber kit received for Christmas.
On the Jensen Interceptor, I need to start striping the chrome for paint.

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#20 Frank S

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 00:22

Let me get back to you on this.

I have a procrastinaters anonymous meeting to go to. It's the one from December, 2002.

Frank S

#21 WDH74

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 00:56

Nothing earth shattering here either:
1.) Remove, rebuild, refit, and retune the carbs on an MGB
2.) Finish fitting the exhaust system on said MGB that we didn't finish in the fall
3.) Get it started to drive to the British Car Wizards who will retune it correctly and most likely find a dozen other things that need fixing

When the weather around here warms up enough not to flash freeze my nose I'll get right on it. I have quite a few non-car related things to try and catch up on as well (okay, trying to finish reading Michael Oliver's book on the Lotus 72 is sorta car related...)

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#22 Lotus23

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 03:13

Wow -- what an impressive set of to-do lists!

I'm embarrassed to admit I don't have nearly so much on my plate this season. But at 65 I can sense the Checkered Flag of Life getting closer and still have lots of race-related places to go: Spa is #1 on the list (Aug 04), Isle of Man TT not far behind, and at least a dozen North American venues (the Glen tops among them) yet to be visited.

And still working 45-50 hrs/week at the hospital.

I figure I can squeeze it all in if I live another 50 years!

#23 Option1

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 03:14

Originally posted by Frank S
Let me get back to you on this.

I have a procrastinaters anonymous meeting to go to. It's the one from December, 2002.

Frank S

:rotfl:

Oh crap, that reminds me I've still got to find out where they're holding the 1992 meeting.

On a more serious note, although in exactly the same vein, I have to convert some results to text format for Darren Galpin. Yes Darren, I'm still promising to do them. The guilt at having been promising to do so since middle/early last year is now horrendous. :blush:

Neil

#24 Andrew Fellowes

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 04:26

Helping to list all Brabham BT 30, 35 & 36’s on 10 Tenths so that one day we might be able to publish a list that every vested interest can then take a swing at.

Bouquet to OldRacingCars.com, what a brilliant site, Fish Heads to those that wont share their knowledge.

#25 GeoffR

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 05:57

A small project in comparison to some of the others - trying to put together a history of the Tasmanian Rally Championship from commencement in 1964 until the end of the navigational era (mid 80's). Detailed info on the early years is very hard to come by though.

#26 Alexey Rogachev

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 08:05

After finishing my exams, I've started collecting the 1970 Soviet racing data and working at single-seaters & record cars sections. Also I'm going to make up an English version of my web site.

#27 Vitesse2

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 13:18

Still working on 1930s Voiturette results, which is now dovetailing into Darren's work on extending his GP and other results.

On the subject of Voiturette results, could anyone who has the recent Brooklands Society book on handicaps please contact me ..... :D

I'd also be interested in any details of handicaps run at Crystal Palace and Donington which featured 1500cc classes.

#28 green-blood

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 13:28

trying to sort out a decent paint shop to repaint my baby

1966 Morris Mini Minor 850 Superdelux.......the name is longer than the car.

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Plus get through the last few chapters of Bill Bryson's "a short history of nearly everything"

Still compliing info for that book on the history of the Spa F track.

#29 lukywill

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 14:40

i'm working now in developing a site of people who like walking and trekking

#30 bobbo

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 15:09

Nothing too spectacular, just working on a few 1/43 car kits I've picked up (Cunningham C4, TR2, Scarab F1 to name a few), work some more on my "alternative history" project, recover from Triple Bypass Heart Surgery on Jan. 2, 2004, Introduce my 7 year old grandson to model rockets (a GREAT excuse, don't you think??) and get ready for fishing season . . .

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#31 Martyj

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 15:23

Currently doing research for an article on how the town of Speedway, Indiana evolved out of the construction of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the desire to establish Indianapolis, in the pre-Detroit era, as "motor city." This article will appear in "American History" magazine hopefully within the next 12 months.

For same magazine, currently finishing up a non-racing related article on the Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle manslaughter trial, and how it was the impetus behind the Motion Picture Production Code.

#32 gerrit stevens

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 15:46

Originally posted by GeoffR
A small project in comparison to some of the others - trying to put together a history of the Tasmanian Rally Championship from commencement in 1964 until the end of the navigational era (mid 80's). Detailed info on the early years is very hard to come by though.


I don't know which info you are searching but maybe you should try to get Paul Sheldon's Formula 1 Register Fact Books on Formula 5000 Races. To my knowledge there are 2 volumes.

Gerrit Stevens

#33 David McKinney

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 16:30

I don't think the F5000 black book coverered rallies, Gerrit

#34 gerrit stevens

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 16:42

Originally posted by David McKinney
I don't think the F5000 black book coverered rallies, Gerrit


David you're right. I did not notice the word rally until I send it. I should have read the post more carefully.

Gerrit Stevens

#35 Udo K.

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 19:32

.. well, as the one or other of the TNF members already know:

It's time to write down the ultimate story of the Nuerburgring 1000KMs.

It will take us a while, but the project is on the way.

#36 HistoricMustang

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 20:44

I have taken the 2004 season off from racing to prepare for the monument placement at the Augusta International Raceway in September. The fund raising will begin next week and it will take up a tremendous amount of time.

As the word gets out this should turn into a pretty exciting event with government officials, former drivers and fans coming for the dedication.

Another TNF member has suggested we try to schedule the dedication with the Petite LeMans in mind as Road Atlanta is a short two hour drive from the former circuit here in Augusta. I think this is a wonderful idea.

Henry

#37 Buford

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 22:14

Originally posted by green-blood
trying to sort out a decent paint shop to repaint my baby

1966 Morris Mini Minor 850 Superdelux.......the name is longer than the car.

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Plus get through the last few chapters of Bill Bryson's "a short history of nearly everything"

Still compliing info for that book on the history of the Spa F track.


You need to stuff a bad boy engine in that little dude. Assuming of course you have good bladder control.

#38 Muzza

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 00:08

Some very interesting projects you guys have on your hands.

I am working in the Motorsport Memorial, plus doing some basic research on helmet liveries - another subject that I hope to bring to light in the web one day.

These two ventures are taking all my free time - Motorsport Memorial actually could occupy a group of professional researchers full-time busy for a long while -, so my original line of work, the history of motorsports in Brazil, has been postponed sine die.

And I risk being involved in a... De Lorean restoration project. A De Lorean, of all cars! Madonn'!

Cheers, good luck to all,


Muzza

P.S.: Don, are there any mid-term evaluations? As a new student, I would like to know the rules upfront...

#39 Paul Taylor

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 00:36

Revising for my end-of-school exams :rolleyes: Not racing related though : :cry:

Continuing to contribute to my own motor racing forum: http://www.crasherama.dk/. Continuing to promote my motor racing forum, http://www.crasherama.dk/, which is a site full of short videos of racing of ALL eras (1906 being the earliest, 2004 (eventually!) being most recent), and contains many pictures both scanned and photos taken by myself :smoking: (It needs more Atlas members to give some good discussions :wave: )

Try and buy some racing videos to interest me while I'm bored.

And that's about it...! Exciting, eh? :p

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#40 Ted Walker

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 09:03

Trying to master the "art" of being able to get some of my 3Million plus images on this Bl...y web site. Im sure if Doug can do it anybody can !!!!!. I also want to find some of the 60 or so "missing " photographers on my wants list.

#41 Racer.Demon

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 09:19

Not much really, apart from the continuing low-effort struggle to get some new content on 8W once in a while.

I hope it's a lull before the storm - although I can only tell you as soon as the wind speed has increased to serious levels...

#42 Maldwyn

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 12:06

My ongoing project is my website dedicated to Riccardo Patrese’s career. The search goes on, particularly for career stats some of which are incomplete (anyone have race details of the 1975 Formula Italia championship?!!).

I’m delighted, to say the least, that Riccardo contributes to the site by responding to visitors questions, I’m enormously grateful to him, and to everyone else who has contributed to and helped me with all aspects of the site.

As always there’s more to be done… :eek:

#43 MGAdams

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 12:59

Continuing restoration of Al Pease' Supercharged MGB and research of his career history prior to 1967.
http://groups.msn.co...to&PhotoID=1197
http://groups.msn.co...to&PhotoID=3495

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#44 petefenelon

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 15:08

Originally posted by Racer.Demon
Not much really, apart from the continuing low-effort struggle to get some new content on 8W once in a while.

I hope it's a lull before the storm - although I can only tell you as soon as the wind speed has increased to serious levels...


If I said I was drawing some Visio diagrams to accompany an update of some text you've already seen would that make you any happier?;)

"Six Degrees of John Cooper, or, How Every Team In F1 Is Actually Related To Almost Everything Else", my "Rock Family Trees" of F1, is making slow but measurable progress in my not-so-copious free time.

#45 Racer.Demon

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 15:15

"Six degrees of John Cooper" :lol: (I'm sure it's much less than six in the motorsport world. ;) )

Anyway, trust me, Pete, that wasn't purposely aimed at you! I could be doing some writing myself actually...

But glad to hear about your progress - I'm sure it will be worth the wait. :up: :cool:

#46 Patrick Italiano

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 18:43

I just published last month an article attempting an history of the Alfa Romeo trolleybusses around the world. :eek:

That's why I've been more rare in my contributions to TNF lately, assuming that trolleybusses are not TNFers' cup of tea... :rolleyes:

Ah, and my GTV6 just got an engine swap, my Bertone waits I reassemble the clutch, the Laverda SF needs attention for a raising oil consumption, and the Giulia Super just needs body and engine restoration.

And my archive is best described as a (partial) mess, with hundreds of old racing magazines hanging around... :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

#47 humphries

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 19:13

Maldwyn

Ricardo Patrese's 1975 record in F.Italia that I can piece together from my files.

R01 31/03 4th Heat 1, .12th Final..... Magione
R02 13/04 Non-starter.......................Imola
R03 27/04 1st Heat 1, ...2nd Final......Casale
R04 04/05 2nd Heat 1, ..7th Final.......Varano
R05 18/05 2nd Heat 1, ..3rd Final.......Vallelunga
R06 01/06 2nd Heat 3, ..6th Final.......Magione
R07 06/06 ??? Heat ?, ..1st Final.......Vallelunga
R08 29/06 2nd Heat 1, ..2nd Final......Magione
R09 06/07 1st Heat 3, ...3rd Final ......Casale
R10 13/07????Heat ?,.....1st Final .....Mugello
R11 15/08 1st Heat 1, ...4th Final ......Misano
R12 31/08????Heat ?, ...3rd Final ......Varano
R13 07/09 1st Heat 1, ...3rd Final ......Monza
R14 14/09 13th Heat 2, (2nd) Final ...Imola ( Awarded 1st after protest )
R15 28/09???? Heat ?, ...4th Final .....Magione

Hope it is of some use; now back to my project the revision and expansion of the Black Books. No, it's Friday, so to the pub. Will raise a glass to Mike.

John

#48 Maldwyn

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 19:33

Originally posted by humphries
Ricardo Patrese's 1975 record in F.Italia that I can piece together from my files...

John,
Many thanks :) Once again TNF to the rescue :smoking: and so quickly :eek:
Michael

#49 dmj

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 21:51

I'll try to squeeze some racing history articles into car magazine I'm writing for. And it can be hard here in Croatia, without much interest from editor. I managed to do an article about Antonio and Alberto Ascari for January issue, however... As 10thanniversary of Senna's death is closing it will probably be the next one. And I'd like to make a piece on a number of greatest German drivers, just to make most of opportunity to list Schumi among "others" section... :cool:
I should finally make some kind of website too, at least to show my modelcar collection... and, oh yes, I just recently found you can buy nice models cheaply on eBay... It will probably take quite a lot of time.
And it seems that I won't be able to use company car anymore soon. So I'll have to buy myself a car. And only condition is that it has to be at least so old as I am. It could consume some time too - probably more when I actually buy it than while searching for it...

#50 Bruce Moxon

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 22:15

Originally posted by bobbo
Nothing too spectacular, just working on a few 1/43 car kits I've picked up (Cunningham C4, ...Bobbo


Er, Bobbo - who manufactured the Cunningham kit? Might like to give the airbrush a gallop on that one as well... Y'know - significant and interesting car and all that..

Thanks


Bruce Moxon