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#551 Allan Lupton

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 22:08

There was a Modifieds racer in the US in the 70s, name of Jerry Bonebreak! :o

. . . americanised from Halsund Beinbruch???????? :cool:

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#552 David M. Kane

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 00:14

Remaining OT (apologies) I went to primary school with a lad called Donald Duck. I swear.

His parents had all the names under the sun to call him - WHY?


Yeah, but you never forget him...

#553 scheivlak

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 22:28

One Markus Fux shares ambitious plans with Pamela Anderson for a FIA GT team: http://www.autosport...t.php/id/109251

"We want to make Racealliance a recognisable name".

An alternative could of course be just naming the team after its owners/managers/sponsors like Rahal/Letterman etc  ;)

Edited by scheivlak, 12 August 2013 - 22:32.


#554 wildman

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:16

One Markus Fux shares ambitious plans with Pamela Anderson for a FIA GT team: http://www.autosport...t.php/id/109251

I expect the drivers will compete with the high beams illuminated throughout each event.

#555 BRG

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 18:10

Markus Fux

"It's a joke name , sir, you know, like Biggus Dickus"

#556 Vitesse2

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 21:01

I came across a 1940s US midget racer called Jack Yesitis a while back: not a nom de course - he lived in Galesburg, Illinois.

#557 David McKinney

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 22:05

He'd have to pronounce it with the first syllable stressed - if it was the second, people would think he was a disease :)

#558 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:20

Hullo All:
Years ago in the V8 Touring Cars there was a driver named Matt Wacker.
Some of the more uncouth officials reckoned the name on the glare strip mirrored his driving ability!! :lol: :lol:
Not nice I know.
Buy rather truthful.
Cheers.
Roger. :|

He was, I have raced against him on occasion!
Though a genuine tryer who did race in a professional manner with well prepared and presented cars. In my day an ex Moffatt RX7.

Edited by Lee Nicolle, 14 August 2013 - 07:27.


#559 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:23

Well performed HQ and Saloon Car driver named WayneKing. Say it fast. My sales lady struggled to keep a straight face when she spoke with him looking for me.

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#560 Michael Ferner

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 08:22

I came across a 1940s US midget racer called Jack Yesitis a while back: not a nom de course - he lived in Galesburg, Illinois.


Probably related to that well known US politician, Yeswecan...


As an aside, and probably not the right place to investigate, but I have a hometown of Silver City, New Mexico againts his name, yet have him only competing in East Coast events. Also, there was a prewar Midget driver, appearing at Roosevelt Raceway a few times, name of Jay Yisitis - perhaps the same person?

#561 Vitesse2

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 09:03

Probably related to that well known US politician, Yeswecan...


As an aside, and probably not the right place to investigate, but I have a hometown of Silver City, New Mexico againts his name, yet have him only competing in East Coast events. Also, there was a prewar Midget driver, appearing at Roosevelt Raceway a few times, name of Jay Yisitis - perhaps the same person?

New Mexico might fit - he was one of the drivers who raced in Ciudad Juarez in August 1944 - and all the others I have names for were from Deep South states - Arizona, Texas. Ancestry has him in Galesburg in 1959, owner of a company called Illinois Auto Body at 31 Cedar. Died Galesburg 1994

Maybe he was doing directed war work in '44? Full name appears to have been George Jack Yesitis, born either 1912 or 1917 (mistranscription?), and his Social Security number was actually issued in California.

Yesitis appears to be a Lithuanian surname and the 1930 census has a few listed around New York.

#562 Michael Ferner

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:45

Here's a really odd one: John Oddone raced Sprint Cars in the Eastern US in the early eighties. Oh, and one of the guys he raced against was Steve Christmas (no relation to prewar racer Fred Pentecost - oh, how whitty :rolleyes:).



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:41

Some years ago, the Kenya champion driver was named Gurbux Sagoo.  Naturally he was referred to as "gearbox"


Edited by D-Type, 26 August 2013 - 14:50.


#564 Graham Clayton

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 11:20

1960's and 1970's Swiss touring car driver Cox Kocher.



#565 Michael Ferner

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 23:16

US Modified Stock Car driver Red Coffin!

 

Imagine the track announcer: "... and John Doe is out of control, and he slides right into Coffin..." :eek:



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 04:14

US Modified Stock Car driver Red Coffin!

 

Imagine the track announcer: "... and John Doe is out of control, and he slides right into Coffin..." :eek:

Or "nails Coffin."



#567 Andy35

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 14:40

I once watched some hatchback / saloon racing at Oulton Park  at the chicane after the Shell corner and a car misjudged it badly and ended up on the grass and parked right next to us. In the rear quarter window where the drivers name was  put it said "Tony Brakewell"

 

I don't think so.



#568 Michael Ferner

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 17:20

Perhaps a typo, it should read "Breakwell"... ?



#569 Graham Clayton

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:48

1990's Dutch production car driver Toon van der Haterd.



#570 Graham Clayton

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 05:11

One of the more daft pseudonyms used - "Cog Belts", who drove an Opel Manta in the 1989 Acropolis Rally:

 

http://www.tech-raci....eu/acropolis89



#571 404KF2

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 05:27

Dick Trickle should have been a urologist rather than a Nascar driver.



#572 GMACKIE

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 06:24

Dick Trickle should have been a urologist rather than a Nascar driver.

 

Was he a pro-state specialist ?  ;)



#573 FrankCornell

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 00:16

My favorite was SCCA driver Duck Waddle. Ok, it was a nickname, his real name was Gordon.



#574 Perruqueporte

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:13

When I lived in New York City I took a cab ride one evening with a Russian driver whose photocard/cab license showed him to be called Sterling Moscovitz and who drove far too fast and very badly.

Christopher W.

#575 Graham Clayton

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:33

Daft name similarities (part...), in the 1975 Knoxville Nationals Jerry Miller finished 11th, two positions ahead of Larry Miller. Even better, in the 1980 version of the race, Bobby Marshall was 2nd, while Bill Marshall was 8th in the C-Final (which translates to 48th overall), and Bob Marshall 21st in the Consi (81st overall)...

 

Fines,

 

The 1959 British Grand Prix featured four drivers with the surname Taylor:

1. Dennis (DNQ)

2. Trevor (DNQ)

3. Mike (DNF)

4. Henry (11th)

 

Another daft name which hasn't been mentioned is Otto Zipper.



#576 seccotine

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 12:05

Daft comments for a daft topic.



#577 chunder27

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 18:10

60's UK stock car driver

 

Wille Wanklyn

 

Give me the trophy now please?



#578 Emery0323

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 19:50

Dick Trickle should have been a urologist rather than a Nascar driver.

That brings to mind another NASCAR driver who was less well-known than Mr. Trickle:   Dick Passwater

 

http://en.wikipedia..../Dick_Passwater



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:23

Not sure if this one has been mentioned, not a drivers name but there was a racing mini team named 'Betty Swollocks Racing' around about 10-15 years ago.

Edited by ExFlagMan, 30 September 2014 - 08:23.


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#580 Allan Lupton

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:54

Not sure if this one has been mentioned, not a drivers name but there was a racing mini team named 'Betty Swollocks Racing' around about 10-15 years ago.

As I will have written before, if it was mentioned previously, Sid Marler entered a team for the 750MC Six-Hour Relay with that name.



#581 Marc Sproule

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 02:58

not a driver, but he was a car salesman in san jose, ca. in the '60s. tv commercials with the opener "hi, dick bendcr here for bob sykes dodge"

 

always thought that was bogus but one day during a discussion of daft names a friend said d.b. was real, my friend had gone to school with him.

 

and during my racing photog/journalist career i saw lots of mechanic toolboxes adorned with "richard cranium racing" stickers do i'm absolutely convinced those were associated with a real team.

 

:smoking: :smoking: :smoking:



#582 drivers71

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 12:36

NASCAR (ARCA), around 2000, racing family - Darrell and Mike Basham.

.........and Dick Tracey also raced the same series.

Not daft, but a great racer with a most descriptive name - Axel Plankenhorn.


Edited by drivers71, 08 November 2014 - 12:37.


#583 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 12:54

NASCAR (ARCA), around 2000, racing family - Darrell and Mike Basham.

.........and Dick Tracey also raced the same series.

Not daft, but a great racer with a most descriptive name - Axel Plankenhorn.

60s to 80s scrambles [motorcross these days] rider Dave Basham