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#151 McLarenFormula1

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 06:41

The slightly daft and very unambiguous Scott Speed, who is currently tearing it up in Formula Renault courtesy of the flawed Red Bull Driver Search.

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#152 eldougo

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 07:01

:) This Thread would fit into this old one started by Graham Clayton back in Feb 01.


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#153 2F-001

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 10:37

Roger Orgee?

#154 Vitesse2

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 10:53

Originally posted by Ralliart
Wasn't there a British racer with the last name of Balls?

Yep - Vernon Balls. From the same era as "Bummer" Scott: how on earth did he come by that nickname?







On second thoughts, I don't think I want to know .... :rolleyes:

#155 275 GTB-4

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 11:26

There is a SKIDMORE racing in Historics over here................. :cool:

#156 Jesper O. Hansen

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 11:30

Sometime Australian touring car driver Rick Shaw.

#157 JohnB

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 11:47

Originally posted by David McKinney
There was (is?) a Historic Touring Car driver called Willy Winn. I was very disappointed when I learned it was a nom de course :lol:


Fits in nicely with 'Willy Eckerslyke' - another pseudonym from the 'Unusual Names' thread.

#158 Twin Window

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 13:50

Timothy Bottoms

Rick Mast

Bernard de Dryver

Axel Plankenhorn

:)

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#159 Alan Lewis

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 14:03

The wisecracks I had to put up with in the seventies when my schoolmates and I were all adolescent enough to appreciate the humorous potential of Randy Lewis...

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#160 David Beard

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 14:11

Jenson Button :

#161 Rob G

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 14:14

Originally posted by Twin Window
Bernard de Dryver

We can't forget the more straightforwardly named Paddy Driver.

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 14:20

Jan Odor

Carlton Tingling

Thornton Mustard

Kevin Boutsen :eek:

:)

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#163 ensign14

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 20:35

Scrap Thistlethwayte...sounds like he used to race Edgar Jessop.

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 20:50

From the ranks of drag racing we have Gas Ronda. I forget at the moment what his full first name was, but the short nickname version was Gas. A perfect racing name.

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#165 Arthur Anderson

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 22:29

Originally posted by Wes
Dick Seaman
Salt Walter


"Salt" was a nickname for David Walther, comes from his teenage years as a boat-racer.

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#166 Arthur Anderson

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 22:30

Originally posted by WDH74
From the ranks of drag racing we have Gas Ronda. I forget at the moment what his full first name was, but the short nickname version was Gas. A perfect racing name.

-William


I believe Ronda's given name is Gaspar.

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#167 Falcadore

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 09:24

Originally posted by Jesper O. Hansen
Sometime Australian touring car driver Rick Shaw.


He never spells it with a 'k', always Ric.

On the subject of Will Power being a great name for a driver, its harder to go past a name like WIN. Good evening Mr Percy :)

#168 Twin Window

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:23

Originally posted by Muzza
Australian Formula 3 racer Will Power... that's definitely a winner's name!

True - but he's not the original!

Here's a sticker I have from the early '70s...

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Great graphics! Not.

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#169 Macca

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 11:32

Ernst Klodwig.


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#170 Doug Nye

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 20:33

Those familiar with Queen's English pronunciation might appreciate my reaction upon being contacted by a Canadian racer/fan who signed himself...

Bryan Tryzers

(I know nothing of Association football but when I accidentally selected TV coverage of a European Cup match last week I could have sworn the commentator mentioned a Swiss player named Bernd Haas. Just out of passing interest - did I hear correctly?)

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 20:42

Originally posted by Doug Nye
Those familiar with Queen's English pronunciation might appreciate my reaction upon being contacted by a Canadian racer/fan who signed himself...

Bryan Tryzers

(I know nothing of Association football but when I accidentally selected TV coverage of a European Cup match last week I could have sworn the commentator mentioned a Swiss player named Bernd Haas. Just out of passing interest - did I hear correctly?)

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Indeed you did. I believe he plays for West Bromwich Albion...

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#172 Vitesse2

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 20:42

Originally posted by Doug Nye
Those familiar with Queen's English pronunciation might appreciate my reaction upon being contacted by a Canadian racer/fan who signed himself...

Bryan Tryzers

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I can just hear Prince Charles saying that .... :rotfl: :rotfl:

#173 Lotus23

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 20:56

Back in the Dark Ages, I knew a local driver whose last name was "Cacciatore". It doesn't matter what his first name was; he was always called "Chicken"!

Earlier than that was one of my boyhood racing heroes, one Ollie "Hi-Yo" Silva. (This works only if you're old enough to remember The Lone Ranger...)

Earlier yet were guys like Ed "Dynamite" Dugan and Oscar "Cannonball" Ridlon. It seemed that no self-respecting midget hero of the forties turned a wheel without a snappy nickname.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 21:04

I think the pronunciation of Toyota Atlantics driver Ryan Dalziel's name defies all logic. How the hell can anyone possibly get "dee-al" out of that?!?

#175 FLB

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 21:04

Well, it seems that funny name don't necessarily apply to drivers:

Exhibit A, Novi mechanic Radio Gardner

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 21:14

Originally posted by MCS


Indeed you did. I believe he plays for West Bromwich Albion...

MCS

He does.

Back in the 60s the V***a apparently had 3 players called Jimmy Brown, Oscar Arce and Barry Hole in their reserve midfield...

#177 Twin Window

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 21:45

Originally posted by ensign14
He does.

Back in the 60s the V***a apparently had 3 players called Jimmy Brown, Oscar Arce and Barry Hole in their reserve midfield...

After I'd finished my Saturday paper round, I used to serve behind the counter at my local newsagents. Among the regulars wanting an Argus every other Saturday were V***a manager Vic "I'd better read what I've said today" Crowe and, around the same time... Oscar Arce!!

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PS A few years later, I went out with Sonia Cowans; daughter of the youth team manager and elder sister of Gordan!!

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 21:49

Originally posted by Rob G
I think the pronunciation of Toyota Atlantics driver Ryan Dalziel's name defies all logic. How the hell can anyone possibly get "dee-al" out of that?!?


Once you start thinking about that, you'll start worrying about names
like "Featherstonehaugh", "Beauchamp", "Belvoir" and "Cholmondeley".... ;)

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 22:25

Well I remember Cotton Farmer and Porky Ratzwitz. Not sure of the spelling. Leon Clum always gave me a chuckle. Anybody with the name Elmer. Elmer George and Elmer Musgrave come to mind. Oh then there was Ebb Rose and Jigger Sirois.

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#180 Vitesse2

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 22:26

Originally posted by Rob G
I think the pronunciation of Toyota Atlantics driver Ryan Dalziel's name defies all logic. How the hell can anyone possibly get "dee-al" out of that?!?

Ah well, it's Scots, Rob. :rolleyes:

But it should really be Da-yell, not Dee-al.

Another Scots name with a Z in it is Menzies: which is pronounced "Mingies", to rhyme with dinghies.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 22:57

Patrick Dal Bo

Gerges Moustaki

Ferd Hohenzollern :drunk:

Although none of them, as far as I'm aware, are Scotsmen... :)

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#182 Lotus23

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 01:43

Not certain of the spelling: Count Louis Zborowski.

My earliest hero, the midget ace "Joltin' Joe" Sostilio: a good track announcer could draw that name out for 15-20 seconds over a PA system.

I always got a kick out of Herman "The Turtle" Beam's name.

"Duck" Waddle ran in the SCCA Runoffs for years.

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 09:50

A few car related ones:

Henry Banks (presumably an oval racer)
Carlos Pace
Mike Parkes
Jack Turner
Peter de Klerk (of the course?)

What you would'nt want to do:

Rachelle Splatt
Hans Stuck
Franco Rol
Fred Wacker
Ronnie Bucknum
Joe Fry
Peter Hirt
Brett Lunger

How are you feeling?

Piers Courage
Tony Crook
Tony Gaze
Fred Gamble
Bobby Grim
Sam Tingle
Jack Fairman

Others that took my fancy:

Marcel Balsa (probably teamed up with Chris Craft)
John and Skip Barber (presumably for the Pedro Chaves)
Slim Borgudd
Spider Webb
Torsten Palm
Tiff Needell
Brian Gubby
Duke Dinsmore
John Cannon
Al Pease ( A Pease)
Tom Jones
Gene and John Force

and my favourite one of all:

Ivor Bueb (presumably the first transgender race driver)

#184 Hieronymus

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:29

Two names that I always find very funny:

Irv Hoerr
Pierre Kaffer

Then again you must be a South African to "appreciate" it. I trust that these two gentlemen do not consider coming to South Africa. Poor Irv's wife or daughters!! The name "hoer" means the same as the English word "whore".

Mr. Kaffer's name will be probably land him up in jail. It is a swear used for a black person. Not allowable by law.

Is there not a Dutch driver with the surname - Bierbuik (beer tummy)???

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:35

Originally posted by Twin Window
Patrick Dal Bo

Gerges Moustaki

Ferd Hohenzollern :drunk:

Although none of them, as far as I'm aware, are Scotsmen... :)

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Oh Gawd yes, Patrick Dal Bo. I once got an almighty earful from my French teacher for writing an essay in which one of the characters was called Dal Bo. She refused to believe this was an example of yer typical French surname - even when I brandished Motoring News under her nose, she wasn't convinced.

And why are so many French racing drivers called Patrick? I can't think of many Irishmen called Gaston or Jean-Pierre.

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 11:10

Originally posted by Doug Nye


Bryan Tryzers

DCN

As Vitesse2 said; it's pure Prince Charles! :clap: :rotfl:

Originally posted by deeks6


Ivor Bueb (presumably the first transgender race driver)

:rotfl:

Originally posted by Hieronymus


Irv Hoerr
Pierre Kaffer

Then again you must be a South African to "appreciate" it.

Not necessarily..! :lol:

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#187 ian senior

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 11:16

Originally posted by deeks6
A few car related ones:


and my favourite one of all:

Ivor Bueb (presumably the first transgender race driver)


Roberta Cowell got there first!

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 11:20

Originally posted by ian senior


Roberta Cowell got there first!

.... and having seen her picture I have my doubts about Violette Morriss :eek:

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 11:41

Originally posted by Vitesse2

.... and having seen her picture I have my doubts about Violette Morriss :eek:


This her??

Morris was a boxer, weightlifter and javelin-thrower who, on taking up motor-racing, found that her heavy breasts hindered her hold of the wheel. So she had them lopped off.



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Posted 29 June 2004 - 11:52

:eek: :rotfl:

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#191 Vitesse2

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 12:18

Originally posted by David Beard


This her??

Morris was a boxer, weightlifter and javelin-thrower who, on taking up motor-racing, found that her heavy breasts hindered her hold of the wheel. So she had them lopped off.

That is indeed s/he ....

Originally posted by Hans Etzrodt
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A 1929 published picture of Violette Morris with the following caption:
Too masculine!
The French Women Automobile Club has excluded the well known Mme. Violette Morris on the grounds that her dress was too manly. Mme Morris, who had gained a great number of victories with B.N.C., does not let it rest at that and has sued the club. As can be seen in the picture, Mme. Morris looks indeed a bit masculine.



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Posted 29 June 2004 - 12:48

It may be apocryphal that certain commentators enjoyed it when saloon racer Jeff Uren (he of the V6 "Savage" Cortina) was overtaken since it allowed them to shout "....and he's passing Uren".

In British Sprinting there was a Fiat driver named Wally Pratt, which I always felt rather undersold his talents. I never knew whether it was a nom de course.

#193 SEdward

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 13:22

There's something fishy about Claude de Waele.

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 13:32

Originally posted by deeks6
Ivor Bueb (presumably the first transgender race driver)


Really? :eek:

#195 Twin Window

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 14:16

In the 'Ultimate Price' thread, I've just found this one...

Dick Creamer

:rotfl:

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#196 SEdward

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 15:31

"Dick Creamer"!!!

Love it!!!

I expect he'll never forgive his parents.

Edward.

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 15:58

Originally posted by Vitesse2

That is indeed s/he ....


Love the sensible shoes. ;P

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 16:34

Originally posted by TonyCotton
In British Sprinting there was a Fiat driver named Wally Pratt, which I always felt rather undersold his talents. I never knew whether it was a nom de course.

I competed against, and officiated for, dear old Wally on many occasions. AFAIK it was his real name, but he was such a decent chap, and a real gentlemen of the old school, that it never really occured to anyone that his name was in the least amusing or peculiar. IIRC he was a retired aeronautical engineer and did all his own servicing - and the car never seemed to miss a beat.

And he could drive too - even in his 70s, he could still pedal his Abarth at unfeasibly high speeds, especially around Goodwood. Several times, as a sprint Clerk of the Course, I had some young driver come whinging to me "that Fiat must be bent, it's too fast to be legal". I would simply say to them, you go and watch him through the fast corners, then if you still think he's cheating, come back and put your money down. None of them ever did....

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 18:08

Originally posted by Rob G
I think the pronunciation of Toyota Atlantics driver Ryan Dalziel's name defies all logic. How the hell can anyone possibly get "dee-al" out of that?!?


You don't, its dee-ell (no y) - as for why see http://www.coldal.org/dalziel.htm

and Menzies can be pronounced either way, Men-zee's or Mingies

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 18:21

Originally posted by LB
Menzies can be pronounced either way, Men-zee's or Mingies

And McKenzie used to be pronounced "McKingie" (which is why its corruption to McKinney is more logical than appeared to me as a young lad)