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#201 fines

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Posted 13 December 2000 - 18:35

Thank you, Tony, for pointing that out. Now I know that I am myself a lap record holder in Spa, for "red Ford Escort Diesels with a German number plate"...;) :lol:

:hope you don't mind my amusement:

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#202 Ray Bell

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Posted 13 December 2000 - 20:25

Oh, this is goo-oo-ood! At this rate I think I'll have five or six Lobethal class records (you can't claim less than a class record for this), and the outright record for Victor Harbor for 180Bs going the reverse direction.
The pinnacle, of course, is the record I have for Lobethal going the wrong direction in pre-war Hudson Specials on temporary registrations. That day John Fitzpatrick (sure it was him) broke new ground by driving a Lola FJr (front engined) in the right direction on temporary registration to a brilliant class record.
Ross Hodgson, of course, holds the class record at Lobethal for Falcon V8s with smoking front tyres and glowing discs carrying stalk-eyed passengers with stopwatches and calculators setting out with the purpose of proving whether or not Tomlinson really did it.
Let me see now, I think I have the record for Mt Druitt for 403s driving round dodging Belf Jones' plow marks in the bitumen, and there's the Commodore V8 record at Narrogin and Applecross, backwards at Nuriootpa in Hudson Spls, Woodside in Austin A99s with the family on board, Altona in Cortina 6s, oh, and Southport in XU1s... yes, that one, the only time I've ever tripled a speed limit!
Must be more...

#203 ZippyD

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Posted 13 December 2000 - 20:31

I hold the class record on the North portion of the Ring for an Opal City in the 1600cc class with a few hundred pounds of luggage in the boot for better weight distribution.

#204 fines

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Posted 16 December 2000 - 14:25

Speaking of reverse directions, has anyone ever tried Monte Carlo on Microprose's Grand Prix or other racing sims? Really gorgeous, I can assure you! And btw quite a lot faster than the usual way round... Another lap record for me! :D

#205 dbw

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Posted 18 December 2000 - 06:19

i do believe i have the unofficial slowest lap record[for a car running at full speed] in a 1908 cadillac single cylinder chain drive roadster in the 1999 monterey historic automobile races.....[i was pretty close one year in my '27 amilcar,but it didn't count as it had a slipping clutch....a wet multi plate unit that ran in the engine oil!!]both times i had to climb the hill to the corkscrew in low..in the cad that's walking pace!!

#206 Ray Bell

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Posted 03 January 2001 - 00:18

Bathurst backwards is an interesting one... some corners that are quite normal the 'right' way become very exciting, but then again, the esses become somewhat dull, and Skyline loses its flavour.
Lakeside was originally intended to go the reverse direction, which bears some thought.

#207 Dennis David

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Posted 04 January 2001 - 00:18

OK. You all know the drill, especially you lurkers out there.;)

#208 andy_bee

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Posted 04 January 2001 - 14:36

my turn, my name is, surprisingly Andy and I am 30 and based in hampshire (England!). I use to be a car designer but now work on computer games. I use to work at a certain F1 team designing pit equipment and truck bits for a five years and have done some liveries as well such as West McLaren GTR, Gulf McLaren GTR, original Panoz and a few others.

I have no lap records at all to my name, probably because one of my cars is a Fiat500!!!

I'm quite interested in the technical side of F1 and from the mid-late 70's period to present date


oops, forgot,,,
My favourite drivers are/were both Villeneuve, Senna, Prost, de Cesaris (don't laugh!),
My favourite teams are/were McLaren, Onyx, Brabham
Outside F1, quite interested in CART and F3 and hopefully the new BTCC if its any good.

#209 Gary C

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 20:29

So, I'm probably the newest member of AtlasF1!
I'm probably going to be interested mainly in the Nostalgia Forum as I think that the racing, cars and people from way back are much more interesting than virtually anything modern. Saying that, I do have a liking for the current Le Mans/ALMS cars.
My favourite F1 car of all time is the Lotus 72, just the best looking - sorry guys!
I and my partner run the RetroRacing (www.retroracing.co.uk) website which concentrates, as you'd guess, on old race cars, people etc. I also have a collection of motorsport pictures and film at the Supercharged Collection (www.superchargedcollection.com).
I was lucky a couple of years ago to get enough money together to buy myself a little race car, it's currently nearing its' re-build, and I'm hoping to debut it this year in the HSCC's Historic Formula Ford championship.
Other than that, keep up the good work everyone!

#210 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 22:35

Two things, Gary, as we welcome you in here...
1. Never apologise for your tastes or preferences! :)
2. What sort of FF do you have?

#211 Gary C

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Posted 09 January 2001 - 23:53

Hi Ray, it's a 1969 Nike. I found it on the Bill Dolson website late in 1998. It was 'an estate sale bargain', cost me $4500, then virtually the same again to get it shipped back to the UK. We're just about coming to the end of the re-build, and hope to be out with a little testing, maybe by the end of February. First race is April at Donington.
If you're interested, I have done a couple of articles about it at my website at http://www.retroracing.co.uk, have & look & see what you think.

#212 Allen Brown

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Posted 10 January 2001 - 22:40

Hello all

I've been shamed into introducing myself after failing to be aware of Don's long and highly distinguished career in uniform.

I was born in Birmingham, England, in 1961 so I'm in what Cosmopolitan magazine recently described as "middle youth" and am now a resident of Hampshire in one of England sunnier corners (but it's all relative of course).

My introduction to F1 came during the Hunt/Lauda battle of 1976. Although I wasn't really aware of the Spanish and French GP drama at the time, the British GP was front page news all over England and I was hooked after that. Then came Lauda's crash, Penske's first win, Lauda's comeback, the disqualification, Hunt's amazing drives in North America and then that extraordinary finale in Japan. Wow!

Until marriage and children distracted me (my second child is due today so don't be surprised if I don't post again for a while) I researched the history of the 3-litre F1 cars (1966-85 that is) in mind-numbing detail - not only every place they ever raced but every person who ever owned one. After abandoning the idea of publishing this in book form, I published the results side of it on OldRacingCars.com last month. The owner lists may follow.

My job is potentially embarrassing if you've seen my site as I run a small organisation building web sites for large UK and multinational firms. OldRacingCars.com, I should quickly point out, is all my own work and not that of my team - who are faintly amused by it all. Now they know what an anorak I am, the respect shown to the boss has noticably diminished!

I've spent too long on one formula in the past and now my main projects are the Cooper T53s, Single-Seat Can-Am, something largely ignored by historians so far, and F5000. The Cooper T53s, well outside my normal area, are the ultimate jigsaw puzzle - no picture on the box lid, no idea how many pieces there are, no idea if the pieces I have belong to this jigsaw, no edges, no corners. I love it!

And this forum is great!

Allen

#213 Ray Bell

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Posted 11 January 2001 - 00:59

I've no doubt that you and island will ultimately become close friends on the F5000 front. Use search, put 'island' into the username box and see what I mean!

#214 Allen Brown

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Posted 12 January 2001 - 18:15

I've know 'Island' even longer than I've known TNF. It only took me a short time when I found TNF to realise 'Island' was my old contact.

He has provided much F5000 material over the last week or so and I'll be posting that to my site very soon. Chevron B24s, McRae GM1s and March 73As are first, to be followed by Lola T332s when we get a bit closer with them.

But is it really only me and 'Island' into F5000?

Allen

#215 Stefan Ornerdal

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Posted 13 January 2001 - 20:39

Of course, this is my real name and I am from Sweden and I have to sign because here is too many dutch and americans;-)
I'm born 23rd december 1953, works as a chartographer at the Swedish Maritime HQ, drawing sea-charts. I have been around in motorsport all my life, mostly in speedway - the north european type, motorcycles on shale. Never raced myself except a few laps when I was a member of the Swedish Alfa Romeo Owners Club, in a Giulia 1300 Junior. Now I am webmaster of Speedway Elite-team 'Vargarna', a team with 2 australians, 1 dane and a pole among the swedes in the team.
I also have a website with statistics of the Le Mans 24h and Formula 2-racing. If someone care to look at my site, please let me know if you can fill in the blanks! Sorry if my english is not as good as the rest of you all.
All The Best
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#216 Hans Etzrodt

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Posted 14 January 2001 - 01:32

Stefan,
Welcome here at TNF. It is nice to see another Swede join TNF and you don't have to make excuses about the language. As you might already have discovered, here are enthusiasts from all over the world with the same passion. So this forum is truly international with people speaking at least 15-20 different languages but communicating here in English, something quite astonishing.

By the way, your absorbing site is of great interest to me and I added it to my Favorites collection.

#217 Wolf

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Posted 14 January 2001 - 01:44

Sorry to barge in like this. :) First I'd like to extend my welcome to everybody who's joined in lately. BTW, Barry You should've posted Garys problem in AtlasF1 forum or given the thread more conspicous title (I had to go to IRC and point a finger on Your thread ;) ).
OT really, but my entry just went on the record on Prost case. Care to comment it, Hans? I'd like to hear Your opinion on it.

#218 Barry Lake

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Posted 14 January 2001 - 02:51

Stefan

I think yours is the Le Mans 24 Hour Results site I was praising in this forum in recent weeks. Please keep up the good work. The F2 material will be an important research reference.

Can you tell me who the two Australian riders in Vargarna are?

Barry Lake

#219 Hans Etzrodt

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Posted 14 January 2001 - 12:21

Originally posted by Wolf
...my entry just went on the record on Prost case. Care to comment it, Hans? I'd like to hear Your opinion on it.


Wolf,
I just came out of the courtroom. It was a lengthy session and I was also able to see the court's records about your evidence. Your flattering words about my evidence will make my day. :) :blush:

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#220 Stefan Ornerdal

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Posted 14 January 2001 - 12:40

Barry, the Australian speedwayriders is Jason Crump and Jason Lyons.

#221 Barry Lake

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Posted 15 January 2001 - 12:41

One is a very fast and tough rider, the other a very nice person...

#222 Stefan Ornerdal

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Posted 15 January 2001 - 13:29

Barry, both are fast and tough, and Crumpie, believe it or not, has became a nicer person the last year or so. He has grown up... and he is very popular by the fans here. Aren't we a little bit of topic? Racing fans may think we are on the wrong list...

#223 Barry Lake

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Posted 15 January 2001 - 14:27

Perhaps. But at least that person who wandered into the "Announcing: the Atlas F1 Court" thread won't be able to accuse us of only being interested in pre-1982 motor sport.

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Posted 15 January 2001 - 21:20

It's not OT at all, if you remember Ronnie Moore taking part in some F2 races in the fifties! Maybe Jason Crump will head in this direction after his speedway days are over, rather than the one Bruce Penhall went...

#225 Barry Lake

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Posted 16 January 2001 - 03:51

Thanks Michael. I feel much better now. I thought I was going to get a three month suspension for serious acts of digression.

I also a few days ago spoke to a man who had been a speedway solo rider, who turned to midget speedcar racing and raced an ex-Jack Brabham midget. I think this Brabham fellow became quite succesful in motor racing, so there, also, is a link between speedway solo racing and F1.

#226 David McKinney

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Posted 16 January 2001 - 16:12

This is getting somewhat OT, but Ronnie Moore was not the only New Zealand speedway rider to take to four wheels: Ray Thackwell, Dick Campbell, Bruce Abernethy, Merv Neil and Geoff Mardon also made the transition, with varying degrees of success. Barry Briggs, who like Moore was a double world champion (and possible more), dabbled with a DKW saloon.


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Posted 16 January 2001 - 20:05

Oh so OT:

Ronnie Moore - 1954 and 1959 Speedway World Champion

Barry Briggs - 1957, 1958, 1964 and 1966 Speedway World Champion

Now who comes up with the third, and most successful Speedway World Champion from New Zealand? :D

#228 David McKinney

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Posted 16 January 2001 - 20:16

I could tell you, but will let someone else have a try ;)

#229 Graham Clayton

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Posted 16 January 2001 - 20:47

Since I have just joined the group, I might as well
introduce myself.
I am Graham Clayton. I am 36 and live in Sydney Australia.
My introduction to motor sport was watching speedway
meetings at the Liverpool circuit in Sydney in the early
1970's. I have maintained an interest in all forms of
motor sport since then. My cousin drove and owned a
speedway Grand Prix midget car for 10 years in the late
80's and early 90's. My father competed in motorcycle
"scrambles" in the 50's.
As well as speedway. between 1993-95 I attended the
Australian round of the World Rally Championship as a
spectator. I have also visited famous race tracks
in Australia, eg Bathurst, walked around the Adelaide
F1 track, and visited the remains of the Longford
circuit in Tasmania.
As well as the actual racing, I like the technical
side, the history and the personalities of motor
racing. I also like the ood, unusual, strange and
bizarre side of the sport as well

#230 NOvene

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Posted 17 January 2001 - 12:56

Newcomer no 178459....

Hope I'm welcome here. Cheers.

NOvene:flush:

#231 fines

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Posted 17 January 2001 - 16:43

Originally posted by NOvene
Hope I'm welcome here.

Course you are! :)

#232 LaurensDeJong

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Posted 02 February 2001 - 13:59

Well, I just posted to this forum about Rudi Caracciola and didn't realize there was a formal way of introducing yourself here.

What's there to know about me. I'm Dutch, 32. One of my earliest motor-racing-related memories was hearing of Niki Lauda's accident at the Nürburgring. I enjoy watching, reading or simming any kind of racing that hasn't been ruined by commercialism. My happier moments of 2000 were a Hav-a-Tampa race in Iowa, and the Eifel Klassik at the Nürburgring.

My fascination for the Ring stands above everything else. I've lapped the Nordschleife 86 times in 2000 and am currently trying to get a 1978 Opel Kadett Coupe GT/E (see preview at http://www.bols.demon.nl/Coupe/ ) ready for many more this year.

I won't be posting much, unless it's related to the Ring. But I do lurk.

-Laurens de Jong.

#233 david_martin

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Posted 02 February 2001 - 14:21

Laurens, welcome. Please don't lurk - if you want to start a thread on the old 'Ring, even an argument about what colour paint was used to make the road markings, then please fire away. Anything about the 'Ring always attracts a lot of interest in this part of cyberspace.

I am particularly impressed by the Jägermeister decal on the windscreen of your Opel, BTW :)

#234 Ray Bell

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Posted 02 February 2001 - 15:27

Who was it was going to walk around the Ring?... careful you don't run over him... and keep an eye out for C F Eick, who is nuts about the joint as well.
You're in good company. And again, welcome and post on anything that takes your fancy.

#235 David McKinney

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Posted 02 February 2001 - 20:54

Fines:
Clearly no-one but you and I care about NZ world champion speedway riders. So I'll just say Ivan Mauger and leave it at that

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Posted 02 February 2001 - 21:40

Why David, I almost forgot about the question! And, of course, you're right. The only six-times Speedway World Champion (1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977 and 1979) as well as three-times Long Track World Champion (1971, 1972 and 1976), Ivan Mauger.

#237 Stefan Ornerdal

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Posted 02 February 2001 - 22:05

Fines and David - you are definitaly not alone caring about speedwayriders, New Zealanders and others! I am a speedway-freak, and I know about the sad state of NZ speedway right now - no international stars since Larry Ross and Mitch Schirra. BTW -Schirra was a Scot raised in Oz and lived in England and raced on a NZ-license. I hope NZ can make a comeback to the International scene, there is rumours of a Grand Prix World Cup meeting in NZ 2002.

Did you know that Olle Nygren, one of the most popular motorsport characters in Sweden ever(speedway and Road Racing rider), drove a Formula Junior-car in some British Formula 1-races around 1960-61?

Bjorn Knutson, world speedway champ in 1965 (and my neighbour) occasionally drives a Chevron B26 in historic racing.

Cheers
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Posted 03 February 2001 - 15:39

Although this is getting way OT, Stefan, do you happen to have the birth date of Olle Nygren? And shouldn't it read 'Ole' instead? And 'Björn Knutsson'?

#239 Stefan Ornerdal

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Posted 03 February 2001 - 17:23

Yes, Björn Knutsson.

Ole is danish, Olle is the right spelling.
Olle is born in november 1929. I was at his 70th birthday-party but can't remember exact date. I will see if I can find it for you.

Olle still has his speedway-school in England, and at the age of 72 when many senior citizens is in a wheel-chair, he is riding his speedwaybike like in the old days and shows the youngsters how to do. Great guy, not long ago he was running in the Stockholm Marathon.

He has a website too: http://www.ollenygren.com

When he first came to Britain, 1950 or so, some local 'besserwisser' said to Olle:
"There is only two places were to overtake on this track..."
"Yes, I know" Olle interrupted "the straights and the bends"

Stefan



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#240 Barry Lake

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Posted 03 February 2001 - 17:51

Back in 1959/60/61, I and three friends used to work at the Sydney Showground (Speedway Royale), opening and closing the gate through which the bikes and cars returned to the pits after each race. All four of us raced Skid Kids (bicycle speedway) and three of us also competed in track and road cycling.

Our speedway job was not only unpaid, we had to pay our way in (although we had a few lurks for getting in free a lot of the time). We also used to dress in clean white overalls, along with the image of that well run venue.

One night there were a couple of visiting solo riders. One of my friends and I, because we had clean overalls, and the genuine pit crew looked dirty and dishevelled, were asked to pose - one of us with each of the two riders - for some publicity photographs.

I was quick off the mark, so I got to pose with Jack Young from South Australia, two times world champion. My friend (now sales manager for BMW motorcycles in Sydney) was disappointed to have to pose with the not-all-that-impressive on the night, young New Zealand kid. He was having a ride in Sydney on his way to England to begin his international career. His name was Ivan Mauger...

The photos didn't appear in the newspaper, nor did we ever see them. I wonder are they in the newspaper photo files somewhere?


#241 RJL

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Posted 06 February 2001 - 04:58

Hello Everyone,

My name is RJL. I'm Canadian, & in my mid thirties. I was born in Slovakia and immigrated to Canada with my parents in 1970. I've loved cars from day one and been a race fan as far back as I can remember. Apart from F1, I enjoy all forms of motorsport including two wheels.

I have a soft spot for older European sporty cars, convertibles in particular. I currently have a Fiat Spider (don't laugh, I can't help myself) and a Kawasaki ZX-11. I live in a small town in British Columbia and am surrounded by mountains and twisty roads.

When I was a kid, I tried my hand (a bit) at Formula Ford & F2000. Just enough to realize that I really didn't have what it took. I've been a contented observer ever since.

I've been using Atlas F1 for years to keep up with the news & gossip but have only recently bothered to look around the site further. The Forum section is terrific! It's such a treat to find other people interested (and informed) about F1. I look forward to many hours of stimulating conversation.

RJL

#242 quintin cloud

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Posted 07 February 2001 - 11:04

Here goes ,,, I was born in 1975 October in Joburg , my first motorsport/F1 race I saw was in 1987 when the Williams Team With Mansell and Piquet came out to do winter testing at Kyalami , and yes cars on tv was great but been there to see and HEAR the Williams-Honda's in full song is one of the best experiences that one can have at 12 years old , from 1990 all F1 testings that happen I'm will be at the track
with a :smile: on by face and taken as many photo's as the budget will allow , the 3 ISRS events that have happened I've been there.

In the real world I am a Electronic technician for the military company ,where we make rocket , mortar and field & naval artillery Fuzes , I working in the R&D Lab doing delvopment work on those products .

In my speer time I do research work for my webpage which started in 1996 , or at Kyalami at the race meetings , another interest is that of going to Air Shows with my Camera with the highlight been 1999 september with the international Defence air show with the Boeing B1B , F15 , F16 and lot of other great aircraft in the sky.[p][Edited by quintin cloud on 02-07-2001]

#243 mikko-ville

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Posted 07 February 2001 - 22:27

hello all!

I have been reading this great forum for several months, and thought it's time to register and introduce myself.
My name is Mikko-Ville Palsa. I´m from Finland and 23 years old. I am studying TV-droduction and hopefully graduating this year!
I love all forms of motorsport, but i enjoy most F1, sportscars and of course rallying (hey i'm finn, what can i say!).
I have been following motorsport since i was around 5. My first live race was in 1982, when i was with my dad watching
1000 lakes-rally and the legendary Ouninpohja special stage.
I was hooked for rest of my life!
Lately i have been more and more interested about history of the sport. And surely this BB has been great tool for learning more about the past!
Currently i am planning to do a documentary about history of rallying in finland.
Well that's enough of me, looking forward to learning more!

#244 ray b

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Posted 07 February 2001 - 22:53

hi mo-town kid of 1950 dad was in SAE .
he did the post war gad-about car.
zora arkus duntof[mr corvette] was neighbor
rides with zora earry memory of fast cars.
road &track reader in late 50's frist f1.
grew up in fla miami.dad had porsches 4cams inc.
in late 50's plus 2 fassel-vega's in 60's.
allso like can am, imsa, and cart.met and hungout in bar with ATS driver in 84 [forgot his name].
fiero car hobby soon to have northstar v8 in it.

#245 Ray Bell

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Posted 07 February 2001 - 23:35

Nice Q-car, ray b, sounds quite lethal in fact... just make sure you never grow up completely!

#246 Option1

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Posted 20 February 2001 - 18:02

Okay, here's jumping in at the deep end.

My real name is Neil, and I'm an expatriate Australian living in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. As a reference point, Santa Cruz is about 40 miles from Laguna Seca.

I only moved to the US about 2 1/2 years ago so I don't think I've quite lost all my Australian kultural heritage yet (where's me ****ing beer?)

At 43 years of age I don't feel as ancient here as I have on another BB.

Unfortunately, my knowledge of motor racing history is less than negligible, it's positively non-existent. Which is one of the reasons I'm here. Even in the short time I've been reading the posts on the NF I've learnt an incredible amount about motor sport. I can't praise you guys enough for the efforts you make in researching and defining the history of some great cars, drivers, races and tracks.

The only thing that's upset me is that I didn't realise the history that we had in Australia before I left there. Oh well, least I can learn more about it now through the posts being made by Ray, Barry, Falcadore and others.

I may not post often on the NF, simply because I don't have the depth of knowledge that so many of you possess, but I will definitely be reading with interest and delight.

#247 LB

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Posted 20 February 2001 - 18:02

Hi there,

My name is Craig Leadbitter born in 1973 in the sunny climes of Paisley, Scotland and now living in the even sunnier vista of Fort William Scotland.

I Have been 'forced' to follow motorsport since birth and have probably seen every GP that has been live on British TV. I am more a voyeur of the nostalgia forum, but I'm taking it all in, I have always been interested in the History (e.g. I've been to the Coys festival), however before 1980 my knowledge is a bit patchy, well at least not as good as many on here!

I'm also interested in most other sports but nothing comes close to cars.

On a personal note I have a 2.1 hons degree in Economics (which got me precisely nowhere) and I work offshore in Egypt, so I'm only here half the time I am single but working on it :D

I adore stories about the history of racing I have a huge soft spot for the sixties but I think that is my blatent nationalism showing through (go DC!). I regularily go to meetings at Knockhill and occasuionally venture south however most of any motor sport knowledge that I may have comes from the 20 year supply of Autosports bending the Attic floorboards. [p][Edited by LB on 02-20-2001]

#248 josh.lintz

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Posted 20 February 2001 - 23:37

Hello,

I've only posted here for about 3 weeks (about 4 posts). But I have entered the 8w game for 5 straight times, and I've got to admit that it seemes everyone else here is MUCH more knowledgeable about the sport than I am.

I'm from Gainesville, Florida, USA...home of the GatorNationals (a drag racing event). There will never be a GP here because the locals would pronounce the "x" in Grand Prix. My car craze began in 1985, at age 11. I read the race reports by Ireland and Walker in the back of Road & Track magazine, and became interested in racing cars, too.

I'd watch everything from Nascar, Indycars, IMSA, SCCA, whatever had a motor installed in it. I used to live close to Miami, so I went to the IMSA Miami GP every year. There, I became addicted to the noise, color, and thrill of watching these race cars go by on the street circuit. And at the end of the weekend, I'd have a sunburn the color of Ferrari red!

My first F1 race was the 1987 Monaco GP. I read the TV Guide, and taped it, and somehow I thought it was the greatest thing on TV. From then on, I'd wake up at 7:30 am to catch the race live (sometimes taped delayed). I'd tape them all and analyse the races over and over again. After the season ended, I filled the need for speed by checking out every motorsports book in every library in the county! And I pooled together my allowance to buy my first copy of Autocourse.

The rest is history. Unfortunately, I was only able to convert about 3 people in 13 years to continue to watch F1 racing, but my favorite convert of all is my love, Kathy. She's a Hakkinen fan, and I'm a Schuey fan, so we can debate the racing long after the flag has fallen.

Josh Lintz
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#249 Rob Sheldon

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Posted 28 February 2001 - 01:10

Ok, Ray bell sent me to this room so if i bore you then its his fault :)

Rob Sheldon (son of Paul)
30 (only just though)

I live in Baildon, w yorks, uk.
As I am sure a few of you will no my dad, so you can imagine the kinda life ive lead.

Ever since I can remember the whole family has been heavily into motorsport. The first kinda racing i can remember going to see live was Motorbike GP's in the Sheen era and the only memories of that was a guy called Wez Coolie (I think) being in last place but doing massive wheelies at every available oportunity.
Speedway was also quite poular with us and we used to watch the Dukes at Halifax quite often, Kenny Carter was then my hero (shame he went and shot hiself)
Sporting trials then became the thing and my mum bought a trials car and did very well.
Then the motorbikes came back........the Schwantz era.
Also loads of other motorsport of every discription.
Anyway, its kinda difficult trying to rmember yer life history so fast, but everything was either watching motorsport, or watching my dad type up useless (well, i thought that at the time:) ) information.
What I must say is that my dads hobby has provided me with some remarkable times and the oportunities to travel and meet some great great people, such as Yves de la Gorce, Herbert Schneider, Jimmy Piquet etc etc.

At the moment I got quite into golf (think it was hitting 30 that started that one) and I also like to fly over the moors on my motorcross bike thinking of Wez.
Oh and all the family have got tickets for Rockingham later this year......Can't wait for that!!!!

Sorry its garbled.
Rob

#250 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 February 2001 - 01:16

If age is an issue, why not dig up the 'How old are you?' thread... it hasn't surfaced in a while, needs a resurrection...

And any time you like you can post a pic of the trials car... sounds like a lot of fun.