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#2751 MCS

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 18:33

That's a terrific introduction, DD.  I don't think there has ever been an official welcome given to anybody (!), but I have no doubt you will find much of interest here.

 

I would love to hear more of your experiences in the North in the Sixties and Seventies. Leuven - an absolutely fantastic place in my opinion - brings back some great memories as well. Less said (the  better) about IBM... Ugh.  ;)


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#2752 Alan Cox

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 21:49

Nice intro, 'Dick'/Philip. Some of those reminiscences will strike a chord with many of TNF's motley northern crew



#2753 Richgreenscooby1

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 20:05

Thought I'd pop on and say hello , I work at groupbmotorsport by Chester we specialise in subaru , rotary engines , bda and bdg engines and lots more , engine dyno facility , machine shop and rolling road .. Graham Hickman is working with us building some crazy engines also ..
So be nice please lol

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#2754 nafddur

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 14:00

I don't know how I have missed this site all these years, but I am happy to now be a member. I found these forums last night while researching Henry Gritzbach, an old sprint car racer from upstate NY, who was also a family friend and karting mentor of mine over 50 years ago. Glad to be here!

 

Oh yeah, my name is Jack Meeker. I'm interested in (almost) all types of motorsports. I grew up in Schenectady NY racing karts for 11 seasons, from 1959-1969. I now live in Duxbury, MA, and resumed my childhood hobby by doing extensive arrive-and-drive kart racing about 5 years ago.



#2755 TimR2106

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 14:54

Hi, I've been reading this forum for a while but have finally decided to subscribe. My name is Tim and I have been interested in cars for as long as I can remember, in fact the earliest picture of me shows me clutching my favourite Dinky car in front of the camera! I have never been sure what exactly triggered such an interest but have always suspected living close to Crystal Palace race track (very much within earshot!) might have had something to do with it. Although I was very young, I have a vivid memory of my late father taking me to spectate, we would have stood somewhere near the old dry ski slope! Now, years later, I have an interest in slot car racing (like some others on here) and race every Thursday night. The Crystal Palace interest has still not left me and my current Tin Top slot car is a model of Fitzpatrick's Broadspeed entry at Crystal Palace in  May 1966. I am hoping to build some other models from earlier seasons, all based on cars that raced at Crystal Palace, and am hoping that someone on here can help me with my research.

Away from Crystal Palace, I am always impressed by the wealth of knowledge shown on here and the interesting topics that appear long may it continue :wave:



#2756 viking55

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 18:32

Hi there all,
New to the forum and really interested in the Motorcycle racing nostalgia forum.
I see Mick Robinson is on here and I know him from old...
I used to assist Tony Harris with preparation of some of his race bikes and also assist in drinking loads of ale in various club houses and hostileries, as it was the done thing 'in those days'

I did see a picture of a TZ750 with JC Lathan on the fairing, which was presumed to be the one Tony raced, but this particular Yam was raced by Ivor Morgan, another Lord of Lydden.
It's really good to see the old pix posted, and when I can find mine, I will scan in and upload.

Keep up the good work

#2757 WOT

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 11:24

Been following Formula One since the early 60's. Think I've forgotten more than I can remember... Got involved with motor sport when the Tasman Series started in Australia in '64. Became a "Flag Marshall" at Warwick Farm, Sydney at a very early age and over the years evolved into an "Observer".
 
I was shattered when Jim Clark died, and withdrew, but came back and have followed the sport ever since. "With each death, you become a litte more hardened to the unexpectedness." 
 
The modern era F1 seems an age away from then (well, I guess it is, but you know what I mean) with all the unexplodable circuits and safety as safe can be. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for safety, but there is a point when you take away the fear factor... something that those that are looking down on proceedings today would undoubtedly applaud. I just don't want them to bastardise this sport so that the lives lost are not in vain.
 
These days I have no real "favourites" though being from Oz I punt for any Aussie on the track. All I want is to see good, solid, competitive racing between brands, and preferably where the outcome is not a given.


#2758 Ray Bell

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 15:26

That makes two of us...

Farm flaggies, that is. I was at Point M from 1965 to 1970, then did a couple of years at the exit to Creek Corner.

I'm sure you'll agree, it was the best view of the best circuit for viewing the drivers' skills.

#2759 WOT

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 22:13

That makes two of us...

Farm flaggies, that is. I was at Point M from 1965 to 1970, then did a couple of years at the exit to Creek Corner.

I'm sure you'll agree, it was the best view of the best circuit for viewing the drivers' skills.

 

Holy smoke Ray, that's amazing. As I said, my memory isn't as flash as it used to be; which point was M, was that around the Causeway? My main point from 64 to about 68 was the exit of Creek and my Dad was the medical officer there. I did some time on the exit of the Esses and a meeting at the entrance to Polo. I then became an observer at the entrance to Creek.

 

Do you remember the bugler in the Creek spectators? He was hilarious. Whenever a car expired, he would come out with the resounding sound of The Last Post. Brilliant.

 

The Farm was a great circuit and well loved by the overseas drivers. And as you say, watching the car control around Creek and into and through the Esses...



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#2760 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 18:48

Point M was halfway between the Northern Crossing and the Causeway, right by the back of the lake...

The bugler has been the subject of many discussions here, by the way.

There was always a great deal of enjoyment to be had, too, in driving our cars around for the lap to get to our points before the meeting!

There's a bit more here:

http://forums.autosp...r/#entry5308358

I'll try to get the other pics up for that thread, but Imageshack has done it again!

#2761 Ray Bell

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 19:31

Whoops... that makes three of us:

http://forums.autosp...51#entry4766315 - that's post 2524 in that thread.

#2762 WOT

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 09:48

There was always a great deal of enjoyment to be had, too, in driving our cars around for the lap to get to our points before the meeting!
 

 

As @warwickfarm said; it was wonderful to be appreciated so genuinely by Geoff Sykes, Jonn Stranger and Mary Packard. 
 
There is a lovely article on Geoff Sykes in Peter Windsor's blog http://peterwindsor....r-motor-racing/ .  Pete and I were schoolhood buddies. A couple of the photos on that page are mine - Jimmy in the esses and Jim and Jackie having a yarn...
 
I remember as a Junior Member of the AARC, Pete and I used to go into the Sussex Street office and do little odd jobs, but mainly to play on the slot car track - honing our skills. Loved the film nights too. Pete has subsequently gone on to much bigger and better things...
 
I saw a post somewhere about a marshal that spun his car in the Esses and subsequently had a "meeting" with Geoff Sykes - "just wanted to know who you were...". After I got my driver's license, I got a Torana GTR and had a similar "meeting", when I was a "bit" aggressive entering Creek, outbraking 2 or 3 cars, obviously one of them was the wrong car to outbreak...
 
Warwick Farm was a great circuit, such good memories.
 
Hanging out the window of my Dad's Valiant heading to our point - exit of Creek.
 
WFarm_Dunlop_Brdg.jpg

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#2763 RedPepper

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 22:25

Hi,

My name is Ross and I'm an avid fan and historian of touring car racing from the `70s. A friend recommended me to this site, and I look forward to learning more, and chatting with everyone.

 

Cheers



#2764 Ray Bell

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Posted Today, 05:49

Ross, your avatar is a famous incident...

I hope you can post a bunch of the photos you have available to you.