Jump to content


Photo

Introduce yourself!


  • Please log in to reply
2769 replies to this topic

#2751 MCS

MCS
  • Member

  • 3,580 posts
  • Joined: June 03

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.  ;)


Edited by MCS, 02 August 2014 - 18:34.


Advertisement

#2752 Alan Cox

Alan Cox
  • Member

  • 7,772 posts
  • Joined: March 03

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

Richgreenscooby1
  • New Member

  • 3 posts
  • Joined: August 14

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

Rich

#2754 nafddur

nafddur
  • New Member

  • 1 posts
  • Joined: September 14

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

TimR2106
  • New Member

  • 5 posts
  • Joined: September 14

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

viking55
  • New Member

  • 2 posts
  • Joined: October 14

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

WOT
  • Member

  • 92 posts
  • Joined: November 14

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

Ray Bell
  • Member

  • 54,626 posts
  • Joined: December 99

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

WOT
  • Member

  • 92 posts
  • Joined: November 14

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...



Advertisement

#2760 Ray Bell

Ray Bell
  • Member

  • 54,626 posts
  • Joined: December 99

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

Ray Bell
  • Member

  • 54,626 posts
  • Joined: December 99

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

WOT
  • Member

  • 92 posts
  • Joined: November 14

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

Edited by WOT, 24 November 2014 - 01:13.


#2763 RedPepper

RedPepper
  • New Member

  • 3 posts
  • Joined: December 14

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

Ray Bell
  • Member

  • 54,626 posts
  • Joined: December 99

Posted 18 December 2014 - 05:49

Ross, your avatar is a famous incident...

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

#2765 27gilles27

27gilles27
  • Member

  • 105 posts
  • Joined: May 14

Posted 05 January 2015 - 02:21

What a great forum! I've been a huge Autosport fan for years, had hundreds of the magazines in the days when we had to wait for a month before the latest copy arrived at the news agent, back in South Africa. I now live in New Zealand and have followed f1 since the mid seventies when we were spurring Jody Scheckter on to his world championship with Ferrari. Then Gilles Villeneuve came along and there has never been another like him. I was also a fan of the superswede, Ronnie Peterson and later Jacques Villeneuve, Montoya and many others. Only when the Schumacher Ferrari era arrived, did my enthusiasm for f1 dim for awhile but I have to confess that I find it hard to get excited about contemporary f1. My favourite era is the 70's, when you got so many different winners and dominance meant 5 or 6 wins a season!

#2766 Ayzonfire

Ayzonfire
  • New Member

  • 2 posts
  • Joined: January 15

Posted 17 January 2015 - 15:24

Hi everybody !!!

 

I'm Alexandre from France, i see many time the Autosport forum and i've decide to come !!!

 

I'm a big fan to the Panoz GTR-1 and LMP-1, and old turbo F1 era !!!


Edited by Ayzonfire, 17 January 2015 - 15:25.


#2767 JAPMagna

JAPMagna
  • New Member

  • 8 posts
  • Joined: October 13

Posted 22 January 2015 - 10:21

Hello TNFers,

My name is Roger Butt. My earliest motor sport memories are of hearing about Jim Clark's latest win on the car radio on a Monday morning on the way to school. I also remember the shock I felt at hearing that he'd died - again on the radio. I was 8 years old. I probably fell in love with Formula 1 when I went to see the Grand Prix film at the cinema as part of a friend's birthday party, but that love didn't really take hold until a friend introduced me to Motor Sport magazine and the brilliance of Denis Jenkinson's race reports (and everything else that he contributed). That love was severely tested by the death of Ayrton Senna and was relegated to a mere interest when DSJ departed, leaving Motor Sport to bumble along, desperately trying to figure out what it needed to become. Fortunately, later in life I've become besotted with the Le Mans 24 Hour race, and i can feel confident that it won't leave me. In fact, after my first visit, I was left wondering why anyone would bother going to a Grand Prix, but it's each to their own, and what keeps this forum interesting.

 

I recently re-launched the J.A. Pearce Engineering company and we're making Magna wheels again, to the original designs. This project has led me to doing significant research on John Pearce and I am hoping to publish as full a story as is possible. If anyone has any interesting information to contribute, I would welcome you contacting me through TNF or through the contact page on the JA Pearce Engineering website: http://japearceengineering.com/ or the Facebook page: https://www.facebook...arceengineering

It's my intention to publish as factual an account as possible, so I am very keen to hear from anyone with first-hand dealings with John Pearce or the company back in the 1960s & '70s. Thanks to all those who have already contributed.


Edited by JAPMagna, 22 January 2015 - 14:31.


#2768 Ray Bell

Ray Bell
  • Member

  • 54,626 posts
  • Joined: December 99

Posted 23 January 2015 - 05:39

It looks like we're a bit behind with our welcomes, gentlemen...

Please enjoy your time here.

#2769 Dennis David

Dennis David
  • Member

  • 2,450 posts
  • Joined: March 99

Posted 23 January 2015 - 21:15

54,598 posts! That's got to be a record for any forum! Good to see they haven't thrown dirt on you yet, or at least nothing that you can't dig yourself out from under.



#2770 CMD

CMD
  • New Member

  • 3 posts
  • Joined: January 15

Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:53

Hello men

found this site whilst looking for info on road racing in the 80s

 i was into roads  around that time

i'm still finding my way through the vast amount of info on here

its amazing just how much knowledge you men have

any whoo i'm off for a look around

 

good luck  

 

Ciaran 

 

PS i,m from Portglenone