Originally posted by HDonaldCapps
Hey, it is not age -- which so many of you are so damnedly hung up on for some reason -- that makes a difference, but attitude. Being old or young is irrelevant when it comes to sorting through the mysteries we often face when dealing with history. While a teenager I was very much smitten with the racing from earlier decades as well as the one I was in. This forum is pretty much like the history department in a college in the sense of what people bring to the table and what is discussed. There are those in 101 or 401 classes and then there are those on the faculty. What is often -- or should be -- the focus here is context. This is not a political science department whose attentions are devoted largely to the Here & Now and the generation of data from which the statistics derived are the topic of many discussions. Using our analogy, that is the role of the RC.
It is generally, from my experience, very difficult to develop a clear idea of the context surrounding certain events with any level of clarity if you are closer than 25 or 30 years from the the period being considered.
It is not very important where people come from, it what they do while here. I was quite serious when I said that this was meant to be a refuge from the RC-types of fora. This forum was created out the conflicts that often arose from those with varying ideas and viewpoints on the old RC. This was initially intended to be, for lack of a better phrase, a "kinder, gentler" place. It should not be a just another no-man's land for those spoiling for a verbal free-for-all.
I utterly detest and hate the title of this forum, "The Nostalgia Forum," and have always regretted not having a better title at hand. This was never intended to be a place to wallow in nostalgia, but to be more akin to a history department, an analogy that I have come to like when I think of this place.
Just as college is not for everyone, neither is this forum.
So, if some wish to consider me an asshole for pointing that out, well, so be it. I am sure I will get over it.
Well said Don. Of course it is not age but attitude
Attitudes like the ones of Moss, Fangio, Clark, Stewart, Hill, etc., etc., . They may win or lose, but nobody would dare to discuss their attitude about the sport or their rivals in and off the tracks. The Hun is well below any of their standards, no matter what statistics may say.