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#1 taylov

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 11:28

The 1952 Naples GP programme that I purchased on eBay arrived this morning. A couple of splendid name changes got me thinking about other programmes in my collection.

At Naples in 1951 we had "Arry Shell" in second place whilst "John Wackefield" had won the 1939 running in his Maser.

My all-time favorite was the spelling year after year in 1950s French GP programmes of "Stirling Moos" - It was never corrected which made me wonder if it wasn't deliberate.

Can TNFers add any more examples?

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#2 bill moffat

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 11:32

In the early 60's the ACM signwriter had the BRMs entered at Monaco by the "Oven Racing Organisation". ;)

#3 Haine Kane

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 11:41

Originally posted by taylov
The 1952 Naples GP programme that I purchased on eBay arrived this morning. A couple of splendid name changes got me thinking about other programmes in my collection.

At Naples in 1951 we had "Arry Shell" in second place whilst "John Wackefield" had won the 1939 running in his Maser.

My all-time favorite was the spelling year after year in 1950s French GP programmes of "Stirling Moos" - It was never corrected which made me wonder if it wasn't deliberate.

Can TNFers add any more examples?


I've got the same problems with you.

It's true with the christian-name or nick-name : for example

Dick for Richard
Jim for James
Bill for William
Bob for Robert
Jock for John
Tony for Anthony
...

I make some research and post here

#4 petefenelon

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 11:41

And didn't Tony Vandervell once appaear on a Dutch GP programme as the arguably more correct G A v. d. Vell?

#5 E.B.

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 12:27

There is a great story in David Tremayne's Lost Generation of the time that John Brise entered a race in France and completed his entry forms with "Entrant - John Brise" then "Driver - As above" only to spend the whole race being referred to by the commentator (and in the programme too I think) as "Asa Bove".

That's even worse than when Will Overhead won at Indy.

#6 Ray Bell

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 13:50

Clubman racer Les Rose went to Symmons Plains one cold and wet day... to learn his name had become 'Diprose'...

#7 kayemod

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 13:53

After once seeing his name imaginatively mis-spelled in a Dutch race programme many years ago, Tony Dron will forever be 'Tommy Droon' for me.

#8 FrankB

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 13:57

Originally posted by bill moffat
In the early 60's the ACM signwriter had the BRMs entered at Monaco by the "Oven Racing Organisation". ;)


... and above the pits at Le Mans in 74 (I think) one of the teams was clearly identified as PORCHE

#9 D-Type

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 14:52

Wasn't Ivor Bueb once described as 'The Russian driver, Igor Bulb' ?

#10 Racer.Demon

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 15:13

Originally posted by petefenelon
And didn't Tony Vandervell once appaear on a Dutch GP programme as the arguably more correct G A v. d. Vell?


Priceless... :lol:

Wouldn't have happened at Spa, though.

#11 taylov

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 15:18

I came across a story about a pre-war American driver in the midget racers called Louie Foy.

A mis-spelling on the track announcer's entry list one night led to the birth of the legendary Chinese driver "Louie Fooey" - and Louie was referred to as "the Chinaman" for the rest of his racing career.

#12 doc knutsen

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 16:04

At Le Mans in 1988, a Nissan had the drivers' name in a bit of a twist....its intrepid pilot being named "Hoy Will" Caused a bit of amusement chez Radio Le Mans, that did..

#13 David Beard

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 16:28

I started a similar thread a while back, entitled "Over Racing?", in which I offered this....

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#14 petefenelon

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 17:20

As Tommy Cooper might say....

Jean Max.... Max Jean. Glass Bottle.... Bottle Glass....

#15 René de Boer

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 21:21

Not in a programme, but still:

This summer, I was on a business trip in Maranello to do a feature story on Ferrari's new classic car department and I went for an after-dinner drink to the Café Maranello in the town square. On the menu there, they had a pizza called "Willeneuve" and an ice coupe called "Harwthorne". When I pointed out the slight mistakes to the waitress, I got the unforgettable answer: "Who cares? Most of our visitors are German, and they only know Schumacher anyway."

#16 Alan Cox

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 21:35

Not a driver mis-spelling, but an Oulton Park programme had Formula Ford driver John Booth, who hailed from Penistone, as coming from Penisgone.

And a Monaco Historic programme had Martin Stretton's Maserati 300S (entrant Charles Prince) as being entered by Prince Charles - as continentals are wont to do.

#17 Vicuna

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 22:50

Originally posted by David Beard
I started a similar thread a while back, entitled "Over Racing?", in which I offered this....

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Bruce McLaren an Aussie :mad:

And Imes Ireland!

#18 Vicuna

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 22:52

Originally posted by David Beard
I started a similar thread a while back, entitled "Over Racing?", in which I offered this....

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Oh this is superb - Clif Allison, Davin Brown and Jam Burgess.

Some was extracting the Michael...I mean Micheal.

#19 petefenelon

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 09:42

Originally posted by Alan Cox
Not a driver mis-spelling, but an Oulton Park programme had Formula Ford driver John Booth, who hailed from Penistone, as coming from Penisgone.


Didn't John later run top FF2000 outfit Penistone Racing? - I must admit that when I was a youngster who lived West of the Pennines I hadn't heard of the town in question and when I first saw the team name I made the obvious assumption about its name and drew the conclusion that it was some variant on the legendary Chartham Method that chose to advertise on the racetrack rather than in the small-ads in grumble mags.

Well, it was no dafter than Knickers-in-Tins Racing or the Durex and Excita sponsorship on various other cars, was it?;)

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#20 Vicuna

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 18:58

Tim Davies raced a Penistone Reynard FF2000 in 83 AIR.

#21 Mallory Dan

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 11:39

I think the Team name derived from the Penistone Hardmetals Company, which I presume was a corporate body engaged in that industry. IIRC they started as a sponsor, then the whole thing geared up to become a Team, and I think, ended up building cars for Royale, and maybe others. Trevor Hegarty was the main man there as I recall.

Which John Booth was it though, Butcher or Brolly?