How to recognise circuits?
Posted 13 September 2000 - 20:24
A bit strange perhaps, but some people see a picture of a corner and say:
"Hey, that's (ie) Monza, at Parabolica"
Just to give an easy example...
Even I recognise that one most of the times.
Can you help me and say how you guys (and girls?) do all this?
I fully understand it's unpossible to say everything, but you could give me some "Hints & Tips"...;)
Posted 13 September 2000 - 21:41
To keep it short and simple, the process you follow is actualy very similar to the one you use to recognize a car, or a driver.
To start of with, you cannot recognize something that you have not seen before, so most of the times the process will be called "deduction". After some years and thousands of images seen -and that´s the clue, as you build a mental database of features peculiar to a track- you start changing "deduction" into "recognition".
Of course, some "features" are easier to spot and remember than others...
But in the majority of the cases you will have additional clues, as could be a particular number on a particular car or an advert, or a tree, or some very peculiar light, or the colour of the tarmac...but no real "magic" in that. It is just, like the majority of human abilities, a process related with a mixture of conscient and inconscient lerning through reiteration.
If you want to "force" the issue, for instance, you could imagine yourself browsing through all the imaginable pictures that you can find of, let´s say, Jarama. After a week or two just "learning" them, a further picture of Jarama, regardless of the year it was taken or whether it is in colour or b&w will lead you to your brain shouting "Jarama!". It sounds pretty simple, and actually it is. Only it takes quite some time...
(Well, if you want "shortcuts", you should read the majority of the articles we publish at 8W, as we normally deal, in each picture with the "How?" and it´s pretty usual that we address the "recognition of the track" there...)
The 8W Team
Posted 13 September 2000 - 21:47
it all boils down to memory and how much you have. I can only claim 20GB at present. They say people loose it with age but I havn't noticed anything yet, luckily.
Posted 13 September 2000 - 21:51
If I only could use English properly...I would use a tenth of the words I do and come up with a better result.
Shame it´s not the case...
Posted 13 September 2000 - 22:43
It seems that we both prepared our answers at the same time and I find your answer much better in explaining the memory process.
Posted 14 September 2000 - 12:13
Repitition and memory. After a while you'd be surprised what sticks in your head. And what you forget
Posted 14 September 2000 - 23:35
And as for Mark's comments, in some (many) cases, you just know! However, with the current circuits being such bland places, it is easy to get tripped up -- often it is only the trackside hoarding that seems to give a circuit away. In many cases, I often need just a glance, assuming that the brain is engaged, to realize which circuit it is.
Posted 17 September 2000 - 07:27
Posted 17 September 2000 - 18:51
But I'm in a team (Felix and Don might know it;)) in 8w.
(The name is: Team Historique d'Avantgarde)
But you may say "Historique" for short, if you want so...
Well, I asked the other team-members how they could recognise a circuit that quick! He simply said: I have brains...
So, that didn't help much.
But I'll give it a try, watching as much pictures as possible.
Posted 30 September 2000 - 04:08