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#151 BiggestBuddyLazierFan

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 16:57

Phobias are deeply inrooted in every human being.

Perhaps, you are just not aware of them

So, my apology for calling you unsincire

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#152 red stick

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 17:58

BBLF is right--as Lucy Van Pelt explained to Charlie Brown in a Christmas Special long ago, "If we can find out what you're afraid of, we can label it."


Edited by red stick, 21 March 2019 - 11:26.


#153 PayasYouRace

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:00

I have no phobias. What does that mean?

 

It means you're a fairly well grounded individual whose fears are all well justified.



#154 AustinF1

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:00

Phobias are deeply inrooted in every human being.

Perhaps, you are just not aware of them

So, my apology for calling you unsincire

Ha! Welp ... no. That's incorrect. Do I have fears? Sure. I'm human. Phobias? None. I'm 53 and have been a firefighter for 26 years, being exposed to all manner of scary things. If I had any phobias I'm pretty sure I'd know by now.



#155 AustinF1

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:02

It means you're a fairly well grounded individual whose fears are all well justified.

Yep. This makes much more sense to me.



#156 Jim Thurman

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:03

I went to Indy Pole Day and practice in 2004. When I spotted a man limping that I didn't recongnize, I remember thinking he must have been a driver at some point and when I asked a Yellow Shirt, I got my answer...

 

There are a lot of Ex-IndyCar guys in their 60s who limp. I felt pain just watching Pancho Carter walk.

 

Oh yeah, Pancho's testing accident - at Phoenix in the metal guard rail days - caused nerve damage which affected him seemingly more than the other injuries. His was a rarity in the days before the "cab forward" design that led to so many nasty leg and foot injuries, the so-called "Lola limp."

 

It was a shame, as Carter was really coming into his own at the time. For all the folks that carry on about Tony Stewart winning all three USAC championships (midget, sprint, Silver Crown) in the same year, it took some fortuitous scheduling to even make it possible. Even an ardent Stewart booster like Robin Miller has pointed out Pancho Carter likely would have done it, had it even been possible for him to do so. 



#157 AustinF1

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:05

BTW, rain chances increasing for Saturday...

 

https://www.wundergr...tx/austin/78749



#158 red stick

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:07

BTW, rain chances increasing for Saturday...

 

https://www.wundergr...tx/austin/78749

Warning to all aquaphobes!



#159 red stick

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:09

I haven't kept up, but assuming something less than the Biblical proportions of precip from the F1 race a few years back, how is drainage at COTA these days?



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#160 PayasYouRace

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 18:09

BTW, rain chances increasing for Saturday...

 

https://www.wundergr...tx/austin/78749

 

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#161 AustinF1

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 19:03

Warning: Can take over a minute and a pop-up window to handle the cookies privacy policy on that site.

Weird. It's always quick for me, with no popups. 



#162 paulb

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 19:36

Warning to all aquaphobes!

I love this place. :rotfl:



#163 BiggestBuddyLazierFan

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:03

Ha! Welp ... no. That's incorrect. Do I have fears? Sure. I'm human. Phobias? None. I'm 53 and have been a firefighter for 26 years, being exposed to all manner of scary things. If I had any phobias I'm pretty sure I'd know by now.


Fear = Phobia in my book

Im not original english speaker

#164 AustinF1

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:14

Fear = Phobia in my book

Im not original english speaker

Yeah I figured that was where the disconnect was. Everyone has fears. Not everyone has phobias.



#165 red stick

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:29

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#166 red stick

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:34

Throwback Hot Wheels Wednesday . . .

 

And apropos, no?



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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:37

I remember having a set of cheapo, Matchbox/Hot Wheels sized racing cars that looked like they were all originally meant to be real F1 cars but were in generic fictitious liveries. Well apart from the early McLaren MP4 that was still in a Marlboro style livery.

 

I think they're still in a crate at my parents' place.



#168 Afterburner

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:45

I remember having a set of cheapo, Matchbox/Hot Wheels sized racing cars that looked like they were all originally meant to be real F1 cars but were in generic fictitious liveries. Well apart from the early McLaren MP4 that was still in a Marlboro style livery.

I think they're still in a crate at my parents' place.

Holy crap, I collected those! I think I had the McLaren! Did it have the Honda emblem on the nose? :lol:

#169 maximilian

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:47

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Ah!  I bought up a whole bunch of these once - although the details are slightly different for some reason, and painted them in my own liveries with Tamiya modeling paint (very rudimentary) but good fun... and still have many of those in an extremely dusty letter set display hanging on the wall behind my desk!

 

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This is the model, actually.


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#170 PayasYouRace

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:51

Holy crap, I collected those! I think I had the McLaren! Did it have the Honda emblem on the nose? :lol:

 

Maybe next time I go to my parents' I'll look for them, but I can't remember specifically. I only remember them having race numbers on them.



#171 red stick

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 20:58

This one is actually in my diecast display case, on a lower shelf beneath my 1/18 and 1/43 scale cars.  At one point in the late 90's through early 2000's someone at Hot Wheels clearly was a racing fan, as they did remarkably well-detailed 1/64 scale versions of the Cunningham C4-R, Grand Sport Corvette, Chaparral 2C and 2D, Cobra Daytona Coupe, GT-40 Mk I, Jaguar D-Type, Ferrari Testarossa, etc., etc.  Not so much recently, although this year's 1984 Audi Sport Quattro is pretty nice.



#172 Afterburner

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 21:30

Maybe next time I go to my parents' I'll look for them, but I can't remember specifically. I only remember them having race numbers on them.

I think the McLaren’s number was 1, and instead of Marlboro, it said ‘Turbo’. :lol:

I remember there was another one that was black, purple, and green, too. May have been a Sauber/Simtek or something like that. I think the Ferrari was all red with no traces of black. Hadn’t thought about those in years, lol.

#173 AustinF1

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 22:00

Hot Wheels are such a cool thing that I, probably like many of you, hold onto somewhat irrationally. When my boys were younger I'd buy them 2 or 3 every couple of weeks. Sometimes they'd pick them out, but sometimes if I was already at the store I'd pick out some that I personally thought were really cool ... Hot Wheels similar to some that I had when I was a kid, some that were replicas of real cars that I especially like or am attached to, cars that I've owned, etc. They don't really play with them any longer, as they're teenagers now, but they're still very proud of them. When I found some that I really liked, I'd buy an extra one for myself and add it to my new collection (I don't have any left from my childhood). I've displayed some out on the table in our bedroom in the past. Pretty childish, I know. I don't display them now, though. They're in a ziploc bag in the closet. About 25 or so. The funny thing is ... I won't get rid of them, either.



#174 PayasYouRace

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 22:14

Boys never grow out of our toys. Usually they just get more expensive.



#175 AustinF1

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 22:23

Great article here re: the 1997 IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. I was there that day. AJ Foyt is a lot of good things, but he won't often be accused of being overly rational.
 
Texas, IndyCar forever linked by Foyt's 'backhand' https://motorsports....foyts-backhand/


#176 red stick

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 14:06

Hot Wheels are such a cool thing that I, probably like many of you, hold onto somewhat irrationally. When my boys were younger I'd buy them 2 or 3 every couple of weeks. Sometimes they'd pick them out, but sometimes if I was already at the store I'd pick out some that I personally thought were really cool ... Hot Wheels similar to some that I had when I was a kid, some that were replicas of real cars that I especially like or am attached to, cars that I've owned, etc. They don't really play with them any longer, as they're teenagers now, but they're still very proud of them. When I found some that I really liked, I'd buy an extra one for myself and add it to my new collection (I don't have any left from my childhood). I've displayed some out on the table in our bedroom in the past. Pretty childish, I know. I don't display them now, though. They're in a ziploc bag in the closet. About 25 or so. The funny thing is ... I won't get rid of them, either.

 

Not really childish, I hope, but then I'm a year older than you and I do display some of them.  This was last year's longtailed Porsche 917.  How can you not?  ;)

 

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#177 Risil

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 15:35

Anyone fancy doing the KOTA Klassik thread?



#178 ThadGreen

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 15:40

It seems Danica Patrick will be returning to Indy this year as an analyst for NBC Sports.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 16:02

As discussed on the previous page.
Jp

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#180 ThadGreen

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 16:06

Opps, guess I missed it, sorry.

#181 red stick

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 16:16

Anyone fancy doing the KOTA Klassik thread?

 

I have my fantasy picks in.  Not that qualifying in the (likely) wet and racing in the dry will tell us much--this weekend may be even more a crapshoot than usual.



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Posted 21 March 2019 - 18:40

I have my fantasy picks in.  Not that qualifying in the (likely) wet and racing in the dry will tell us much--this weekend may be even more a crapshoot than usual.

I wanted to chime in with one of my trying-too-hard-to-be-funny comments like, "That's like saying 'this water tastes more watery than normal'," but then I remembered that the last two times it rained during an Indycar race in Texas, we had a 76-day red flag period one time and Carlos Huertas won the other time, so any analogy I could come up with would be purely tautological and pale in comparison to the sheer fact that this even happened in the first place.

#183 red stick

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 18:47

So an unlikely Hispanic-heritaged driver is the historical go-to? Go Pato!!!

#184 AustinF1

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 20:07

80 degrees out right now. Gonna be a warm weekend...



#185 loki

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 20:48

So an unlikely Hispanic-heritaged driver is the historical go-to? 

 

I don't think Tavo is driving in this race...

 

Good to see Pato salvaged somewhat of a season after looking bleak.  He may be able to secure the rookie of the year mantle if things go the right way though he may need to do something to fill his calendar a bit more.  Wickens got it on stats last year and he missed three races.  Rosey looks to be the favorite and unless he completely falls down (which may be possible on the ovals or the 500) he may just run away with it.   I looked for the rules for ROTY but only found them for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and not the season.  The search result returned a page not found error on the Indycar site.  Which is a shot of the safety crew turning the car around with the rear jack in a run off at some street race.  I thought it was a fitting pic for the error message.



#186 maximilian

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 22:39

Phobias are deeply inrooted in every human being.

 

Isn't Phobias Leist the older brother of Matheus Leist?  But I digress.

 

Apparently there is a very real phobia of doing the COTA thread!  :lol:



#187 BiggestBuddyLazierFan

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 22:48

I don't think Tavo is driving in this race...

Good to see Pato salvaged somewhat of a season after looking bleak. He may be able to secure the rookie of the year mantle if things go the right way though he may need to do something to fill his calendar a bit more. Wickens got it on stats last year and he missed three races. Rosey looks to be the favorite and unless he completely falls down (which may be possible on the ovals or the 500) he may just run away with it. I looked for the rules for ROTY but only found them for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and not the season. The search result returned a page not found error on the Indycar site. Which is a shot of the safety crew turning the car around with the rear jack in a run off at some street race. I thought it was a fitting pic for the error message.

There is plenty of opportunity for him to do some IMSA racing

#188 AustinF1

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 23:41

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My boy with Alex...

 

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Got Alex to sign a couple of my winter test pics of him as well...

 

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 23:57

Cool stuff, AustinF1! Your sons shirt is funny. My sister is ignoring its message being on her way to Texas right now from SoCal with her husband and two large dogs.

 

You gave Rossi a workout with all those pictures. Whats with the KT thing on his left wrist and forearm?



#190 loki

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 00:00

LOL the "Don't Move to Texas" t-shirt.  If they have them in size fat bastard I'll have to pick one up.



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 00:07

 Whats with the KT thing on his left wrist and forearm?

It's kinesio tape used for things like treating carpal tunnel.  It promotes movement of lymphatic fluid.



#192 red stick

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 02:28

Apparently there is a very real phobia of doing the COTA thread!  :lol:


Phobia? Or target rich environment? Assuming that Indycar anywhere near Austin results in a "Keep Indycar Weird" theme, the result could take thousands upon thousands of words . . .

#193 AustinF1

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:44

LOL the "Don't Move to Texas" t-shirt.  If they have them in size fat bastard I'll have to pick one up.

He got his at Tyler's on Guadalupe ...



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:48

Cool stuff, AustinF1! Your sons shirt is funny. My sister is ignoring its message being on her way to Texas right now from SoCal with her husband and two large dogs.

 

You gave Rossi a workout with all those pictures. Whats with the KT thing on his left wrist and forearm?

Yeah I'm not really an autograph guy so much, but it's kinda cool getting a driver to sign photos you took of him on the track. That's a first for me. We actually forgot about my photos initially, but returned home to get them and visited Alex a second time after we found out how ling he'd be there. It was only a mile or two from my house. He was there about 2 hours and wasn't very busy. This event wasn't promoted too much.


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Posted 22 March 2019 - 06:45

Are you going to the race ?
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#196 paulb

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 10:58

Yeah I'm not really an autograph guy so much, but it's kinda cool getting a driver to sign photos you took of him on the track. That's a first for me. We actually forgot about my photos initially, but returned home to get them and visited Alex a second time after we found out how ling he'd be there. It was only a mile or two from my house. He was there about 2 hours and wasn't very busy. This event wasn't promoted too much.

What a great opportunity! Given it was so mellow, did you have time to chat?

 

After that, it seems your sons racing bug should be terminal. 



#197 red stick

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 11:24

Pruett's things to consider at COTA this weekend:

 

https://racer.com/20...-ahead-of-cota/



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Posted 23 March 2019 - 04:47

The five Cummins powered diesels that have raced in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will do a parade lap prior to the race.    The cars were raced in 1931, two in 1934 (one was a two cycle), 1950 and 1952.  It's part of the sponsorship Cummins inked with the speedway a couple weeks back.

 

https://www.hemmings...the-first-time/



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Posted 23 March 2019 - 10:50

My favourite Indy 500 cars. I always love an entrant in sports who looked like they were designed for a different purpose to all the others.

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 13:26

The five Cummins powered diesels that have raced in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will do a parade lap prior to the race.    The cars were raced in 1931, two in 1934 (one was a two cycle), 1950 and 1952.  It's part of the sponsorship Cummins inked with the speedway a couple weeks back.

 

https://www.hemmings...the-first-time/

Great article! The 1952 car is a beauty. Love the stance.