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#1 D-Type

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 20:35

Does anyone know what's happened to Trackforum?  I keep getting a "Not Found" message. 
Has it died or simply changed something?



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#2 Ray Bell

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 20:45

There was an e.mail notification about a week ago that they'd changed their address...

I'm not in a position to check that our now.

#3 Sisyphus

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 20:46

Yes, it changed to:  https://www.trackforum.org/



#4 Vitesse2

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 20:55

As Ray noted above, they did email everybody, although I was already aware of it, as there was a sticky thread on the old forums.

 

If you didn't get the email maybe you need to update your contact details, Duncan?  ;) Your old login details will still work on the new site.



#5 Michael Ferner

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 22:55

I used this chance to kick the habit. The forum's dead, anyhow.

#6 2F-001

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 08:05

I don’t think I’d ever seen that forum Michael; did I miss anything whilst it was breathing?

#7 Michael Ferner

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 08:55

Well, if you're interested in US racing, then yes, there were interesting topics from time to time. Though pretty much Indy-500-centric, and sometimes a bit, shall we say, nostalgia-dripping, hero-worshipping, even "goryfying" to a point. Not always easy to get along with some of the folks over there, but still a lot of knowledgable posters, and some good content. Makes you realize how lucky we are with TNF "over here", still going, if not exactly going strong, but still alive, which is saying some in these times.

#8 2F-001

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 09:33

Given the areas it focused on, I would have nevertheless learned stuff there!

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 10:58

Given the areas it focused on, I would have nevertheless learned stuff there!


It's still alive and well, though obviously not a patch on this place.

#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 11:21

There are some knowledgeable people there...

But their focus is usually narrower than you find here.

I'm trying to remember the name of one who frequented TNF solidly as well, but it won't come to me. Feenes?

#11 Henri Greuter

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 12:20


Long time ago I posted over there too but under an alias, for obvious reasons.
Went away after an IRL roughneck being rude to me and other `furreners` for not knowing what Indy stood for and meant and me pretending to know better about some parts of Indy history I was too young to know about, let alone ever had seen that era in person so who the f*****g hell was I to post matters as if I knew about them from personal experience.

OK.

It also helps if you skip warshipping Senna and/or Lewis or who-ever and accept the fact that AJ Foyt is `God returned onto earth`.
At least that was my feeling during that time I visited that site.

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 12:29

Yes, I think it's fair to say there's a certain amount of insularity amongst some of the denizens of TrackForum. Some of them still haven't got over the CART/IRL split!

 

But let's leave it there, eh?  ;)



#13 Henri Greuter

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 12:48

Yes, I think it's fair to say there's a certain amount of insularity amongst some of the denizens of TrackForum. Some of them still haven't got over the CART/IRL split!
 
But let's leave it there, eh?  ;)


Am I not permitted to say that how different racing wordlwide could have been had it not been for `the split`? ;(

#14 Vitesse2

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 13:29

By all means, Henri. In an appropriate thread though. :)



#15 D-Type

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 13:36

Thanks folks.  I have located the new site and logged in with my original password and its all working perfectly.  I don't know why I didn't get an email - perhaps the site has an ancient email of mine.
I agree with all the comments.  The site is insular with membership split between those who believe the world ends at the boundary fence of Indianapolis Raceway and those who admit that it extends to the rest of US racing.  But within their blinkers there are some knowledgeable folk there.



#16 Michael Ferner

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 14:52

Yes, I think it's fair to say there's a certain amount of insularity amongst some of the denizens of TrackForum. Some of them still haven't got over the CART/IRL split!


The "split"??? Heck, some even don't get over them rear-engined cars besting their beloved roadsters!!
 
 

It also helps if you skip warshipping Senna and/or Lewis or who-ever and accept the fact that AJ Foyt is `God returned onto earth`.
At least that was my feeling during that time I visited that site.


Reminds me of a joke I once heard (or read, more likely): a racing driver dies, and goes to heaven. He's absolutely thrilled to learn that the Heavenly 500 is just about the start as he arrives, and manages to find a ride. Midway through the race, he gets passed by car #14, with the letters "AJ" prominent on the helmet of the driver. Distressed, our driver stops at the pits and expresses to his pit crew his disbelief about the apparent fact that Foyt had bitten the dust also, at which his crew chief retorts: "Foyt? Oh no! That's just God, he only thinks he's AJ Foyt..." :rotfl:
 
 

There are some knowledgeable people there...

But their focus is usually narrower than you find here.

I'm trying to remember the name of one who frequented TNF solidly as well, but it won't come to me. Feenes?


Yeah, our dear old departed friend, fines! Whatever happened to him, I wonder...

#17 Michael Ferner

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 15:05

It's still alive and well, though obviously not a patch on this place.


Okay, maybe I'm oversimplifying by saying it's dead. But there's one guy in particular, who does nothing but starting a new click-bait thread every week, sometimes without even the faintest connection to the subjct matter of racing history/nostalgia (or even racing in general) by the looks of it, and absolutely zero content. Yet they still let him do it, because otherwise they'd be going weeks rather than days between posts. That's not really "alive and well", that's artificial respiration at best. Death rattle, more likely.

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 15:09

Reminds me of a joke I once heard (or read, more likely): a racing driver dies, and goes to heaven. He's absolutely thrilled to learn that the Heavenly 500 is just about the start as he arrives, and manages to find a ride. Midway through the race, he gets passed by car #14, with the letters "AJ" prominent on the helmet of the driver. Distressed, our driver stops at the pits and expresses to his pit crew his disbelief about the apparent fact that Foyt had bitten the dust also, at which his crew chief retorts: "Foyt? Oh no! That's just God, he only thinks he's AJ Foyt..." :rotfl:

An oldie but a goodie. I think I first saw it in Playboy in about 1973.  ;)



#19 Michael Ferner

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 15:15

Of course, you only read it for the jokes, and some pictures... of racing cars! :wink: :wink: :nudge: :nudge:

Edited by Michael Ferner, 28 March 2019 - 15:15.


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#20 Henri Greuter

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 18:33

The "split"??? Heck, some even don't get over them rear-engined cars besting their beloved roadsters!!
 
 

 

 

 

Roadsters?  Make that front engined cars in general. Because...

 

There were also the opinions of  the sheer blasphemy that any rich Brazilian could take a cockpit at Indianapolis that by virtue should have been gifted to any American born youngster who learned the job of driving race cars in Large&Loud stock block powered, unsophisticated, front engined cars by powersliding on the `next to holy` dirt tracks....

 

 

But I must grant those Roadster fans one thing. Seeing them, they are nice, great looking impressive cars to look at, no denying that....



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Posted 28 March 2019 - 18:41

When first I heard/read that celestial racing joke, The Almighty’s delusional alter ego had been updated to Senna!

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 19:20

When first I heard/read that celestial racing joke, The Almighty’s delusional alter ego had been updated to Senna!

 

January 16th 1986. I enjoyed it so much I took a couple of copies. As you have probably guessed I still have one handy. Who was the original star? Jenatzy perhaps. 



#23 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 22:50

Originally posted by Michael Ferner
.....Yeah, our dear old departed friend, fines! Whatever happened to him, I wonder...


No, not him...

In fact, I don't think I frequented Trackforum much at all after you entered into the fray.

I was referring to Eagle 104.

#24 Jim Thurman

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 18:21

Thanks folks.  I have located the new site and logged in with my original password and its all working perfectly.  I don't know why I didn't get an email - perhaps the site has an ancient email of mine.
I agree with all the comments.  The site is insular with membership split between those who believe the world ends at the boundary fence of Indianapolis Raceway and those who admit that it extends to the rest of US racing.  But within their blinkers there are some knowledgeable folk there.

 

I don't think they notified anyone by e-mail. It was announced via the website.

 

As far as insularity in the membership at TF, so that makes it similar to the Brit-centric and F1-centric forum here then?  :D  Aside from that, I concur with the comments. There are definitely some good and knowledgeable folks at TF, but it is plagued by long-standing feuds from the "split" era that keep going at a moments notice. There is also an element there that doesn't take kindly to having their folklore corrected, as Michael, Don and I have found out...about every six months or so  :lol:  



#25 ReWind

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 18:43

I don't think they notified anyone by e-mail. It was announced via the website.

 
On 23 March 2019 I got an e-mail:

 

TrackForum has moved to a new server platform to serve you better:

https://www.trackforum.org
https://www.trackforum.com
(both should work*)

The new platform is mobile-friendly.  You can post photos directly to your posts. The Private Message system has a Chat feature.
 
Stop by and check us out.  Your usual login name and password should work.  Use this link if you forgot your password: https://www.trackforum.org/lostpw

Looking forward to our 20th anniversary in August! Thanks for your participation!

* Some older links you may have to the old .com site are probably broken temporarily - we will get the old database restored in an archived format soon.

 

Surely I am not the only one, am I?



#26 Jim Thurman

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 20:07

Excuse me, I did receive an e-mail, on March 23rd. But, the new forum had already been up and going by the time I received it, so it was sort of old news to me  :)

 

EDIT: I had gone by the postings at the forum announcing the change, which were some time ahead of the switch.


Edited by Jim Thurman, 30 March 2019 - 20:17.


#27 Ray Bell

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 20:53

Originally posted by ReWind
On 23 March 2019 I got an e-mail:
 
Surely I am not the only one, am I?


First mention of an e.mail notification on this thread was the first reply to the opening post...

We are never alone.

Jim, was Trackforum the venue for Buford's tirades against the clan?

#28 LittleChris

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 22:35

When first I heard/read that celestial racing joke, The Almighty’s delusional alter ego had been updated to Senna!

Wasn't it a Roebuck Column about the ultimate track Tony ? 



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 03:26

It has been years since I was there,  banned because I did not think Walter Cronkite was God's gift to man and dared say what two faced leftist he really was, but when I was there I did not see it any more biased to an area of sport they are familiar with than this one is on the Racing Comments site but then as I said that was years ago.

Now it was a very good site for information on stock car and Indy/spring/super modified up to the mid-eighties.

Some of the boys there were at truly big track sprint car races when sprint cars ran at places today some would think you are full of bs if you said they ran there.

I have looked at it on occasion during those years but it is pathetic compared to what it once was.


Edited by Bob Riebe, 31 March 2019 - 05:38.


#30 Joe Bosworth

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 04:43

Yes; and Calhoun lives!  :clap: 

 

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#31 Jim Thurman

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 17:30

Jim, was Trackforum the venue for Buford's tirades against the clan?

 

 

Ray, I don't know whether that is where Buford's tirades took place, or whether it was another figment of his colourful imagination. Sometimes, it was hard to tell with him  :lol:



#32 Henri Greuter

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 17:36

First mention of an e.mail notification on this thread was the first reply to the opening post...



Jim, was Trackforum the venue for Buford's tirades against the clan?

 

 

Ray, I don't know whether that is where Buford's tirades took place, or whether it was another figment of his colourful imagination. Sometimes, it was hard to tell with him  :lol:

 

 

Buford holding tirades elsewhere than here?

We should have been told about that.....



#33 Ray Bell

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 21:19

He told us...

 

And knowing the gentleman fairly well, I don't think very much was from imagination.

 

Ask Don Capps some time.



#34 Vitesse2

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 21:33

I'm not sure this conversation is going anywhere helpful.

 

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