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Poll: When did you start watching Formula One? (352 member(s) have cast votes)

In which period did you first start following F1?

  1. 2015-2019 (2 votes [0.57%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 0.57%

  2. 2010-2014 (7 votes [1.99%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.99%

  3. 2005-2009 (20 votes [5.68%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.68%

  4. 2000-2004 (29 votes [8.24%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 8.24%

  5. 1995-1999 (69 votes [19.60%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.60%

  6. 1990-1994 (84 votes [23.86%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 23.86%

  7. 1985-1989 (36 votes [10.23%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.23%

  8. 1980-1984 (33 votes [9.38%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 9.38%

  9. 1975-1979 (25 votes [7.10%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 7.10%

  10. 1970-1974 (15 votes [4.26%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 4.26%

  11. 1965-1969 (14 votes [3.98%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.98%

  12. 1960-1964 (8 votes [2.27%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.27%

  13. 1950’s 👀 (10 votes [2.84%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 2.84%

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#51 Radoye

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 22:39

Some of my earliest memories involve watching F1 with my grandfather on an old black-and-white TV set. I remember Lauda's crash at Nurburgring - not the crash itself but rather me being worried about him and pestering my mom and dad about any news on his recovery. At that age i truly believed racing drivers being superheroes with superpowers, just like Spiderman or Batman or something.

 

But the first season that i really remember was 1982 (Lauda's return, Villeneuve's crash, Piquet-Salazar box match, Keke winning the title with only one win), everything else before that is just scattered bits and pieces.



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#52 dn12005

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 22:44

I was to the left, just outside your shot. Here are some of the pics I shot that day. You in Austin?

 

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No...I've been in the DMV (D.C., [Southern] Maryland, [Northern] Virginia) area for almost 10 years.  Prior to that, I did live in Houston for about 5 years....made a couple trips over to Austin back then.  Originally born and raised in Mississippi.  

 

Cool shots man :up: ....had to have been pretty hyped to be that close!  I ripped the shot in my post off the interwebz  ;)   My wife's 40th birthday is during the USGP weekend, but she wants to celebrate earlier in Hawaii.  This may free me up to make the trip down...I still have family in H-town and could easily make the trip over for race day - but the Mrs. would have to give me permission :down:  :cry: .


Edited by dn12005, 06 April 2019 - 22:51.


#53 PlatenGlass

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 22:51

Forums like this are quite dated in the online world. If you were to conduct the same poll for the F1 community on Reddit, for instance, the demographic would be much younger and consist of more recent followers of the sport.

This is something I've always found strange since Reddit comes across as so old-fashioned and 90s. Facebook is also useless for discussion. Forums like this are still the best the internet has to offer.

#54 as65p

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 23:07

I vaguely remember pictures from a late sixties / early seventies race my father watched with a few friends I think. Must have been a Nürburgring GP, only german raced were broadcasted here at the time. I was fascinated (aged 6 to 8 I think), but nothing much came off it immediately. Properly hooked I became in 1977, one of my first memories is Andretti and Hunt having that tangle in Zandvoort. Became an Andretti fan mainly because of those gorgeous Lotuses... promptly the first season I followed start to finish my childhood hero became champion :clap:.

 

But it was tough being a fan those days behind the iron curtain (east Germany). I had access to west-german televison, but books and mags were almost impossible to come by. Attending races was literally impossible, of course.


Edited by as65p, 06 April 2019 - 23:11.


#55 DogEarred

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 23:36

Not so much worrying as sensible...

#56 Ellios

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 23:49

1978/79 



#57 LateApex

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 01:07

Juan Pablo Montoya brought me to watching F1, but I've stayed watching after he moved on to other racing series.



#58 RacingGreen

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 01:20

There's a worrying trend developing now that numbers are coming in. There are only 5 members on here that have started watching in the last ten years.

 

Worrying for F1 and Autosport.



#59 eibyyz

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 03:01

seem to remember Bandini at Monaco 1967, and I remember the names Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, but I really became interested when I came across the Car and Driver that covered the 1973 South Africa GP.  Within weeks I found an R&T.  Keep in mind that there was at least a two-month lag between a race and Rob Walker's coverage.  I would have known about a race occurring but had to wait to see why.  



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#60 stewie

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 06:48

I got into F1 in 1992, at the age of 7. If I'm honest a lot of this was to do with some glory hunting support of Mansell via my old man, who'd been watching evening highlights previously since the late 80s.

It'll come as no surprise that I got into Indycars in 1993, also thanks to the moustached one.

#61 Nigol

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 07:33

When Schumacher was driving a ‚blue‘ car

#62 Murl

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 07:34

This is something I've always found strange since Reddit comes across as so old-fashioned and 90s. Facebook is also useless for discussion. Forums like this are still the best the internet has to offer.


Totally with you on that.

Reddit, vaguely ok, really not that great.

Facebook? Never got it. Cr@p ui, slow as treacle, usability fail.
I could hate facebook for 100 valid reasons. No need. It's just never offered anything of value...

I was aware of F1 in the 70s I guess. Peterson, Stewart, Fittipaldi and of course Amon and Hulme (Bruce was dead by the time I really understood what was what).
Got *into* F1 in the 1976 season, with the drama from, well, the start of the season really. The way that season unfolded, it sucked me in good and proper.

Such a rare treat to see even highlights of a race in those days. Took me the 6 weeks while autosport was sea-freighted to even understand how Ronnie died, for example.

Edit: now that I think of it, F1 probably grabbed me first reading a kids' book about Fangio's drive in the Nurburgring in 1957. That struck me as epic.

Edited by Murl, 07 April 2019 - 07:55.


#63 jacdaniel

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:01

I started following in 1991 at just 5 years old. Senna was my favorite although I didn’t understand just how good he was.

I stopped watching around 2000 and started again just last year.

Realized how much I love it again.

#64 noikeee

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:08

This is something I've always found strange since Reddit comes across as so old-fashioned and 90s. Facebook is also useless for discussion. Forums like this are still the best the internet has to offer.


Nah, Reddit has a huge advantage over forums like this in that there's a forum for any subject you can possibly think of, so instead of maybe visiting 3 different forums for the sport you like, the music you like and local news, you have it all in one place. The downside is that it's more impersonal, as there's no avatars and signatures and there's so many people you don't build a connection with anyone, you don't build an history on your mind of how someone else debates. Also the way their system works, promotes less critical, deep discussion and a hell of a lot of clickbait.

But I think the lack of young fans in here is very connected to the fact young fans don't join forums like this and go to Reddit instead. F1 fanbase might be aging a bit but not to the extent the poll suggests. They're just not here to vote.

#65 monolulu

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:10

Worrying for F1 and Autosport.


Possibly no interest in forums?

#66 MortenF1

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:11

I remember some races from the 80’s but clicked 90-94 as when I started following. I vividly remember Donington ‘93 and not just the race. Here in Norway it was on Eurosport then, I Watson was such a joy to listen to.
I started following the sport fanatically late ‘95. Subscribed to F1Racing in ‘96 and really couldn’t get enough. First thing I did when I got back from school was reading AtlasF1.
Since ‘96 I think I’ve only missed watching four races live on TV. Canal Digital in the early 2000’s was great!
Been to seven G’s Prix and I’m going to Monaco this year.

#67 YoungGun

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:29

Same (1975-79 though)... I remember Gilles Villeneuve being on the nightly television news after breaking his leg in a FAltantic crash in 1977. I was 3 years old.

 

Interesting! I started in around the same time but have a few years in the bag. For me it was by total accident. Teenage men back then would make the pilgrimage from Toronto to experience the night life St. Catherine's had to offer and I happened to be there during the GP weekend, where this young vibrant friendly French Canadien woman introduced me to F1 and the art of romance.

 

From the point forward I was never the same person. :smoking:



#68 absinthedude

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 08:50

1978. I am unsure which race it was but I clearly remember my dad sitting me down beside him on the couch to show me this programme "Grand Prix"....this was the first year in the UK that the BBC had the contract to show every race - albeit many were highlights only. And the first year of "The Chain" being used as the opening music. The race wasn't even especially exciting (likely Belgium) but I remember those black and gold Lotus 79s circulating at the head of the field....Mario Andretti clearly faster but Ronnie Peterson looked just sublime in the way he drove. Even at the age of five I could see that. As the season went on I developed fondness for Lauda and Depailler too. 

 

I'm pretty sure my dad just didn't watch Monza...it would probably have upset me to see the accident, indeed I didn't watch it until the 90s. I think I asked what happened to Peterson and dad didn't really tell me he'd died. 

 

So....1978....41 years give or take. Apart from Monza 1978 I didn't miss a broadcast, to my knowledge, until the last few years....even when I moved to America 1997-99 I made sure to watch. The last few seasons I've been less interested, though I do appreciate the sheer skill of Hamilton and have my favourite drivers as always.....the sport just isn't in good health. 



#69 PayasYouRace

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 10:18

Nah, Reddit has a huge advantage over forums like this in that there's a forum for any subject you can possibly think of, so instead of maybe visiting 3 different forums for the sport you like, the music you like and local news, you have it all in one place. The downside is that it's more impersonal, as there's no avatars and signatures and there's so many people you don't build a connection with anyone, you don't build an history on your mind of how someone else debates. Also the way their system works, promotes less critical, deep discussion and a hell of a lot of clickbait.

But I think the lack of young fans in here is very connected to the fact young fans don't join forums like this and go to Reddit instead. F1 fanbase might be aging a bit but not to the extent the poll suggests. They're just not here to vote.

 

It would also be interesting to cross reference this poll with one asking how old people were when they started watching.



#70 P123

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:00

Worrying for F1 and Autosport.


Maybe, but you can almost guarantee no teenager is going to come anywhere near an online forum when there is Youtube, Instagram and Facebook (which they have grown up with) in which to vent their opinions. And there are so many outlets online from which to get F1 and motorsport news. You don't need a printed publication, and AS no longer has a near monopoly. At least Liberty realise F1 needs a presence on these platforms. Something Ecclestone never did, as he was happy to take the quick cash from desert kingdoms.

#71 steferrari

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:02

Sometime around 1996 and 1997.



#72 Nonesuch

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:17

Forums like this are quite dated in the online world. If you were to conduct the same poll for the F1 community on Reddit, for instance, the demographic would be much younger and consist of more recent followers of the sport.

 

True, the F1 folks on Reddit had a poll on this last year: https://www.reddit.c...rt_watching_f1/

 

Over half the 1500+ respondents started watching after 2007.

 

Somewhat shockingly, almost a third started watching after 2013. Who knows why, but ... ok.  :p 



#73 BuddyHolly

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:22

Nah, Reddit has a huge advantage over forums like this in that there's a forum for any subject you can possibly think of, so instead of maybe visiting 3 different forums for the sport you like, the music you like and local news, you have it all in one place. The downside is that it's more impersonal, as there's no avatars and signatures and there's so many people you don't build a connection with anyone, you don't build an history on your mind of how someone else debates. Also the way their system works, promotes less critical, deep discussion and a hell of a lot of clickbait.

But I think the lack of young fans in here is very connected to the fact young fans don't join forums like this and go to Reddit instead. F1 fanbase might be aging a bit but not to the extent the poll suggests. They're just not here to vote.

I tried reddit last year and I have to say I thought it was ghastly, I'm far happier here and with people I consider friends.     reddit for me was just 'noise'.



#74 Nemo1965

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 14:31

Nah, Reddit has a huge advantage over forums like this in that there's a forum for any subject you can possibly think of, so instead of maybe visiting 3 different forums for the sport you like, the music you like and local news, you have it all in one place. The downside is that it's more impersonal, as there's no avatars and signatures and there's so many people you don't build a connection with anyone, you don't build an history on your mind of how someone else debates. Also the way their system works, promotes less critical, deep discussion and a hell of a lot of clickbait.

But I think the lack of young fans in here is very connected to the fact young fans don't join forums like this and go to Reddit instead. F1 fanbase might be aging a bit but not to the extent the poll suggests. They're just not here to vote.

 

Another thing is that the current young crop is truly (and perhaps somewhat superficial) eclectic: they like all kinds of sports, all kinds of music, all kinds of clothing, crisscross through each other. The past three weeks I had the pleasure of being in close quarters (study-trip, then a project) with students between 19 and 23 and they baffled me with what they mixed in music, movies and series. In my youth, for example, if you were a vegetarian, you also voted left, you hated any kind of sport and as a girl, you only wore make-up to create a bleak appearance. My students are able to mix veganism with liking F1 and mix-martial arts... and Gucci-bags, that too.

 

My point is: younger people have much less the tendency to have an fascination with ONE thing. The delve less deep but broader. Why indeed would they bother discussing with a couple of blessed-myopic anoraks?    


Edited by Nemo1965, 07 April 2019 - 14:31.


#75 Alan Lewis

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 14:32

It would also be interesting to cross reference this poll with one asking how old people were when they started watching.


1969/70, so about 5 or 6 years old.

As others have said, it was simply not possible in the UK at that time to see every race, plus growing up 15 miles from Shelsley Walsh, grasstrack races at Pensax, the RAC Rally coming to Burwarton or West Midlands Safari Park or wherever every November,... I've always viewed Formula 1 as just one form of the glorious variety of motorsport, rather than something superior to everything else.

Probably also explains why I'm pretty unmoved by the loss of live free to air coverage; always been just Freeview in this house and Sky's monopoly won't change that...

Edited by Alan Lewis, 07 April 2019 - 14:42.


#76 JHSingo

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 14:39

Possibly no interest in forums?

 

It strikes me that if a new fan wishes to start following and discussing the sport with other fans online, they'd most likely do so on social media (Twitter/Facebook) or Reddit, rather than a traditional forum like this one. Unless you know about it, it's probably not as easy to find - based on the thread for new members, it seems common that a lot of people who sign up have read the forum for a while before doing so. I know I did.



#77 Marklar

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 14:48

Worrying for F1 and Autosport.

Seeing the level of discussions in the F1 subreddit - which attracts more younger fans - it's not bad at all for Autosport :p

#78 noikeee

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 14:52

I tried reddit last year and I have to say I thought it was ghastly, I'm far happier here and with people I consider friends. reddit for me was just 'noise'.


I kind of understand that, but at the same time it depends a lot on what communities you follow, some are really toxic whilst others are fine. But anyway we're getting very off-topic here.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 15:23

In my youth, for example, if you were a vegetarian, you also voted left, you hated any kind of sport...

That's nonsense, unless I broke the mould.

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#80 BRK

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 15:52

1992 I think. Kyalami maybe. Not sure. But definitely around that time. 

 

Edit: do remember races before then but I wasn't a 'follower' 


Edited by BRK, 07 April 2019 - 15:53.


#81 Whatisvalis

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 16:22

Around 1985. My uncles were motorsport mad.



#82 jAnO76

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 19:08

There's a worrying trend developing now that numbers are coming in. There are only 5 members on here that have started watching in the last ten years.


All the new kids are probably on some minecraft insta f1 where you can only post drawings of cars which will be deleted after 6 seconds

#83 Sndr

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 19:25

I started in 1994. Senna's and Ratzenberger's deaths (and Barrichello's huge crash into the fencing) are some of my earliest F1 memories. My earliest memory though is of my dad and me taking his car up the highest mountain near our home on top of which there's a radio tower, hooking up an old black and white tv to the car's cigarette lighter, folding over the back bench and watching an F1 race in the back of the car. don't remember which race it was but must've been in the late eighties. fond memories.


Edited by Sndr, 07 April 2019 - 19:26.


#84 mp4x

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 19:32

I got interested in F1 some time back in 1996 and it got really serious for me since 1997. As a proud McLaren fan the timing was perfect for me, it took a year to completely get familiar with everything (following the races on TV, reading and learning technical stuff,...) and you know what happened the following year.

#85 Fallout

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 20:09

Started watching in 1996, because of my dad. Didn't start to follow it seriously until 1998, when a certain finn dEsTRoyeD M. Shoemaker. I became a fan of Hakkinen and McLaren.

Then, as fate would have it, Kimi would join the grid in 2001 and I became an instant fan and started watching the sport religiously. A lot of it comes down to Kimi. Watching your favourite driver under-deliver year after year has given me Stockholm Syndrome and I'm all in for the disappointing ride that is a typical F1 race (with Kimi in it ;) )


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#86 lustigson

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 06:23

First image of F1 was this:

 

EmbarrassedShimmeringBelugawhale-size_re

 

Likely on Dutch evening news of Sunday 21 October 1990.



#87 BertoC

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 07:45

I have memories from 91 and 92 (Monaco 92) but the first season I actively followed and asked my mum to buy all the F1 newspapers and magazines was 1993 with 10 years.

#88 Henri Greuter

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 07:52

I am Dutch so...

I do remember a few things from 1970, the picture in newspaper report of Zandvoort 1970, the Sunday evening Sportsr program in which was told that Jochen Rindt was killed. Sad follow-ups on my earliest recollections of seeing motor racing: the final 30 minutes of the Le Mans 24 hours of that year....

First F1 race I saw on TV was Zandvoort, 1971, in the aftermath of Van Lennep winning Le Mans '71 and racing in F1 shortly thereafter.
Next F1 memory is on TV being told that "Siffert being killed in a race to celebrate Stewart's title..."
I remained more into Le Mans and sportcars for a long time, I liked the fullbodied cars much better that those open wheelers

Started to follow F1 more seriously from 1976 on but there have been seasons I paid less attention due to dominance by drivers and/or teams I didn't like. Certainly in the 90's when CART was still a decent option to see good racing thanks to Eurosport

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#89 taran

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 09:32

I was always into toy cars as a young boy. On holiday in Spain in 1973, the local packaged bread had a simple plastic F1 car in a blister (just assemble chassis and wheels) so as a cunning 6 year-old boy, I would eat the entire bread in a day so my mom would have to buy another bread the next day. Got the entire series!

 

Then got into the Michel Vaillant comics but what really started my interest was Heinz Pruller’s Grand Prix Story 1980 which I devoured in 1981. Loved the background information which made everything so much more enjoyable. F1 reading now became a must.

 

Grand Prix on TV were a bit of a hit or miss in the early 1980s in Holland but by 1985 they were more regular so that I have only missed watching 5 Grand Prix since 1986.



#90 Retrofly

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:14

Watching or following?

 

Watching, as long as I can remember so probably early 90's with my dad. We both got a bit disenchanted during the Schumacher ear of domination and trailed off watching it.

 

I actively started following F1 in 2007, I'm sure you know why.



#91 bibliophagos

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:26

My parents thought television would get in the way of 'family life' (looking back: kinda funny when you realize your father was always working anyway...), so they refused to buy a TV, before they finally caved when I was 17 (1988). Before that, I saw some races at my grandmothers, but because of the infrequency of 'exposure' didn't get really into it. I do remember playing with my Lotus 78 model car when I was about 7 or 8 years old though, can't remember who bought it for me though. With access to television it was a bit easier, and I watched as many races as I could till about 2005, when I stopped watching the races (did follow the sport online though). Since the arrival of Max on the scene in 2015, my wife and daughter started taking an interest, so now I'm watching the races with them.

Funny thing that my son, who kinda grew up watching F1 from the floor since before his first birthday, has no interest in it at all.



#92 rodnet1

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 10:35

Mmmm, looking at the poll I am not the oldest here, but I am in the top 10.

My parents (and thus I) used to go on holiday in Zandvoort in the 60's. We rented a house across the street of the garage where during the grand prix week the cars were prepared and I have strong memories of (as a five year old) standing by the entrance looking at the cars. Friday evening the cars were driven to the circuit from the garage through Zandvoort and my uncle and father took me out to look at the spectacle. So about 1963 is the time I got interested in F1 and in any case I strongly remember my emotions when the death of my then favourite driver Jim Clark was announced on the television in 1968. So the real following of F1 started somewhere between '63 and '68. And I have been following F1 ever since.


Edited by rodnet1, 08 April 2019 - 11:06.


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 13:16

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#94 Beri

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 14:20

Hands down to all people who have lived and witnessed all eras before the 1990s with their own eyes. I do envy you all. Especially the ones that witnessed the 60s. Those Lotuses, Matras, Ferrari's and BRMs of the 60s must have made such a lasting impact on you.

#95 7MGTEsup

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 14:22

That's nonsense, unless I broke the mould.

 

A right wing vegetarian?



#96 7MGTEsup

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 14:23

I watched a few odds and sods of races in 1989, 1990 was my first season of watching many of the races. Probably a lot to do with me kart racing at the time.



#97 Ev0d3vil

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 14:30

2008 Turkey. Well F1 was coming to Singapore that year so I tuned to the first race that I saw. Saw this exciting guy in yellow helmet driving a Mclaren, and have been a supporter of him since.



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 15:24

Mmmm, looking at the poll I am not the oldest here, but I am in the top 10.

... (as a five year old) standing by the entrance looking at the cars. Friday evening the cars were driven to the circuit from the garage through Zandvoort and my uncle and father took me out to look at the spectacle. So about 1963...

If you were 5 in '63, you're nothing but a mere yoof.  ;)



#99 Christbiscuit

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 17:32

I would guess late 70’s as a young kid but I think I really caught the bug around 80 or 81. I recall being a fan of Arnoux and then Prost in those beautiful Renaults.

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#100 DN5

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 18:24

I recognise 1965-1968. It was a long time ago - I have a clear memory at 7 of hearing Jim Clark had been killed and having the thought - that's it I don't like motor racing anymore.

 

Of course following grand prix/motor racing in those days was virtually impossible as a child.