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#1 DCapps

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 16:34

Thanks to all for being along for the ride.


#2 PCC

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 17:09

Thanks to all for being along for the ride.

Thanks to the one who built the car.

#3 2F-001

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 17:32

Indeed, thank you Don, and all those who have pushed, coaxed, cajoled, nursed and otherwise propelled us along (for so long). Here's to 'endurance racing'...!

Edited by 2F-001, 12 November 2019 - 17:33.

#4 JacnGille

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 17:46


#5 Bob Riebe

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 18:01

Thank you Don, it makes turning the computer on every day worth the time.

#6 cpbell

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 19:15

Happy 20th to TNF!

#7 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 19:17

TNF.  My very first port of call every day when signing on to the NET.  Here's to the next 20!  :)

#8 Doug Nye

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 19:47

Well done Don - and to your contemporary team-mates...


DCN - a latecomer

#9 john medley

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 19:55

And what a ride it has been. Thanks Don (most of all) and to all who contributed positively to this ride. Kind regards to all.


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 20:00

Happy 20th Birthday to TNF!!! I'm a member (under another aliases) since 2013!!! TNF my greatest research place apart from books and journals. :love:

#11 Tim Murray

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 20:05

I’m trying to think back to what life was like ‘before TNF’. I was starting to lose interest in modern motor sport and beginning to wonder why I was cluttering up the place with all these books and magazines when I knew only a handful of people who shared similar interests. Perhaps it was time for a mass clearout, and a move on to pastures new.

Then I was told about TNF, nearly eighteen years ago, and was amazed. Firstly that there were so many people who did share my interest, and secondly by the incredible level of knowledge that so many TNFers have.

I’ve learnt so much in my time here. TNF is still by far my favourite place on the net, and long may it continue. Thank you to all those who made it happen in the first place and continue to keep it going. I’ll be hanging on to all those bloody books and magazines for a while longer, it seems ...

:clap: :clap: :clap:

#12 GreenMachine

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 20:14

TNF - the hidden gem of the internet! :up: 


Thanks Don, and all who have contributed.  Here's to the next 20 years  :clap:

#13 rmhorton

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 20:32

And of course not forgetting Bira and Paul. 

#14 AJCee

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 21:04

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to those who have made things happen and also those who have informed me, educated me, assisted me and so kindly humoured me!

Long may TNF reign.

#15 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 21:05

And also to those who've been here along the way and (sadly) now dropped off...

For whatever reason.

#16 cooper997

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 22:21

As Don described here in Melbourne 3 weeks ago the Atlas/TNF 'birth' wasn't without its difficulties with regards difference of opinion. Given the different countries and walks of life we lead, there's been a few difference of opinion since! However, things are in good care with Tim and Richard (backed by a comment Don made that evening in Melbourne) so hopefully there's still room for TNF members to post interesting stuff, dispell the odd myth or help a member (often from another part of the globe) understand or help find an answer to what went on with their favourite marque half a world away.



#17 LittleChris

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 22:42

Congratulations Don and everyone who has made and continues to make TNF such a great place to visit several times a day :clap:


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 23:05

My relatively short time here has been quite rewarding. The stuff I've learned is amazing, and the banter is very enjoyable.


And thanks to Ray, my knowledge of grammar, and where apostrophe's should go has really improved...

#19 Dave Ware

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 01:32

Thank you to Don and everyone else who made TNF special.  And who continue to do so.


Road racing from "the good old days" (however you define that) is one of the few things that holds my interest, and without TNF, I'd have had no one to talk to these past almost 20 years.  


#20 R.W. Mackenzie

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 01:52

Oh my! Has it been that long? This is where my day has started (and often ended) for eighteen years.

#21 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 03:18

Congratulations and thank you.

#22 jj2728

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 04:49

Well done, many thanks and long live TNF. Always goes well with my first cup o' java first thing in the morning......

#23 Ralf Pickel

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 06:08

Well done and a big thank you ! :up:

#24 SamoanAttorney

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 07:08

Congratulations to all who are responsible for this fount of knowledge and sanity, both in the past and in the present day.


I am a late-comer to the community but enjoy the wit and wisdom on a daily basis. Long may it continue.

#25 Rob Ryder

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 07:48

Thanks to everyone who has made my 19 year stay here so enjoyable  :clap: :clap:

Edited by Rob Ryder, 13 November 2019 - 07:49.

#26 Claudio Navonne

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 09:14

Well done!!

#27 Michael Ferner

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 09:36

Oh, is it that time of the year, again? And a nice round number this year, too! :up: :up:

Like Tim, I wasn't sure if or how my love for the (past of this) sport was going to be sustained until I discovered TNF. It was a breath of fresh air for my interests, almost a kiss of life! Still is my first port of call (almost) every day, and long may it continue!

Thank you ALL for making it happen!! :)

#28 B Squared

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 09:56

And also to those who've been here along the way and (sadly) now dropped off...

For whatever reason.

Sadly too many have passed away during this time.

I've only been here for approximately half of the 20 years - it is a most enjoyable way to keep up with the sport and the friends met along the way. Thank you Don.

#29 1969BOAC500

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 11:26

20 years old ? That's quite a milestone. Congratulations !


I feel almost a fraud, being a very new member indeed ; albeit with a very long enthusiasm for cars and motor sport - as indicated by my Forum 'name'. I've become addicted to the 'search' function here which is an absolute goldmine of information so I should also say many Thanks to all contributors here...... :up:

#30 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 12:04

Congratulations!! Many good threads, so much effort and input, many off-line meetings too. TNF brought about so much!

#31 D-Type

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 12:56

I've just checked - I've been around for 13 years.  I've learned a lot and I hope I've given back what I can.  My thanks to Don, Bira, Twinny, Tim and Richard, and those whose names I don't know for their sterling work behind the scenes and to all who have made this forum what it is by their selfless contributions.

#32 Ray Bell

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 13:34

You sell yourself short...

It's over sixteen for you.

#33 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 14:35

You sell yourself short...It's over sixteen for you.


#34 427MkIV

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 15:30

I've learned a lot. Thanks to everyone for contributing to the discussion.

#35 D-Type

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 15:36

You sell yourself short...

It's over sixteen for you.

It's an age thing!

Edited by D-Type, 13 November 2019 - 15:37.

#36 Henri Greuter

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 19:09

Thanks to all the people that started it, got it running and kept it running as it does since that start.


Feel happy to be able to be part of it.

#37 wolf sun

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 22:23

Thank you Don, and everyone involved! What a wonderful place this is.


Here‘s to the next 20!  :wave:

#38 jonpollak

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:25

20 is the new black this season.



#39 Stephen W

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 08:04

Don has been an ever-present on my TNF experience. Certainly I wouldn't have stuck around so long if it hadn't been for his contributions.


All the best, Steve


#40 Gary Davies

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 08:38

By jingo, doesn't tempus fugit?

#41 john aston

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 10:49

Yup-  I 'm experiencing a  distinct lack of tempus but an excess of fugit

#42 Giraffe

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:10

Well done Don, and all who have contributed since. (Don pictured on a rare public appearance at Silverstone some years ago).



Edited by Giraffe, 14 November 2019 - 11:16.

#43 Sebastian Tombs

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 17:52

Thanks to Don (yes, I do read your papers posted on Academia!) and all who have kept this fund of incredible knowledge going for 20 years  :up:   Here's to the Silver Jubilee and beyond.


ST :wave:

Edited by Sebastian Tombs, 14 November 2019 - 17:53.

#44 MCS

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 19:22

Always loved the Ah but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. tagline that Sebastian Tombs uses!


If only, but in a sense it is why this place means so much to me because I have learnt such a lot and I have been fortunate to meet many wonderful people - it's almost as if I have re-lived the happy days I enjoyed watching racing decades ago.


Thank you, Don. Sincerely.

#45 bradbury west

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 17:35

Coming in a bit late...
In a conversation with DCN back in 2002 he told me about Forix, Lief and TNF, saying "there's some good stuff on there, you'll enjoy it"
There is, I did, and I do.
Particular thanks to Don, whom I was pleased to meet on his visits here, and to all contributors. Like most here, I have learned a lot, and tried to give a bit back. A real joy is the global element , where those of us "over here" have learnt much about racing history "over there" , wherever that might happen to be. And the archive material so generously shared is a real bonus to people like me, suckers for the joys of old photographs.
Many thanks to all for it all.
Roger Lund.

PS ; I know we all value having known, or known of, David McKinney.
PPS; and without TNF how else would I have had the royal tour of Warwick Farm had I not got to know Ray Bell?
Roger Lund

#46 Ray Bell

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 21:24

Nor would I have had the tour of those Welsh valleys or the docks of Bristol...

Even that seems so long ago!

#47 philippe7

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 01:03

Always loved the Ah but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. tagline that Sebastian Tombs uses!


Well, it's been written by a Nobel Prize, after all ...... :smoking:


Hard to believe it's been 16 years for me too. TNF is the first forum I registered on to when I dicovered the internet. Although what originally brought me here was my passion for car racing of the 60/70's, the birth and (originally) fast development of the motorcycle racing section was an enormous bonus for me. In recent years, I spent a marvelous evening in Christchurch, New-Zealand, and a splendid day at Eastern Creek, Sydney, with a large group of former motorcycle Grand Prix riders, mechanics, team managers, or journalists ... whom I used to read about in the press as a teenager, and whom I originally connected with through TNF - and then got to know in real life. Absolutely marvelous ... :D

Edited by philippe7, 16 November 2019 - 01:04.

#48 Leif Snellman

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 17:56


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 21:54

As one of the ‘Johnny Come Latelies’ to this forum I dips me hat to you all and thank you for the creation of an extraordinary living archive of automotive treasure.

Special thanks to Don- it has been great to see and spend some time with you at ‘Automotive Historians Australia’ gigs in Melbourne in the last two years- you are all welcome by the way, even Don will tell you ‘snot that far... (sic)

My primotipo stuff is enhanced weekly by the research you all continue to do- so my perspective is perhaps different to some of you in that I am a consumer of the material, as well as occasional contributor.

There is a place for our treasured book collections but I ALWAYS look for the latest on TNF.

And yes Don- footnotes, footnotes, footnotes...

Thanks all- what a wonderful, global club TNF is