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The Countdown to Bahrain starts here: 96 days until the start of the 2022 season


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#1 Izzyeviel

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Posted 13 December 2021 - 17:02

You know the drill. 

 

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After the season we've just had, I think its appropriate to start things with Mario..



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#2 Pete_f1

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Posted 13 December 2021 - 17:47

A very different looking F1 too

#3 engineblock1

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Posted 13 December 2021 - 17:52

Aren't 6 days of testing a bit too less considering the cars are undergoing a major shift in their architecture? Considering the fact that competing drivers will not necessarily run on all 6 days. Drivers deserve some more running than just 6 days.



#4 Francesc

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Posted 13 December 2021 - 17:56

It's amazing how time flies.



#5 Izzyeviel

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 01:00

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For those unaware, its a forum tradition. The idea being you post a car whose number matches the days to go til the start of the Bahrain GP. The rarer/obscure the better, even better if its a really cool picture, and just awesome if theres an interesting story behind it. 



#6 DW46

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 07:39

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For those unaware, its a forum tradition. The idea being you post a car whose number matches the days to go til the start of the Bahrain GP. The rarer/obscure the better, even better if its a really cool picture, and just awesome if theres an interesting story behind it.


Great game!

Do we always end with Damo’s Williams?

#7 Collombin

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 09:07

Do we always end with Damo’s Williams?


Not if we can find a Jody Scheckter pic.

#8 Gareth

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 09:23

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It's more exciting if it starts one day early, right?



#9 Izzyeviel

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 11:11

Don't confuse me! I'm confused enough nowdays  :lol:



#10 Thursday

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 12:56

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#11 domhnall

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 13:06

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#12 OvDrone

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 19:10

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Leon Haslam during his best career season back in 2010 World Superbikes on the #91 Suzuki where he won at Philip Island, Ricardo Tormo and Kyalami. 



#13 Ivanhoe

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Posted 19 December 2021 - 19:56

Maserati 250S at some SCCA race in 1959

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#14 domhnall

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 09:25

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#15 Ivanhoe

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 09:44

356's at Laguna Seca, 1960

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#16 BRG

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 10:31

Maserati 250S at some SCCA race in 1959

 

Come on, we've got to do better than that! 

 

Who? Where? What does DM stand for? 

 

I haven't a clue* but somebody must have!

 

* concrete track, so maybe Sebring?



#17 Ivanhoe

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 10:49

Come on, we've got to do better than that! 

 

Who? Where? What does DM stand for? 

 

I haven't a clue* but somebody must have!

 

* concrete track, so maybe Sebring?

Lol, I need to find my way again in the countdown thread, it's been a while, but here we go....DM is a race class in SCCA (number and class had to be displayed on both sides of the car under SCCA rules). Driver is Bobby Aylward and the track at Rolla National Airport in Vichy.



#18 Alan Lewis

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 11:35

On May 24th, the excellent racingsportscars.com tells us.

Very few other details about the race, but the entry list suggests the car alongside Aylward is the #15 Ferrari 250TR of James Johnston.

#19 DeKnyff

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 21:08

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Female driver Lyn St. James at the 1992 Indy 500, where she took the Rookie of the Year award, after finishing 11th scratch. She drove a Lola-Chevrolet.



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#20 OvDrone

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 23:54

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On a early MONTH OF MAY day back in 2015, I remember a wonderful win at our ever beloved Laguna Seca courtesy of the VisitFlorida.com Racing #90 Chevy DPi.

The car was driven by Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook and of the two the biggest accolades definitely go to Westbrook.

Richard drove one of his best career races that day holding off a faster and increasingly furious #10 WTR Chevy and sealed a great triumph for a much loved underdog team.

IMSA was on it's way up.



#21 vlado

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 23:56

90 days! well that's not bad at all 



#22 barrykm

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 06:12

I'm happy to have hooked into the number countdown this early, for a change.



#23 Ivanhoe

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 06:52

Luigi Scarfiotti and Guido d'Ippolito in an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS, racing for the Scuderia Ferrari team at the Mille Miglia of 1932, where they finished in 3rd place.

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#24 PayasYouRace

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 07:48

The car was driven by Michael Valiante

I though he was a comic book character.



#25 domhnall

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 09:40

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#26 Shell

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 10:19

How many days until 23 of February?

There the first blood will happen and we see how the cars looks on the track and how they have progressed 


Edited by Shell, 21 December 2021 - 10:19.


#27 BRG

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 12:16

Lol, I need to find my way again in the countdown thread, it's been a while, but here we go....DM is a race class in SCCA (number and class had to be displayed on both sides of the car under SCCA rules). Driver is Bobby Aylward and the track at Rolla National Airport in Vichy.

Bravo, sir! 

 

I regard these threads as valuable learning tools.  I now know there is a place called Vichy in Montana!  A fact that will come in useful one fine day!



#28 Alan Lewis

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 17:32

Missouri.

#29 BRG

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 17:44

Missouri.

Damn these misleading abbreviations.

 

Not like our good old county abbreviations, like Hants,  Oxon, or Salop.



#30 red stick

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 17:48

Missouri also boasts a Mexico, Carthage, and Lebanon.  You've been educated/warned!   :cool:



#31 Anderis

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 21:49

Who remembers the days when we were starting with numbers way bigger than 100? :p



#32 OvDrone

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Posted 21 December 2021 - 23:16

I though he was a comic book character.

I thought he was Alain Menu:

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And to put the car with which he had his last career podium finish in the 2014 BTCC Championship, the #9 Chrome Edition Restart Racing VW CC - so that we have the 8+9 for the thread.



#33 domhnall

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 07:46

Johnny Herbert, Audi R8, Le Mans 2004

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#34 blackmme

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 07:49

We’re going back 40 years to the future!  Of course next years Ground Effect cars will only have a single Chassis and not multiple Chassis’s (Chassises?   ;))

 

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Regards Mike


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#35 Ivanhoe

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 08:03

Can-Am and F2 driver Hiroshi Kazato in his own Porsche 908 at the Fuji 500 in 1971, the track where he would have a fatal crash 3 years later.

 

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#36 DeKnyff

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 08:29

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The Porsche 911S of Marie-Pierre Palayer and navigator Ginette Derolland, winners of the Coupe des Dames at the 1970 Tour Auto.



#37 OvDrone

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 12:33

Johnny Herbert, Audi R8, Le Mans 2004

 

He won that year's Le Mans Series Championship ( current ELMS ) with that cool #88 purple/grey Audi. One of his best Motorsport achievements for sure!

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One of my childhood favorites alongside Damon Hill, Michael Andretti and Carlos Sainz - 1999 Nascar Cup Champion, Dale Jarrett in that classic #88 Robert Yates Ford Taurus. Loved that season so much!



#38 domhnall

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 08:52

Spike Gehlhausen's practice crash at the 1988 Indy 500

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#39 Ivanhoe

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 09:09

The 1968 Monte Carlo Rally had 3 Mini Cooper S's finishing in the top 5. The #87 of Paddy Hopkirk and navigator Ron Crellin finished in 5th place.

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#40 OvDrone

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 14:17

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This picture is from the inaugural COTA round of the SRO GT Challenge America season back in that 'great' month of March 2020.

It marked one of the last races held before the Pandemic truly hit the planet. I remember going 'hey, at least there are some GTs around' while the Losail MotoGP round got cancelled and true ominousness started to fill the forum as well.

The Stephen Cameron Racing #87 BMW M6 GT3 only participated in that round, iirc because of the global circumstances they couldn't do the rest of the season when it restarted in July at VIR.

Car #87 was driven by Pro-Am drivers Henry Schmitt & Greg Liefooghe and it marked one of the last appearances of the infamously THICC and highly meme'd BMW M6 in the GT3 category.

Miss ya M6, you were just as wide as you were a winner.



#41 DeKnyff

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 15:11

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South African lady racer Anja Tom Suden, riding a Suzuki, at the Red Star track (near Pretoria) in 2018.



#42 Ivanhoe

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 05:01

Unmistakable Targa Florio. Brothers Enzo and Ferdinando Lopez finished in 17th place in their Maserati A6GCS in 1955.

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#43 domhnall

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 08:51

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo at Lime Rock Park 2019

 

 

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#44 BRG

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 11:56

Spike Gehlhausen's practice crash at the 1988 Indy 500

 

His practice crash? Was his actual crash better? 



#45 DeKnyff

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 20:24

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Anne Hall and navigator Valerie Domleo-Morley, driving a Ford Anglia 105E, winners of the Coupe des Dames at the 1962 Monte Carlo rally.

 

NOTE: not sure 100% if this is a much degraded magazine photo or a drawing (could be the box art of a model, but I haven't found any). I'm aware that it could be a non-elegible image for this thread.

 



#46 OvDrone

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 21:46

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Argentinean Touring Car Superstar Esteban Guerrieri winning his first world championship level race at the opening round of WTCC 2017 in Marrakech in the #86 Campos Chevy of the long gone TC1 regs.

EG is someone who kinda followed in the wake of JM Lopez on the World Touring scene but oh boy did he ever make an impact that year. 3 convincing wins of pure talent-over-machinery to propel him to an incredible 4th place ( just shy of 3rd ) at the season's end.

I remember eclectic jokes being cast in the Indycar threads in that year of 2017 with Esteban Gutierrez doing not so good in his Dale Coyne cameos and people name dropping Guerrieri from their subconscious as his name was quite doing the rounds at the moment.
So the meme was talking objectively about Gurrrieri's incredible exploits the past years and Touring when people started criticizing Gutierrez's level.

Fun times. I do, unironically have a soft spot for the WTCC. That can be said about so many series though in my book, lol.

Also, check out that top-tier BACKMARKER livery.


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#47 Ivanhoe

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 06:25

The Alpine A110 of French driver Jean-Luc Thérier at the 1972 Nürburgring 500km. He finished 1st in the GT1.6 class and 13th overall.

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#48 domhnall

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 08:51

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#50 OvDrone

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 12:33

Japanese F4 racer and W Series protégé, Miki Koyama:

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS to y'all  :clap:


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