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#1 H0R

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 07:08

And does anyone still remember the URL? I remember posting there in 1998 and am  a bit curious if it is possible to find on the wayback machine.



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#2 Gareth

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 07:16

It never did cease to exist. It just got renamed.

 

All the content is still here - check out the archive: Racing Comments Archive - The Autosport Forums - Page 1552



#3 Tim Murray

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:08

The takeover by Autosport happened at the start of 2005 - here’s the relevant thread announcing the details:

https://forums.autos...matlas-f1-deal/

As Gareth says, the only effect this had on the forums was the change of name. You’re obviously using a different username from the one you used back in 1998, but if you can remember it you should be able to find all your old posts from that period.

#4 Ali_G

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:09

I’d still use the AtlasF1 theme if there was a mobile version of it by the way.

#5 pacificquay

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:14

It's funny that some still call it Atlas today, given it had that name for 7 years and has been Autosport's forum for 17 years.



#6 ExFlagMan

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:32

Shows how loyal some of the posters on here are to the forum, despite the deterioration in the level of discussion that has unfortunately become apparent over that time.


Edited by ExFlagMan, 05 July 2022 - 09:32.


#7 Risil

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:33

I've heard a rumour of another Atlas bulletin board before the 1998 one that was shut down and possibly bombed from space.

#8 Earthling

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:34

I came to Atlas F1 around 1999 or 2000 but only registered to post by 2001,

Thanks for reminding me of the name cuz its lost in the backside of my head now! :drunk:



#9 babbel

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:34

I've heard a rumour of another Atlas bulletin board before the 1998 one that was shut down and possibly bombed from space.

 

There was but those files are gone forever :) 



#10 Beri

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:34

It's funny that some still call it Atlas today, given it had that name for 7 years and has been Autosport's forum for 17 years.

 

I still call Mercedes BAR, despite it has been named Tyrrell longer.



#11 H0R

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:39

It never did cease to exist. It just got renamed.

 

All the content is still here - check out the archive: Racing Comments Archive - The Autosport Forums - Page 1552

 

I am pretty sure that there was a change of the forum software in the late nineties and the oldest archives thread is from late 1999. The stuff before that is what I am interested in mostly. Actually I can not remember what my username before 2008 was so I would like to find out along the way. I definitely have posted in a couple of Hakkinen vs. Schumacher threads.


Edited by H0R, 05 July 2022 - 09:43.


#12 babbel

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:50

The takeover by Autosport happened at the start of 2005 - here’s the relevant thread announcing the details:

https://forums.autos...matlas-f1-deal/

As Gareth says, the only effect this had on the forums was the change of name. You’re obviously using a different username from the one you used back in 1998, but if you can remember it you should be able to find all your old posts from that period.

 

Strange to read this after all these years, doesn't feel like 17.5 years :lol:. When bira told me the deal was probably going to happen I was totally shocked, certainly didn't expect it.  

 

Funny story is that when the deal was official all the writers had to sign to transfer the IP from Atlas to Haymarket and back then it wasn't digital so I had to print a piece of paper and mail it to the UK. My letter hadn't arrived after 4 weeks so people started to get a bit nervous. I then had to Fedex a single A4 for about 90 euro's to the UK, probably the most expensive piece of paper I'll ever snail mail  :lol: The original letter arrived a couple of days later (ofcourse  :stoned:


Edited by babbel, 05 July 2022 - 09:53.


#13 GreenMachine

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:53

You have a choice to use the Atlas header, so as far as I am concerned it is, and always has been the Atlas forum.  :stoned:

 

I had a feeling that Atlas was around in the 80s, I think it was my first taste of the www.



#14 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:58

You have a choice to use the Atlas header, so as far as I am concerned it is, and always has been the Atlas forum.  :stoned:

 

I had a feeling that Atlas was around in the 80s, I think it was my first taste of the www.

 

Once AtlasF1 always AtlasF1.



#15 DevilDare

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 09:59

Pfhahah this thread though: What race will Hakkinen cry at this year?



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:11

Pfhahah this thread though: What race will Hakkinen cry at this year?

 

A disgusting thread about a great driver.

 

Thankfully, 22 years on such a thing would not be allowed on this forum.



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:14

Dude. Really?
Have a humour bypass did you ?

Anyhow….
Back in mid 1997 I was a member of Autosport on AOL which had a chat function that many of their F1 journalists would participate in.

I can’t remember which one, maybe Nigel Roebuck or Gordon Kirby, mentioned ATLAS F1 when speaking about a ‘BBS’ that prompted me to join in.

Now look at us..
Sheesh

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#18 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:16

Dude. Really?
Have a humour bypass did you ?

Anyhow….
Back in mid 1997 I was a member of Autosport on AOL which had a chat function that many of their F1 journalists would participate in.

I can’t remember which one, maybe Nigel Roebuck or Gordon Kirby, mentioned ATLAS F1 when speaking about a ‘BBS’ that prompted me to join in.

Now look at us..
Sheesh

Jp

 

You were the Vanguard!!



#19 PayasYouRace

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:23

Pfhahah this thread though: What race will Hakkinen cry at this year?


And people say the level of discussion has deteriorated.

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#20 Hellenic tifosi

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:28

God, I miss Atlasf1, perhaps because it reminds me of my internet baby steps, and I was a teenager back then :rotfl:



#21 JimmyClark

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:29

I've had a quick peruse of the 2000-era thread titles... wow, there seems to be a lot of hate for Ron Dennis back then  :lol:



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:34

And people say the level of discussion has deteriorated.

 

Its interesting isn't it? Not even an outlier. Some real interesting threads in that archive.



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:39

You were the Vanguard!!


Not really…it was already out there in racing circles.
Anne Bradshaw told me about it too.
Jp

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:42

I've had a quick peruse of the 2000-era thread titles... wow, there seems to be a lot of hate for Ron Dennis back then  :lol:

Why would people hate Ron Dennis?   :stoned:  :stoned:  :stoned:



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:46

God - looking through those old topics it hits me how differently people chatted in 2000! You'd never get away with some of that these days!

 

I think I used to use ten-tenths, rather than Atlas in the early 00s. 



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:47

And people say the level of discussion has deteriorated.

Loads of Schumi fans venting their spleen that’s all.
Not all that different from today as far as the passion and tribalism.
There are just more constraints on us now.
Like the use of …how many do you have now? 30 or so moderators ?. Back then it was bira slapping your wrist or sending you a missive that would make you feel about 3 inches tall.

She was/is spectacular !!
Jp

#27 FirstnameLastname

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 10:52

The Schumi/Montoya fans made the Hamilton/Verstappen fans look like kindergarten :lol: (yeah yeah, I know)

Forums were the twitch/discord of their day. Sadly now in decline.

ITV-F1 board was great for a time

Edited by FirstnameLastname, 05 July 2022 - 10:53.


#28 Claudius

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 11:03

These 20 years on Atlas BB has taught me a lot about self-control, patience and to not engage with everyone.

And the debate wasn’t much better back then. It was more divided with few neutral voices.

The other day some poster called me a boomer for saying BB…. (I’m not a boomer btw, not even close) :D

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 11:08

Boomer?
I thought Big Brother was a millennial thing?

See.. I’m up on all that new stuff !
Jp

#30 Beri

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 11:14

Boomer was my dog when I was little. So Im a dog now?



#31 MattPete

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 11:21

I think it was around 1995, when I was working on my PhD at Kansas.  At that time I read/posted to rec.autos.sport.f1 and AOL (KenChung and Dmitry came from AOL), and then I came across this great F1 site, AtlasF1.  It became my habit to come into the lab in the morning and read AtlasF1 before starting my day.  IIRC, AtlasF1 was started by two professors down in Texas, which is why I wince when people call this a British web site, because to me, its still this web site that looks out over the pond at races occurring in the rest of the world, without any nationalistic baggage.



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 11:28

Paul Keizar on the early history of AtlasF1, writing in 2000.

 

The Story of Us
A Letter from the Publisher



#33 H0R

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 11:46

  At that time I read/posted to rec.autos.sport.f1 

 

Wow, that's something I didn't hear being mentioned for years: Usenet. It probably is still around, although today it is perfectly succeeded by reddit. Come to think of it Usenet and Reddit are essentially the same thing.



#34 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 12:12

It's funny that some still call it Atlas today, given it had that name for 7 years and has been Autosport's forum for 17 years.

 

I still arrive via http://atlasf1.com/bb/index.php



#35 Dolph

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 12:29

Loads of Schumi fans venting their spleen that’s all.
Not all that different from today as far as the passion and tribalism.
There are just more constraints on us now.
Like the use of …how many do you have now? 30 or so moderators ?. Back then it was bira slapping your wrist or sending you a missive that would make you feel about 3 inches tall.

She was/is spectacular !!
Jp

 

 

What happened to Bira anyway?



#36 Vitesse2

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 12:49

What happened to Bira anyway?

Still in the media, partner at RGB Media in Tel Aviv.



#37 Newtsche

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 12:56

Still showing as Atlas F1 in my bookmarks, never bothered to change it.



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 12:59

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‘Then-largest formula one website’

What’s the largest now?

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 13:15

And people say the level of discussion has deteriorated.

Remember 2 MH fans asking me why I supported MSC.

 

They were quite nice, despite all the tension.

 

Another time however some other MH fan got pretty mad at me, when after a race where MSC won I counted wrong and stated that MSC had taken the lead in the championship. I just apologized to that guy, before the mods jumped in. In any case, the service improved. Until last year, no more "server too busy" messages for years. More moderators and clarification regarding house rules means this place has improved for me, until THAT race last year.

 

So far I have no one on the ignore list and tru;y truly hope that it will never be necessary.

 

A big thank you to the admins and mods of this place.


Edited by HP, 05 July 2022 - 13:17.


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#40 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 13:16

I still arrive via http://atlasf1.com/bb/index.php

 

Me too, it is AtlasF1 after all;.



#41 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 13:19

I continue to think I was here before the January 03 showing, must have been another name - I need to go read all those wonderful old threads.



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Posted 05 July 2022 - 13:28

Paul Keizar on the early history of AtlasF1, writing in 2000.

 

The Story of Us
A Letter from the Publisher

 

Those links were broken when I tried them just now,  :cry:



#43 babbel

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 13:36

Those links were broken when I tried them just now,  :cry:

 

try: http://www.atlasf1.c...iew/kaizar.html

There is a : missing in the original post


Edited by babbel, 05 July 2022 - 13:36.


#44 Ali_G

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 13:43

It's funny that some still call it Atlas today, given it had that name for 7 years and has been Autosport's forum for 17 years.


I say the same about CART vs Champcar.

#45 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 14:03

I have already wasted way to mmuch of supposed working hours going through old AtlasF1 threads and links:

 

http://www.atlasf1.c...eb23/goren.html

 

Do we know if any of these guys are still around?

 

"Bob, Bill, Max, Rory and Mike - Atlas F1's original core"



#46 Spillage

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 14:15

What a time machine internet is. Some of those old threads are fascinating. Especially the one about a young unkown named Jenson Button setting a blistering pace in pre-season testing in 2000. I reckon that kid has some real potential.

 

Wonder how we'll look back at what we say now in 20 years. Half the stuff I splurge out seems outdated within a week.



#47 Beri

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 14:30

What a time machine internet is. Some of those old threads are fascinating. Especially the one about a young unkown named Jenson Button setting a blistering pace in pre-season testing in 2000. I reckon that kid has some real potential.

Wonder how we'll look back at what we say now in 20 years. Half the stuff I splurge out seems outdated within a week.


Imagine the looks on everyone's faces if we look back on this 20 years from now when Mahaveer Raghunathan becomes World Champion.

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 14:48

I have already wasted way to mmuch of supposed working hours going through old AtlasF1 threads and links:

 

http://www.atlasf1.c...eb23/goren.html

 

Do we know if any of these guys are still around?

 

"Bob, Bill, Max, Rory and Mike - Atlas F1's original core"

 

I'm glad to see that Craig Scarborough and myself were the only ones correctly picking Alonso for the 2005 title  :lol: ( http://www.atlasf1.c...b23/gamble.html ) 


Edited by babbel, 05 July 2022 - 14:51.


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Posted 05 July 2022 - 14:52

Those links were broken when I tried them just now,  :cry:

 

 

try: http://www.atlasf1.c...iew/kaizar.html

There is a : missing in the original post

For some reason it had chucked in an extra http at the beginning of the link. Should be fixed now.



#50 Beri

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Posted 05 July 2022 - 14:53

I'm glad to see that Craig Scarborough and myself were the only ones correctly picking Alonso for the 2005 title :lol: ( http://www.atlasf1.c...b23/gamble.html )

I absolutely love it to see predictions like these some odd 20 years later. Like a time capsule.

Edited by Beri, 05 July 2022 - 14:53.