Posted 28 February 2001 - 01:37
I have actually posted about 50 times but have never really introduced myself so I saw this thread thought I'd just bore you all.
I'm 26 years old and I'm training to be a radiologist in Manchester, England. I used to post under the name 'DrGrant' but decided that sounded far too pompous and so got it changed.
I'm really into motorsport history, but only know anything about post 1950 F1, so I like coming to TNF to learn things from the 'vastly more knowledgeable';) members here. I normally read most of the posts even though I only contribute to a handful.
My favourite driver of all time is (as you may guess from the Avatar) Francois Cevert, even though he died a few months before I was born. I'm currently (slowly!) designing a website about him. Being Scottish, I also have a soft spot for Innes Ireland, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and, yes, DC... (johnny Dumfries let the side down by not winning a GP and ruining what would have been a 100% record!).
Outside motorsport, I am into football (soccer!), hillwalking and foreign travel. I also appear on as many general knowledge quiz shows as I can (I just like being on telly!;) ) and will hopefully be on another one (no I'm not saying which in case I do badly!) in the next few months.
That's about all. Quite dull, really, but 'a man's favourite topic of conversation is always himself'.
Posted 28 February 2001 - 01:54
I think there may have been more Scots ran in GPs, the name Murray comes to mind...
Posted 28 February 2001 - 01:56
You had to spoil my illusions didn't you ;)
Posted 28 February 2001 - 09:48
Posted 01 March 2001 - 01:18
The crowd loved it though.
Maybe his throttle cable had snapped and he just had on or off
Posted 06 March 2001 - 20:22
Frank de Jong, in my early 40's, living in Amsterdam. I make a living being a controller at IQUIP, a Dutch software house (for the curious: www.iquip.com, Dutch and German only).
I have been interested in cars since about 1962, motorsport took my interest in 1974. For years I went to Zandvoort, and sometimes to Hockenheim, Zolder and Spa.
The technical side of the sport always had my specific interest, culminating now in a database with technical specifications on al kinds of racing cars from WW2 to present. Currently it consists of about 5000 cars with some 4500 pictures, from F1 to Touring cars, and anything between car/type/engine/picture to full specs, sometimes even including track-tested acceleration figures. Sites like Motor racing retro, Stefan's F2 and Le Mans register, and The world of sports-prototypes racing are a big help, especially for identification of pictures.
One day I'll publish this database on the internet, but for now it's far too big (something like 400 Mb), unchecked and not finished. It was never made with the internet in mind anyway - I started it some 20 years ago...
No personal favourites, a slight favour for Ferrari, Italy and the underdog in general - an of course, I'm Dutch, so the presence of Jos Verstappen in F1 makes a little difference.
The reason why I'm here is to share some of my knowledge (and library) with you all, perhaps I will ask you for a specific fact or picture.
Since 70's touring cars got me into motorsport in the first place, and since this specific topic is not covered on the Internet so far, I am trying to get something going in that respect. And yes, I've seen Scribble, scribble, scribble but I'll start with the oldfashioned layout. As an ex-IT programmer and designer, I know that defining a standard is not an easy fact, and my touring car results will for a start have big, big gaps.
Any tips (a place on the internet where the Spa 24h results are hidden, for instance - at least, I can't find them! or experiences with free providers of about 50 Mb web space, like crosswinds or xoom) will be appreciated.
Posted 06 March 2001 - 21:21
Posted 06 March 2001 - 22:29
I'll repeat my offer that any well-researched material is welcome on OldRacingCars.com. I use a Windows NT platform in case that makes a difference to you.
Think of it as another free alternative.
Posted 07 March 2001 - 06:07
AKA Bob Thurman for legal reasons. Been into racing since
the early 60,s. Luckily I got hooked on racing at a local
dirt oval, so I like oval and road racing.
Been to race at Riverside, Ontario, Laguna and even held
out signs with numbers on them for the starting grid
(not starting line) at Long Beach a couple of years.
All time favorite driver: R.Caracciola
Latest prized book: A softcover 1964 Grand Prix Racing
Facts and Figures by G. Monkhouse-R.King-Farlow.
(I'd been trying to get a 1966 edition for 25 years and this was
as close as I could get. Everyone has their copy buried
Latest videos: Just finished all 14 Monty Python DVD's
and am currently watching the "Gentleman's Motor Racing
Diary" video set.
Le Mans was a better movie than Grand Prix. But it did
not have SPA though.
Just rediscovering GPL now that the crack let's me run
F3 engine in an F1 chassis. (wider tires)
And I'll stop now, I tend to run on if given the chance!
Posted 07 March 2001 - 07:00
Welcome, and feel free to argue if anyone reckons Rosemeyer was better....
Posted 09 March 2001 - 02:52
I am Max P.T. Cheung from Hong Kong, aged 25. Actually I have visited this site for quite some time before knowing that I can register here to be a member.
1982 was the year when I started being attracted to F1. Although I was just a kid then, the local coverage simply attracted me. And I'll never forget the scene of Didier Pironi's Ferrari slowing down in the tunnel just as he was destined to win at Monaco. And I'll never forget Patrese sliding to and stop at the top of a "hill" in Austria (it's absolutely funny!)
I like F1, and I have compiled some statistics for my beloved sport. When I have time, I will post them on my web page. (http://maxcheung.com)
I may be interested in F1, yet my knowledge in F1 is definitely no match to everyone else here. Anyway I want to share my knowledge and have fun here.
Posted 09 March 2001 - 15:21
My name is François-Luc Beaudoin. I live in Sainte-Foy, Québec, Canada. I've been interested in cars since before I could read. When I discovered this wonderful thing called racing, I became hooked for life. It's more than something I like, it's who I am. My love of racing is part of my identity.
I was born in 1974, so I'm mostly familiar with the 1980's history, although I'm fascinated by the 1960's onwards and feel a burgeoning passion for the 1930's. I love F1, sportscars, oval racing, etc. Anything that has wheels and a motor that can be raced.
I started following the sport in 1982 (buying magazines, reading the newspaper for racing stories, trying to learn English as quickly as I could so I could understand Murray Walker and James Hunt ;), etc.). I went to my first race in 1983, a local drag race at Sanair in May, 1983. I went to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the first time that June. It wasn't easy because my parents aren't into the sport, although my father knew a 1970's published photographer (Lionel Birnbom), whom I have sadly never met. Nevertheless, they understand my passion well enough to have allowed me to visit places such as Le Mans, Indianapolis or the Collier Automotive Museum.
The sport's heritage matters to me. How can we understand where we are and where we're going if we don't know where we've been? I only have a small book collection, but I'm getting excellent suggestions here . My favorites are Court's Grand-Prix Requiem and Ferguson's Team Lotus, The Indy Years . My rarest is a signed copy of Servoz-Gavin's autobiography, Mes excès de vitesse .
I only discovered this forum recently. I wish I had come here earlier. I'm definitely an amateur compared to some of you, but we all share the same passion. I'm very grateful to be able to share my admittedly limited knowledge with you, because you will call it into question and allow me to make progress. I'll be learning as long as I'm here.
Thank you for building this place .
Posted 09 March 2001 - 18:54
Did you attend any of the Can-Am races held up to 1986? I'm still struggling to get full records for those races.
Posted 09 March 2001 - 19:20
Unfortunately Allen, I'm sorry I can't help you...
Posted 10 March 2001 - 10:49
Motor vehicles did not play much of a part in my younger years, as the family did not get a car until I was old enough to drive. In fact my father never learned to drive. My passion for motor sport was sparked when a neighbour took my father and me to the second New Zealand Grand Prix at Ardmore in 1955. I was just 12 years old and the sounds, the smells, the excitement and the crowds had me hooked.
Not being able to drive rather hindered my chances of getting to many motor race meetings so I had to make do with the speedway at Western Springs and over the next five or six years I never missed a night’s racing.
I always managed to get to Ardmore for the Grand Prix and seeing stars like Stirling Moss, Reg Parnell, Peter Whitehead, Archie Scott Brown, Roy Salvadori and Stuart Lewis-Evans and the Aussies Brabham, Jones, Gaze, Hunt, Stillwell and Glass just fuelled my passion.
Then came the marvellous sixties when we saw the very best cars and drivers racing in this country every weekend for a month. They were great years.
A friend raced a Morgan during those years and I got involved helping him with car preparation and lap scoring and timing. He progressed on to a Graham McRae built U2 and we travelled to a lot of the North Island meetings. Not long after he gave up racing and went overseas rallying came on the scene and I started co-driving for another friend. We started out in a Hillman Imp, then he bought a Datsun 160J and later a 2-litre Mark 1 Escort. We didn’t achieve any great results but we had a lot of fun.
I had taken photographs at most of the race meetings I had attended over the years and around the time we stopped rallying I started to take it more seriously. I had a number published and sold a lot to the drivers. I also began writing a column about overseas motor racing news for the car club to which I belonged. That led on to me being asked to contribute to the programme for our World Championship Rally. I have provided the driver profiles for the last fifteen years.
I bought my first motor sport magazine in 1957. It was an Australian publication called Sports Cars and Specials and the edition I bought was Volume 1 Number 11, January 1957, and it featured the 1956 Australia Grand Prix held in Albert Park. It had a hand-tinted photo of Stirling Moss in the 250F Maserati on the cover. I still have that magazine along with many thousands others.
The first motor racing book I bought was George Monkhouse’s Motor Racing with Mercedes-Benz. That really got me interested in the history of the sport and I was always on the lookout for more books. Luckily I managed to get a lot of them before collecting motor sport books became fashionable and the prices went sky-high. At last count my collection had just passed the 2000 mark.
As well as the books and magazines I have also have over 120 motor sport videos.
There is so much to see and read and so little time.
Having this vast collection of material has been enjoyable and educational for me but being able to use it to help others on the Nostalgia Forum is very satisfying. In the past it has come in very useful when entering motor sport quizzes, something I have had some success at. David McKinney might recall a quiz he ran many years ago when I managed to pick up two watches and a car stereo.
I have attended every New Zealand Grand Prix held in Auckland except the first one. Sadly I didn’t even know it was on so I missed out on hearing the V16 BRM. I have only seen one F1 race, the first one in Adelaide, and I have been to Warwick Farm and Sandown. But I bet not many of you have seen a Cooper-Climax racing a Monza Ferrari and various other cars on a beach.
Posted 11 March 2001 - 17:52
I have never been to a GP and probably won't until my kids are grown. Hopefully the real thing won't destroy the illusion I've built in my head all of these years. I know I must be becoming an oldtimer because I'd rather go to the Goodwood revival and see my old heroes before they die, than see a race involving current stars.
I have played a hand-made Grand Prix board game since 1976 (going back to every season since '35). This is almost more important to me than the real races!
Speaking of lost circuits, I recently went back to the farm I grew up on after nearly 20 years, and found parts of the go-kart road course my dad and I built. Although it was completely overgrown, there were still ruts in some of the turns, and I found part of an old curb stone I had made out of cinder block! Brought a tear to me eyes ...
Well, I hope I haven't bored everyone too much, I intend on asking lots of questions of the great collective mind of this forum. Hopefully I can give something back as well.
Posted 12 March 2001 - 09:18
When did you go to the Farm, by the way, Milan?
Posted 13 March 2001 - 03:08
IIRC I was at Warwick Farm for the 1969 Horden Trophy and the 1971 Tasman Race.
Where were you waving your flags? You might be in some of the photos I took.
The first time I went to Sandown was the day that Bob Jane had his car in reverse gear when they dropped the flag.
My only trip to Bathurst was in 1979 when Brock and Richards won by six laps and Brock broke Moffat's lap record on the last lap of the race.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 04:52
Though for the 1971 Tasman I was just out of Creek Corner, IIRC, in the lefthander just past the commentary tower there.
Jane in reverse gear? Don't recall that, except when he reversed the Jag back to get a run at the flag when it came down to beat the Impala to the first corner....
Posted 18 March 2001 - 04:06
I grew up in a racing family who had factory backed stock cars in the 1950's and 60's. I raced quarter midgets from age 7. I raced or at least tested every kind of race car on every kind of track in the 70's and early 80's until being knocked out due to inflation, recessions, and poverty. I had to grow up and survive financially. By the time I recovered, I was too old to keep trying to get to Indy. It simply cost too much and all my contacts had also been knocked out of the sport.
I knew many of the all time racing greats of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s personally, through family contacts. My parents took me to many of the great races in North America 9 months a year, and when I started driving myself I ran on most of the great tracks in the US and some in Europe, in anything anybody would let me drive, no matter how unsafe, or what a piece of crap it was. And before it starts out like it did before, yes I did win races and championships but I am not going to talk about it because I was a minor player and few of you would have heard of me. I am not someone whose name you would instantly recognize.
I am very busy travelling around the world to all the great parties and festivals now (tough job but it has to be done) but will from time to time pipe in if I see something interesting, or I can shed light on.
Posted 18 March 2001 - 04:29
Come in often, please.
Posted 21 March 2001 - 08:26
My name is the real one, I am 32 of age, married and father of a little daughter. I come from a village close to Zandvoort, now I live in the south-east of the Netherlands, an hour from Spa-Francorchamps. Before that I lived in England, France and Germany. After my study of business economics I am now a senior product manager in the European headquarters of a branded consumer goods producer. I sort of grew up with Zandvoort, visited my first Grand Prix when I turned seven in 1975. Ever since, I followed the sport closely, in the early days I had to resort to the radio as the coverage was only as such available. (Thus I still profoundly dislike soccer, as I saw it as being positively discriminated). With my father I went to every race in Zandvoort in the time frame ‘75-‘85. Grand Prix in Germany, Belgium and France were attended to as well, beyond 1985 too.
The personal aspect in Grand Prix racing attracted me as much as the side of mechanics and speed. To name a few examples: See how people can succesfully focus like Senna (who was around in Zandvoort Formula Ford series already), attack uncompromisingly like Gilles Villeneuve or radiate common sense like Lauda. Complex personalities like Reutemann or Senna. On a different playing ground sprotting differences in the unlimited creative approach of Gordon Murray compared to the work of Gerard Ducarouge who was more succesful in a given framework.
It strikes me over and over again, what an impact a F1 makes. When visiting a GP, the first time one comes along one is surprised, almost overwhelmed by the speed and sound. In what is to me the golden age in Grand Prix racing, i.e. roughly the Seventies and Eighties this was even stronger. One never forgets the sound of e.g. Jacques Laffite in his Ligier Matra or admire the esthetic beauty of the creations of Colin Chapman or Gordon Murry to name a few.
Like the personal aspect of Grand Prix racing became less colourful (plus the fact that it is almost impossible to physically approach the drivers like one could back then), the cars are presently more or less of the same mould it seems. Therefore I find it more rewarding to be more selective to the present and focus more on times I regard as what is to me the golden age in Grand Prix racing, i.e. roughly the Seventies and Eighties.
Beyond the entertaining aspects, the sport gave me a sense of competition lasting to this day. Nevertheless I never seriously indulged in driving myself except for karts every now and then.
Otherwise I have a wide variety of interests. I like being in the mountains and forests. This part of the Netherlands is actually somewhat hilly and full of forests. I can combine this with mountainbiking, another hobby of mine. I am flirting with the idea to cross the Alps this way. Soon I am going to make a few trials in the Nothern part of the Alps to see how it goes. Other interests include reading biographies of all sorts of people, classical music and portrait drawing.
Since I am remodelling the house in this month, I have some time left to participate actively in this forum. I am for sure not going to bookmark this site on my work. Then the productivity loss would be considerable. I hope I can contribute in the future as often as I like as well. We will see...
Posted 21 March 2001 - 16:11
Posted 22 March 2001 - 19:57
Even though Bernie Ecclestone regarded Zandvoort as a dusty mess - or the Dutch as being too economical or avaricious, I suspect - , Nigel Roebuck considers it the best circuit for pure racing anywhere as he wrote lately. (Based on the track as it was when the GP's were held).
Posted 07 April 2001 - 21:48
I have been an auto racing fanatic since I was five or six years old. I still have memories of watching NASCAR, USAC and Formula One on TV in the mid and late 70s. Neither of my parents cared about the sport, so I was never introduced to it by anyone, or "forced" into it. I became a keen follower of Formula One when in high school, and after absorbing as much knowledge about the then-current state of the sport I began to learn about its history. When in college I took a daytrip to Detroit, where I spent what little time was available to me engrossed in the Formula One and pre-F1 racing books in the huge automotive collection of the Detroit Public Library. More convenient was the library at the auto museum in Cleveland, where I spent many a day off gathering information on the sport. During this time I began collecting books on Grand Prix racing history. My social life is only now recovering.
In addition to that, my interests include CART, some NASCAR (I'm surrounded by it here), and other forms of racing, as well as watching NHL hockey (go Carolina Hurricanes!) and NFL football (go Cleveland Browns!). I enjoy traveling, (very) amateur photography, trivia games, and listening to heavy metal music (although everybody who meets me is shocked when I say that since I appear so conservative). I also take a keen interest in automotive design and automotive art, and one day when I become a multi-millionaire and can take early retirement, or when discover I can function without any sleep, I will pursue this as a hobby.
I've been a regular reader of this incredible forum for quite some time, and now that I finally have a paid ISP e-mail account instead of a freebie one, I intend to become a frequent participant.
Posted 08 April 2001 - 15:09
Originally posted by Rob G
My social life is only now recovering.
...and now that I finally have a paid ISP e-mail account instead of a freebie one, I intend to become a frequent participant.
You have to understand that most are laughing at you now Rob. We welcome you, but we know that the above statements are at odds with each other.
Look forward to seeing many contributions from you...
Posted 02 July 2001 - 10:35
I'm Tjeerd van der Zee, born in Rosmalen, The Netherlands, 21 years ago. Currently I'm studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente. I've been interested in Formula 1 racing since I was about 8 years old, and as I'm a curious person, wanted to know as much about its history as possible. This has gradually broadened to all kinds of motorized sports (in my spare time I like riding on trial and minibikes). A few months ago I have started the development of RallyBase, a rallying results database website. Now that I think of it, does anyone know a similar forum to TNF, but about rallying?
I hope I can make some useful contributions to this forum in the future, but I'm afraid that I haven't got the time nor money to do as much research as I would have liked.
Posted 02 July 2001 - 15:28
I've found this forum some months ago but forgot to introduce my self.
I'm born January, 3rd 1977 in Brussels, Belgium. I've lived there untill 9 year old, then Monte Carlo till 13, then decided to get some fresh air and went to Switzerland till i was 19. I'm back in Belgium since 1996. I've tried several studies.. dropped them and got into graphic designing all by myself. I do mainly desktop publishing but, during my spare time, i'm into photography too: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/pilette
My website isn't up to date but i plan to do a new one.
I became a racing fan since...i'm born.. I remember playing between my grand-father cars at his racing school, the fuel smell and black hands lol.
I prefeir old cars and old racing cars, they are more charming, lively and people are more... friendly:)
I plan to get into old car races but i can't afford it right now but there is a Lotus Formula Ford waiting for me... each time i hear a race car engine, my stomach is up side down as my heart lol:) Can't describe the feeling:)
Sorry for my bad english:)
Posted 03 July 2001 - 03:48
I discovered the Nostalgia Forum a long time ago, but I was afraid because of the language situation.. However, I decided to try an here I am...
I am 31 years old. My mother used to tell that my first word was "auto" (car) and my father decided to watch the races with me when I was 3 because that was the only thing I really enjoyed!
Times go by... I finally decided to study journalism because I wanted to be near of a racecar (no money and no talent as driver). I worked for a print magazine first and then I become a TV commentator. At that time I worked to with Philip Morris (Marlboro Latin American Racing Team) It was an amazing experience!!! Then I moved to US. First work related to CART (fun and more fun!!! ) and then I opened my own company and most of the time I work with drivers coming from Latin America to the US (press and PR), and I from time to time I write for different Spanish publications? I used to have my own web site (www.mediaracing.com) but is abandoned right now. I have faith I will return soon but with a different concept.
I have loved (with passion, with the heart, the soul and all my feelings) Formula One. But, I don't know if I becoming old but I don?t enjoyed the races as much as I did, and all the time I am talking about "The good old days" when overtaking was a daily situation and no a surprise. I enjoy almost every form of auto sports, and I like (A LOT) history, so this is the place to be and to learn (thank you guys! I have learnt a lot here)?. Whatever? I LOVE CART, and I am still learning ?to feel? NASCAR (it is not in my blood, you know?)
Thank you all of you for this special space in the web. It is a great place to learn, to enjoy and to share a common passion for cars and history!!! My congratulations to Don Capps and all the staff!!!!
Cheers! See you at the races or in the cyberspace!!!
By the way... Niky is because of Niki Lauda (yes, a big fan) When he had that terrible accident I cried for a week and people started to call me Niki. My real name is Cecilia... so like you can imagine I am a girl...
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Posted 18 July 2001 - 18:04
I discovered AtlasF1´s forums 8 months ago and I have about 60 posts. Since then, I visit it daily and I´m trying to read all the threads in all the forums (when I say ALL, I mean ALL). I found this "introdctions" thread, so I decided to introduce myself.
My name is.....you guessed, Carlos Maza.
I am 39 years old, Peruvian, Mechanical Engineer and moved to Venezuela 12 years ago.
I love cars since I was born and "discovered" F1 in 1971 (30 years ago!!!!).
I write (mainly F1 technical articles and race reports) for 2 venezuelan magazines: "Diario Automotriz" and "La Guia del Motor" (www.guiamotor.com), I am also a TV commentarist in F1 races transmissions for Meridiano TV, Caracas, Venezuela.
I have a several-year experience in Karting and my main interests are technical aspects of F1 and history.
Last month I attended tha Canadian GP and met Andy at Ziggy´s Pub.
Posted 19 July 2001 - 18:57
My name is Bob Gilliland, I was born in 1966 in a small town in north Georgia mountains. My profession is in the IT field and I am the Director of IT for a marketing research company here in my adopted home of 4 years, Atlanta.
I can remember watching tape-delay broadcasts of F1 races on ABC's Wide World of Sports during the 70's and 80's as well as the tape delays of NASCAR races, and that was my introduction to the world of motor sports.
Of the current F1 drivers I consider myself to be a fan of the big 4 from the Ferarri and McLaren camps and I am becoming a fan of RS in the Williams. Of the past drivers I am most interested in are: G. Villeneuve, J. Scheckter, A. Senna, G. Hill, C. Amon, and J. Hunt.
I look at the history of the sport and I am often quite amazed at it's evolution. To look at the gorgeous body work of cars from the 50's and 60's leave my mind wishing I could go back in time and see those cars first hand. The technology advances in terms of engines, suspension and aerodynamics just blow my mind.
I'm happy to have found the board and hope to continue reading and posting in the future. Everytime I come to the Nostalga and Technical forums I leave more educated, and often with more questions than I had when I started.
Posted 19 July 2001 - 19:13
You don't have to go back in time to see cars of the '60s and '70s - get yourself to a historic race meeting!
Posted 19 July 2001 - 20:54
Originally posted by David McKinney
You don't have to go back in time to see cars of the '60s and '70s - get yourself to a historic race meeting!
Thanks for the welcome, David.
It's interesting that you mention a historic race meeting. I'm planning on attending the historic race at Road Atlanta next spring. I noticed one other poster in this thread mentioned attending that same race as well. I browsed Road Atlanta's web site recently and took a look at some photos from the historic race that was run this past spring and could have kicked myself for missing it. Lot's of gorgeous charriots were there!
Posted 05 August 2001 - 03:05
Born in 1976 (that's where my DJ-& user name William Hunt comes from) , I already started watching F1 races in 1984 ! I was only 8 years then and started to develop a strong interest in car racing . My dad was also a racing driver. So I grew mainly on trackx like Zolder, Spa-Francorschamps, Chimay or Zandvoort where I watched my dad reace. From the moment that I could read , I was reading his racing car magazines. In no time I was addicted. At the age of 10 I knew almost every F1 driver and all major facts by heart. My school teacher even entered my in a TV quiz (that I won) when I was still at primary school!
PATRESE, PIQUET, DE ANGELIS, DE CESARIS and BRUNDLE were my first idols. I hated PROST & LAUDA (in fact I still don't like them) and had lots of sympathy for underdogs (I still do). I really adored heroes like ICKX, CLARK, ANDRETTI, GURNEY, FANGIO, BEHRA, TRINTIGNANT, CASTELLOTTI, RODRIGUEZ, BANDINI, VILLENEUVE, NUVOLARI, ROSEMEYER,REVSON,...
My mother was a huge SENNA, LAFFITE & ALBORETO fan . (I didn't support Senna because I reckoned he made F1 too boring.) Her idols were RINDT & HUNT. Later on she supported heavily BERGER, NANNINI & ALESI .
My dad didn't have one favourite driver (except ICKX) but he liked ROSBERG, BOUTSEN, WARWICK, TEO FABI, MANSELL & SURER a lot in those days. I liked them too but when Mansell became Piquets teammate and Boutsen drove next to Patrese, I started to dislike them.
My grandfather like RINDT, LAUDA & BERGER (Austrian blood!).
My brother became a F1 addict as well, he loves Ferrari (I don't really, my favourite teams were Brabham , Ligier & Tyrrell, Ferrari was never a very "fair" team,always on the limit of rules and not very sportive). He also tends to support underdogs (like DINIZ for ex.)
I guess U might say that the racing virus is in my family blood but strangely enough we all had different idols...
In later years people like NANNINI, CAPELLI, APICELLA, MARTINI, MORBIDELLI, COMAS (best F3000 driver evr), DALMAS, LEHTO, GACHOT and especially DAMON HILL stole my racing heart. In fact Damon came close to my all time heroes JACKY ICKX, RICARDO PATRESE & DAN GURNEY.
My current favourites are SAELENS , FISICHELLA, TRULLI, MONTOYA, PANIS, VILLENEUVE, ALESI , COULTHARD , WEBBER & LEINDERS. Oh , and I feel a lot of warmth for MINARDI.
As for me , as a kid I wanted to be a sportsman (tennis player or driver) and later on a journalist. None of this happened though, after finishing highschool I studied Business Management and after that did Law at the Antwerp University. I only finished my first 2 years of Lawschool though. As I won a DJ-contest I started to work as a club dj , did that full-time for half a year and started to work as a sales-executive as well. I currently work as an account manager and still play as a dj twice a month, I try to produce Deep-House (the style I play, underground stuff) whenever I find the time. BUT F1 HISTORY IS ONE OF MY GREATEST PASSIONS, AND I HOPE THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE INTERESTING DISCUSSIONS WITH U GUYS, really look forward to that. That's why I enroled this forum.
As U might know I also am gathering statistics with my AMBITIOUS F1 SURVEY. The purpose of this is to detect the most popular drivers in each era. Not necessarily the best, thus anyone can be in it. A max. of 12 drivrs per era may be chosen , I use the Cart system to add up points. All results will be published on this site. Anyone who wished to participate (I would be very gratefull) can send his favourites to : firstname.lastname@example.org or put it in the survey thread or in my priv. mes. box.
Now U know a little bit more about me , hopefully we will enjoy this marvelous forum with the nostalgia everybody loves so much.
Peace , Respect & Greetings to everyone out there. William (from Belgium).
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I have been interested in F1 and sports car racing since @ 1962 - 62 or so, but every time I come to TNF, I learn (or unlearn!!) something worthwhile. This crew is a GREAT and KNOWLEDGEABLE group of folks!!
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Posted 08 August 2001 - 20:57
A belated welcome to the Forum. Glad to have you aboard.
Interesting about knowing the drivers: I have few problems picking out almost everyone from a grid 30, 40, 50, or 70 years ago, yet nearly every driver on the grid today could walk past me and I woundn't have a clue who he was...