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Re: TODAYS QUICK PIC
« Reply #2400 on: April 12, 2020, 08:00:54 PM »
Well I thought the Alfa was a stretch, how about this.

Just found out he did a few years doing celebrity banger racing at Wimbledon and won a few as well, now that proves he had a sense of humor  :great:   
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« Reply #2401 on: April 12, 2020, 10:06:51 PM »
As I remember it Clive he most certainly was doing it for the money...then and always!  I wonder if the banger racing was fun because he could not get a proper racing licence for a long time after his recovery?  I think I'm right that when he did make his comeback he had to get a special exemption to use that famous crash helmet - intended for polo riders or something like that and basically made of papier mache hardened with organic resin.  It was incapable of passing any of the mandated tests but he was Stirling Moss and that hat was part of the brand so.....

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« Reply #2402 on: April 13, 2020, 09:16:11 AM »
The banger racing would have been once each year, as BP used to sponser an event at Wimbledon each year to finnish off the BP series they used to sponser with my NHRPA hot rods.

Thanks for the info though, always learning.
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« Reply #2403 on: April 13, 2020, 10:38:14 AM »
Shame about Wimbledon...though I don't miss having to sit in the traffic to get past it to get home on race nights!  There was a lot to be said for a night out at our local stadium where you could see all the action from one place...and buy a hot dog at the same time.  Saturday nights with your school scarf, gloves and a thick wooly jumper on watching speedway or stock car racing.

Later, when my brother bullied my parents into taking us to Brands Hatch for the first time, my Dad could not understand why the fastest guy started at the front because it would quite clearly be a much better race if he was at the back and obliged to overtake everyone to win...like in stock cars at the stadium back home to which we could have walked (more cheaply) and where we all learned to love the smell of Castrol R.    Ahhh nostalgia....the real thing.

Probably the wrong place to ask you but...Any idea why ovals died out here but endure 'over there'?   I know the first tracks were boarded with timber and presumably built as something like permanent 'fairground attractions' easier to monetise and control than fencing off miles of winding road but we were the ones short of space and it would have seemed more logical to think 'small' here not there.  Don't make me follow links again.  :-[

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« Reply #2404 on: April 13, 2020, 11:25:25 AM »
I am with you on the starting from the back thing. One of the reasons I picked Track Attack, was because of the big grids and I love actualy racing cars rather that romping around with a handful of cars.

The two races I enjoyed more than most in 2019 was the Donnington one where I fell off and the Brands one below and both of these I started from last, I so love the challenge of working out mentaly of how to get through a feild  :)

As for the stadium attendance, some of the decline would have been down to lack of stadiums to actually race at due to the price of land and that its more profitable to build houses or in the case of Harringay a Tesco supermarket. I think one of the biggest reasons for attendance decline would be poor promotion because years ago many of the promotors were very much larger than life characters, but boy did they know how to promote.

Long gone are the days when I raced three times a week, with maybe a Thursday at Aldershot,  Crayford on a Friday night,   Harringay Saturday, and then off to Brands, Lydden, or Snetterton  for the Sunday or a bank holiday Monday.

My mate in Canada would probably pin this down better, but I think we did 50 plus meetings one year! 

The only way I was able to afford this was because providing I started at least one race, I got start money then proper prize money. Unlike racing now, where I pay just to be able to race and may get a piece of plastic at the end  :'(         

Interestingly F1 Stock cars Midlands and up has survived fairly well, but not for much longer as they too are rapidly losing tracks to houses just like we also lost drag racing Shakespeare County.

With Nascar, promotion in America to get bums on seats is still huge and still survives OK at the moment but even that has seen some decline.

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Re: TODAYS QUICK PIC
« Reply #2405 on: April 13, 2020, 11:31:45 AM »
 :great:
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« Reply #2406 on: April 13, 2020, 11:56:00 AM »
MMMMMM' Yeeeeello  :P
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Re: TODAYS QUICK PIC
« Reply #2407 on: April 17, 2020, 02:31:27 PM »
Off topic question, but Jon, some time ago you linked me that article about history of left/right hand side traffic. Can you link that again please


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« Reply #2408 on: April 17, 2020, 03:51:15 PM »
Moi? Did i do that?

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« Reply #2409 on: April 17, 2020, 04:20:37 PM »
I am sure that they could get that RX8 lower with a bit of effort.  ???

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« Reply #2410 on: April 17, 2020, 05:03:43 PM »
Moi? Did i do that?

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Yes you did cause I told that you drive in wrong side if the road, so you linked me some "facts"

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« Reply #2411 on: April 17, 2020, 05:06:54 PM »
Lol head like a sieze..must be on  somewhere on forums

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« Reply #2412 on: April 17, 2020, 05:16:04 PM »
Yeah, I tryed to find it but couldnt

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Re: TODAYS QUICK PIC
« Reply #2413 on: April 19, 2020, 07:52:44 AM »
4 years ago we went to an epic trip... Cant believe it has been that long since we visited UK previously

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Re: TODAYS QUICK PIC
« Reply #2414 on: April 19, 2020, 09:52:44 AM »
Still such a shame that the Race car didn't behave when you came to Silverstone :(.
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