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  • #180102
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    Sorry everyone. This Forum is no longer what I want. It’s too much like social media which for personal and professional reasons I will not use. I was happy to post and participate in the old F1 Fanatic because it did not communicate with the email address I registered. The new one sends many more messages there and it’s not what I feel comfortable with.
    Note to Keith: I’m sure that this will go well for you but it’s just not what I want to get involved with. So I’m going to withdraw and won’t post here any more.
    Good luck!

    #176821
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    Thinking about your post Kenny G, a couple of years back, Porsche abd Audi both competed in the ALMS series at the same time. Audi were in LMP1 and the Porsche spyders were in LMP2, so it has happened before. I think I remember a pretty epic battle between them at a water-side circuit somewhere.

    Have Porsche confirmed that they will be entering the LMP1 category?

    #176478
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    “This upward vertical acceleration of 1G effectively means the car is weightless as it goes over the crest; contact with the road is therefore assured by downforce alone”

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    Unfortunately, the contents of the driver’s stomach are not so protected. Not surprised you felt ill, phil9079.

    Great research and interesting information.

    #176895
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    It’s still available on the iPlayer of course, and I’d urge any F1 fan to watch it. Like you, LiteralF1, the innacuracies and opening ‘pitch’ made me quite cross, but it’s worth a watch for the historic footage if nothing else.

    There’s a really good sequence in particular of an in-car lap of what looks like Oulton Park in the early to mid-sixties where the proximity of unprotected trees to the race track makes your toes curl.

    An interesting comparison towards the end where Jochen Rindt tries to refuse to drive the Lotus 72, prefering the 49 because he didn’t trust the new car. Whereas Emerson Fitipaldi enthuses over the 72 “I loved it and it loved me!”

    #176782
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    The pairing that immediately sprang to mind was Jackie Stewart and Francois Cevert. IIRC Stewart recognised Cevert’s raw talent and really mentored the younger driver, and Cevert’s death was felt even more keenly as a result.

    #175237
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    My apologies to you BasCB, and to Dan Thorn. What was I thinking of? Allowing my imagination to be constricted by custom and logic, huh!

    Let’s really go for it, oak beams as you say, marble on the dashboard – great. And let’s re-style this machine a little so we can grow grass on the roof – and the hood! Let’s go further and have a neat little pitch ‘n’ put facilty from the hood, over the roof to a hole on the boot/trunk. And what about a whirlpool hot-tub in the trunk?

    Damn, let’s really go to town and loose that V6 engine in favour of a small nuclear reactor so that the entire car glows in the dark – you wouldn’t need lights then!

    This would be the last car you’d ever own. And the only optional extra would be a lead and marble sarcophogus.

    #174944
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    TBWG – that’s it! Many thanks for your help.

    I just went to the forum in case there was any update or some new photographs, but nothing as yet.

    #174942
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    Can anyone help me?

    In one of the Round Up pages earlier this year, there was a link to a forum on construction projects in India, and someone had posted up a whole raft of pics of the Buddh construction site. I went back there to read the postings when the race was re-scheduled for December and there was a general feeling of relief and gratitude for the extra time.

    I wanted to go back there to see what the latest posts had to say, but can I find the site? I CANNOT find the Round Up link and I can’t spot the site in Google . . . Does anyone have the faintest idea what it might have been called or when it appeared in the Round Up?

    #175234
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    “and asked for an original car using Libyan materials including marble, leather and fabric.”

    Marble? In a car?

    #169473
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    Monaco is a weird little place, shoehorned into the corner of France. Into that has been squashed an apology of a race track that makes compromises with logic and safety every inch of the way around the pointless Principality.

    It’s narrow, stupidly bumpy (ask Nico), full of drain covers (ask Reubens) and with totally inadequate run off (ask Sergio). It’s sole function is to allow the gliteratti to pose on their pathetic yachts in the over-priced piddle they call the harbour, while pretty well ignoring the racing.

    I love it. Leave it exactly the way it is. It’s unique.

    Valencia, on the other hand . . .

    #169254
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    @ Martin Rasmussen. You are of course, absolutely right. It was held, is held and always will be held on that day.

    I like your web name. Are you anything to do with Decorate?

    #169251
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    Sigh:- I fogot this bit.

    The Republc of Slobovia has welcommed sons and daughters of the Soobovian diaspora who can actually spell the word ‘Slobovia’ and offered them an annual income tax rate of 0.001% defrerred to the 100th anniversary of their liability to Non-Resident-And-Protected-From-All-Other-Tax tax. This slightlty unorthodox fiscal measure has served to increase the claims for Slobovian nationality by nearly 10,000%.

    Apparently, almost 50% of the population of Europe hails from Slobovia.

    #169250
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    Right. Here goes.

    This is the Republic of Slobovia.

    The Area: 397 hectares

    Location: Either Eastern Europe or Western Asia, depending on which way the wind is blowing.

    Governmental system: Autocracy tempered by assasination.

    Current head of state: King Stefan 1

    Original Capitol: Slobovia

    Original Capital: 3.97

    Curreny: Goats (6 Wives = 1 Goat)

    Current population: 397 million

    National profile: Despite the national currency being measured in livestock, the republic of slobovia (The Peoples Glorious Republic of Beautiful Slobovia) remains one of Eurasia’s most prosperous countries. Born during the demise of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (1989) when a simple error meant that no one noticed the village of Slobovia due to a fold in the official map, the unclaimed village of Slobovia and the 397 hectares also hidden were ignored by all four of the neighbouring post-socialist Republics until it was too late.

    As a result of the miscalculation, Slobovia remans the only entirely rectangular nation state on the Earth. (Nb. United States territories do not apply since they are not Sovereign States)

    At the point of independance, Slobovia boated three tractors, sixteen cows, five sheep, an indeterminate number of goats, 397 human inhabitants and a Dacia Duster. It was rumoured that nearly two thousand chickens and a woman called Wayne also occupied the territory.

    Early on in its development, the republic came to the attention of its immediate neighbours through the infamous ‘A**e-wiping’ incident of 1993 wherein the first Prime Minister Bernd Eckstine achieved the signed agreement that all mineral assets below the surface of the Republic and the surrounding 200 Kilometres belonged to the Slobovian state. Believing the area to be minerally worthless, the adjacent territories were pleased to sign in exchange for a US $10 fee and an annual free lunch. The widely reported quotation from President Monte of Scuderia being “It’s s**t Bernie, we give it away if you want it!”

    The subsequent discovery of almost infinite reserves of natural gas beneath Slobovia directly generated revolutions in three of the adjacent republics under the banners of “What Stupid Twat Signed That?”.

    The remaing adjacent sovereign territory (Bastardistan) obviated the problem by exterminating the entire population in the 200 kilometre border zone. No opposition in Bastardistan has been recorded, indeed the bear and wolf population of the border region have recorded a 96% approval rating of the govenments programme of human clearance (Nb not ‘humane’).

    Despite the Repuublic only having 3.97 kilomtres of tarmacked roadway, the Slobovian Grand Prix has been inaugurated in the FIA sanctioned Formula 1 Chamionship of 2013. The circuit, centred on the Royal palace of King Stephan 1 in Slobovia is 3.97 kilometres around and consists almost entirely of short straights between hairpin bends. The circuit also has the internationlly unique featue of being almost two metres below the surrounding terrain. “**** me this is a ******* slit trench, Martin!” Commented thirteen times winner of Grand Prix David Coulthard. Comcerns have been raised at the lack of run-off areas, refreshment franchises and the presence of machine gun emplacements.

    Later, under (intesive interrogation) enhanced interviewing techniques the former F1 star commented “It’s the best new circuit in the world. Is that what you want? Please put that cucumber down Bernie”.

    The Slobovian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, 32nd December 2011, according to the Slobvian adjusted calendar.

    #134347
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    ‘ello ‘ello!

    I’m HounslowBusGarage born and raised in west London next to Hounslow Bus Garage, surprise, surprise. I’ve moved on a bit since then, but have stopped my worldwide commuting and now divide my time between northern France and southern England.

    Despite my superficial resemblance to Vladimir Ilych Lenin (see Avatar), I’m a thoroughly nice bloke and anyone who says I’m not will be eliminated in the next purge.

    One of earliest, earliest memories is pressing my feet against the wood and wire fence on the outside of Hawthorn Bend at Brands Hatch while the Grand Prix cars thundered passed in the late sixties. I think my dad carried me out there to watch the practice, and I guess I’ve been hooked ever since.

    But every now and then I get p*ssed off at the hype, money and sheer w*nkiness of it all and refuse to watch grand prix racing for oooh, several weeks at a time.

    But I still come back.

    #142902
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    Very impressed this morning. He was perceptive, erudite, knowledgable and witty. Nothing else required really.

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