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Started by MaybeLeon on Feb 21, 2017 1:02:52 AM
Any motorsport fans here?

I notice last year's Formula 1 thread had little activity and my interests go beyond the one series, so thought I might try a thread header that has a somewhat broader appeal...

MaybeLeon - 21 Feb 2017 02:52:35 (#1 of 1093)

World Superbike starts this weekend in Australia...

Also this weekend is the Race Retro event at Stoneleigh Park. Along with the sale, auction, chance to drive some classics and display of historic race cars, this year they will be offering rides in three of the legendary Group B rally cars!

MotoGP: Three rounds of pre-season testing completed. Maverick Vinales has joined 38 year old 7x (9x overall) champ Rossi at the factory Yamaha team and Jorge Lorenzo has moved to Ducati. Marc Marquez already is 3x (5x overall) champion at 24. Will he earn another to move one step closer to overtaking Rossi? Cal Crutchlow was one of nine different riders to win a race in the premier class last season and the first British rider to do so since Barry Sheen way back in 1981. Season starts 26 March...

Roadracing Bikes: Big bikes on public roads. North West 200, Isle of Man (really wanting to attend one or both of these this year - anyone going or know someone who is?!?) Ulster Grand Prix, Armoy Road Race. Guy Martin is back...

F1: Bernie is finally out of power and there are some changes in the regulations, but will the competition be improved at all this season? Or will it continue to be a procession with little passing but at higher speeds? Does anyone care since it's been relatively poor for years and Sky will have exclusive broadcast rights in a couple years? Season starts 26 March...

WEC: anyone into endurance racing? First race of 2017 is 6 hours of Silverstone on 16 April and the Big One is at Le Mans on the 17th and 18th of June...

WRC: two rounds completed and the next starts 6 April. Anyone follow the rally cars?

Formula E: three rounds completed in the second season of this somewhat gimmicky series that features the progeny of some famous drivers racing electric cars on street circuits around the world. Next race is 1 April. Any fans here?

Goodwood Festival of Speed: 29 June through 2 July.

Goodwood Revival: another event on my 'to do' list. Anyone been to past meetings? This year's time-travelling event is 8 through 10 September...

Anything other series posters are into? Anyone race themselves?

tasselhoff - 21 Feb 2017 12:13:17 (#2 of 1093)


I thought you said watersports

thisonehasalittlehat - 21 Feb 2017 12:30:49 (#3 of 1093)

Is this the dogging thread?

widenation - 21 Feb 2017 12:36:16 (#4 of 1093)

Goodwood's the one where you dress up in tweed and stand around smoking pipes?

Heckler - 21 Feb 2017 12:39:15 (#5 of 1093)

Certainly gives me good wood.

Bonusy - 21 Feb 2017 12:47:11 (#6 of 1093)

Beastly sounds of Group B Audis:

Agaliarept - 21 Feb 2017 13:04:06 (#7 of 1093)

Used to love Moto GP and watch regularly with the Mrs.

Not so much these days since the kids came along. Also since BBC2 lost the rights, the commentary team on ITV2 is shit.

Charlie Cox and Steve Parrish basically made that sport for us.

browserbutton - 21 Feb 2017 13:08:24 (#8 of 1093)


Why don't more spectators get killed watching those rally cars? There doesn't seem to be much Elf & Safety in evidence.

Moschops - 21 Feb 2017 13:14:14 (#9 of 1093)

They made it safer I think, after an RS200 ploughed into spectators in Portugal in 1986 (I have just watched the vid on YouTube, but I'm not putting it up here as it's fairly graphic)

Snarlygog - 21 Feb 2017 13:35:46 (#10 of 1093)

Touring cars was better as at least there was some overtaking involved.

Moschops - 21 Feb 2017 13:40:00 (#11 of 1093)

Difficult to overtake on a rally stage though.

Only really F1 where overtaking is really difficult. Best thing about touring cars is they can withstand a fair few bumps.

MaybeLeon - 22 Feb 2017 02:11:20 (#12 of 1093)

Glad to see I'm not the only one with interest!

Here are a couple documentaries about the Group B years:

Too Fast to Race

Still Too Fast to Race

Flicker - 22 Feb 2017 08:05:53 (#13 of 1093)

Since the BBC dropped F1 I have much less time for it. I don't like the C4 programme or the new presenter. The music and adverts are really irritating.

MaybeLeon - 28 Feb 2017 18:45:40 (#14 of 1093)

Pictures of almost all of this season's F1 cars have been released. Yes, the cars are wider; yes, the tires are bigger; yes, McLaren have put orange back on their cars (but the wrong shade, ffs). However, the shark fins are ugly and the elaborate wing / aero packages seem to lend credence to fears that passing on the tracks will be even more unlikely.

Most of the MotoGP pre-season testing has been completed. Vinales has been fastest every day but one followed closely by Marquez. Meanwhile, Lorenzo is lagging behind on the time sheets and sounds frustrated with the handling of the Ducati.

MaybeLeon - 28 Feb 2017 18:46:41 (#15 of 1093)

And there is a movie about Bruce McLaren due to be released this year:

HouseOfLametta - 10 Mar 2017 20:07:02 (#16 of 1093)

John Surtees has died. There's a champion.

Electro2 - 10 Mar 2017 20:09:30 (#17 of 1093)

RIP John Surtees. The only man to have won the grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four.

MaybeLeon - 10 Mar 2017 20:11:46 (#18 of 1093)

Multiple good films on Surtees are available on youtube.

Here are a couple articles worth reading:

HouseOfLametta - 10 Mar 2017 20:14:38 (#19 of 1093)

Even now people recognise Clark, Moss, Hill. Surtees quietly faded, but was in the top rank on bikes, in cars and in sports cars. As good as any.

MaybeLeon - 16 Mar 2017 09:23:48 (#20 of 1093)

Maverick Vinales has set the fastest lap time at each of the four MotoGP pre-season tests. Only a little more than a week 'til the season proper kicks off!

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