WE ESPECIALLY LIKE SPORTSCARS FROM THE SIXTIES AND CENTRE THIS SITE AROUND THOSE WELL DESIGN AND DEVELOPED CARS. ALTHOUGH WE COVER RACING CARS THROUGHOUT HISTORY OUR ROAD TESTS AND RACE REPORTS ARE FROM A BASE OF OUR RESEARCH ABOUT THE 1966 LE MANS WIN BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY. ..........................................................................................................
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Audi Pulling out of Le Mans - their owner VW pulling out of rallying
Ferrari had the best 1.5 litre engine that year and dominated with Ferrari and Phil Hill becoming World Champions. Ferrari also won the Le Mans 24 hour sports car endurance race. I fell in love with the shark nose racing cars and stopped being so interested in drag racing, hot rods and custom cars.
I followed racing on black and white tv, on radio and bought magazines by the score: I knew the cars before the season started, knew the up and coming drivers followed F1, F2, F3, Indy racing and sports car racing. It was fun and interesting most drivers were individuals who were approachable and told it how it was. Many died for their pursuit of fun.
Brands Hatch is our nearest circuit - to get there we had to go by train to Tilbury get a ferry across the Thames and then bus to the circuit. Top F1 drivers would be entered in a saloon car race, a sports car race and a F2 race in the same afternoon.
Formula had it ups and downs, had its good and bad drivers but only recently has it been so dominated by money. Mercedes have always dominated open wheel racing but in the past the competition has been able to compete but 3 years of contrived racing with overtaking zones and slower races than years ago have made what we jokingly call a sport utterly unenjoyable as a viewer or driver. Stewart changed F1 racing - Rosberg slunk away ..... lets join him.
Now I can’t be bothered to watch a GP on television and that is only a few are on tv unless you pay. So now I listen to the radio for first 5 laps and that is usually race done. I then check in on line occasionally to estimate when it will finish so I can listen to the end race to hear if Hamilton or Rosberg won.
Next year will be little different except Rosberg may not be racing. I expect the take over of GP racing by Americans to lead to more show and lower interest levels for enthusiasts as such we will not have anything about F1 from now on. The final nail in motor racing will come soon when the cars don’t actually have drivers in them. The thoughts of the pilots will be transmitted to drones ……