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Post by PTRACER » 12 years ago

Latest post of the previous page:

And Happy Birthday to Patrick Neve, aged 57 today. :thumbsup:
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Post by Cheeveer » 12 years ago

BleedingGums wrote:Suzuka 1996.

Damon Hill secured the title from his team-mate J.V

Martin Brundle scored points in a GP for the last time...
Brundle's last GP overall me thinks

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Post by GJ » 12 years ago

October 14th-
M Schumacher wins the 2001 Japanesse GP
(last GP on national TV channel in Hungary)

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Post by PTRACER » 12 years ago

1909 - Bernd Rosemeyer born. (Same year as my grandad's mum, who is still alive! :))
1947 - Rikki von Opel born.
1968 - Jason Plato born.
1978 - Ronnie Bremer born.
2000 - Wayne Bailey died after crashing during a Top Fuel Drag race in Louisiana, USA
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Post by Cheeveer » 12 years ago

Ilmor and Chevrolet announce a 10-year deal to build an engine program for Champ Car. The engine debuted with Team Penske in 1986.
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PTRACER wrote: 1947 - Rikki von Open born.
Is this some Golf or Tennis tournament, of a typo for Ricki von OPEL, who by coincidence ( :tongue: ) shares the same birthday :wink:

Rickki Von Opel was heir to the Von Opel fortune which stemmed from Adam Von Opel producing high quality sewing machines in his Russelheim factory in Germany in 1862. Shortly afterwards he branched out into the production of bicycles and the company joined the grush into the automobile industry in 1898.

After making cars under licence for the first few years Opel began making their own machinery and used competition to promote their products. Opel had a team at the first Grand Prix in 1906. The company grew rapidly and in 1929 was acquired by General Motors, leaving the Opel family extraordinarily wealthy. He began racing using the pseudonym "Antonio Bronco". It was only after he had established a reputation as a decent driver that he reverted to his real name and in 1972, in search of a competitive car, became a customer of Mo Nunn's Ensign company. Towards the end of that year Von Opel commissioned Nunn to build a Formula 1 car for him in 1973. Nunn agreed and the Ensign N173 made its first appearance at the French GP.

Bernie Ecclestone who had his eyes on the Opel $$$ persuaded Rickki to join Brabham driving one of Gordon Murray's BT44s alongside Carlos Reutemann. He finished ninth in the Swedish and Dutch Grands Prix that year but with no real potential to become a star driver, retired to live and spend his fortune in other ways, aged 27 in 1974

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Post by DoubleFault » 12 years ago

Lucky git.

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Post by DoubleFault » 12 years ago

Renault won the Constructors Championship in 2005.
Red Bull announced the buy-out of Minardi F1.

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Everso Biggyballies wrote:
PTRACER wrote: 1947 - Rikki von Open born.
Is this some Golf or Tennis tournament, of a typo for Ricki von OPEL, who by coincidence ( :tongue: ) shares the same birthday :wink:
Slip of the finger :smiley:
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Post by BleedingGums » 12 years ago

Top 6 spots filled by 6 different teams....cool :thumbsup:

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5 Gerhard Berger Ferrari
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Post by PTRACER » 12 years ago

And 40,000 people were in attendance. :wink: Or....the race lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes. Or...two drivers in the race were over 40 years old.
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Post by DoubleFault » 12 years ago

A) Are all those "facts" true.

If true, please continue to Question B

B) Who were the over 40s?

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Post by PTRACER » 12 years ago

Nigel Mansell and Philippe Alliot.
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Post by Cheeveer » 12 years ago

PTRACER wrote:Nigel Mansell and Philippe Alliot.
What did Alliot drive in that race? Lemme guess, a Larrousse?
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Post by PTRACER » 12 years ago

I was wrong, sorry, Alliot didn't race in the European GP, sorry. :oops:
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Post by DoubleFault » 12 years ago

So who is the mystery other driver? There were 2 drivers, so a double. And the are old Farts...hmm, im sure ballies can make a joke about that.

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