Rest Area 300m: In My Day .....

Monday, September 26, 2005

In My Day .....

I used to love Formula One motor racing.

I grew up with heroes like Fangio, Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, Jack Brabham, and of course the flying Kiwis, Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, & Chris Amon.

The cars they raced had no computers, traction control, or telemetry down loads. You could see the driver wrestling with the wheel and powering around corners in a controlled slide. While the car was important, the driver was everything.
Bruce McLaren invented, built and raced cars. Team McLaren races to this day

"Since McLaren cars first appeared on race tracks in 1966, there have been 11 Formula One Driver's World Championship titles; eight Formula One Constructors' World Championship titles; between 1988 and 1991 it won four Constructors titles consecutively, the only team ever to do so.
To date McLarens have raced in 496 Grand Prix and have scored 123 wins. This places the team second behind Ferrari by 6 races, however Ferrari started racing 16 years before McLaren cars."

Bruce didn't get it easy;
"At the age of nine tragedy struck. Bruce developed Perthes Disease, a rare condition caused by insufficient lubrication of the hip joint. For the next two years he was confined to the Wilson Home for Crippled Children, harnessed into a contraption called a Bradshaw Frame."

I wonder what he would make of todays races, where races are won or lost on computer determined fuel stops, and the drivers top pocket advertising space is worth the gross national product of a small country.

I think it's boring.

Male. Lives in New Zealand/North Island/The Road, speaks English. Eye color is blue.
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