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Gentlemens - I have seen any number of sensational quotes appended to people's messages - some about racing (such as the running out of talent on the third bend and the one about WD-40 & 100 mile an hour tape..) This is quite brilliant stuff and amuses me to the point of calling my wife into the room so I can read it at her & she looks blankly at me saying "???".

(Oh and a memorable one from the Baggies manager that I have forgotten Cheers to whomever that was by the way - have baggies jerseys for the stepsons my Dad (and me too) on the "christmas" list - hope we all like them!)

Now what I'm looking for is not only the quote but the source of said quote. My personal favourite from the telly was Murray Walker's "Aooowwwww" when Nigel Mansell broke down in the Lotus (can be corrected but that's the way I remember it).

So quote away please Gents - it's one of the great joys of being a motor racing buff & I'm in a forum with one or two of them I believe..
 

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The only one with any meaning at all:
"When the flag drops, the BS stops."
Sir Jack Brabham, I believe.
Lowrider.
 

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"Maximum attack!" Markku Alen, Finnish rally driver.

"...and then the bloody thing just fell over!" Steve Soper, British saloon car driver.

"They are round, black and have writing on the side", Australian F1 champ Alan Jones when asked by a stupid journalist about his tyres.

Edited after poor typing pointed out by Tropi. No excuse apart from jet lag.
 

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By a mate of mine when racing slot cars on my home track; "oh crap was that supposed to take off?" hence the sig!

Doug
 

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Wayne Gardner answered thus a few years ago in an interview for GQ magazine -

GQ - 'Whats your favorite chat up line?'

WG - 'Do you munch stump?'

Ok Ok - I'm going........
 

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...some years ago in an interview:
reporter: what's your favourite course?
Heinz Harald Frenzen: The one I'll take on monday to check if there is the money for this race on my bank account...

...and a not to be named representant of BMW about Montoyas kind of driving in Montreal:
...first he ran out of talent and then out of track...

Hope it also works in english as these cites have been originally in german...
 

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" A monkey could have won with my car today" Jochen Rindt

or in slot racing

" If I had had your lane/luck.." by various people ... to which is always added by the listeners "..and your car/talent/brain etc."
 

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Hunt the Shunt in Brazil accompanying a dusky beauty up to his hotel room and being told by a hotel jobsworth that guests weren't allowed in rooms...

"But this is my sister!"

As repeated at his memorial service...

Coop
 

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A chap called Steve White, raced in National Hot Rod Racing circa 1990's...now in ASCAR.....

Upon a red flag in the World final where he put a competitor sideways into a concrete wall, the Anglian TV interviewer leaned in his car and ask' What happened'.

Steve replied 'Cant really comment on it all really, the sun was in my eyes' .....

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My favorite was one Mario Andretti made on getting back to to the pits after totaling his CART car at turn two on the older Laguna Seca track configuration.

He said to the mechanics- "I guess turn two isn't flat out today!"

Or my Favorite from slot racing was a local Race Directors anouncment when the race was about to begin "Five Seconds to Impact"!!!!!!!!!!
 

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QUOTE (Ecurie Ecosse @ 13 Sep 2004, 08:55)"They are round, black and have writing on the side", Australian F1 champ Alan Jones when asked by a stupid journalist about his tyres.
Har-Har!


'Rubens BarraDamon' as quoted by the magic man himself Mr Walker when trying to describe both Hill and Barrichello in the same name.

'And its Escorts first, second and third. Which isn't surprising as it's an Escort race.'

And this is the best, ahd me in stitiches:

"Rally points scoring is 20 for the fastest, 18 for the second fastest, right down to 6 points for the slowest fastest."
 

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"Christ - I used to complain that this thing was underpowered, I must have been mad" - Chris Amon after driving a 1970's F1 car up the hill at Goodwood.
 

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Here's a couple:

"When Jimmy won in 1965, it was $150 for each lap you led on. He led for 190 of 200 laps. Jimmy never talked about money but he was so enchanted by this idea. He said, "It was so funny, I was like a cash register. I kept going
around thinking, click, click, $150, $150"

Walter Hayes, former head of public affairs at Ford of Britain, discussing Clark's win at Indianapolis

"To most of the people who new him and raced against him, the theory of driver error is unthinkable, no matter what facts emerge". Clark was just that good

From Jim Clark; Portrait of a Great Driver by Graham Gauld concerning Clark's fatal crash at Hockenheim

"If it could happen to him, what chance did the rest of us have? I think we all felt that. It seemed like we'd lost our leader."

Chris Amon, on hearing of Clark's death in a crash at Hockenheim in 1968.

"Clark came through at the end of the first lap of the race so far ahead that we in the pits were convinced that the rest of the field must have been wiped out in an accident."

Eddie Dennis, describing the dominance of Jimmy Clark in the Lotus 49 at Spa-Francorchamps - 1967.

"It's difficult to say why he was so special, but he had such a charisma, you know, with his cap, his moustache and his sense of humour. He would sit in the sun, enjoying a beer and when the fans came he would listen to them all and have a joke with everybody. Even the French were charmed by him, and you know sometimes we are not so good with humour."

Rosie Bernard, proprietor of the legendary Rosie's Bar, Monaco

"Graham enjoyed Indy because he enjoyed all the American hype. He loved Americans. That was the fun side of Graham, you see."

Bette Hill, wife and mother of Damon Hill

"Over the years Graham has jotted all the problems he has encountered into a little black notebook. When he goes to a circuit he simply flips the pages and finds out what problems to expect and how the car should be set up to beat them; this way his motors are always in perfect order."

From Hailwood by Mike Hailwood and Ted Macauley (Cassell, 1968)

"In 1935 Nuvolari won the Brno Grand Prix in Czechoslovakia driving on three wheels."

Enzo Ferrari

"Whenever I think of him today, I feel myself smiling. He was so full of life, almost bursting. We were astounded by him as a driver and loved him as a man."

René Dreyfus

"He talked to his cars, and they answered! It was incredible. He would jump from side to side, put his whole body into the effort. It seemed to me sometimes that he was himself physically lifting the car - over a curb, for example, to take a corner faster. We'd ask ourselves often, how he can drive that way? That's not right. But then he'd win ..."

René Dreyfus

.... Team draughtsman Martin Oglivie recalls Peterson going round lap after lap, proving the Lotus-Getrag gearbox, then suddenly going faster...'And when he came in we said, "Ah you've sorted out the selection problem", and he just smiled that slow smile and said, "No. I yust stopped you-sing the clutch." '
"Gilles particularly liked to hear about Ronnie Peterson, his favorite F1 driver. He had seen Peterson's spectacular sideways displays on television and in person at the Grand Prix at Mosport in 1971. He and Joann stood on the outside of Turn One in the rain watching the cars of the stars tiptoe around in admittedly terrible conditions. The exception was Peterson, who powered his rain-tired March up from sixth on the grid to engage polesitter Jackie Stewart in a tremendous tussle. He muscled past him into the lead and stayed there for thirteen laps until he clouted a backmarker (the Canadian driver George Eaton in a BRM). Peterson continued to drive in total disregard of the weather and the bent nose of his March. Stewart won, with Peterson a close second, but it was Ronnie who impressed Gilles."

Excerpt from the book 'Gilles Villenueve: The Life of the Legendary Racing Driver', written by Gerald Donaldson.

"That would be a bloody fantastic spectacle, I can tell you. We would take corners one gear lower than we do now, and get the cars sideways. You know, people still rave about Ronnie Peterson in a Lotus 72, and I understand that. I agree with them. That's the kind of entertainment I want to give the crowds. Smoke the tyres ! Yeah ! "

Gilles Villeneuve discussing his ideal car and driver.

"Ronnie drives absolutely flat-out, all the time," said Chapman after his first few races with the Swede. "If he's off the pace, then it might be the car. Not him."

Colin Chapman

"Flat-out, I yust love to drive flat-out"

Ronnie Peterson discussing his race "strategy"

"I worshipped him, that's why my own helmet is blue and yellow."

Michelle Alboreto discussing Ronnie Peterson

and of couse there's my sig. Not McQueen but rather Rudolf Caracciola.
 

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Early in Gilles Villeneuve's F1 career, he astounded people by taking his Ferrari out in practice and promptly spinning it in one corner after another. Never clouting a barrier, or damaging the car in any way, he seemed to slowly progress around the track, doing dramatic but harmless pirouettes in different turns every lap and never in the same turn twice. After practice (and his many spins) came to an end, a reporter asked him about his "erratic driving". He replied, matter of factly, "You can never know your limit in a given turn until you have exceeded it. I now know my limits."

On a lesser note, while in club racing, my brother-in-law ran out out of fuel in an important race in a series championship. He was devastated that he had thrown the series title away but he wasn't about to blame himself in front of the media for such an obvious miscalculation (of his own doing), so when asked what had happened and why the car had died on course, he replied "fuel starvation", shrugged, and walked away.
 

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"My past is scarred with grief ...father, mother, brother, sister, wife ...my life is full of sad memories. I look back and I see my loved ones ...and among my loved ones I see the face of this great man: Gilles Villeneuve."

Enzo Ferrari on the death of Gilles Villeneuve
 
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