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Your Golden Epoch?

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Most motor racing folk look back to their favourite eras from time to time because we have brains that store memories. Like all 'disciplines' motor sport, in all its forms, has gone through highs and lows, but even during troughs, we can often reflect on something that has been stored in our minds with affection.

As usual your views and images will always be of great interest. And thanks.

A few memory joggers below.

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A few ol' daubings of yesteryear. A break from the teapot.
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Teapot accompanying fettling with slot cars, assortment of new tyres, gears and deeper guides being fitted to F1,GT3 and group C cars.
When completed an afternoon with the latest issue of Automobilsport magazine beckons,SWMBO is at the tennis club,not quite a golden age but certainly a golden day.
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Most things that are any good seem to go around in circles.
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Something for Laurence in particular - some great footage, if only snippets

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Thanks, Mark. Life was rarely better than that magical epoch. Ditto Group C. I'd do it all again from tomorrow.
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After each Le Mans I always find myself in The Esses waiting for crowds to disperse when the race has finished. It's a peaceful contrast to the frantics of motor racing at that level. Eventually, I wend my way to the Sarthe River, pour a glass and drift off to sleep utterly exhausted swearing I'll never go again.

The next day I can't wait to return, and have done so many countless times. Hope your lives are equally exciting. It only needs a little effort.
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The great Belgian, JB Ickx, who only wanted to be a gardener when he was growing up.
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Elation for Brits in 1962 when Graham finally did it for BRM.
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Ever go to the pub and end up listening to endless debate about football, rugger, cricket and other motoring diversions? There's a handy solution. Learn the brief history of Rolland- Pilain cars, and talk non-stop about them. I guarantee a quiet and peaceful evening to yourself. No exceptions.
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Support race for the French GP, 1964, was provided by the VSCC. Jim Clark was invited to have a play in R5B by its owner, Pat Lindsay, who really knew how to drive an ERA.

Jim had never seen a pre-selector gearbox, let alone used one, but broke Lindsay's record on lap 3. All part of the magic of one Clarkie in those days.
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My first motor racing meeting was Jim’s Brands Hatch European GP win in ‘64.

Here’s Vic

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My pleasure 🙂

There are so many treasures waiting to be found on YouTube!

I’m currently exploring the Wheelbase programme’s coverage of Grand Prix

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Wheelbase was a proper motoring programme back in the day, there's coverage of 1970 Monaco and Mexico I think.
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Indeed there is:

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Another superb vid, Mark. Thanks again. As I've commented before these were formative days for so many in motor racing, that all really seems like yesterday to me.
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You’re not alone there, Laurence.
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Just watched Monaco again, Mark. Easy to forget that even the 3-litre cars were the right size for the track then. Beautiful cars, too, in the tradition of the craft builder.

One yarn I recall from 1973. My father and I walked a couple of laps one warm night, and passed a well-known actor with a glamorous date on each arm. The old boy, who was out of the ark, said: " That's it. If the Principality is attracting people like that these days, I'm going back to Italy." And he refused to holiday in Monaco ever again. Weirdo.
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A resin 250F I bought recently in need of glue. Now better but
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in need of a steering wheel and the correct whimscreamer (sic). It'll do for now, however.
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