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.
I have thought this, slot-wise, for the last ten years. The number and variety of good models and cars over the last 20 years is astounding. The first boom was maybe 5 years. Home racing has boomed for longer.
And yes, 3DP has provided me with cars I would never have otherwise. There is no doubt we are in a golden age.
The picture of the 60s era firesuit by Trisha reminded me of the debt all racers owe to pioneer safety inventor Bill Simpson. He introduced parachutes to drag racing, Nomex to drivers suits and several other devices to the sport. He knew how to get your attention at product demos, obviously!
Below, Hamish Moffatt in R3A, a car he 'procured' from Rhodesia (Zimbabwe today) at a time that it was illegal to take anything out of that country. There were government-imposed restrictions on currency and goods, which Hamish knew only too well.
All his life Hamish harboured loathing for authority and the pettiness of bureaucracy, and swept both aside with contempt and tinged laughter. If Rhodesia wouldn't allow him to bring the car back to Blighty legally, he would do it the 'correct' way - the Moffatt way.
He drove it down a dusty road at very high speed, dodged border guards with his customary degree of driving skill, and kept his foot down all the way to freedom...
You gotta love these pics ,of a world that at least then .didn't take everything so bloody seriously,and people wonder why everyone has a soft spot for vintage racing,and the way it was back then,I think this picture tells you everything you need to know
Difference is that the pits have gone from being just a place that you worked on the car, if needed, while it was on track to a full garage/workshop. Back then if you needed a garage you had to hire/borrow/steal on away from the track, Le Mans being the best example of this or just work in the open field that would be the paddock and hope the weather stayed fine.
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