The All-Purpose Motorsports Thread

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I can't even drive in real life, don't have much of an interest in the technical side of cars either really, but after playing some sim racing games I've started to get into motorsports. Mainly rally, which I think is the most exciting to watch, it also seems like some of the craziest and most impressive driving.
I know we have some F1 fans...I think there is already a thread for that. For F1 I like some of the highlights, and the history, it's all very interesting and prestigious...no doubt they are some of the best drivers, but when I sit down to try and watch a race (my dad is into it) it just seems kind of boring to me. Maybe a big fan like @Crean can sell me on it.

Le Mans seems really cool too, I have been watching some of that series on Amazon. The one I still don't get is nascar, ok the cars are probably hard to drive so I am sure it takes a lot of skill...but to watch, I mean, they are literally going in circles and it lasts several hours :lol:

The biggest balls has to be the bike road racers/TT racers. Those guys have death wishes to go at those speeds on a bike....on public roads....I have been to the North West 200 I couple of times as a kid, my parents had a caravan at a site right beside the roads were the bikes go past.



 
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Rally drivers are even more insane that TT racers...and they’re as mad as the proverbial box of frogs.

It just amazes me that the interest in rallying has almost completely died off. It’s a great, great sport.
Yeah I remember as a very young kid (early 2000s) being vaguely aware of it, my uncle was big into cars. You had Richard Burns and McCrae obviously...Or the 80s looks mad with the Group B cars, this documentary is brilliant -


You don't really hear about it these days unless you look for it. I wonder why that is. Formula 1 still seems hugely popular. I suppose it's not on terrestrial TV which obviously never helps.
 
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I want to know what @AntG did/does as a motorsports guru. He's been incredibly knowledgeable in other threads. It would be nice for us, and him, to give us some background.

Top man, by the way, Ant.:thumbsup
 
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I can't even drive in real life, don't have much of an interest in the technical side of cars either really, but after playing some sim racing games I've started to get into motorsports. Mainly rally, which I think is the most exciting to watch, it also seems like some of the craziest and most impressive driving.
I know we have some F1 fans...I think there is already a thread for that. For F1 I like some of the highlights, and the history, it's all very interesting and prestigious...no doubt they are some of the best drivers, but when I sit down to try and watch a race (my dad is into it) it just seems kind of boring to me. Maybe a big fan like @Crean can sell me on it.

Le Mans seems really cool too, I have been watching some of that series on Amazon. The one I still don't get is nascar, ok the cars are probably hard to drive so I am sure it takes a lot of skill...but to watch, I mean, they are literally going in circles and it lasts several hours :lol:

The biggest balls has to be the bike road racers/TT racers. Those guys have death wishes to go at those speeds on a bike....on public roads....I have been to the North West 200 I couple of times as a kid, my parents had a caravan at a site right beside the roads were the bikes go past.



That NW 200 video is ridiculous. How the fuck do they do that?
 
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Yeah I remember as a very young (early 2000s) being vaguely aware of it, my uncle was big into cars. You had Richard Burns and McCrae obviously...Or the 80s looks mad with the Group B cars, this documentary is brilliant -


You don't really hear about it these days unless you look for it. I wonder why that is. Formula 1 still seems hugely popular. I suppose it's not on terrestrial TV which obviously never helps.
I’ve no idea what happened but it’s a great sport, especially live. I’ve seen a few rallies here and in Europe and if the weather is good, it’s a great spectacle......although most would argue that it’s better when the weather is atrocious.

Ultimately, you have to blame the people running the sport if interest has declined. As I said, it’s a superb spectacle........what’s not too like? It’s infinitely more interesting in F1 and NASCAR
 
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That NW 200 video is ridiculous. How the fuck do they do that?
It's mad isn't it. That caravan park at the very end is where I was talking about, we used to stand right beside the wall and the speeds are insane. As a spectator sport it's not great...they are gone in a second, but as a spectacle it was awesome, great atmosphere too. It'd be cool to go to the Isle of Man someday.
 
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I want to know what @AntG did/does as a motorsports guru. He's been incredibly knowledgeable in other threads. It would be nice for us, and him, to give us some background.

Top man, by the way, Ant.:thumbsup
Started racing 400cc bikes in 2005 when I was 19, did that for a couple of years, then got a 600 raced that for a couple of years until the shit hit the fan financially, missed a couple of years then went racing in Ireland, returned to the UK for some more and last year I was a passenger on a sidecar outfit. Also helped out several mates working as a mechanic for them in the pits, I've done pit boards for them at the TT and if nobody needs anything over there then I work as a marshal at events. My involvement in racing has taken me all over the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Macau, never made a penny out of it but I've made a fuck load of mates out of it.
 
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Started racing 400cc bikes in 2005 when I was 19, did that for a couple of years, then got a 600 raced that for a couple of years until the shit hit the fan financially, missed a couple of years then went racing in Ireland, returned to the UK for some more and last year I was a passenger on a sidecar outfit. Also helped out several mates working as a mechanic for them in the pits, I've done pit boards for them at the TT and if nobody needs anything over there then I work as a marshal at events. My involvement in racing has taken me all over the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Macau, never made a penny out of it but I've made a fuck load of mates out of it.
That's class, some pair of balls you must have :lol: Fair play.
 
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Started racing 400cc bikes in 2005 when I was 19, did that for a couple of years, then got a 600 raced that for a couple of years until the shit hit the fan financially, missed a couple of years then went racing in Ireland, returned to the UK for some more and last year I was a passenger on a sidecar outfit. Also helped out several mates working as a mechanic for them in the pits, I've done pit boards for them at the TT and if nobody needs anything over there then I work as a marshal at events. My involvement in racing has taken me all over the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Macau, never made a penny out of it but I've made a fuck load of mates out of it.
Pretty much one of my favourite posts of 2018, fuck, even before. The underlined is fucking brilliant.

Thank you, Ant. You, sir, are a fucking Champ.
 
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For WRC starting to support Citroen since they have the two Irish drivers (Kris Meeke from up north and Craig Breen from the south).

So I watched the Monte Carlo rally this past weekend. Ogier won.

Meeke had some troubles early on and seemed really down and short of confidence, but he did really well on the last power stage and picked up some points. Watching the highlights last year he had a disaster and didn't get any, so that's good I suppose. Craig Breen had some issues as well. So not a brilliant start lol.
 
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This is from Olivers Mount in Scarborough
Not many people know this track exists but it holds 4 meetings a year and the rest of the year it's a public road.

This is from Armoy in Northern Ireland another public road and the home track of Michael Dunlop who has won the Grand Final race 7 years on the bounce now.

By the way the last guy on that video isn't a competitor, it's a doctor.
 
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This is a good documentary film about the Dunlop family following Joey and his brother Robert as well as Roberts sons Michael and William.

 
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This is from Olivers Mount in Scarborough
Not many people know this track exists but it holds 4 meetings a year and the rest of the year it's a public road.

This is from Armoy in Northern Ireland another public road and the home track of Michael Dunlop who has won the Grand Final race 7 years on the bounce now.

By the way the last guy on that video isn't a competitor, it's a doctor.
Awesome footage. I have heard of the race at Armoy never been though.

The fan footage is almost better in a way, you get a better sense of just how fucking fast they are going.