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Old 20 Mar 2018, 09:43 (Ref:3809339)   #16
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I'm a "Young" 60 something, lived within spitting distance of Silverstone Circuit most of my life and been a motorsport fan for as long as I can remember.

Attended every British GP from 1965 to 2005, every Le Mans from 1980 to 1995 and just about every race meeting at my local track.Over the past 40 years I've probably been to spectate at every iconic race circuit in the World.....yes,I've done Macau.......

Biggest change I've witnessed over the decades?......money, lots and lots of money......ridiculous amounts of money.

There was a time when the vast majority of race cars, even at International level, arrived in the paddock on a trailer towed by a car or van. The driver and a few mates made up the "Team". Even the majority of F3,F2,GT and Saloon cars rocked up in this fashion. I used to offer them my services for free doing a bit of spannering,signalling,making the tea.....pretty much anything.......and I loved it!

What's a European F3 budget today..........£750k for a season?.....madness.

So, in summary, as the sport has become more complex, sophisticated and expensive the less accessible it's become, both for spectator and potential participant alike. Don't even get me started on today's breed of modern circuits! Once you've watched the original F2 cars racing at the late, lamented Rouen-Les-Essarts track, nothing compares.


Even watching it on TV won't be free or cheap anymore....no wonder older enthusiasts are leaving in droves and the younger generation aren't "captured" by it like I was.
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Old 20 Mar 2018, 15:36 (Ref:3809421)   #17
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Old 20 Mar 2018, 15:39 (Ref:3809422)   #18
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I'm not 25, but I'm getting there.
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Old 21 Mar 2018, 13:22 (Ref:3809630)   #19
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I was 34 when I joined 1010ths... Or so, my memory doesn't serve me as it once did...
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Old 21 Mar 2018, 19:42 (Ref:3809707)   #20
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Old 21 Mar 2018, 19:46 (Ref:3809709)   #21
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I joined the forum while I was in the university. Some say I still look 25.
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Old 21 Mar 2018, 19:51 (Ref:3809714)   #22
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Old 21 Mar 2018, 21:37 (Ref:3809739)   #23
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Old 22 Mar 2018, 15:21 (Ref:3809934)   #24
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Old 22 Mar 2018, 15:55 (Ref:3809936)   #25
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Iím approaching 62 and as a little boy, was obsessed with cars (and all things mechanical) which led to my interest in motorsports of all kinds. I would watch anything motoring related on TV (which meant many bizarre things on BBC Grandstand!) and attended many race meetings at my most local circuit Mallory Park, especially once I had powered transport. I went to every British GP from 1978 to 1986, camping on site from about Wednesday onwards and I suppose this would have been when my interest in F1 was at its peak.
With my mates we would travel all over the UK at weekends to watch rallies, including many years following ĎThe RACí sleeping in the car in the evenings.
Saloon type Car racing was always my main passion, so again I travelled all over to see events involving this type of action, plus Iíve been to Le Mans at least 15 Ė 20 times. I even tried the sport from the other side of the Armco by racing a Mini Se7en a bit in the early 80ís. In 1987 I started working for a BTCC team so my visits to the British GP continued up to the end of the Group A period, plus since then, I have been lucky enough to visit numerous race circuits in various parts of the world, for Grand Prix and other things.
Nowadays I try to watch every GP & qualifying session on TV (family commitments allowing) but as far as visiting races live go, itís only the past couple of years when Iíve been kindly invited as a guest that Iíve been to the BTCC meetings at Donington.
We do appear to be a dying breed, I donít know of any people in their 20ís & 30ís who dedicates the time/commitment to spectating that we did at that age, but that is maybe a sign of the times?
Oh, and I joined 10/10ths in April 2005 at the ripe old age of 49, at the time, purely to find out more about the death of my old saloon car racing hero Gerry Marshall, which also explains my choice of sign-on name.
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Old 22 Mar 2018, 17:27 (Ref:3809948)   #26
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I'm 35. I'd imagine that's below average for Ten Tenths, but certainly not young. If I had a lawn, you could all get off of it. thank you very much.
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Old 22 Mar 2018, 17:41 (Ref:3809950)   #27
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now we've established we're all 300 years old at least , how about we take the lead from skam85's comment...

what age we joined the forum? how old were you when you were peak f1 obsessed?

Just approaching 61.

I was 44 when I joined Tenths.

Peak F1? 1985-1994. But I wish I could have watched it in the 60's.....
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Old 22 Mar 2018, 18:07 (Ref:3809959)   #28
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I'm fast approaching 72 - too bloody fast for my liking!

I haven't really had a peak period. I started following F1 at the same time that I became interested in motorsport in general back in the 60s, and that passion remained right up to the Schumacher years at Ferrari. It was at that point that it started to become a bit boring wondering how early in the season that he would win yet another WDC.

My passion re-ignited when he retired for the first time, although nowhere near the intensity of the earlier years. Then, when BCE did the deal with Sky and allowing the BBC out of their contract, I took umbrage because he had made a public commitment, more than once, that F1 qualifying and the races, would always be broadcast on FTA in the UK as long as he was alive and in control of the broadcasting rights.

You might say that I cut my nose off to spite my face, but having not watched any F1 since that very moment, hand on heart, I cannot say that I have actually missed it. I still sort of follow what is going on, but it is certainly not the centre of my attention.
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Old 22 Mar 2018, 19:14 (Ref:3809967)   #29
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Iím 40, must have joined the forum at 24, I suppose. I started watching F1 with my Dad in the late 1980s (dimly remember the Prost/Senna years at McLaren). First hard-and-fast memory of F1 is Senna taking Prost out at the first corner at Suzuka, which formed a dislike for the man I have never lost. Been a pretty regular viewer since then (though there was a period when the ex-wife objected to losing me for Sunday afternoons).
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Old 26 Mar 2018, 00:13 (Ref:3810772)   #30
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I suppose I'm no spring chicken either at the ripe (do I have to say old?) age of 34, although after checking, apparently I was 22 when I joined Ten-Tenths.

I'm a little like what Lewis Hamilton said with the peak thing. I hope I haven't reached the peak of my interest yet.
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