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Old 5 Mar 2019, 14:21 (Ref:3888411)   #16
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Thanks for posting the pictures, they are so atmospheric and showcase the era.

The fact that they aren't "inside-the-fence" but a fan with their own camera capturing memories, which clearly from your comments have stayed with you, even though the pictures themselves went unseen for years. I feel that alone adds that extra something.

Thanks for sharing your pictures and your memories.
thanks, and your second paragraph pretty much sums up why I came on here and put them up, partly because I also have nostalgic feelings towards this forum-- 2000 was a long time ago and finding an internet forum to share an interest was certainly new to me.
So this combines with sharing a "memory" thing that finding these prints caused with other racing fans, some of whom are of the age to remember this era of cars and G Villeneuve also.
And in any case, even for those not old enough, this is about a "fan" experience, and how at whatever era, we as fans create memories of drivers and cars and incidents-and it was fun for me to share it here.
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 14:31 (Ref:3888414)   #17
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and to chayne and Steve, thanks steve, I think I remember your name.

chayne, in the end, we look at the aesthetics of race cars very much so from our "present", and our attachment to them to an extent due to being in that era. It is pretty neat how its a constant evolvement isnt it?

and how our perception of them changes, even looking back at older things with a dfif appreciation sometimes. Its funny, for me, the skinny treaded tires of that early 2000s time and narrow chassis really didnt appeal to me, and still doesnt.
Those goofy indented noses of around that era or a bit later still look dumb to me, but on the other hand, I find that the halo look did look odd at first, but I find them looking fine now....

I guess I find it just pretty neat how the aesthetics change with technology changes, and its all good.
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 19:57 (Ref:3888486)   #18
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That's quite subjective as for me they look horrible my favourite cars in design terms was 2003 > 2006
Ha ha, for me these are the cars I associated with F1. Probably because I was a kid at that time (I was 7 in 81) and I had those exact cars on posters in my bed room.
They stayed there for a looong time until the were totally worn.

So yes, I have fond memories of those times and cars.

Thanks for posting the pictures djb, they brought a smile and good memories
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 21:46 (Ref:3888502)   #19
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Ha ha, for me these are the cars I associated with F1. Probably because I was a kid at that time (I was 7 in 81) and I had those exact cars on posters in my bed room.
They stayed there for a looong time until the were totally worn.

So yes, I have fond memories of those times and cars.

Thanks for posting the pictures djb, they brought a smile and good memories
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Old 7 Mar 2019, 01:21 (Ref:3888819)   #20
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*waves hand to say hi*

I visit here pretty irregularly these days with work, life and family mostly replacing time for motorsports, so it's good chance that you posted them now! I appreciate them as well, because they remind me of visiting the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as a spectator - even though they're from a different era than I visited it. I remember you telling me about how you could visit just about any part of the circuit with a general admission ticket in that era. Today (unless things have changed), they won't let you near the start/finish area without a very expensive ticket.

Even the fact that John Watson is somewhat out of focus reminds me of the challenge of photographing open wheel cars and getting the right parts of the car in focus, making me nostalgic.

Thanks for taking the time to scan them, and post them up here!
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Old 7 Mar 2019, 03:31 (Ref:3888823)   #21
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*waves hand to say hi*

I visit here pretty irregularly these days with work, life and family mostly replacing time for motorsports, so it's good chance that you posted them now! I appreciate them as well, because they remind me of visiting the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as a spectator - even though they're from a different era than I visited it. I remember you telling me about how you could visit just about any part of the circuit with a general admission ticket in that era. Today (unless things have changed), they won't let you near the start/finish area without a very expensive ticket.

Even the fact that John Watson is somewhat out of focus reminds me of the challenge of photographing open wheel cars and getting the right parts of the car in focus, making me nostalgic.

Thanks for taking the time to scan them, and post them up here!
well well well, thats funny to see your name and writing. Hello to you too Jay.
As far as I know, the circuit is still very limited to what you can see with a general admission. I havent been to the F1 race for a really long time, I actually dont remember what year I last went, but I did go once there the time NASCAR came, and it was interesting how the promoters had the spectator layout very much like back in those early days of F1 at the track. You could wander around and see the track from all kinds of places, quite close in places, unlike F1 where most places were either off limits with F1, or were curtained off for F1 (so you couldnt see through a fence) or simply had more grandstands and infrastructure in place obscuring the trackview. The ticket prices were even quite reasonable.

re Nascar, it was very strange how given that the marshal and recovery structure would have , I presumed, to be the same, it was maddening how long winded the yellows were at times. Very very Nascar, and certainly didnt endear me to it--although I am sure it must be something seeing it at an oval, with the sounds of the pack being very diff than seeing nascar cars tiptoeing and blundering around turns that go both ways, and hard braking for the love of Pete!

re out of focus. This was probably only my second time using a longer focal length lens, I must have rented a telephoto or something, but I certainly didnt have any experience with shooting with long lenses and fast action at that point.
I remember seeing your stuff in the years we lost touch, and you certainly got the hang of it.
Its a neat thing shooting sports. I ended up shooting a lot of theatre over the years, so having a lot of low light experience even from the film days, shooting wide open, and liking the fast reaction aspect of it, I always appreciated the bit I did sports and applied it to theatre.

but life goes on, I wish you the best. I still follow F1, still prefer motogp because of my past with motorcycles and how close generally the racing is, and the whole "body language" aspect of bike racing that is so visible and different than F1.

well, was quite a surprise to see your name. Been a long time. My kids are adults now, so life really does go on.....
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Old 7 Mar 2019, 09:25 (Ref:3888867)   #22
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Old 7 Mar 2019, 16:54 (Ref:3888947)   #24
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thanks chunt and adam, even if I did want to scan more prints, I put them back in my dads photo box, I figured he liked having them there, and the "there" is a two hour drive away....so no more scans for now (and it still doesnt change that they are mediocre shots)

re memories and impressions---1980 was the first time I went to a gp, and I will always remember walking towards the track, would have been probably the first friday practice session, hearing the sounds and as we were walking past the hairpin, seeing a real life F1 car hammering towards us, then hauling out the anchors andslamming down the gearbox, heel and toe sounds gear by gear faster than I had ever heard a car downshift....and the sounds.....still gives me goosebumps thinking about it, it had that much of an impression on me.

so whether its 1980 or thereabouts, with DFV, V-12s or 1.6 turbo sounds washing over you---or for someone else in 2002 hearing a V-10 screaming towards them in real life--we all remember those first times and just how visceral it was--and this kinda sums up F1, bonkers fast, usually bonkers loud and bonkers cool.
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re the Lotus, I'm fairly certain it is Mansell, the arrow design on the helmet appears to match up some searches I found.
Ah, I see. The reason I thought that is that I believe Gilles collided with Elio, hence the front wing.

Regarding the aesthetics, svelte those early 80s cars were not, often boxy-looking things, but as all racing cars are functional, that has its own beauty, and that era's cars do have a certain charm of their own.
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Thatís right, he did collide with Elio at the hairpin.

The great thing about 81 is we had no clear number, so it was a very open season by the competitiveness of the racing. And tyre were not a necessity then, let alone mandatory...
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A few photos from a few years earlier - Watkins Glen 1979
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now there are some proper photos, nice stuff, thanks for putting them up.
Its quite something the change from each year with the cars, 78 still has that mid 70sishness to them, and then with each year you see a real difference.--notably the nose and front wing, or lack thereof , changes.

Its neat to see them next to each other on the page here as those few years go by.
The '79 shot of Stuck with that Simpson Darth Vader helmet on, I clearly remember motorcycle mags from about that time and the Simpson helmet was really cool looking to us.

re that catch fencing again, man that must have been horrible going off and getting all wrapped up in it, not being able to get out. Scary stuff.
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