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Old 12 Jun 2005, 15:10 (Ref:1326329)   #1
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are glamorous girls essential to motorsport?

Does anyone feel that the popularity of having glamorous girls at motorsport race meetings is waning?

Is this because more women are watching the sport?

Or is it just that the teams and organisers cannot afford to have the girls there and that's why we don't see so many?

I would be interested in your opinion!

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Old 12 Jun 2005, 15:22 (Ref:1326338)   #2
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As this isn't specific to F1, we'll move it to trackside (parc ferme might be better, but not for those new members). After all that is where they stand. Asp if you have a problem bat it back!

Also check out the NISS sub-forum's favourite thread: http://tentenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=67552
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To answer the question. No they are not essential. I like a pretty girl as much as the next man, but I don't go to a motor race to see them.

As an aside I'm off to Le Mans next week and there will be the usual Hawian Tropic girls no doubt.

Perhaps a question to you though gridmodels, is motor racing essential to glamorous girls?
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 15:47 (Ref:1326350)   #4
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In answer to the question. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But then I'm a sad non pc bloke. If they can drive, well that's even better.
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 15:54 (Ref:1326355)   #5
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is motor racing essential to glamorous girls?

The reason for my interest in the opinion of motorsport enthusiasts such as yourselves on this subject is that we have found this season that many of the teams, particularly in F1 but also in other series, are no longer using girls to promote their brand and I am interested in whether this makes a difference to the fans or not.

The BTCC this year put no grid-girls into the budget in Dunlop's sponsorship proposal, leaving it up to the teams whether to employ their own girls. In British Superbikes few of the teams an afford girls according to them; most use friends and family to stand in where they can. Even F1 teams such as Jordan who in the past were typically associated with Page 3 girls such as Jordan have declined to use their own girls. F1 is one of the few championships where the grid is filled by grid-girls provided by the organisers themselves rather than by each team.

I can see that some women might see grid-girls as politically incorrect; but if that is the case then so is having an all male set of drivers!! I get hundreds of applications from girls wanting to be grid-girls so there are obviously many women who do agree with their necessity! So yes, maybe motorsport is of interest to these glamorous girls!!

My personal opinion is that it's all a bit of fun! Everyone likes to see a pretty girl don't they? I think the teams need to lighten up and have some fun!
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 16:07 (Ref:1326366)   #6
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[QUOTE=AdamAshmore]To answer the question. No they are not essential. I like a pretty girl as much as the next man, but I don't go to a motor race to see them.



Ditto.
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 16:15 (Ref:1326374)   #7
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I get hundreds of applications from girls wanting to be grid-girls

My personal opinion is that it's all a bit of fun! Everyone likes to see a pretty girl don't they? I think the teams need to lighten up and have some fun!
I've got an ageing Mondeo parked outside that needs glamourising by some grid girls!!
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 16:32 (Ref:1326385)   #8
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TODAY, NOW - you need to go to the motogp.com website. The international competition as to who provides the most beautiful women backing this series is producing some stunning chicks.
It's all the fun of the fair; makes the world go round. How could it possibly do any harm?
The F1GP boys need to get their act together; bikers are way ahead.
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 16:45 (Ref:1326394)   #9
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I get hundreds of applications from girls wanting to be grid-girls so there are obviously many women who do agree with their necessity! So yes, maybe motorsport is of interest to these glamorous girls!!
'Of interest'? Don't make me laugh.

I remember a classic moment at Knockhill BTCC a few years ago. Al Hyde went down the grid asking each their name and which driver they represented. Despite holding a board with the driver's name on and being stood in front of the car many didn't know or couldn't pronounce the name. Most are their not through any love of motorsport but simple because it pays the bills.

I've never fully understood the whole grid girl thing. As a spectator sat at say Donington Old Hairpin I can't even see the grid so how does having a few lycra clad bimbos do anything to improve my day out. You mention the BTCC for example. They've got enough problems at the moment and I can think of far better things the budget could be spent on.
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 17:21 (Ref:1326426)   #12
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response to 'redshoes': yes maybe some of the girls are just 'bimbos' but the majority are not.

Just because you are beautiful does that mean you have no brain and can have no interest in motorsport? I worked as a grid-girl for 6 years and I enjoy following many different championships as an enthusiast. I have a degree from a top university and run my own company. Many of my girls do the grid as well as high-flying office jobs and university degrees. Most are just fun-loving girls who like the atmosphere just as other enthusiasts do.
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 18:02 (Ref:1326455)   #13
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I'm afraid you are in the minority. They may not be 'bimbos' but the suggestion that the majority are their due to some love of motorsport is quite fankly ridiculous.

This company you run, it wouldn't be an model agency supplying grid girls by any chance? Do I detect a vested interest here?
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Old 12 Jun 2005, 18:12 (Ref:1326456)   #14
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Don't judge a book by its cover

Just a thought: Why would a girl get up at 5am and drive half way across the country to work at a race on a Sunday morning if she did not enjoy motorsport?
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Same reason I get up at 5am and drive across the country to work, perhaps?
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