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In lockdown

How are you getting on without your motor sport fix? Do the virtual races provide any compensation? I am not missing racing hugely, but there is something of a hole there and the virtual races leave me cold.

My pleasure from motor sport came mainly from being there and I was fortunate to be able to see live action at Thruxton, Crystal Palace, Snetterton, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Lydden Hill regularly between 1968 and about 1977 along with a one-off trip to Monaco. Since then I can add Castle Coombe, Daytona, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Homestead to the list.

In my day it was nothing at an F1 race for there to be a gap of more than a second between pole position and second on the grid. You might get some close racing, but a battle at the front throughout the race was a real rarity. There were many times in all classes of racing when someone took off at the start and vanished away to win, sometimes by nearly a lap. I didn’t care and I don’t think that too many others did either because we all turned up again next time.

Being there, seeing the cars and drivers, hearing the sounds and smelling the aromas was what may the day out for us and we would have been appalled at the sort of tactics that have blighted NASCAR and seem to be creeping towards F1 where the artificial levelling of the laying field so that a 5 or 10 lap shootout to the flag results. What is the point of having a 500 mile race or whatever if you are only bothered about the end?

So racing for me these days is a shadow of its former self and I don’t miss it too much. I do miss finding out about how certain teams and drivers have fared though and I feel for those for whom this shutdown is potentially ruining their career.

But in the overall scheme of things their problems are a drop in the ocean. The wider world has a lot to concern it and whilst all sports are a recreation and a necessary part of society, our society needs to survive this crisis first. We can worry about sports another time.

Tasman Series 1968

The Tasman Series was a winter break for the grand prix circus. Founded in 1964 from a series of local races and a couple of international events, it grew into a substantial series with works entries from BRM, Lotus, Brabham and Ferrari at its height. From its beginning as a 2.5 litre maximum capacity single seater series under the old Intercontinental Formula it was extended to accept F5000 entries from 1970 and the series continued to flourish until rising costs killed it off after the 1975 series.

Here is a great clip showing some of the Australian leg of the series in 1968 with Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Chris Amon, Denny Hulme, Piers Courage, Dickie Attwood, Frank Gardner and more.

Enjoy it here

our new space at Gloucester Quays Antiques Centre @glosantiques

We have moved into our new space (unit 2.6)  and are now on the opposite side of the top floor overlooking the docks and Waterways Museum.

Chris Bayley Automobilia, who we used to share a space with, now have a cabinet more or less opposite our new space and into our old space has moved a seller specialising in sporting memorablila so there are plenty of Mantiques amongst all of the other 100 or so dealers who sell at GQAC.

Having more room has allowed us to get more stock in and we have a diverse range of car, bus, train, truck, plane, ship and horse related items at prices from around a fiver up to a few hundred quid. We try to top up stock every three weeks or so and are always on the lookout for new things. Pride of place this week goes to a standard lamp in the form of a Victorian street lamp complete with flickering gas light effect bulb.

It looks like a scorcher of a summer this year, but the docks and the river do bring a cool breeze and the antiques centre is air conditioned so come on out and spend the day in Gloucester docks and quays. loads to do and see, plenty of places to eat, lots of car parking and we are only about a ten to fifteen minute walk from the station.

Help make 2015 the year that we get John Surtees his knighthood #F1

It is an on-going disgrace that we shower honours on all sorts of minor celebrities and sports people and yet have still not honoured the only person to have won world championships on both two and four wheels. Continue reading

So who has the best #F1 driver pairing for 2015?

McLaren have finally got off the fence, named their 2015 line up and claim to have the best pairing, but have they? Continue reading

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