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Several million points to you sir.

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I've got no special love for Schumacher, although obviously it makes the car more notable than it would otherwise have been but I think it's the perfection of design from that era, before it got all "high nosey". I could name many joint 2nd favourites on the same basis but I won't stand on the toes of anyone for whom they may be 1st favourite :)

Best car they ever designed?

Possibly....

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Difficult to pick one, but I've always loved the Maserati 250F, gorgeous and sounds it too.

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Also have to mention the Lotus 49, it's F1 just so evocative of this amazing time with fantastic drivers and characters, as shown in the Graham Hill documentary the other day. I never tire of looking at cars from that era, the engineering and construction is fantastic to see.

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Yeah, and totally agree with it sounding fantastic too :).

That Lotus makes me want to dig out Grand Prix Legends once again...

Which interesting comment reminds me, the last open wheel racing game that I played was some indycar 2005 on the xbox. I have a PS3 and a PSP, what if anything is likely to satisfy my need for some virtual action?

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Which interesting comment reminds me, the last open wheel racing game that I played was some indycar 2005 on the xbox. I have a PS3 and a PSP, what if anything is likely to satisfy my need for some virtual action?

Well, if you're prepared to put up with some quirks, there's F1 2010.

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IndyCar 2005 was a diamond in the rough. It looked a bit arse and it had the odd strange bug, but it really nailed oval racing. Don't think I've ever physically recovered from doing a 100-lap Texas race on it once...

... F1 2010 is definitely worth a go, though. Should be able to pick it up pretty cheap now I'd think!

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Obviously he Lotus 72, and Mclaren Mp4 but i have a soft spot for the old Ferrari 312T3, Villeneurve and Pironi et al slinging they thing in sideways on big sticky tires with LOADS of turbo lag.

Happy days

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A good era that, and Grand Prix Legends fans may want to know that iRacing does have the Lotus 78...

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I saw the same thing but with Lotus at Snetterton, was awesome having all the cars through the years lined up - esp when they spanked a load of them round the track!

Hard to pick a fave but generally its either something Senna drove from Mclaren or Lotus or back to the older cigar shaped Ferraris & Lotus's!

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One day I will own it.

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Put simply, it's the sex.

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1987 is the definitive year for F1 car shapes. Simple, elegant but brutal too. Plus they all look like they could, at a push have been made in someones garage.

I mean, just look at the Ferrari! And I HATE bloody Ferrari!

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I have a Matchbox car of the Alesi 412T2 somewhere, used to take it everywhere. When I gor my Scalextric, my brother bought me some F1 cars to go with it, he got me Coulthard's Williams and Gehard fucking Berger's Ferrari 412T2, taking nothing away from the Austrian, but Gehard fucking Berger :angry:

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One day I will own it.

WILLIAMS_FW11B-.jpg

Put simply, it's the sex.

:wub: :wub: :wub:

1987 is the definitive year for F1 car shapes. Simple, elegant but brutal too. Plus they all look like they could, at a push have been made in someones garage.

I mean, just look at the Ferrari! And I HATE bloody Ferrari!

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Even the crap ones looked like they had purpose.

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Well, possibly with the exception of the Osella ;).

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But yes, those 1987 Williams and Ferrari cars are beautiful.

I really enjoy talking about F1 with you guys on here. On specialist motorsport boards folks know their stuff but tend to strut around thinking they're the fountain of all knowledge (Autosport...), whereas you folks obviously really know your stuff but just enjoy the conversation. Awesome :).

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One day I will own it.

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Put simply, it's the sex.

:wub: :wub: :wub:

1987 is the definitive year for F1 car shapes. Simple, elegant but brutal too. Plus they all look like they could, at a push have been made in someones garage.

They pretty much still were at the back of the grid (Like that Osella), we're just coming to the close of the era where you could just about make that work. Over the next half decade we basically lost every team you could actually call "small".

1987 also has my favourite avoiding of cigarette advertising laws ever, thanks to Zakspeed.

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Became

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Yeah, I started watching in 1988 so I was kind of thrown in during that era and I used to love Eurobrun, AGS, Zakspeed, Osella etc etc :). In terms of performance they were a little off the boil, but it was great to see a bunch of folks just doing it for the love of the sport. Randomly, my favourite 'small' team car remains this:

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Ah yeah, that's the one! Cheers :).

Yep, and that Belgian guy was an utter nutter too. Van Rossem, I think - he ran some kind of Scalextric championship and reported in depth about it online at one point! The F1 Rejects profile of them makes interesting (if slightly scary) reading, particularly the welding together of broken parts and a differential being installed the wrong way around and then going unnoticed :mellow:

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I feel quite lucky that one of my twins shows a huge interest in all things motorised. It's something I wished my dad had been into when I was a nipper. Again, the choice will always be his, but to see him riding his own quad at the age of 3 and then thinking nothing of riding a Honda Qr50 is ace.

The boy has no fear.

Anyway, I seem to recall that some guy bought an old F1 car and kept it in his garage. It must have been in the last round of 'bust' cycles because he only paid about £30k for a fully working engine and all arrows (or some suchlike). He'd occasionally wheel it outside and fire it up to remind the neighbours what he had hidden away.

Even in the current climate you couldn't get anything like that I think. And looking at the old Clark Lotus, I wonder how much the Ford V8 has changed since it was designed way back when?

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It HAS to be the JPS Lotus.

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I remember having a toy one of these when I was younger that my grandad had bought me, and then seeing it in action..............brought a tear to my eye!

Looks like one of the later JPS Lotus (there's 15 years worth), possibly a 97T, a fine looking car.

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