"When i was just a little boy, I asked my father what will I be, ...que será, será, what ever will be, will be...” Do you remember this very, very olda music? I was really a little young boy, and my father teached me this sweet music. You, dear Gee, makes me remember this fact!
Anzahl der Beiträge : 350 Anmeldedatum : 2010-09-09 Alter : 63
Subject: Re: Historic motorsport stories Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:12 am
perhaps the prettiest ford of all time ? The F3L sports proto
When I was much much younger I had a couple of Airfix/MRCC slot car versions of it.
Gee dee, Airfix keep reissuing the F3L kit in 1:32 scale every 10 years, it is currently available almost in all the U.K model shops, if you are so inclined ! I still have mine built about 15 yrs ago !!! Its still pretty.
Anzahl der Beiträge : 3139 Anmeldedatum : 2010-06-22 Ort : Germany
"Late one Friday in 1969 the telephone rang. Hello Frank, this is Huschke (von Hanstein). We would like you to drive our new car at the Nurburgring 1,000 kilometres this weekend. I said I was busy and recommended he call Brian Redman. 'Brian has had a crash, and is in hospital.' Jo Siffert was my next suggestion. 'Jo has had a crash and is in hospital.' 'What the bloody hell is going on there?' Our new car is not easy to drive, Frank' - and he wasn't kidding!
"Porsche came to us because there was a shortage of drivers but the money was good so David Piper and I decided to take it on. "These first cars had alloy tubular chassis, which was gas-filled to detect cracks. There was a big guage in the cockpit, which measured the gas pressure. If the guage zeroed, they said it meant that the chassis has started to crack, and they said I should drive home 'mit care'. I told them, 'If the needle zeroes I'll park the ******* there and then and walk back, pick up my Deutschmarks and go home'.
"The chassis flexed so much that the position of the gearchange was never the same twice in a row. You'd reach out for the lever and it wasn't there anymore. I was asked to drive it at Le Mans, the money was great too, but I told them 'I never wanted to be the quickest bloke in motor racing - just the oldest- and that Porsche was going to interfere with my plans.
"Then there was the engine. You had about 300 horsepower at 5000 revs, and then between 5000 and 6000 you picked up another 300! So it was a bit of delight, really, and it was on narrow nine-inch rims all round. The computer had said that nine-inch rims would make the car very quick in a straight line, but the computer wasn't strapped in the bloody seat up in the Eifel mountains, where you tend to get the odd corner...
"David did one lap at the Nurburgring and said he was too young to die. It snowed and poured, the car was snapping sideways and aquaplaning at the same time. It was one of the few times I extended my concentration levels above and beyond what I possessed, but we finished 5th".
Found the complete story over here (Lunch with Frank Gardner - Motorsport Magazine):