2014 Grand Prix Season and My 30 Years

By on March 7, 2014 7:57:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Jafo

Join Date 03/2001
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Well....finally got our locations....

I'll be doing my 'thing' on Turn 8 left...

Terry's doing hers on 4 right...

and the 2 coming over from South Oz...one's at 16.4 left and the other's on 7 right.

 

It's gonna be a blast....new category of racing...V6 turbos.....

Back in the day we had 1500cc 4 cylinders with twin turbos rated at 1350 hp ...called detonator engines...cos the literally blew after qually...

...race tune saw 950+...

This time the specs are quite different....but you can bet your left proverbial that lap times will be broken.

This year will be my 30th consecutive International Formula One Australian Grand Prix ....and I'll be one of only a dozen or two who can lay claim to that. [and as Aussie Grands Prix goes...it's my 35th ...and only two or three can claim that one].

 

Can't wait....

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March 7, 2014 8:05:29 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Take lots of pics. Be safe. 

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March 7, 2014 6:22:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds like more fun than you can wave a flag at!

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March 7, 2014 7:22:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
Sounds like more fun than you can wave a flag at!

I get a rest from waving flags with the F1s.... we have specific flaggies for that.  It's only at the MotoGP and Superbikes that I have to do both....Comms AND Flagging [at the same time] ....

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March 8, 2014 6:47:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ah....nuts....

 

It was planned there'd be a photoshoot on the Startline for the 40 officials who have made it to 30 consecutive years....until someone realized many would be in Senior meetings at the time...so it's been cancelled.  [the list reads as a who's who of F1 officials.....plus me]....

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March 8, 2014 11:01:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Can I be in charge while you're gone?      

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March 8, 2014 11:41:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,

Can I be in charge while you're gone?      

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March 8, 2014 12:03:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

   

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March 8, 2014 1:14:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Take care, enjoy and take pics...yeah, I know.

Jim...you really have to stop smoking that stuff.

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March 12, 2014 7:40:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Tomorrow's Thursday ...day 1 of the GP, and Friday the world gets a look at the new cars....

And just to make it all the more difficult [for us] they've freed up the car numbering...so bang goes the idea of consecutive numbering....

 

....mongrels....

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March 12, 2014 10:16:37 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Jim...you really have to stop smoking that stuff.

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March 12, 2014 2:23:34 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Have a nice long week end !

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March 12, 2014 2:55:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting frankell,

Have a nice long week end !

and stay safe!

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March 12, 2014 6:29:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
It's only at the MotoGP and Superbikes that I have to do both.

Now yer talking!! Bring it on!!

I'll be looking out for you.....

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March 13, 2014 6:05:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting BoXXi,

Quoting Jafo, reply 3It's only at the MotoGP and Superbikes that I have to do both.

Now yer talking!! Bring it on!!

I'll be looking out for you.....

I have a box of junk...keeps getting bigger...when I'm rich enough I'll send it...

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March 13, 2014 6:08:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Day 1 ....still not king....Gandalf is looking ornery...

Oops...wrong story...

All the lead-up junk....haven't seen the F1s yet....they're out tomorrow.

Question will be....will the turbos light up and the cars expire [as happened decades ago]...

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March 13, 2014 6:37:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
I have a box of junk...keeps getting bigger...when I'm rich enough I'll send it...

I love junk!!! I have lots of it!

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March 14, 2014 8:28:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

EEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They don't sound like they used to.

You don't even need earplugs.

They might even be the quietest class of racing.

 

Murray Walker referred them [in the good old days] as sounding like a wounded animal....

Not anymore.

What was speed....noise...and glamour......

...is now speed....and glamour.

 

I remember 4 ton blocks of concrete actually vibrating from noise pressure...120db+

Now, the average hoon has a better note....

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March 14, 2014 8:30:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Tomorrow is Saturday.... third practice and qualifying....

It's still all fun....but one of the sensory overloads is lost...

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March 14, 2014 8:35:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Judging by all the   in that last post, I'd say you must be posting from a phone, or your kb has been into Friday's wine....

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March 14, 2014 12:20:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Cool video.

 

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March 15, 2014 9:05:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Qualifying has been run and won...Ricciardo is on the front row....and Vettel isn't....

I had a group photo session with the others who have done 30 years of F1 ....taken tonight on the front straight with Charlie Whiting and co.

I'm the only Comms who has done them all.

I'll upload a photo when it's accessible...

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March 15, 2014 10:54:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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March 15, 2014 4:02:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm the one in the sunnies...at the back.

That's our Comms briefing Saturday Morning

 

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March 15, 2014 4:17:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Today's Sunday....soon we'll see where the real talent is.

The 19 year old Ruskie did a brilliant job of getting into the top 10 in his first GP....

And Ricciardo is 10 places higher than Vettel.

Let's hope Hamilton doesn't have a dose of the over eagers and shunt Ricciardo off into the scenery on the first corner....

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March 16, 2014 1:43:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Chips - check
Cola - check
Plenty of ciggies - check
A debuting Dane on P4 - check

LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!

15 min to race start, and I'm super-ready to cheer Mini-Mag on in his first F1 race!

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