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Aye its a bit like F1. Whoever wins gets to beat the missus up first.
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Aye its a bit like F1. Whoever wins gets to beat the missus up first.
I must point out that Rob has written a rant about F1 to equal anything I might come up with so you'll be able to make sense of the above when the diary is next updated. (Won't be long)
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James 'Breakfast of Champions' Hunt, legend!
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Dont know them modern drivers Mike, I was thinking of Moss and his chum Fangio
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Mansell for me. A bit dull but what a driver!
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Only on this website could a thread about lawn-mowers turn to Formula 1 :lol:

Having been unable to resist getting drawn into discussions on aviation matters on other threads, I am drawing a line on this one and will not even be making a start on discussing what is another subject very close to my heart.

I've written three books on F1 and followed the sport avidly since the beginning of the 1974 season - although I can see why a lot of people slag F1 for a whole host of reasons, too.

My list of inspirational drivers would have to include the Great Brits - Mansell and Hunt - as well as the oft-overlooked Mike Hailwood and Tom Pryce, with the others all from beyond these shores: Clay Regazzoni, Peter Revson, Niki Lauda and Michele Alboreto.

That's me finished. It's back to boats ... and lawn-mowers :)

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You forgot the poison dwarf-Jackie Stewart! :lol:
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Yes, it was naughty of me to overlook "Wee Jackie". The work he did on pushing for greater safety in Formula 1 was really important. In those days - throughout the 1960s and right through to the middle of the 1970s - there were, on average, two drivers being killed every year in F1. Appalling. It is almost impossible to imagine that now.

I got hooked on F1 the year after he retired, so I never saw him race, unfortunately. But I did hear him go by while he was still a Grand Prix driver - at Ingliston circuit, near Edinburgh, when I was too young to see over people's heads as he did a demonstration lap there in the legendary Tyrrell-Ford; 1971, maybe 1972.

In 1970, at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, I'd attended the Jackie Stewart Speed Show and saw several of his F1 cars on display there, and even got his autograph on a poster which I still have.

And I saw another car of note that day 40 years ago ... one that really sticks in the mind because it was so unusual. The Summers Brothers' Goldenrod! What a car! :)

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In an effort to put this thread back on track, I thought you might all be interested to know that there is, in my old home town, nothing less than a British Lawnmower Museum:

http://www.lawnmowerworld.co.uk/

Its really interesting, if you like that sort of thing...... :?

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I'll have you know that I cut my lawn with a fully restored, 24 inch British Anzani Lawnrider that I bought on ebay for £62.01 and brought back to full working order. The only mod was the retirement of the old Villiers engine in favour of a modern, Japanese equivalent.
anzani before.jpg
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I also have an Easimow - also fully restored - but it's a 2-stroker with a centrifugal clutch and it has a tendency to fling me into the rose bushes so it doesn't get used much.

http://www.oldlawnmowerclub.co.uk/moms/mom46-baem.htm

Old lawnmowers... fab pieces of kit.
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