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Flying through the air (Melbourne F1 Grand Prix)

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Flying through the air (Melbourne F1 Grand Prix)

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GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 08:33PM

Well BMW did start out making aircraft! (For those that don't know, the round blue and white BMW badge is supposed to be symbolic of a spinning propellor.)
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 08:47PM

it has the wrong kinda wing. spinning
smiley sticking its tongue out
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 08:58PM

Right kind, just upside down!
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 09:26PM

i would agree to disagree. grinning
smiley
pulse Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 10:02PM

I disagree with that
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 10:11PM

I agree
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 10:15PM

i agree that pulse should disagree with the idea that i agree to disagree.
strike that!
it's a wing, yes....but it's designed for anything but lift.....therefore.....thump grinning
smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22/01/2009 10:18PM by fossil_digger.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: January 22, 2009 10:53PM

Ah, Gak...Mr automotive historian.

The circular blue and white BMW logo or roundel is often alleged to portray the movement of an airplane propeller, to signify the white blades cutting through the blue sky. An interpretation that BMW adopted for convenience in 1929, which was actually twelve years after the roundel was created.In fact, the emblem evolved from the circular Rapp Motorenwerke company logo, from which the BMW company grew. The Rapp logo was combined with the blue and white colors of the flag of Bavaria to produce the BMW roundel so familiar today.
woberto Report This Comment
Date: January 23, 2009 01:20AM

Yeah well Ralph never got up the front very much, he was a bit excited.
I am not sure if Williams were using BMW engines back in 2002 though...
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: January 23, 2009 10:24AM

Williams were using Beemer engines in 02 berto, and yes Ralf wasn't up front very often, although he did win the next race that year.
pulse Report This Comment
Date: January 24, 2009 02:22AM

I'm pleased to see there's some F1 buffs around here smiling
smiley

I'm not sure if I'll be making the race this year, but will def be at the qualifying if not. Obviously for the Melbourne one ...

Looking forward to a good year, hoping all the rule changes have evened out the teams in the middle and will let somebody who's not in a silver or red car have a chance at winning some stuff.

Even if they are the ugliest F1 cars .. probably ever.
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: January 24, 2009 05:02AM

Definitely an F1 fan here - but am afraid I am a fan of the silver cars - team started by a Kiwi and all that.

Have only been to one race weekend - Melbourne '99 - but do have a unique souvenir - I caught Eddie Irvine's Ferarri cap he threw into the crowd after the winners podium!

Agree with your comments pulse about the ugliness of the '09 designs - but at least they have cleaner lines than last year with all those silly appendages!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24/01/2009 06:03AM by GAK67.
woberto Report This Comment
Date: January 24, 2009 05:46AM

Get ready for night races in Melbourne...
pulse Report This Comment
Date: January 26, 2009 12:00AM

I don't mind the night race idea, but I doubt it'll fly. They're starting at 5pm this year, I doubt it'll get any later, at least during the current contract til 2015. I love the sound of them, it's nice living fairly close to the track (though I used to work directly opposite it, had a great view).

I've always been a McLaren supporter, but I just don't like Lewis.. his smugness has really put me off them. Last year I found myself going for Massa, but I like Alonso too (which is funny, I hated him until he went to McLaren). Obviously I've gotta support Webber too. He's still on crutches but expected to be fine by the time of the first race -- fucking lucky.

Bring on the '09 season! Hopefully somebody good will buy Honda F1 and soon, because they've only got a couple of days left (I think Feb 1st).
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: January 26, 2009 08:13PM

Different strokes for different folks! I can't stand Alonso and went off McLaren a bit when he was driving for them. I think he is arrogant and surly, and highly over-rated. I also think Hamilton is breathing life into a formula that was on the brink of collapsing under it's own weight, and it's not out of the woods yet (hmm, wonder how many more cliches I can work in).

I do agree with you about Massa though - he is a great driver with a great attitude.

As for the sound of the cars - I love it. When I went to the 1999 race they were selling survival packs at the gate, consisting of earplugs, sunscreen and paracetemol. Had sunscreen with us so didn't buy any. We were as far from the pits as you could get when the first car started up, but turned to each other and said 'we're gonna need those ear-plugs'. Have not heard Indy cars, but have been told there's nothing like the sound of an F1 car!
pulse Report This Comment
Date: January 27, 2009 01:01AM

Yeah you can hear them clearly from miles away. It's amazing the noise they make! I went to qualifying last year, and tbh I couldn't really tell the difference between the current V8s and the V10s I saw a few years ago. Anything revving at 19k+ rpm is going to be pretty loud and pretty high pitched.

They'll all be limited to 18,000rpm to try and get 3 races out of them this year. Probably won't be a noticable difference.

I'm worried about F1 though. With this year's ugly ass cars, and all the cost cutting measures, I think the 'pinnacle of motorsport' is beginning to sink.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: January 28, 2009 06:08PM

IT'S ALIVE!!