It's been almost 70 years now since I first saw a motorsports magazine like Hot Rod or Road & Track and I've been a fan, participant and writer on that topic ever since. I still watch all the racing mentioned by Mr. Smith but I agree with him that Moto GP is by far the most exciting. The only thing better is flogging my own car on local road courses during track day events. The big advantage Moto GP has is that you can SEE the riders dazzling work.
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I talked to Sir Stirling once. 40 years ago I was living in the SF Bay Area and crewed for a guy who owned a Lotus 23b. He entered the car in the vintage race supporting the F1 race in Dallas, where I grew up. Our paddock was in one of the old barns used for livestock during the annual State Fair of Texas. Stirling, not yet knighted, was driving a car entered in our race, don't remember what make. He and his mechanic toiled on the car pitted near us. Don't remember what we talked about but he was very friendly. There were two Ferrari Daytonas, now worth huge bucks, running in the vintage event. I think one of them crashed. In the F1 race Nigel Mansell tried to push his Lotus across the finish line. My wife and I had seats in a grandstand just past the finish. We saw Mansell's struggle and I remember how the Dallas ladies around us were in their Sunday best, hair and makeup and all in spite of the unrelenting heat. Reminds me of the old saying: horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow. Paul Haney
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