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McRae
06-13-2014, 03:42 AM (This post was last modified: 06-13-2014 03:43 AM by drmarkf.)
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This is awe-inspiring:
http://www.motorsportretro.com/2014/06/c...e-onboard/

I bet those spectators wouldn't stand so close if they could see the view from the approaching Focus Cool

He was such a great loss - it would have been wonderful to have seen him up against Loeb.

Regards,
Mark

"A man who took simple pleasure in making things work properly"
[Nigel Roebuck, writing of Bruce McLaren]

"Bruce McLaren was the best person I ever worked for. He was amazing"
[Howden Ganley, 12th September 2009]
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06-13-2014, 08:30 AM
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(06-13-2014 03:42 AM)drmarkf Wrote:  This is awe-inspiring:
http://www.motorsportretro.com/2014/06/c...e-onboard/

I bet those spectators wouldn't stand so close if they could see the view from the approaching Focus Cool

He was such a great loss - it would have been wonderful to have seen him up against Loeb.

We saw a little of McRae v Loeb when they were at Citroen, as much as the rose tinted glasses would like to believe he'd have given him a run for his money, even at that early stage of his career Loeb was on another level.

It was a huge loss when McRae died, he was such a superstar in the rally world, for all his wins Loeb never even came close in terms of popularity. His young son was also starting to show the signs of being of the same mindset as Colin and going everywhere uncomfortably fast on his quad bike at the family estate, it would have been interesting to see if he'd have gone into professional motorsport, he's certainly have had the opportunities.
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06-14-2014, 03:11 AM
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Yes, indeed - I'm not actually suggesting that McRae would have beaten Loeb, its just that he would probably have made a monumental effort to do so and watching that would have been inspiring.

It is possible that it might have lifted his own game as a result, although I suspect ultimately he'd have become ragged and would have overdriven too often.

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Mark

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06-16-2014, 08:35 AM
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(06-14-2014 03:11 AM)drmarkf Wrote:  Yes, indeed - I'm not actually suggesting that McRae would have beaten Loeb, its just that he would probably have made a monumental effort to do so and watching that would have been inspiring.

It is possible that it might have lifted his own game as a result, although I suspect ultimately he'd have become ragged and would have overdriven too often.

I think the cars unfortunately changed in a way that Loeb was able to fully exploit and McRae never got the hang of. His heyday was when it was flat out against a field filled with 6-7 drivers capable of winning and crashing was OK as everyone did it. Loeb changed that with his metronomic consistency combined with devastating pace when needed. Plus it helped that WRC had a dearth of talent with rarely more than 1 or 2 drivers capable of being anywhere near and then only on the odd rally rather than all the time.

Rally is in a deep hole at the moment, despite more manufacturer involvement than in recent years there are just no star to grab the public attention. I don't think anyone wants to see a Frenchman named Seb winning every week. Despite my opinion on his talent level someone like Ken Block, or at least with his sense of showmanship is needed to bring rally back to the fore.
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06-16-2014, 09:11 AM
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Yes, I agree with all of that.

I'm looking forward though to the Goodwood Festival at the end of the month - I always enjoy the rally section since you can get so close to a load of lunatics thrashing proper cars within an inch of their lives. And the spectators' too.

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06-16-2014, 11:25 AM
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(06-16-2014 09:11 AM)drmarkf Wrote:  Yes, I agree with all of that.

I'm looking forward though to the Goodwood Festival at the end of the month - I always enjoy the rally section since you can get so close to a load of lunatics thrashing proper cars within an inch of their lives. And the spectators' too.

I guess that's one benefit with Rally at Goodwood. The drivers are used to driving like lunatics on a narrow road with little runoff. It's an event I wish I'd managed to get to when we lived in the UK.
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