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Monday, March 8th, 2004

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1:00a
UGPLOL Race Report
What a thrilling race at Silverstone 1967 on Thursday! The lead battle was within five seconds for the entire 24 laps. I was trying so hard, I beat my personal best lap time by half a second!

Points awarded to top six finishers: 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 -- plus 1 point for pole position and 1 point
for fastest race lap.
 
Driver    Pts PP FL Wins Aint Salz Zelt Good Oran Snet Adel Mnco Monz Silv  Car for Portland

Niemczyk   49  1     3    2    3    6    1    4    1P   3         1    4    Brabham
O'Dell     47  1  2  2    3    2    7    5    1PF  3    4    1    6    2 F  Honda
Voeller    40  1  2  1    4    6    5    2 F  2    8    1PF  2    5    3    Cooper
Kaynakli   38  3  1  2    6    8P   1PF  8    3    6    2    3    7    1P   BRM
Parlee     32  2  2  2    1PF  1 F  2    3P                                 Cooper
O'Kerry    16     1                 3    4              5         3 F  5    Ferrari
Diamond    15  1  1       8    9    9   10         4    6    5PF  2    6    Eagle
Cousin     12             5    5   10    9         5    7    4    4    7    Lotus
Morgan     10  1          7    4    4    6    6    9    8    6    8P   8    Lotus
Hudson      7     1                      7         2 F  9                   Lotus
Black       2                  7    8         5    7                        Lotus

NOTES:
* Voeller had his points taken away at Zeltweg for using the incorrect car.



Click here for race and season statistics.


7:43p
One Distraction = Close Call; Two Distractions = Crunch
While sitting at a light before getting on the freeway, I saw a spider crawling around near my throttle grip, round to the back side. Well, I couldn't get rid of him, but kept looking down to see if it was still there or -- the fear -- getting onto my glove. On the offramp, I was distracted by looking down for the spider and nearly ran into the back of a van because the line of vehicles at the stop sign was longer than usual.

Onto the road now heading into the sunset, and I saw another biker on the side of the road standing by his motorcycle, and looked to see if maybe he was needing a ride or something, then looked down for the spider, then looked up and sure enough, the same line of vehicle now was longer than usual at the light too, but this time I didn't have time to avoid hitting the van.

My braking was perfect, though. Both tires squealed but I think the wheels kept turning. I knew, however, that there was no stopping in time...

CRUNCH!!!

I bounced a bit in my seat, but kept the bike running, just backed it up and we drove away and pulled over.

No damage to the bike. I still haven't replaced the front fender from when I was the victim of road rage last year, so the remaining bits of the fender seem unchanged from the way they were. The front tire was what took the impact, and it wasn't hard enough to do any damage to the wheel, from what I can tell.

The van had a crack in its bumper, but the driver didn't mind. It was a nice Mexican guy, who basically just said, "You OK, my friend? OK, my friend?" a bunch. He was wearing some kind of mechanic's shirt with name badge etc., so I guess a cracked plastic bumper is no big deal to him.

So we drove off and that was that. Got away with one today!
11:08p
Visual detective work!
Edit: We were wrong! See below!

Those interested in language might get a kick out of this.

It's amazing what a committee of people can decipher. On the racesimcentral forums, there's a 10,000-post thread in which we're updating the looks of the Monza race track for Grand Prix Legends, basically adding every single sign we can find in old films and photographs circa 1967. Sometimes, though, a particular sign just isn't very prominent, as is the case with a Molykote billboard near the pit area. Working from the following photographs, we have set out to recreate it:



So, can YOU read the text on the top of that billboard? (Hint: The text is Italian.)

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We figured out right away that the last two words on top are "vostro motore". The rest we argued about and argued about... and finally, we think we've got it.

più vita dal vostro motore

I don't think any single person could have figured that out, but by working together, we got it!

The text beneath obviously is " . . . per vincere ! ! ! "

Now then, what's the text in that shield logo on the left......?!

HOLD THE PHONE!

We were wrong! It's nell'olio del vostro motore, according to the vice president of Molykote Italy, who was in charge of marketing at the time (and thus approved the billboard design). Now that I look at the little picture, I see how the space between the first two "words" is narrower than the spaces elsewhere. That does suggest it was the Italian contraction, as they do tend to use half-spaces like that.

Now we're hoping he can help us out on the text inside the shield logo. It starts with Protezione e ... in a half-image he sent (to show what the helmet looked like on top of the shield).

And we're beginning to tackle another ad. It's obviously a Shell X-100 ad, but there's a whole bunch of text next to it, and the only photograph is taken from a huge distance... oog.

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