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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:37 PM
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You probably never heard of him, but he was one of the F1 Mythical Figures of my childhood
along with Emerson Fittipaldi, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Ronnie Peterson, Gilles Villeneuve...

RIP. :(

Clay Regazzoni killed in road accident
Former Grand Prix driver Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni has been killed in a road accident.

The Italian Ansa news agency said the 67-year-old Swiss, a former Ferrari driver, was killed in a collision with a lorry on a motorway near Parma.

Regazzoni won five of his 132 Grands Prix in an 11-year career, which ended when he was paralysed from the waist down in a crash at Long Beach in 1980.

Regazzoni spent five years at Ferrari and was second in the '74 championship.

Famous for his bushy moustache and relaxed personality, Regazzoni made his Formula One debut for the Italian team in the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix, in which he finished fourth, immediately establishing himself as one of the sport's most promising drivers.


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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:43 PM
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1. RIP Clay. I remember him.
How ironic that he died in a highway car crash after surviving the career ending racing accident. :(

I used to follow F-1 and sports car racing. My favorite driver was Jackie Ickx.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:55 PM
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2. Ickx? I hated Jackie Ickx.
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 01:55 PM by Commie Pinko Dirtbag
Whenever the drivers refused to drive in dangerous conditions, he'd be the one to break the strike and take to the track.

Later, he robbed Ayrton Senna of his first win while being race director at Monaco (1984).

He, like John Ashcroft, couldn't beat a dead man to the title -- thanks, I'm proud to say, to Emerson Fittipaldi.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:03 PM
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3. Emerson Fittipaldi was a great driver too! We'll have to agree to disagree about Ickx.
He was my favorite sports car driver but not my favorite F-1 driver.

Thanks for the Wiki link!
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:49 PM
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7. a guy has the last name Ickx?
is that his real name?

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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:57 PM
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10. Yep. Honest.
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:45 PM
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16. Yes. He's Belgian. He won LeMans 6 times. n/t
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 04:54 PM by CottonBear
http://www.jacky-ickx-fan.net/english/home.php


The famous Ford GT-40: LeMans 1969


Jacky Ickx - 1969 LeMans


Jacky and Clay
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:52 PM
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8. Bellof would have taken Senna
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 03:53 PM by northzax
by the end of the race, the turbos were meaningless in the rain...

bet they're still hashing it out at the great racetrack in the sky.

And Ickx, for everything else, at least get the standing start into Le Mans
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:56 PM
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9. ...and be disqualified later on. He did lose his 3rd place.
Due to some excessive technical creativity by Tyrrell, the gist of which I don't remember right now.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:23 PM
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14. I remember him too. Sorry I also liked Ickx
I was at Le Mans in 76 when he won for Porsche. My brother was at Nurbergring later that summer when Lauda had his crash.
We used to go to Watkins Glen every year for the Grand Prix and the 6 Hours races
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:13 PM
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4. Of course I've heard of him, living in the same state he was from.
RIP, Gianclaudio.
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:37 PM
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5. You mean canton? Ticino? -nt
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:42 PM
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6. Yes, canton Ticino.
But if I say 'canton' here, only a few will understand. :hi:
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:10 PM
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12. ahh, Ticino
such fond memories...
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:12 PM
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13. It's OK, I guess. ;)
But I'm not a native here. :hi:
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:02 PM
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17. nor was I
but it was a great place to grow up.
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:02 PM
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18. You grew up here?
Which part, if I might ask? Locarnese or Luganese?
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:23 PM
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19. Montagnola
to be precise.
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:01 PM
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11. Yes - I remember him well...he was Niki Lauda's teammate
with Ferrari when I first got into F1 racing in the mid-70s as a kid. That picture has to be from '76 or '77. I didn't realize how old he was - he was 41 at the time of his Long Beach accident. F1 has become such a young man's game these days...I guess with the tremendous amount of $$ in the sport now, teams figure if the next Schumacher doesn't make himself known by age 20, it just isn't happening. RIP, Clay...
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:33 PM
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15. It's Nurburgring 1976 - the Lauda crash race.
Notice the wet tyres.
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