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Old Dec 29, 2011, 6:40 AM   #41
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Hey Ken

Ted, surprised me with the "Bestie" quote too .. he was an amazing footie player... and the Miss World one was and still is a killer!
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Old Dec 29, 2011, 7:05 AM   #42
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Ken and Harj

It's not that footie players are that well known here, but that his quote is one of the favorites among fast car afficionados, possibly the second favorite of all time.

The first is attributed to both John Lingenfelter, a drag race specialist and Sledgehammer record driver, and Banjo Mathews, a legendary stock car builder during the early days of the sport in Darlington, South Carolina. When asked how much a race car costs, the response was "Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?"



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Ken and Harj

It's not that footie players are that well known here, but that his quote is one of the favorites among fast car afficionados, possibly the second favorite of all time.

The first is attributed to both John Lingenfelter, a drag race specialist and Sledgehammer record driver, and Banjo Mathews, a legendary stock car builder during the early days of the sport in Darlington, South Carolina. When asked how much a race car costs, the response was "Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?"



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John Lingenfelter, a drag race specialist and Sledgehammer record driver, and Banjo Mathews, Who..????
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John Lingenfelter, a drag race specialist and Sledgehammer record driver, and Banjo Mathews, Who..????
I'm interested in F1 not stock car racing but even I have heard of Fireball Roberts, A. J. Foyt, Junior Johnson, Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough, all of whom drove Banjo's cars.

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Never argue with someone call Banjo..

One name stood out, old sideways AJ. Jim Clarke said, when telling the story about winning the indie 500 in his little 3 litre rear engined Ford against AJ and the gang in their 9 litre Offies. He was told to stick to Foyt, after a few laps he said "Foyt was going too slow so I went by" end of story and an era.
One American racer I met as a kid in Engerland, who became my hero, was Phil Hill, the year he won the World F1 Championship.
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Everybody who is anybody, knows about Banjo Matthews!!!
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Everybody who is anybody, knows about Banjo Matthews!!!
Guess I'm nobody...
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It takes a big man to admit it. LOL
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Steven, maybe we should cut Ken some slack. Personally I never met Phil Hill, and Britain did produce some good drivers over the years - Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, and Nigel Mansell come to mind. Jackie Stewart is one I'd like to meet - during his racing career any Formula 1 driver who raced for five years had a 67% chance of being killed in a crash. He's still around at 70+ years old.
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Steven, maybe we should cut Ken some slack. Personally I never met Phil Hill, and Britain did produce some good drivers over the years - Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, and Nigel Mansell come to mind. Jackie Stewart is one I'd like to meet - during his racing career any Formula 1 driver who raced for five years had a 67% chance of being killed in a crash. He's still around at 70+ years old.
Do you watch "Top Gear" on the BBC America network? A really enjoyable series, often funny. Jackie Stewart was just on there recently and was giving lessons of driving skills around a race track. Old and retired but still faster than many of the young ones.
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