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Old 05-23-2022, 08:30 AM   #1555
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You're right. I'm all for the sake of safety. Can't really enjoy a race if your favorite driver busts into flames after falling from the edge of a cliff. But it gave the sport that extra heat (See what I did there) in order to put the extra effort to wake up early in the morning or stay up late to watch a race on the other side of the world, and it was worth it because you never knew what would happen.
I have read that in the early days of F1 drivers would go out partying the night before because they knew they might not make it to the end of the race alive.
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Old 05-23-2022, 08:39 AM   #1556
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I have read that in the early days of F1 drivers would go out partying the night before because they knew they might not make it to the end of the race alive.

Perfectly reasonable. I think Nikki Lauda said something about drivers crying either before or after the race because the cars were so fast and dangerous. For all intents and purposes they were very fast coffins.



That sense of danger or uncertainty was that necessary evil that made the sport so interesting. Or listening to those glorious V10s. If you excuse me I'm going to watch some racing from the 80s and 90s because now I'm reminiscing.
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Perfectly reasonable. I think Nikki Lauda said something about drivers crying either before or after the race because the cars were so fast and dangerous. For all intents and purposes they were very fast coffins.




That sense of danger or uncertainty was that necessary evil that made the sport so interesting. Or listening to those glorious V10s. If you excuse me I'm going to watch some racing from the 80s and 90s because now I'm reminiscing.
The fatality rate is really on par with most mainstream motor sports and being significantly more dangerous appears to be more marketing hype than reality. Most occurred from the 50s through the 80s when safety standards were low (or didnt even exist)

As best I can determine over the last 70 years. For just drivers.
F1 - 43
Indy - 46
NASCAR - 32
NHRA drag racing - 28

In fact the winner is illegal street racing at 100+ a year over the last 20 years in the US alone. No numbers prior to that but I would guess that the percentage compared to cars on the roads would be the same so we have thousands in total.
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I'm assigned to Sustainment Brigade, ugh. And they are always on mission as 88M and 91B. So they are tasked out so much they can't even get an entire platoon to PT, let alone the whole company doing it. And then after working for 15hrs they just go home, pig out, drink till they pass out, and then start it all over again. Plus any NCO above E6 ghost PT; same with anyone above O3.
You have a totally different perspective and priorities than them. Not all jobs need or want to be in peak physical condition.
My brother in law is a great example. He was in infantry for 35 years. The first 20 were spent with boots on the ground. He was injured 3 times but remained fit. The last 15 he spent as an administrator including two tours to afghanistan. He gained weight and was about as fit as your average person on the street but was also very good at his job.
Getting soldiers to perfect top fitness is your job but they dont all need that same level.
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Indycar is just as impressive as F1 on road courses. I don't know all the rules. They're both super-sticky rockets. Indycar just, I dunno... I know it's all a rich man's game so the impression is bullshit, but it feels like it's in the sweet spot between beer-&-brats of NASCAR and champagne-&-caviar of F1.
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I'm not crazy about either one. I've been to, and unimpressed by Indy car races, and F1 is just a zoo. Today's F1 race was interesting, sort of, but it has fallen off of my bucket list to see in person. I'll buy tickets to an IMSA weekend, but that's about it.
F1 was never really on my bucket list... until I heard they are coming to Vegas. Racing down the strip just seems so awesome I might try to go to that.

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And Isle of Man TT 255 deaths since 1907
WOW
With about half of them being during practice!
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With about half of them being during practice!

If you ever get the chance to watch the documentary Road on the Dunlop family who races IOM, I highly recommend it.
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The perks of the rank. You're expecting way to much from a unit of Mechanics/Drivers. Same thing in my old signal unit, we had 3 SGTs that were pieces of lard. At one point less than 50% of the unit was fully in the green. Can you request to go to a Ranger/SF unit.

Im sure you could persuade the CSM to push PT. CSM or 1SGT love anything that makes soldier's life miserable.
Im trying to get to a Ranger bat or at least a motivated infantry unit. Idk if Im high speed enough for SF lol but Id LOVE to do that!
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If you ever get the chance to watch the documentary Road on the Dunlop family who races IOM, I highly recommend it.
Nah. Not in my realm of interest.

Pretty much sums up that all motor sports are hazardous. Some just play it up more because human love to watch disasters unfold.
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Im trying to get to a Ranger bat or at least a motivated infantry unit. Idk if Im high speed enough for SF lol but Id LOVE to do that!

Either Ranger BT or switch branches and go work for the Marines.
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Either Ranger BT or switch branches and go work for the Marines.
If they open it up I would
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