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Old 07-02-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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Old School GP Starts

For those too young to remember, push starts were the way things were done in Grand Prix racing once upon a time. In the early 1980s, though, LeMans style starts were banned because of safety issues. LeMans starts gave way to push starts from the grid. Push starts from the grid lasted until 1988 when they, too, were banned because of safety concerns. Crazy is an understatement.

1988 USGP, with riders amd crews getting ready moments from the start.

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Check out this 500cc GP start from Paul Ricard in 1986. Some famous names in here, of course.

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Old 07-02-2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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What is the logic behind push start?
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i pushstart my bike all the time...but now i can say its training, if i ever find myself back in time on a gp grid
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I didn't follow 1980's GP.
I started following early 1990's.
Kevin Schwartz, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan were my heroes.
I still remember every detail of their bikes and leathers.
A lot of white and red back in the day.
Mainly because of their main sponsors who were tobacco companies.
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I didn't follow 1980's GP.
I started following early 1990's.
Kevin Schwartz, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan were my heroes.
I still remember every detail of their bikes and leathers.
A lot of white and red back in the day.
Mainly because of their main sponsors who were tobacco companies.
and don't forget blue,
Rothmans Honda & Gauloises Yamaha
a golden era
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For those too young to remember, push starts were the way things were done in Grand Prix racing once upon a time. In the early 1980s, though, LeMans style starts were banned because of safety issues. LeMans starts gave way to push starts from the grid. Push starts from the grid lasted until 1988 when they, too, were banned because of safety concerns. Crazy is an understatement.

1988 USGP, with riders amd crews getting ready moments from the start.

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Check out this 500cc GP start from Paul Ricard in 1986. Some famous names in here, of course.

starting the race like this when you were fit was one thing but how many times did we see riders with recently broken arms, legs, ankles and collarbones attempting painful heroics.
Good riddance imo
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Nice...
I even drew those!

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Cool pix. The #84 bike is an 88/89 GSXR, though.
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I don't like those starts. I don't think they could do that nowdays anyway.


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My Doohan shirt got eaten up by battery acid The Rainy shirt is too faded. :(
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My Doohan shirt got eaten up by battery acid The Rainy shirt is too faded. :(
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I didn't follow 1980's GP.
I started following early 1990's.
Kevin Schwartz, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan were my heroes.
I still remember every detail of their bikes and leathers.
A lot of white and red back in the day.
Mainly because of their main sponsors who were tobacco companies.
Sorry, but this made me laugh out loud. hehehe:
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Sorry, but this made me laugh out loud. hehehe:
Oh come on, Keith. Everyone has heard of Kevin Schwartz!
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We where push starting back in 1970-1973, no starters on the bikes to keep weight down, How about Motohashi, Geoff Perry and others?
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