But the thing is this: I simply cannot believe how many people have responded to these e-blasts (a sure sign that even cable entertainment programming could use some improvement) and are likewise playing the trivia games and apparently enjoying them. Including friend Greg Rickes, who is not only The Voice of Lime Rock Park (over the P.A, system, anyway) but also appears as--what else--a race announcer on The Last Open Road audiobook! He's but one of many Mystery Celebrity Guest Voices (along with David Hobbs, Brian Redman, Tommy Kendall, Skip Barber and many, many more) and if you haven't given it a listen, you should. Also heard from Lime Rock Vintage Festival impresario Murray Smith, who had some first-hand thoughts and fond memories ("a tough little bugger") regarding trivia subject Jean Behra, and also our English friend Bob Allen, who went on--typically--at pedantic length regarding the rare Gordini featured in the same trivia question. So what's new? I have reproduced his pithy ramblings under the Gordini-on-the-rocks photo below. I'd skip over it if I were you...
Also heard from my marvelously gullible friend Rick Carlino, who impulsively and perhaps even idiotically offered me a co-drive in his taut, lithe and lovely Chevron B36 at Road Atlanta many years ago (see pic below, and still one of my very favorite cars) and damn if we didn't wind up on the second step of the podium! Really.

But enough about me (like THAT could ever happen!) and in response to apparent demand in what must be a very week field of available diversions:
1) I will endeavor to create new trivia questions and conundrums (and hopefully more varieties of them) as soon as the previous one has been answered correctly.
2) I will not go on at length about anything else unless I'm truly moved to do so or am trying to sell you something.

From Bob Allen:
Unfortunately I don't have a book on Gordini, wonderful little cars though they were, so I'm having to scratch around for find what I can get. As far as I understand it, Gordini generally named his cars from the engine size so, for example, the T11 had the 1,100 cc 4-cyl. FIAT engine, the T15 had the 1,500 FIAT and so on. The S suffix denotes a sports type to distinguish them from the single seaters.
Behra's '52 Carrera mount was chassis no. 0018GCS and seems to have started out as a 1.5 L T15 but that 4-cyl. engine was later replaced with the 2,262 6-cyl. during 1952, possibly for the Carrera (speculation). But its name then received the suffix 17S, not 23S as you might expect. Team mate Manzon's was chassis no. 0016 and had the same 2.3 6 but didn't receive a suffix. However, a lot of these data are taken from original entry lists and, as you well know, these can be very unreliable being so dependant on the person who filled in the form in the first place.
I have also found a photograph of a 15S it at a show where its information board states chassis no. 00018, that it has the 1.5 L mill and is named as an 18S. I'm pretty sure Gordini only use 4-digit chassis numbers so it could have been a typo for 0018 but given other inconsistencies such as no other record of a T18S, there's little reliability in all that: I don't even know whether 0018 was rebuilt or scrapped after the crash.
Also, I totally agree with your sentiments about Behra who really was an heroic driver (our Classic & Sportscar magazine published an excellent summary of his career a few years ago). The tragedy is that if he'd been Italian, I'm sure Tavoli wouldn't have said anything about his performance at Reims (so many others suffered such a fate during Ferrari's earlier years, not least Surtees in the days of Dragoni) and without the resulting altercation, he almost certainly wouldn't have taken his RSK to Avus.
Finally, I have no clue about the lady in the next Trivia: at first I thought she was sitting in Gene Bordinat's Cougar II but the rake of the window is to upright so, for the time being at least, I am stumped.

Which brings us to (trumpet fanfare, please):


Who dis?

Well, we had answers all over the freaking lot here. Including "Audrey Hepburn," "Vanessa Redgrave" and "Emma Peel" from THE  AVENGERS TV series (and jeez, didn't she look hot in those go-go boots?). Drove a Lotus Elan, too. But maybe I shouldn't have told you that. Could've used it for a trivia question some day, right? But if you're so smart, riddle me this: what TV sort-of spy drove a Lotus 7 that he built with his own hands in every single episode?

Meanwhile, back to the photo above, above-mentioned Lime Rock announcer Greg Rickes was the second correct answer in (and I mean like in a few seconds) but by far the most complete:
Sure looks like Schenectady, New York's favorite drag racer Shirley "don't you dare call me Cha-Cha" Muldowney, with the StingRay coupe that got her career started at Fonda Fairgrounds infield drag strip.

Yep. And here she is "at the office"

I think Shirley was the first woman ever to win a major professional racing championship, and she sure gave the boys fits. For decades, in fact. If you've never seen her biopic "Heart Like a Wheel," it's surprisingly well done and excellent entertainment. Worth a look-see for sure.

And now...NEW TRIVIA
Racing stuff:

Who's this, and what's he tying his shoe on?


Who dis?



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