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Old 02-08-2019, 02:16 PM
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I've been enjoying the documentary, "The Gentleman Driver." For those of you who have Netflix, check it out.
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The documentary touches on a lot of interesting points of view. On the one hand, fans give these guys a lot of [email protected]#[email protected]# for the fact that they pay to be in the show. The documentary does show a lot of these rich, non-pros screwing up, i.e. crashing in the last few laps at Le Mans while in the lead, spinning and taking out other cars, etc.--all very cringe worthy.. But it also gives another perspective, which is that gentleman drivers are like the fantasy we fans have about competing at the top ranks of motor sports. One commentator makes the point that, if you super rich, you could buy an NFL team, but you could never play in the Super Bowl. In motor sport, on the other hand, if you have the means and you are very good, as these guys are--but not truly great--you could buy yourself a ride at Le Mans.
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Im about half way thru. Interesting movie. They're doing a good job of showing all points of view.
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I also liked the well made point of view that without the gentlemen drivers, these type of racing series wouldn't exist or thrive.
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I also liked the well made point of view that without the gentlemen drivers, these type of racing series wouldn't exist or thrive.
I have the impression it has been this way in motorsports since its inception.
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Originally Posted by zzyzx View Post
I've been enjoying the documentary, "The Gentleman Driver." For those of you who have Netflix, check it out.
Enjoyed it, thanks for the suggestion!
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Will check it out, thanks for suggesting
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I watched this last night, and thought it was well done.

Now, where did I put that Power Ball ticket?
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Thanks for the tip. Just finished it. Very well done. I've always liked Dalla Lana--been following him since his Turner BMW days.
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Originally Posted by paradocs98 View Post
Thanks for the tip. Just finished it. Very well done. I've always liked Dalla Lana--been following him since his Turner BMW days.
Paul is a super guy, great driver and incredibly honest and humble

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Thanks for the tip, I really enjoyed the documentary.
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Just watched and it was quite good. All those guys seemed fit, but they would really benefit from less weight work and just cutting poundage.
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Just watched it, and it was quite well done. I noted that with the exception of Dalla Lana, most of the other gentleman drivers suspended their racing efforts after a season or two which made me wonder what the average "career" of a gentleman driver is? Do these guys last only a season or two...or longer? Anybody in the know care to chime in?

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Originally Posted by Akunob
Just watched it, and it was quite well done. I noted that with the exception of Dalla Lana, most of the other gentleman drivers suspended their racing efforts after a season or two which made we wonder what the average "career" of a gentleman driver is. do these guys last only a season or two...or longer? Anybody in the know care to chime in?
I think they drove many years before the show.
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I also liked the psychologist's point of view (and the parallels between entrepreneurship and racing)
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