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#1 mjsh

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

Philippe,

Any news on when we can expect the new book on our favorite subject?
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:43 AM

He is busy writing the last chapter, "Errant Missiles I have known"... 

Sorry, Dokk, look forward to seeing you tomorrow, and even more to read the book.  

Your build on the RetroPro is awesome, and hope to see you testing it tomorrow.  

By the way, did you fix the Tuning Fork F1 car after the last race?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:15 AM

He's planning on having it published posthumously... the problem is he'll live to 100.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:29 AM

I am working hard on it, but other priorities mean that it got quite behind... the text is pretty much finished, photography is another matter.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:45 AM

... the problem is he'll live to 100.


Now that's a scary thought.

If he does hang around that long, I don't want even to think about how curmudgeonly he'll have become... LOL!

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:21 PM

PdL is writing a new book??? :laugh2:  :laugh2:

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:34 PM

Bill, where have you been? PdL has been workin on it for a very long time.

And when you race him he will kick your butt! He is no joke and has treated me very well. I dare you to come out and race the big race coming up in two weeks. No excuses necessary!
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

For a one-eyed old man who can't hear he is darn fast and if you could have seen him in his prime as I did you would have been amazed. The first coming of Duran if not better and I have seen all of them firsthand. Or Beuf if you are a wing racer.
 
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:50 PM

Oh, he can hear all right. He just doesn't listen! LOL!!!

I learned a long time ago not to send him a PM or an email longer than about three lines, because that's as far as he ever reads...

PdL is one of a kind. Whether that's a good thing or not is your call! LOL!
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:44 PM

He is a very fair person to deal with. A true professional.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:26 PM

Absolutely!

 

As far as I am concerned, Dos Equis selected the wrong guy for their ad campaign.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

Bill, where have you been? PdL has been workin on it for a very long time.

 
"That book" has been in pre-publication mode for nearly ten years, if not longer. I'd hardly call it new. :sarcastic_hand:

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

Actually Bill, only since 2006.

But it is a LOT of work, and a LOT of things have happened that put it aside a lot too often. Now I have to read it again because I don't even remember what's in it!  :shok:
 
Seriously, we are at the stage now where we are cutting stuff out of it because it is simply too much and could get to be boring to the casual reader, and that's 90% of the readership.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:51 AM

It's better to edit down than to fluff up. Maybe the cuttings will be another book... or a second edition.


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Posted 30 December 2012 - 06:54 AM

Seriously, we are at the stage now where we are cutting stuff out of it because it is simply too much and could get to be boring to the casual reader, and that's 90% of the readership.


And I recall your unhappiness when MBI edited down "Vintage Slot Cars" from a much larger manuscript.

Do you know that famous quote from Pogo? LOL!
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:29 AM

The Dokktor is a very busy man right now, but I am sure he will finish his book.
 
It does feel like it has been an eternity in the writing, but I have a feeling he has plenty of time to finish! :) :good: :good:
 
I know a publisher who will water down nothing in the new book of slot car life!
 
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:29 PM

As a relative newcomer to the site, I was pleasantly surprised to see Philippe de Lespinay (how DO you pronounce that?) involved with the little buzzing cars.

Previously I only knew of him as a 1/1 race fan, vintage race car restorer/collector, and buddy of Dan Gurney.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:48 PM

Jim,

 

This site was actually started by Philippe, although we had been discussing what we might do with a forum for several years before P pulled the trigger and got it started. I got involved as rootadmin within a couple of days and last July PdL sold his interest in Slotblog to me.

 

Someday we need to make Philippe write down all the things he's been involved in, as I think the wide range of his interests and activities would surprise a lot of folks.

 

Just this past weekend, I was at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, AL, where there is a "Wall of Fame" showcasing notables in motorcycle racing history. Lo and behold, the very first picture to be found in that display is this one:

 

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As I understand it, this bike was something PdL created from cast-off parts from a couple of other bike racing teams.

 

I also believe PdL actually raced in Formula 2 in Europe a couple of times, until he crashed the car and didn't have the budget to repair it.

 

P was been involved in the "toy" business as a designer for several well-known makers of slot cars in the 1970s.

 

If any of this is in error, P will no doubt correct me. He always does... LOL!

 

Oh, and the correct pronunciation of Philppe de Lespinay is "pay-pay".


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:19 PM

Too cool!!! Great picture, too.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:39 PM

Actually, Greg, that bike was one of five works machines built in Pesaro by the Morbidelli Woodworking Machinery racing team. These were so advanced that they stomped the Japanese machines (Yamaha especially) to extinction in the class, that is until the FIM mandated a single cylinder, at which point Honda had again, a competitive motorcycle, but the Italians won like 15 world titles before Honda could win one. After the Morbidelli era that ended in 1982, there were MBA, Minarelli, then Garelli, all based on the same design, until the end of the twins.

 

The engine developed 51 HP for only 125cc, remarkable power that was greater than most 250cc at the time (1975 through 1978). I was clocked on the banking at Ontario Motor Speedway at 151 MPH on that thing, a period magazine reported on the bike's amazing performance.

 

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This very bike is now in the Morbidelli museum in Pesaro, and I had a visit with it last September. Here, Commendatore Giancarlo Morbidelli, now 82 years old, is helping me to get aboard the little rocket:

 

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Another of these bikes that was given to me by Mr. Morbidelli and made from spare parts is in the LASCM museum in Los Angeles.

 

After selling his business, Morbidelli went into collecting racing motorcycles and has now the best motorcycle museum on the planet, with a fantastic collection of mostly Italian racers from the 1920s all the way to the 1990s. He sold some of his own racing bikes to Barber, and that's where you saw a few of those. One of them is my own design and we raced in 1979 in the 250cc world championship, with Valentino Rossi's father as our driver. We nearly won the title, but a fall in the last race in sight of the flag put us back in third spot that year, then we moved to the 500cc class where the going was tougher.
 

He also built a V8-powered roadster and of course helps his son Gianni in his racing career. Gianni drove in F1 for Ferrari, Footworks, Scuderia italia, and is now racing for BMW Italia. Morbidelli also built a V12 engine for a motorcycle in collaboration with Honda.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:56 AM

I seem to remember seeing one of PdL's bikes and a picture or two when I was down at the now closed Race Rock Cafe in Orlando.

 

Kind of strange when you walk in a place with  "museum pieces" that are connected with someone you know!



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:16 AM

PdL IS a museum piece, now back to the book. I am however distressed to hear about any nod to the casual reader. I was so looking forward to slot car's equivalent to Nye's history of BRM.


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

Cool to hear about your racing history, Philippe!

 

Do you still ride? You got all the good canyon roads right in your backyard.  :D


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:25 PM

I am on four wheels nowadays, 70-year old guys driving Ducatis end up as organ donors.

Besides the Law is simply too active where I am; they are hungry to make sure their paycheck is not an IOU. So they prey on us.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:05 PM

News????


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:38 PM

Still working on it. It's like writing the Webster and then finding out that things need to be corrected on the fifth re-read on page 812...

 

The book so far has almost 400,000 words and 350 pages of text alone (not a single picture in that total), and it is not over yet...


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 04:09 PM

Will it help things along if I promise to give you my autograph?


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 04:20 PM

Philippe, we are patient - just promise us to keep well and alive until its done. :-)  

 

We also care about you for other reasons, too. :-)

 

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 06:41 PM

:laugh2:

 

I have not dropped dead yet, no worry!


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Posted 10 June 2016 - 02:21 PM

Now that Indy is over?


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Posted 10 June 2016 - 02:25 PM

I used to worry that you weren't going be around long enough to finish it.  Now I'm beginning to worry that I'm not going to be around to read it!

 

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 04:01 PM

Hmmmm... Let me see. What would I choose? Go vintage racing or write another book? 



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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:28 PM

Just checking back every three or four years to check on progress.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 05:58 PM

I'm just going to download all his posts, print out, slap on a cardboard cover, and call it done.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:04 PM

Writing a book is a major undertaking, especially to the level of detail and accuracy that PdL is contemplating in his book. Not sure about his sourcing for photographs but that will be a major headache for me getting all the permissions and what not.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:05 PM

I think the last Philippe posted, the writing is done and only photo work remains, which maybe is more work than the writing.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:31 PM

If someone were to write a book on "The History of Retro Racing", it would let PDL off the hook. Let's see, it should only take 5 or 6 years to document 12 years of history.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:45 PM

I have estimated 3-4 months just to handle photographs for my book but thats just a WAG.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 07:54 PM

Writing a "picture book" is rather easy and can be done very quickly. There are TONS of "picture books" in automotive libraries. Very few tell an actual story, most of them are comic books with pictures. Virtually all books relating to toys are so poor in establishing a story, it is a bit pathetic.

Most books about racing cars are just that: tons of already formatted pics, a few caption words and voila. Sorry, not my style.

Writing an encyclopedia about facts and events that took place over 50 years ago is a bit tougher, especially when the writer has (much) better things to do.

 

This book was written and completed like 6 years ago (and will require readers to actually read it, because images are sacrificed for actual content), but the photography was not, and much new information has surfaced in the past 6 years. It means lots of new writing, correcting, adding and... subtracting. The photography capture in difficult circumstances in the middle of construction, dust, plaster and continuous interruptions was simply not fun, and I don't like it when it is not fun, this is when I go home to do fun things. I took over 5,000 pictures, to select 750. At one time, one of the construction workers stole the cameras, the Canon EOS bag containing the backup card with thousands of pictures, that I had to take over again. You like it so far?

 

It was really fun.

 

Now that "better things to do" have been reduced to "less of it," now that construction is at last nearly done, there is hope I can complete the work, images and all, before the end of the year. Then it can go to production (90 days) and to print. In fact it will likely be ready just in time for a "grand opening" of the finished LASCM museum, by "invitation only" (because of limited space and parking space).

 

So in the meantime, do whatever you have to do, will the book order to your grandchildren, whatever.

 

It will be done when it will be done.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:12 PM

And there you have it. LOL.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:07 PM

Dennis, what will your book be about? Have you written others?


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:22 PM

I will wait as long as it takes. I have his first book. And will have his second.

 

Hmmm... 41K posts. I gotta pick up more printer ink and paper.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 03:25 AM

Taking deposits? :)


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:46 AM

I'm waiting for it to show up at the used book stores.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 08:49 AM

Bill,

 

I hope you believe in reincarnation.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 01:49 PM

Yes, I'm coming back as a proofreader. :laugh2:


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 02:48 PM

Anyone have the ISBN number of his first book?

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 03:10 PM

Anyone have the ISBN number of his first book?

 

ISBN 0 - 7603 - 0566 - 8



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Posted 21 October 2017 - 03:23 PM

It's on the FBI Russian files.



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Posted 21 October 2017 - 04:15 PM

I heard the new transcript was seized in Manaforts home in a predawn raid.

 

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