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Rush

Motor racing can never be totally safe and it never should be in my opinion.
-Murray Walker

Having been an F1 nut ever since my teens, I couldn’t wait to see Ron Howard’s Rush  movie that depicts the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the 1976 Formula One World Championship. (And no, I’m not old enough to have watched those 70s races live, but I caught up on them much later on. Although my interest has tailed off in recent years, back when I was seriously into it, I was a veritable walking F1 encyclopedia.)

Finding good-quality F1 stuff in SL is a bit of a nightmare. Your search terms need to take in the much more Americanised racing industry (eg: NASCAR) when it comes to looking for things like overalls. There are some gorgeous classic F1-style cars (we’re talking Jim Clark era), lots of modern-style cars, but I could only find one  70s-era car, and that was a replica of the six-wheeled Tyrrell, which ran in the ’76 season. Nowhere else in SL can you find the built-like-brick-shithouses classic 70s-era F1 cars, which is a damned shame. F1 cars may look sleek and gorgeous now, but back in the 70s you wouldn’t have fucked around with one.

Unless your name was James Hunt, of course.

I found a really good, reasonably-priced, drivable modern F1 car at Simbaz Motorz: the Muzan F1 HS G20. It’s mesh, and it’s a stunner. No need to buy extra paint packs; this thing has a full recolouring menu built right in. Plus, I love that all of its ‘sponsorship’ decals are of open source software ;-)

There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.
-Murray Walker

My overalls are from Boing. Naturally, I had to have black ones (good job, too, as there’s precious little else on offer). I did find one mesh set, and some for a few current F1 drivers (Hamilton, Massa, etc). What I’d really love to find is mesh racing boots, but I already had these sculpted ones from SF Design in my inventory. The helmet is from Dirty Lynx.

IF is a very long word in Formula One; in fact, IF is F1 spelled backwards.
-Murray Walker

There’s nothing wrong with the car except that it’s on fire.
-Murray Walker

Quotes from the inimitable Muddly Talker ;-)

Credits

Car: Simbaz Motorz – Muzan F1 HS G20 [ simone.barsov ]

Overalls: Boing – Men’s Racing Suit [ starfox.restless ]

Helmet: Dirty Lynx – Samurai Motorbike Helmet [ loki.dancer ]

Boots: SF Design – Racing Boots (nearly black) [ swaffette.firefly ]

Hair: Exile – AJ (raven) [ kavar.cleanslate ]

Eyes: IKON – Lucid (optimism) [ ikon.innovia ]

Skin: Belleza – Ethan (Best Buys – pale) [ tricky.boucher ]

Also, check out the awesome  soundtrack. YouTube playlist can be found here.

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