Luke Maney
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About me

Just an old racing nut who grew up in Southern California, USA. I have been to many races as a fan, including the Long Beach Grand Prix's: 1977(F1), 1979(F1), 2007(Champcar/ALMS). I have also been to the IMSA GTP at Heartland Park Topeka Kansas in 1989 and the Indianapolis 500 practice sessions in 1995 and recently (Nov. 2012) the Formula One practice and qualifying sessions at COTA in Austin Texas.

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My buddy and me would ditch school on Friday and ride the city bus to downtown Long Beach. We snuck onto the track usually just after the sun came up and then we would be there all day long till just before sunset. In the seventies a teenage boy could sneak onto the track and I never paid for a ticket for the Friday-Saturday practices and qualifying sessions! Sunday is the only day I had a ticket for because that's all my mom could afford to give me. My good ol mom was the one who enabled me to see the grand prix's (love you mom xoxo).

I remember that F1 was very different in those days compared to today...what I mean is that the cars were different in that innovation and variety was the norm, I mean the cars were different from each other i.e. different engines, different aero designs, different sounds! It was very interesting and exciting because of the variety. The ferraris(12cyl.) had a high pitched shinging sound they made and the matras(12 cyl.)screamed and the cosworths(8 cyl.) backfired a lot and the turbo Renaults(6 cyl.) had a low sounding muted horn sound to them. For a teenage boy I was fascinated by it all, the smells and the colors and the breath taking speed...at the end of the Shoreline straightaway at the hairpin, you see the cars before hearing them, the sound sort of was trailing them almost and when the sound caught up to the cars it was a whooshing sound like a rocket or a spacecraft entering the atmosphere! My buddy from high school and me spent so much time at the track watching every session that I literally was able to pick the winners of both the 1977 and the 1979 GP's in advance and even bought their respective team's ball cap in advance both years. My shop teacher on Monday following the Grand Prix in 79' said to me; "do you always buy a cap of the winning team, don't you have a favorite" , I said that I had bought the hat well before the race on Sunday because I could tell by Gilles practice times and his form that he would win Sunday's race!

Luke took 3rd place in the One Last Hurrah championship series.
Jan 01, 2017
Luke posted on the Thanks R2P discussion in the Ideas and Suggestions forum.
Dec 31, 2016
Luke finished 4th at the Le Mans '70 S5000 LE race in the One Last Hurrah series.
Dec 31, 2016
Luke finished 5th at the Daytona International '70 S5000 LE race in the One Last Hurrah series.
Dec 24, 2016
Marcos Nunez, Gilles Lalonde gave Rep to Luke.
Luke posted on the The end is near discussion in the I.R.C. forum.
Dec 24, 2016
Luke took 12th place in the F1 Championship 1978 by ACD championship series.
Dec 23, 2016
Luke posted on the Keep in touch with each other discussion in the General Chat forum.
Dec 18, 2016
Luke is a record holder for the Lola T70 Mk.3B LE at Longford '67 - Rainy.
Dec 17, 2016
Luke finished 2nd at the Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE race in the One Last Hurrah series.
Dec 17, 2016
Scott Ring, Marcos Nunez, Bill Miller, Simon Wattman gave Rep to Luke.
Luke finished 11th at the Adelaide DTM race in the Deutsche Tourenwagen-Meisterschaft series.
Dec 16, 2016
Stefan Schneider gave Rep to Luke.
Luke is a record holder for the F1'71 at Watkins Glen '79.
Dec 13, 2016
Luke finished 1st at the Watkins Glen '79 F1'71 race in the 1971 Virtual Formula 1 Championship series.
Dec 13, 2016
Jason Whited, Nuno Gaiteira, Luís Almeida gave Rep to Luke.
Luke commented on Thank you all, resignation from R2P in Tim McArthur's blog.
Nov 16, 2016
Luke commented on Race2Play to close its doors in Race2Play Staff's blog.
Nov 15, 2016
Luke took 1st place in the Big Tire Formula One championship series.
Nov 09, 2016
Luke joined the MNRL league.
Nov 09, 2016
Luke joined the Simulation Racing Pilipinas league.
Nov 08, 2016
Luke is a record holder for the Formula Retro at Adelaide 2011.
Nov 05, 2016
Luke took 3rd place in the Swift Sport Classic GT40 championship series.
Nov 04, 2016
Luke is a record holder for the Formula Retro at Monaco '75.
Oct 29, 2016
Luke took 5th place in the Historic Prototype Series [SemiPro] championship series.
Sep 24, 2016
Luke is a record holder for the Formula Retro at Interlagos Historic 76.
Sep 12, 2016
Luke commented on Changes happening at Race2Play in Race2Play Staff's blog.
Jul 20, 2016
Luke added a setup for the Ferrari '85 at Sonoma Raceway.
Jul 13, 2016
Luke joined the Top Dog Racing league.
May 14, 2016
Luke joined the Paddocksim league.
May 08, 2016
Screenshot by Luke from the Daytona International '70 S5000 LE event.
Dec 24, 2016
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Screenshot by Luke from the Daytona International '70 S5000 LE event.
Dec 24, 2016
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Screenshot by Luke from the Daytona International '70 S5000 LE event.
Dec 24, 2016
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Screenshot by Luke from the Daytona International '70 S5000 LE event.
Dec 24, 2016
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Luke was tagged in a screenshot from the Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE event.
Dec 17, 2016
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Luke was tagged in a screenshot from the Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE event.
Dec 17, 2016
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Screenshot by Luke from the Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE event.
Dec 17, 2016
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Screenshot by Luke from the Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE event.
Dec 17, 2016
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Screenshot by Luke from the Longford '67 - Rainy S5000 LE event.
Dec 17, 2016
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Luke was tagged in a screenshot from the Sears Point Full Multiclass event.
Dec 12, 2016
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Luke was tagged in a screenshot from the Mosport 2012 F1'71 event.
Dec 07, 2016
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Luke was tagged in a screenshot from the Monza '79 F178 event.
Dec 02, 2016
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Luke was tagged in a screenshot from the Monza '79 F178 event.
Dec 02, 2016
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Luke was tagged in a screenshot from the Monza '79 F178 event.
Dec 02, 2016
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