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Countingcrowbars
Countingcrowbars UltraDork
7/21/21 12:12 p.m.

And it has to be automotive. Go!

APEowner
APEowner GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/21/21 12:24 p.m.

I was at the New Hampshire Motorspeedway when Jeff Burton led from flag to flag in 2000.  NASCAR had mandated restrictor plates for that race in a knee jerk reaction to the deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin.  As a result the cars were down on horsepower at a track that was already tough to pass on.  The only excitement the entire race was a disagreement on racing room between when Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Sr. when Jeff was putting Dale a lap down.  I missed that because I was off getting a snack.

 

chaparral
chaparral Dork
7/21/21 12:35 p.m.

2013 Fuji 6 Hours. Race started under yellow, was stopped, resumed under yellow, ran into its time limit and the checker was thrown without any green-flag running. 

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
7/21/21 12:46 p.m.

Any Monaco Grand Prix.

Any stock car race from Michigan prior to the stage racing.

calteg
calteg Dork
7/21/21 1:06 p.m.

Every MotoGP race at COTA. 

Marc Marquez qualifies on pole, blasts off into the sunset and is never seen by any other riders until the checkered flag drops. Whoever is in 2nd and third are fast enough that they don't have to battle for position. The only contests happen way, way back in the pack.

That being said, Marquez crashed out in (i believe) 2019. The Marquez fan in front of me literally started weeping. I wanted to drink his tears

pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture UltimaDork
7/21/21 1:08 p.m.

I was at the 2006 US Grand Prix at Indianapolis where a whole 6 cars ran the race. indecision

At least Minardi and Jordan got to score some points I guess.

Opti
Opti Dork
7/21/21 1:38 p.m.

At our local shut down air field we used to do drag racing. Lots of weird and cool stuff was normally out there. One time I watched a 90s gran prix race a first gen xB, it never ended, far and away the most boring race ive ever seen. After the race the guy in the right lane turned into the guy in the left lane, so that was more interesting but the race itself, not so much

Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
7/21/21 3:01 p.m.

In reply to pointofdeparture :

It's hard to top that one.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa PowerDork
7/21/21 3:06 p.m.

Was at MIR when I was stationed in DC.  Two ricers got up to the lights, they got the green and they both slowly accelerated up to ~30MPH and then both floored it.  Like Opti's race, it went on foreeeeevvvvveeeeerrr

 

They weren't doing it on the streets at least

sergio
sergio HalfDork
7/21/21 3:16 p.m.

Any race I'm not driving in

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
7/21/21 3:23 p.m.

1994 Indy 500 has to be up there for me.  The 3 Penske-Mercedes cars walking away from the field for the whole race was kind of boring.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
7/21/21 3:53 p.m.

I don't watch F1 or NASCAR or NHRA or any of that, the only motorsport I pay close attention to is Formula Drift, so mine will be a little odd. It was the last year that Formula Drift ran the event in Montreal, so I think 2015 or thereabouts. Frederic Aasbo tried a new method of winning, where he would make lead and chase runs that were better than average but not astounding and force the judges to declare One More Time matchups against him and his opponent. And he would continue to make these low-impact but technically acceptable runs, and just keep forcing OMTs until the other driver either fatigued and made a mistake, or they got pissed off and overly aggressive and made a mistake. He wasn't winning, he was just tieing and then forcing the other driver to hand him a win. It was something ridiculous where like the entire event he had 6 or 7 OMTs total against opponents (usually that's the amount you see over the entire bracket). It got to the point where the crowd was getting actively hostile and booing every time he pulled to the starting line or the judges ruled in his favor. Clearly Frederic Aasbo, and team manager Steph Papadakis, read the crowd and never tried that tactic again.

The era of "The Flop" was pretty awful too. For a season or two, several drivers had a tactic where if they were in the lead and the chase driver made the slightest contact, they would let go of the steering wheel, stab the throttle and "flop" the car over into a spin and then scream and yell that the chase driver spun them out. And the judges fell for it every time and would rule in favor of the lead driver. It was the equivalent of when soccer players get mad and get in an argument and then one of them falls over screaming and yelling that the other one hit him. Soooo many battles got decided that way.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
7/21/21 4:09 p.m.

I feel the old 3 wheeled Morgan cars racing at Road America Vintage events can be boring.  

Apparently I must be at the wrong race tracks.  
 

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
7/21/21 4:27 p.m.
Opti said:

At our local shut down air field we used to do drag racing. Lots of weird and cool stuff was normally out there. One time I watched a 90s gran prix race a first gen xB, it never ended, far and away the most boring race ive ever seen. After the race the guy in the right lane turned into the guy in the left lane, so that was more interesting but the race itself, not so much

at the VW Bug In  you could race any Aircooled VW ,  so we would race our VW campers :)

I think we were in the low 20's !

chandler
chandler UltimaDork
7/21/21 4:41 p.m.

We went to NOPI races at rt66 back after the first Fast and Furious movie came out and there were reams of stock accords with straight pipes racing. It was horrible.

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/21/21 5:03 p.m.

Most political ones. Though at the local level you or someone you know could be involved which improves the interest level.

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/21/21 5:11 p.m.

Anything F1 or Indy. NASCAR races except the first 15 minutes and the last 30. 

racerfink
racerfink UltraDork
7/21/21 5:39 p.m.

Formula E.  The race I watched at N.Y. was underwhelming.  The cars are so slow, and the braking distances so short, that they have to bump the car ahead to make a pass (with predictable results on a concrete lined street course).

If it wouldn’t have been for the 2nd place Jag hitting the wall on his own, I don’t think there would have been any passes in the top five all race.

bearmtnmartin (Forum Supporter)
bearmtnmartin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
7/21/21 5:48 p.m.

Our local speedway starts the fast cars at the back, so even a humdrum sport compact race is great because to win you have to pass 20 cars, and the races are calculated to be just long enough that a quick car can do that.  On the other hand....the vintage club insists on fast car getting the pole, and everyone else falls in behind based on time ins. So because there is such a great disparity in performance and ability/money spent, most vintage races are a procession from start to finish. When I was a member I encouraged them to think a little more about fan appeal and less about bragging rights but I got nowhere. Every race had to be run like a Mercedes dominated F1 race and while it is fun watching old sports cars, there is not much actual racing usually and it can be very boring to watch. 

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
7/21/21 6:22 p.m.

Autocross has to be the most boring race to watch

fidelity101 (Forum Supporter)
fidelity101 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
7/21/21 7:35 p.m.

TDI cup at autobahn country club in IL - i fell asleep in the stands it was so quiet and boring. 

EvanB
EvanB GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/21/21 7:36 p.m.
ShawnG said:

Autocross has to be the most boring race to watch

That isn't really a race though. devil

amg_rx7 (Forum Supporter)
amg_rx7 (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
7/21/21 8:06 p.m.

Autocross, nascar 

Barb_Dwyer
Barb_Dwyer New Reader
7/21/21 8:08 p.m.

In the final lap, Marc Marquez qualifies on pole position, seizes the lead, and disappears into the sunset without a trace. They don't have to contend for their positions with those in 2nd and 3rd. In the back of the pack, there are only contests.

That being said, Marquez II crashed out (I believe) in 2019. I watched in disbelief as a Marquez fan wept. His tears were like water to me.

759NRNG
759NRNG UberDork
7/21/21 8:27 p.m.
Barb_Dwyer said:

In the final lap, Marc Marquez qualifies on pole position, seizes the lead, and disappears into the sunset without a trace. They don't have to contend for their positions with those in 2nd and 3rd. In the back of the pack, there are only contests.

That being said, Marquez II crashed out (I believe) in 2019. I watched in disbelief as a Marquez fan wept. His tears were like water to me.

I think I've just read my first forum Hiakuk.......not quite 5/7/5.....but I'll take it.

Barb_D.....welcome to the hive

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