I was wondering if anyone here might be willing to help write Wikipedia articles on Bob Sharp, and BSR. Other articles which either have missing links or should are the artlcles on Scott Sharp, and Paul Newman.
A few reminiscences of the BSROC. I was a member when I lived in Poughkeepsie NY. Back in those days I was lucky to attend about a 1/2 dozen USGPs in Watkins Glen, and quite a few races at Lime Rock. I bought a used 1973 Z car in 1975, and started attending the monthly BSR meetings first at the original dealership on Route 33 in Wilton, and followed the club to the new dealership in Danbury.
I went to a couple of the annual club driving days at Lime Rock, although I never had the nerve to drive my daily driver on the track, so I served as a corner worker. I got to witness one of my friends big moments, when he managed to pass Sam Posey right in front of me and another friend right near turn 4 IIRC. Of course my friend, Paul, was driving a 280ZX, and Sam was in a 200SX, but still.
I remember that in the meeting before the Lime Rock day, Bob Sharp would give a chalk talk about the racing line and would give tips. He recommended that guys practice driving wearing a helmet on the street if they hadn't done that before, particularly if they had a manual transmission, since most shift by ear rather than looking at the tach. He added the recommendation that you should do this at night to minimize the chance of surprising other drivers on the road.
Finally, every year Bob would get a new street Z car made up to look like the teams race car. One year at the meeting where he debuted one of those cars. I noticed that the beautiful BBS mag wheels (probably worth a kilobuck or two when a thousand dollars was real money) didn't have locking lug nuts.
I mentioned this to Bob and he turned a bit white, and mentioned that he had left the car parked at La Guardia several times.
I'm pretty certain that the car left that night with a set of wheel locks, probably installed by BSR crew chief Gene Crowe.
Those wheels have now been cleaned, the centers powder-coated, and the rims buffed. They will be mounted in a few weeks on our 240 race car. We managed to get the E31 works head, the intake/exhaust, twin pipes, mufflers, the 44mm Mikunis, 8-qt oil pan and the dog ring tranny as well.
I had dinner with Bob just before Christmas and talked with him last week. He's still going strong.
"Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wikipedia vs. Britannica
I was very surprised to learn that the errors found in Wikipedia were not very different from errors found in Britannica, in terms of numbers. Levinson cites Nature magazine's research that "the experts found an average of four inaccuracies per Wikipedia article and three per Britannica article (p. 93)." Personally, this does not seem to be a huge difference.
Using wikipedia could actually be more beneficial than using Britannica. This may sound crazy because for the most part, Britannica is widely respected, while Wikipedia has a multitude of critics. My point is simply that students understand the criticisms of Wikipedia and are willing to check the facts using other more reliable sources. However, most students (at least me) usually take Britannica or any other reliable encyclopedia at its words because it is based on experts rather than any normal citizen. As a result, fact-checking is important both on Wikipedia and Britannica.
Another advantage of Wikipedia over Britannica is the speed with which it can be updated. The false reports on the deaths of Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd were deleted within five minutes of their posting. Obviously, this presents a drawback of the problem of vandalism, but it also speaks to the power and effectiveness of editing to ensure the information on Wikipedia is accurate. Editing inaccurate information in Britannica takes a much longer time. In conclusion, Britannica may not be the better encyclopedia after all."