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Alain de Cadenet

Discussion in 'Other Racing' started by Challenge, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. Challenge

    Challenge Formula 3

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    This guy is actually making a living doing MY job. I was supposed to be the one to drive an array of irreplacable supercars through the picturesque twisties of Europe. :) I was supposed to be the one to beat on vintage racing monsters and garage queens alike, flogging them sideways a few feet away from disaster. At least he drives 'em right! He makes me proud! :D
     
  2. Burnout

    Burnout Formula Junior

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    Have you ever seen the video where he almost gets his haircut by a Spitfire?

    Its best summarized in his own words....."F**K ME"!!!
     
  3. Willis360

    Willis360 F1 Rookie

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    I watched my recording of Victory by Design: Aston Martin yesterday. Alain always bring so much enthusiasm to each marque he covers that it's hard not to be excited watching him drive those fantastic machines.

    His coverages of Goodwood events with Peter Windsor are great as well.
     
  4. JOEV

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    I love Alain's job and attitude as well - they couldn't have picked a better host for VBD (as well as all the other things he does). Great driver, great personality, awesome job.
     
  5. snj5

    snj5 F1 World Champ

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    I do think he is excellent - his enthusiasm is contagious.
     
  6. Nuvolari

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    Can anyone tell me a little more about Alain DeCadanet's background? I know that he raced LeMans and designed his own car but I am wondering a little more about him. Surely he comes from a wealthy background to have funded his early racing. Can anyone fill me in here?

    One other thing. Has anyone ever noticed that when he is talking on camera while driving that he changes gear every 2 seconds. It's like he is driving an 18 speed big rig.
     
  7. Gilles27

    Gilles27 F1 World Champ

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    I'm kind of curious, too. When I first saw him on TV, I really, really tried my hardest not to like him. I mean, he's got the accent, the racing background, access to all the coolest cars. But dammit! He just seems like a good guy. Bastard.
     
  8. snj5

    snj5 F1 World Champ

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    Gilles27,
    LOL - that is exactly how I felt, but you can't help but like him - if you haven't seen the clip of him getting buzzed by the Spitfire at Goodwood, it's hysterically funny and really makes you like him more.
    Bastard.
    :)
     
  9. BrentC

    BrentC Formula Junior

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    Nuvolari,

    I don't know his background, but the "de" in his name certainly indicates an aristocratic lineage. I'd be curious to know more.
     
  10. BrentC

    BrentC Formula Junior

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    Did a quick check on his biography on Speed Channel's website - didn't find out much about his genealogy, but did get some interesting tidbits - in addition to the racing stuff, his daughter Amanda is married to John Taylor of Duran Duran.

    There is a town in the Vaucluse departement in France called Cadenet. There is also a feudal chateau there which is a listed historic site. An educated guess would be his ancestors come from there and were regional nobility. Whether his family still own the chateau or not, I couldn't say, but most likely they are affiliated somehow through bloodlines.

    Maybe ol' AdeC visits FChat and can chime in himself?
     
  11. vince308

    vince308 Formula 3

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    de cadenet drove 512M (yellow) for our Belgian 'Ecurie Francorchamps'
    with team manager Jacques Swaters.

    chassis 1030

    1971 Le Mans n°9
    1971 Watkins Glenn n°63
     
  12. vince308

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  13. Schatten

    Schatten F1 World Champ
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    http://www.victorybydesign.com/alian.htm

     

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