Roland Linder

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  1. Roland E Linder

    Roland E Linder Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
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    Roland E Linder
    It was brought to my attention that they are still people out there who still speculate on me and my car. I want once and for all make things right.
    First of all, I want to thank the many who know and supported me while I was going thru serious challenging physical times.
    I also kept quiet because I was deeply involved ( victim) in the Aaron White scam!
    I ‘m very blessed to have recover from all the surgeries and back driving; maybe more than ever.
    Let’s get things in order, shell we:
    Yes, I did raced at Le Mans 24hrs and 1000km several times but on motorcycles.
    Yes, I was a mechanic in the Porsche team who won twice the 24 hrs GT class in 68 and 69.
    Yes, I’m the one who drove on open road that winning car to the 24hrs and drove it back each year after the race. We had no trailer till 72.
    Yes, I had my first pro racing license in 68 and many others racing licenses after that ( sure wasn’t bought like some suggested?)
    I never used falls information in my driving school web site to attract clients, in fact, I never had to do any advertising at all.
    My clients came for my teaching and still do that today and still without any advertising. I instruct since 1973.
    Now, on the F40 LM saga, there again, I never advertise that the car was a real LM. From day one,( just read Forza #45) I told in details how the car was build.
    I want to thank my friend Martin who kept taking the time to answer the most stupid questions and amazing speculations about the car.
    Facts are that the car was build next to a real F40 LM and we had the opportunity to copy whatever we needed to do to make my car a clone.
    Not like some suggested, this wasn’t a “budget” project and with over $400K in it and with all the race goodies in it sure made that car a real warrior.
    No, no bills were left unpaid but on the other hand, I’m still missing some of my parts and some Chatters who bought these parts contacted me after they bought them from the builder. Thanks to them to let me know where they were.
    BTW, the builder ended up bankrupt and in jail… I still don’t know where my 2 F40 heads went…If someone knows?
    No, the car never had a salvage title, has a US F40 chassis, with a VIN# and is street legal and had a title in CO and now in NC without any under the table action!
    I think that I’m the only one who had the courage to make his dream a reality and build a dream car which went all over the US from tracks to events without ever braking down. She sure was always to favorite in all the charity events across this country and made so many smile when taken for a ride.
    Do I need to remind everybody that even at Cavallino where she wasn’t judged, she got the front page while surrounded by many millions $ restored real cars!
    It sure never hurt the many who used her to make their events look more important by her presence, it’s easy to say now that they didn’t know that the car was an evolution or whatever you want to call her. I always said that she was proudly built by me and my team since I couldn’t afford the real one.
    Today, I’m still in regular contact with that team.
    Of course, many of the pro, knowingly used my car to their advantage without questions and that’s what I should remember.
    Sorry that many got jealous about the success of my car, she was build to satisfy my desire to race a Ferrari and she sure satisfied my wildest dreams and still does.
    I enjoyed being part of the Ferrari community and met over the years some real cool people.
    I hope that the ones who were offended will accept my apology and that they will still see an amazing F40 that was resurrected from the ashes by a passionate car lover instead of being send to the crusher.
    I will not reply to any questions and will return to my good life in the South where my car is always welcome to any events.
    The best to all
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  3. DrStranglove

    DrStranglove FChat Assassin
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    Oct 31, 2003
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    Weren't you banned?
  4. wax

    wax Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 20, 2003
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    No. Roland was never banned for a moment, nor was it discussed.

    Welcome back, Roland. As I repeatedly indicated on the Le Mans thread, I could not find any reference to participation, hence the questions which arose during the thread. The oft-aired Mother's Ad was the key that opened the door. Then as now, I also feel adamantly that there is not enough preservation if you will, provided by, or for participants in such series. Like all members, I am glad your surgery was successful, and hope prognosis remains for a healthy future.
  5. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 6, 2002
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  6. SCantera

    SCantera F1 Rookie
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    Aug 4, 2004
    Living Falls NC
    Roland brought his car to the FCC weekend for the Biltmore breakfast then drive the mtns. I was right behind him [only briefly] in my 330. When he spooled it up that car roared while he effortlessly passed about 7 cars in a couple of seconds. Very cool. That is some car.
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  8. PhilNotHill

    PhilNotHill Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 3, 2006
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    Hello Rolind:

    Glad to hear you are recovering. I remember you from Rocky Mtn FCA. You Two Creeks raceway and driving a fellow member's Porsche. You were definitely the fastest driver in that car or any other on the track. It was a pleasure to watch you drive.

    Hope all goes well in S Car. We will miss you.

    (I had a red/black 355 F1 GTS at the time.)

  9. ferraripete

    ferraripete F1 World Champ

    is arron white in jail?
  10. ddemuro

    ddemuro Formula 3

    Nov 16, 2006
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    #8 ddemuro, Jun 3, 2010
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    ...yet it says 'F40LM' in your profile on this site under 'Personal Ferraris'.
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  11. DrStranglove

    DrStranglove FChat Assassin
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    Yes. I think I miss spoke, sorry. I meant to say, "Were you banned?" As looking at his post he has not been here for some years it seems.

    Color me curious!
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    SSNISTR F1 Veteran

    Feb 13, 2004
    Well it does say F40LM, but the real car is actually a F40 LM. ;-)
  14. Challenge64

    Challenge64 F1 Veteran
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    Jul 28, 2004
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    Motorcycles were allowed at Le Mans24 hrs?
  15. Korr

    Korr F1 World Champ
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    Newton Earl Anderthal
    I competed in the 50cc Moped Class.
  16. RP

    RP F1 World Champ

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    #13 RP, Jun 3, 2010
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    So when are you going to Mendosa to sample the wine one of your friends is making? I would love to join you. I only hope that Maritin washed his feet before the grapes were stomped.
  17. ApexOversteer

    ApexOversteer F1 Veteran

    Feb 15, 2007
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    Yes, there has been 24 hour races for motorcycles held at Le Mans, on the Bugatti Circuit, since the late 70's. It is usually the first round of the FIM Enduance World Championship.
  18. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 14, 2003
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    Roland (still) won't respond to any of the old issues so there's no use kicking that dead horse by asking him to now.


    The fact that he's come out today to use this community once again (this time to sell a car via a thinly veiled spam ad) is not all that surprising, a bit insulting and to boot, a TOU violation as he is not subscribed. I know I have played a part in a couple controversial issues on here as well but the fact is, I respect Ferrarichat and Rob so I feel I have to air this.

    ........Kinda answers the old question too if you think about it anyway.
  19. rob lay

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    come on, he isn't selling a car, I talked to Roland offline, he just wanted to post this, he isn't going to post anything else I don't think. He was never banned, left on his own.

    what were the old issues? I think it is pretty clear with the Mothers ads and what Roland was saying in person that he was icing the truth about Le Mans. Roland has admitted that and has laid out here the facts. I'm not seeing an issue.
  20. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Why bother then? All he's saying is "I'm not talking and my car is wonderful".

    What's the point of the post if he won't take Q's head on? He certainly did not apologize, in fact his use of the word "sorry" in the post
    is far from it. Seems like an ad to me but if you don't mind, it's certainly not my place to do anything about it....... except to offer the board a different perspective to the discussion, that hadn't already been posted. :)
  21. mrknowitallf40

    mrknowitallf40 Formula Junior

    Feb 20, 2005
    Takes a big man to show up after the bashing he received at the hands of his "fair weather friends". It just goes to show you that it should be about the people and not the cars we look after. Some people sought to increase their own profile in the community by offering favors in exchange for hanging out with a celebrity. Yes he was that. Roland, I think that I have your heads. Got them on ebay many years ago. I would be happy to return then to you . Could you just give me a brief description on the items? Good luck in your new adventures, you always were a gracious man. Im sure that you brought joy to those that you crossed paths with. Life is short, let's move on.
  22. Kevin2772

    Kevin2772 Formula Junior

    Jul 30, 2006
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    I just dont see why people got so bent out of shape about him. Whether he "iced" it or not. Did it cause you any personal harm!? Does his car being rebuilt as an LM cause you to lose sleep at night? There is so much worse **** to worry about then how Rolands statements came out.
  23. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 23, 2002
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    I agree. Personally I've never raced in anger at Le Mans as Roland has on Motorcycles nor have I been part of a Team that won in class (Yet :) )

    I think Roland's car is pretty cool and he was always very clear as to what it was.

    It's very true that it was welcomed and Displayed at Cavallino. I remember the photo of it in the center of the Lawn in the Palm Beach Post that he spoke of.

    I stopped throwing the first stone a long time ago.
  24. DIGMAN52

    DIGMAN52 F1 Rookie
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    Jan 30, 2004
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    This chapter in F/chat history had dropped from my memory, but very glad to read your well written response to the issues back then.

    Thank you.
  25. nopassn

    nopassn Formula 3

    Nov 19, 2003
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    Good to see you back, Roland. Glad to hear that you're in good health. I can't speak for anyone else, but I've missed you around the boards.
  26. jlonmark

    jlonmark F1 Rookie

    Mar 29, 2005
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    Roland raced his F40 LM spec against our stock 1990 F40 about 10 years ago on a CA run. The car is very fast, but we won the race! Roland is a nice guy and very experienced driver. I believe his car started life in Seattle with one of the Microsoft execs, then a tire blew and tore the fuel cell thus engulfing the car in flames :(. It's nice to see that is was saved. One hell of a driver car!
  27. joe sackey

    joe sackey Four Time F1 World Champ

    May 23, 2006
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    #24 joe sackey, Jun 5, 2010
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    The USA F40 which crashed coming out of turn 9 at Seattle International (now Pacific) Raceway.
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  28. zoRob

    zoRob Formula 3

    Oct 31, 2006
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    Did he get out ok?

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