Yesterday (social) media reported the news that Jean Pierre van Rossem a.k.a JPVR, had died aged 73. The fact that he managed to evade the grim reaper's reach until now was, considering his lifestyle, an achievement by itself.
Jean Pierre was a self proclaimed anarchist, Google him and you'll get hits on his life as a former Stock market Guru, Economist, Writer, Politician, Millionaire and F1 team owner, but also that of an Enfant Terrible, Con artist, womanizer and intrigant. Almost every thing in Jean Pierre's live seemed to have been bigger that life, but he always kept his love and appreciation for the small things as well.
One of those things was slot racing, although when Jean Pierre went Slot racing it was always in JPVR style.
Jean Pierre van Rossem, typical shot with ever present Belga in his hands
Most renowned are his exploits as organizer of the IMCA (International Model Car Association) World championship events throughout the 80 - 90 and 00's For these events he would regularly fly in "ranked" Champions from other slot racing diciplines all over the world to compete for top honor and top prizes.
But what he loved most was when some how, some way, some small kid or unknown racer would come out on top, he always had a fondness for the underdog.
Class of 2006, IMCA worlds @ Barcelona
There is so much more that could be written about Jean Pierre, I fought him, worked with him and really loved that rascal..so might add more later...
But for now, my sympathies to his sons, Nicolas and Youri, his family and all the slotracers that have met him and each other at one of his events.
For this is what I consider his greatest contribution to the (small) international community of slot racing, the large number of friendships that were formed during the IMCA years.
He will be missed and remembered by many
This question comes up from time to time, more so since the recent flow of articles on the Slotracing LeMans website has been 1/32 oriented. the question raised most often by some of my 1/24 palls is:" Why did I go back to playing with toy cars? This "editorial" I actually wrote as a reply to a post made on Slotforum International where a proud member posted some side by side shots of his 1/32 and 1/24 cars. When I finished the post...I though...
...why not post this on my own site ;)
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A lot has changed in the online world since then...which you will definitely notice once you start browsing the site...
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Amsterdam, NL 1995, "top of the line" racing with 1/32 Ninco DTM in the modified class. Funny how life can come full circle
Race report by Gary Skipp from the world of Digital Slot racing
On July 30th the Rockingham Slot race club hosted a 6 hrs GT3 race on its Spa-Francorchamps themed Digital track.
12 teams lined up on the grid with a variety of 1/32nd Slotcars of brands like Black Arrow, NSR, Scaleauto, Scalectrix, Sideways, Slot.it and TA71. This wide mix of near stock and modified slot cars were run to DiSCA GT3 rules with a BoP that safeguards a fine tuned Balance of Performance for all cars in the competition. ....... full story....
Back in September 2012, when Bentley unveiled the concept for their first race car in a decade, it made a stunning impression. Choosing the Continental as a platform for their GT3 racer caused many to either love it or hate it.
As most would consider the Road GT is was based on, as a car more suited for a Cannonball Run, not the ideal weapon of choice to go GT racing. In the past 3 years the team of Bentley engineers have proved them all wrong, having developped the "Conti" in to a very potent package under the current GT3 regs.
For us 1/32nd engineers, creating a "competitive" Conti GT3 has been a bit more difficult task, at least such was the case until the summer of this year........ full story....