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Janet H
1284442.  Fri May 18, 2018 5:25 pm Reply with quote

I shall place this delicately in the forum for careful consideration and tip-toe away.....!

Alfred E Neuman
1284461.  Sat May 19, 2018 2:19 am Reply with quote

That’s odd.

1284495.  Sat May 19, 2018 9:43 am Reply with quote

'Ere! Where's me washboard?

1284531.  Sat May 19, 2018 2:43 pm Reply with quote

At a bit of a tangent to the original post, here is a possible question.

Q: Where might you find a "queerbox"?
A: Hethel, in Norfolk - which was the base for Team Lotus.

The "queerbox" was a sarcastic name given to a type of gearbox that Colin Chapman designed for his first ever racing car, the Lotus 12.

It was, as was often the case with Chapman, an extremely ambitious concept - to be the most compact and lightweight gearbox on the grid - and also fantastically unreliable.

The reason why it earned the nickname "the queerbox" was because, as the gears became more progressively worn, the driver often couldn't be certain that, if he tried to change gear, whether he would actually get the gear he asked for (i.e. queer in the sense that, most of the time, it was a mystery whether the driver would get the gear he wanted).

Apart from "queerbox", the drivers gave it another nickname, which was "the box of neutrals" - which is what they would usually end up getting stuck in when the gearbox did eventually fail.

As an aside, it could be said that the "queerbox" did help launch the careers of two rather important figures in motorsport.

The first would be Graham Hill: although known now for his success behind the wheel, he originally joined Lotus as a mechanic and his first role was carrying out maintenance work on that gearbox after a race.

The other was Keith Duckworth - whilst not a household name like Graham, he is also significant as he co-founded Cosworth, an important engineering company and the designers of the most successful engine in F1, the DFV.

In his case, his first job in motorsport was also at Lotus, where Chapman hired him to redesign the queerbox to improve its reliability. However, Duckworth would eventually fall out with Chapman over the cost of redesigning the queerbox, with Duckworth eventually deciding to strike out on his own and founding his own company (Cosworth).

1287357.  Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:13 am Reply with quote

The first recorded use of 'queer' as a slur was used by John Douglas, the 9th Marquess of Queensberry when he found that his son was having a homosexual affair with Oscar Wilde. John Douglas engaged in a legal battle where he argued that Oscar Wilde 'was a sodomy-obsessed old man that lured gay prostitutes into a lifestyle of degeneracy'. Douglas used the term 'snob queers' to describe gay men. ∑¨[url]


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