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BORBORYGMI – Logophile entry #15

Posted: April 30, 2015 in food heaven, Words

This word is even better now I know how it’s spelt and if uttered in a low enough tone it actually sounds like the noise its supposed to be describing. Even better borborygmi is actually the plural of borborygmus! Quality

BORBORYGMI (pl) – noun – Definition – A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines or a rumbling in the bowels i.e. stomach rumble/ing


“Are you mad? the alliance…..”

I’m aware that the majority of my recent posts have been somewhat heavy on the wargames front so after a 3 month hiatus, just like London buses here’s the second of today’s musings and something completely different. Having booked in for an “Everything English” supper club evening at Rotherfield’s rather splendid Courtyard Café ( to celebrate St George’s day I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later I’d be asked to don the old 30 kilo’s (4 & 3/4 stones) of metal beautificence (my 15 year old armour from to add a touch of flavour to the event and to be honest I’ve always wanted to see if eating and drinking in full harness could be done. Well the answer is YES although wearing it for 7 hours has resulted in two walnut sized lumps on my collar bones. Still it was worth it especially as one managed to enjoy a few glasses of one of ones favourite white wines, none other than the award winning Horsmonden dry from Davenport Vineyards.

Dum vivimus, vivamus

As rumours abounded concerning the potential withdrawal of some/all of the British teams at the end of the season following the announcement of extra driving berths for the Italian and French marques at their expense, the current season moved to the Dutch dunes and the immense coastal circuit Zandvoort. This daunting track making its debut was more of a Mile Miglia attritional race than a out right sprint. In qualifying 3 of the 8 cars failed to complete a representative time with Tony Gaze (HWM privateer) suffering severe injuries after crashing badly not half way through his lap. Uruguayan Eitel Cantoni (Maserati privateer) took his place at the back of the grid becoming the 28th driver to race this season, the most in the short F1 history to date. He was joined by French star Louis Rosier marking his and Talbot’s return.

LAP1 - Fischer gets off to a flyer

LAP1 – DON’T LOOK NOW – Fischer gets off to a flyer on the mammoth 11 corner dutch circuit

LAP 1 – A third successive wet race began with 4 drivers stalling in the conditions although all managed to eventually get going. Zandvoort however is not a sprint, and is far better suited to drivers taking a more cautious long distance approach so the disadvantage of a poor start was not so keenly felt. Rudi Fischer (Ferrari privateer) still in with a chance of the championship despite missing the last race through injury got off to an absolute flyer passing his 2 championship rivals (Jean Behra (Gordini) & Giuseppe Farina (Ferrari)) before the first corner. However in his attempt to open up an early lead he overshot badly at Hunserug allowing the chasing pack to catch him with their tyres in better condition for this attritional race. Farina dropped down the field after failing to make the first corner in 4th gear but forgotten champion Alberto Ascari (Ferrari) with more than a point to prove stormed through the field passing 6 cars to move into 5th by the 2nd corner Hunserug and challenge for the lead 2 corners later. Even this impressive start was overshadowed by one of the best slip-streaming moves to be seen in the history of F1 as Mike Hawthorn (Cooper privateer) somehow managed to blast up from 18th place to 7th by the second corner, slip-streaming no fewer than 4 cars in a single move before continuing to move up the field more steadily. His achievement was almost emulated by Stirling Moss (ERA) who also had charged towards the front, but his fragile ERA engine was sadly not up to the task blowing up as he moved into 6th place. Doubts about the suitability of such a demanding circuit with the racing cars of the day soon began to grow as the list of first lap early retirements grew. Peter Hirt (Ferrari privateer) retired with engine problems, as did Peter Collins (HWM) Rosier (Talbot privateer) and Paul Frere (HWM). Prince B Bira (Maserati privateer) clipped a car terminally damaging his bodywork. Harry Schell (Maserati privateer), debutant Cantoni (Maserati privateer) and Brandon (Cooper privateer) all retired with suspension damage, the latter involved in a nasty crash resulting in hospitalisation. Then the most significant retirement when Behra’s Gordini engine blew up on the penultimate Mitsubishibocht corner ending his race and championship challenge.  Only 10 of the 20 starters completed the first lap although most of these were still in contention for points. With the demise of Behra, the race for the championship was down to 2 Ferrari entrants Farina and Fischer. The latter’s privately entered Ferrari took the bonus point for being the 1st lap leader and at this point was well clear of Farina in the team Ferrari and well set to close the points gap into the final race of the season. Owing to his previous results, only a first place would net Farina any more points although with a 10 point cushion he could afford to take the race more steadily.

  • Top 5 at end of lap. 1st – Rudi Fischer (Ferrari privateer), 2nd – Ken Wharton (Frazer-Nash), 3rd – Alberto Ascari (Ferrari), 4th – Lance Macklin (HWM), 5th – Luigi Villoresi (Ferrari)
LAP 2 The remaining 10 cars half of which were Ferrari’s began the second lap with more caution. Despite this, Fischer (Ferrari privateer) leading made an identical mistake overshooting at Hunserug corner again, this time allowing Ascari (Ferrari) to take full advantage and charge into the lead. Wharton (Frazer-Nash) followed in 2nd. Further behind the pack shuffled with Farina (Ferrari) unable to make much headway. At the front Ascari’s lead had looked unassailable but a combination of overcautious driving from the former champion in his Ferrari and reckless abandon from Wharton in his Frazer-Nash allowed him to catch and then pass Ascari half way through the lap. Further back Fischer was struggling to keep in touch. Farina who had been languishing near the back in 8th place began to exert pressure on the other back markers and he slowly moved up the field although he was still too far behind to worry the leaders. Macklin’s HWM expired with a collapsed suspension driving over the debris at Hunserug. He became the 4th driver of the weekend to require hospital attention. Then somewhat surprisingly given the exemplary way he had been driving, Luigi Villoresi (Ferrari) crashed out while challenging Fischer his tyres destroyed.  Ascari and Wharton were neck and neck throughout the second half of the lap with Ascari just leading after fresh tyres for the final lap. Fischer (Ferrari privateer) made another crucial mistake at Bos-Uit corner falling further behind and into the clutches of the chasing pack now headed by Taruffi (Ferrari), his championship challenge was beginning to fade.   
  • Top 5 at end of lap. 1st – Ascari (Ferrari), 2nd – Wharton (Frazer-Nash), 3rd – Taruffi (Ferrari), 4th – Farina (Ferrari),  5th – Hawthorn (Cooper privateer)

                                                                                                                                                                                        LAP 3 – Farina facing the likelihood of not collecting any points as a win looked unlikely was still sitting pretty with one hand on the championship trophy as he saw his only rival struggling behind in 6th. At the front the lead was exchanged between Ascari and Wharton although the latter was forced to begin taking bigger risks to maintain his challenge. Wharton’s luck eventually ran out as he pushed too hard destroying his tyres forcing him to retire. At this moment Ascari unleashed the true potential of his Ferrari and he stormed away taking the win with ease and leaving many to ponder what might have been had he not been injured in the season’s opener. Then disaster hit Fischer’s Ferrari as he attempted to reclaim 3rd place. Going into a corner too fast he spun out, restarting in 1st from stationary Farina and the others surged past him. Hawthorn took 2nd place from a strong challenge from Taruffi. Ever the bridesmaid up to this point with 3 no. 6th place finishes it was just reward for Hawthorn’s patience in what is clearly a competitive car. It also marked the best ever result of a British marque bettering HWM’s 2no. 3rd finishes this season. Farina coasted over the line in 4th and despite not picking up any points being his worst result of the season was content as Fischer came in 5th. After an scrutinising the results it transpired that Fischer could still wrestle the championship from Farina after the bonus point was added to his score. Only a victory in the final race AND the 1st lap lead bonus point would do however. This would tie him with Farina on 30 points but he would take the championship by virtue of 3 race wins to Farina’s 2. Slim though his chances were he was still in with a fighting chance.      


1st – Alberto Ascari (IT) Ferrari – 8 points

2nd – Mike Hawthorn (GB) Cooper (privateer) – 6 points

3rd – Pierro Taruffi (IT) Ferrari – 4 points 

4th – Giuseppe Farina (IT) Ferrari – 0 points (3 points for 4th minus 3 dropped points)
5th – Rudi Fischer (SWI) Ferrari (privateer) – 3 points (2 points for 5th plus 1 bonus point for 1st lap leader)
  • Championship placings after 6 races
1st –  Farina (IT) Ferrari – 30 points (2 wins)
2nd – Fischer (SWI) Ferrari privateer 23 points (2 wins) 
3rd – Behra (FRA) Gordini – 21 points (1 win) 
4th – Taruffi (IT) Ferrari – 14 points (0 wins)
5th – Ascari (IT) Ferrari – 10 points (1 win)                                                                                                              
  • NEXT – Race #7 Finale – ITALY – Monza – Fischer attempts to wrestle the title from Farina. Only a win will do!