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Australian V8 Supercar Illustrated Commentary Clichés 

 

Overall, the commentary of a major sporting even should assist the viewer but sometimes the opposite occurs. Sometimes, commentators use clichés to help get the meaning across but not always successfully. After watching the opening round of the Shell V8 Supercar Series on TV, I was inspired to present this list of clichés and other useful pieces of information that may assist you in the translation of the action. Unless specifically stated, the use of a driver's name or nickname is used to illustrate a particular point. This list is for entertainment purposes only (mostly) and I accept no responsibility for any incorrect use of these terms in a social setting or at a race track. It should be noted that some of these statements etc may be used outside V8 Supercar. 

 

Special thanks to those people in newsgroup aus.sport.motor for their additions below, especially Kimbo, Shane, Adam, The Kartracer and Laurence.

 

Cliché or Statement Approximate Meaning or Explanation

Nicknames

 

"Murph" (front) talks to his team.

 

"Skaifey" has his race face on.

 

"Brighty" prepares to spray "Junior Johnson".

 

"Brighty" and "The Enforcer" on the podium.

 

 

Nicknames for drivers come under several types and may or may not be the driver's official nickname. Just to confuse the issue, it has been known on rare occasions for the driver's correct name to be used.

 

For example:

 

bulletThe "Y" Nickname - where the driver's surname has the letter "Y" (or another letter) added to the end. Examples include Skaifey, Lowndesy, Brighty. Not even Barry Sheene would be stupid enough to use "Bargwannay" or "Tandery" as they sound stupid - so there are more types.........

 

bulletThe "Matey Matey" Nickname - where the driver is referred to only by their first name as if they were a Supermodel or a rockstar (ie Russell). Obviously, this can be used for any driver and can include variations of the first name such as "Jase" or "Russ".

 

bulletThe "Abbreviation" Nickname - an extension of the "Matety Matey" and a variation of the "Y" nickname - where the driver's surname is shortened. Examples here include "Bargs", "Larko" and "Murph"

 

bulletThe "Initials" Nickname - an obvious example and logical extension of the "Abbreviation" and "Matey Matey" where a driver's initials are used. Examples include DJ, GT, AJ, JB

 

bulletThe "Realistic" or "Well Earned" Nickname - where a nickname is based on real or perceived behaviour or appearance and not their name. Examples include "The Enforcer", "The Kid", "The Baby Faced Assassin". These can be used forever even if not relevant any more. For instance, even when Russell Ingall behaves perfectly on a track and doesn't crash into anyone, he'd sill be known as "The Enforcer".

 

bulletThe "NFI" Nickname - Where someone has a nickname I have no idea about. Examples include "The Rat".

 

bulletThe "No Nickname" Nickname - given to someone without a nickname. Mainly given to privateers who don't have nicknames.

"That was always going to end in tears"

 

"It was obvious to everyone except the driver at fault (and especially obvious to me) that the passing move wasn't on and there was going to be a crash."

 

"They are fitting a new nose cone to the front of that car"

 

 

Erk thinks that Neil Crompton has been watching too many CART races. When did front spoilers become nose cones, Cromley?
"There must be oil on the track."

"I can't think of any other reason that all of the cars are spinning there."

 

 

"He looks he is treating this like a Sunday drive" 

or 

"He looks like he is on a Sunday drive" 

or 

"He makes it look so easy."

 

 

Used when watching a driver on an in car camera.

 

"This race will be won and lost in the pits"

 

If that's the case, let the pit crew drive the car and let's have all of the drivers working in the pits!

 

 

 

"The Safety Car is on the circuit"

 

"Obviously, one of the driver's wasn't safe enough at 200 kph and crashed. Therefore, they need to have a guy drive around safely at 60 kph while they clean up the mess and we show you the replay."

 

Kitty Litter, Marbles, Sand Trap

Runoff areas in event of an accident

 

 

"It's a Drag Race off the starting line to the first corner"

 

Sorry, I thought I was watching V8 Supercars!

 

"It's a street fight around the streets of Adelaide"

Most commonly used to describe close racing on a street circuit.

 

 

"It's like a skating rink out there"

"It's raining and he hasn't got wet weather tyres on yet." or "he is not on the dry line." (see dry line below)

 

 

"Tander gave Lowndes a love tap to remind him that he is there"

"Tander hit Lowndes from behind but not hard enough to send him off the track"

 

 

"The boys from Broadmeadows/Fisherman's Bend........"

Referring to the Victorian & Australian headquarters of Ford (Broadmeadows) and Holden (Fisherman's Bend)

 

 

The Blue Oval Brigade

Ford fans or teams (based on Ford logo)

 

Ford (see more below also)

One make of car in V8 Supercar. According to Ford fans, Ford stands for First On Race Day. 

 

Meanwhile, Holden fans think that Ford stands for:

 

bulletFixed Or Repaired Daily

 

bulletFound On Rubbish Dumps

 

bulletF***ed On Race Day 

 

"Look at that!"

Barry Sheene's attempt to draw our attention to an obvious incident or an incident that may not have been obvious to the naked eye but is clear on replay. Often used instead of swearing as he can't think of anything else to say sometimes. Sometimes repeated to empathize the point.

 

Pit stop (or fuel) window  

The period of time where pit stops have to be made or where fuel should be taken on.

 

"the number 35 Valvoline Cummins Commodore VT"

"Bargs" is piloting the number 35 Valvoline Cummins Commodore VX during this street fight here in Adelaide. He has his race face on. (Spot the clichés!)

 

 

It seems as though each car has to be referred to at least once per race complete with major sponsors and model name.

 

"the HRT team"

This type of abbreviation abuse annoys me overall and not just in V8 Supercar! HRT stands for Holden Racing Team so why call it in effect the Holden Racing Team Team?

 

 

Driver: "WOO!"

Team: "Great Drive"

Channel 10 sometimes show an in car camera shot of a driver just after they win a race and broadcast what is heard on the team radio. Most of the time, the driver simply says "WOO!" while the Team might say something like "Great Drive", even when they may have only received the win because the leader spun on the last lap.

 

 

Spin

 

How a privateer gets sponsor exposure on TV.

 

 

Innocent Victim

Someone who gets caught in someone else's accident through no fault of their own.

 

 

Cornflakes packet

Where a professional Level 1 driver (example Russell Ingall) thinks some privateer drivers get their licence from (especially at Bathurst).

 

 

"That is a well presented (or well turned out) car"

Another way for privateers to get TV exposure - to have an unusual sponsor and/or paint scheme. On several occasions, the Daily Planet Commodore did both.

 

 

"That was a racing incident"

"No one can decide who was at fault" or "we don't know who to blame" or "the drivers have differing views on the incident." as used in the event of an accident by officials. When used by drivers, it is usually used by the driver at fault but rarely by the victim.

 

 

The racing line

The quickest way around the track using the best approaches and exits at a corner.

 

The dry line  

When it has been raining, the racing line (see previous) usually becomes the dry line after a few laps and is quite noticeable. Get off the dry line and it may mean that you are "on a skating rink" (see above).

 

"Skaifey has his race face on today."

 

 

It literally means "Skaifey is really concentrating at the matter at hand (ie the race). It doesn't always mean that his face changes appearance. He doesn't have (for instance) a separate face when he drives to the shops.

 

"They are putting on 4 new tyres........there's the driver change.......just waiting for 120 litres of fuel to go in........and he's away!"

 

 

Standard Bathurst pit report.

 

"The back of that Commodore must look really wide by now...."

 

or

 

"The back of that Commodore must be as wide as a bus by now"

 

Used to describe the difficulty is passing some drivers near the end of a race.

 

 

"I bet Big Kev's not excited about that"

or

"Big Kev would be excitied about that!"

 

 

Erk has been guilty of this one as well as the commentary team. Paul Morris' Commodore is sponsored by Big Kev's Cleaning products. The self-appointed Big Kev's catchcry is "I'm excited!"

Visitor Supplied Cliché or Statement

Approximate Meaning or Explanation

"at work in the office"

Irritating description of a driver driving in their race car, despite this it is said that many race drivers actually have offices in buildings.

 

 

"..look at the intensity in his eyes" 

or 

"...look how calm he is"

A meaningless comment stolen from F1 coverage whereby a close-up of the drivers eyes is intended to demonstrate the drivers intense concentration. Simple experiments with a helmet and mirror prove that you look exactly the same no matter what you're thinking about.

 

 

"Entering the Chase at 300km/h"

Entering the Chase at 280km/h

 

 

"Changing the left right tyre" (Or something like that)

Reason number 362 Grant Denyer should be killed.

 

 

Any semi-correct, simplified to make it confusing technical explanation.

 

 

Reason number 132,369 Mark Oastler should be killed

 

"JB has his elbows out....."

A driver using defensive driving/blocking techniques to prevent a passing move.

 

 

helluva

Barry Sheeneism used to add empathsis to a situation. It means "hell of a......"

 

 

"You can find everything about V8 Supercar racing at www.v8supercar.com.au"

 

No you can't! A hint for any person working on the AVESCO website - the reason your getting so many hits per visitor is because nobody can bloody find anything!!!

 

The Red Barons

 

 

Holden Racing Team

Ford

 

For Old Retarded Drivers....and that is why they had to hire The Kid. 


Full Of Rust & Dents... The Kid's car at the end of this season.

 

"Consistently inconsistent...."

Another Sheeneism used to describe penalties not handed out at Adelaide compared to ones that were at Eastern Creek.

 

Last updated 23 March 2002

 

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