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Wednesday, March 13th 2019, 7:45pm

Japan 1949

Not much ideas for the rest of 1948 so decided to focus on 1949 news instead...

January 1, 1949
In an unexpected move, the Navy has laid down the keel of the battleship Harima. This huge twin-hulled battleship armed with numerous triple 20" gun turrets will dwarf any battleship in existence or under contruction.


January 4, 1949
The RMS Caronia of the Cunard Line departed Southampton for New York on her maiden voyage today. Japanese cruise companies already mockingly refer to her green livery as "Vomit Green" and stated that anyone who would sail on her would turn the same shade of green as the ship.


January 11, 1949
Construction of the Harima was cancelled today. After numerous days of additional calculations and recalculations, the ship designers found out that with its length of over 2000 feet and beam of more than 500 feet, the ship is way to big for any slipway or dock in existence.


January 14, 1949
Toyota unveiled its new TFO-I today with which management plans to take on the proposed World Championship for Drivers Season that is being discussed by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile for this year. (*pokes Brock*) The World Championship for Drivers will make use of the Formula One regulations as formulated by the Commission Sportive Internationale back in 1946.

(made by combining bits of the Talbot-Lago T26C and the Alfa Romeo 158 and using the colors of the Toyota TS020)


January 24, 1949
Just another normal Day at the Races in Japan...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24OgsI4F4W8
Jumbo Nanpra from Siam won the race by a nose.

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Thursday, March 14th 2019, 10:05am

I like the TFO-1. Looks very smart!
I agree we should get the World Championship for Drivers Season going. Its not like we don't have enough races in WW (I try to feature them in all my nations' news).

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Thursday, March 14th 2019, 6:33pm

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I like the TFO-1. Looks very smart!

I quite like the result as well. I was kinda bumbling with the exhausts pipes but managed to get them to look decent and after a few minutes with the wheels and failing miserably with the rims, I just took them from an image and stuck them on the wheels.

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I agree we should get the World Championship for Drivers Season going. Its not like we don't have enough races in WW (I try to feature them in all my nations' news).

OTL there were 27 races in the 1949 season. I guess there will be a few more in Wesworld... and for the entertainment of the peasants, one can never have too many races. :)

I didn't see why we could not start it a bit sooner rather than OTL 1950 so I threw that suggestion to Brock a while ago as the FIA is France-based though I did incorrectly called it "Formula One World Championship" instead of "World Championship for Drivers" back then.


Also gave a potential 1949 season idea based around the 5 more prestigious races of the OTL 1949 Grand Prix season (Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Bremgarten, Reims-Gueux and Monza).

April 24, 1949 => Atlantean Grand Prix (Neptune Circuit)
May 15, 1949 => British Grand Prix (Silverstone Circuit)
May 22, 1949 => Monaco Grand Prix (Circuit de Monaco)
May 30, 1949 => Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
June 19, 1949 => Belgian Grand Prix (Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps)
July 3, 1949 => Swiss Grand Prix (Bremgarten-Rundstrecke)
July 17, 1949 => French Grand Prix (Circuit de Reims-Gueux)
August 7, 1949 => Japanese Grand Prix (Fuji Race Park)
August 28, 1949 => German Grand Prix (Nürburgring)
September 11, 1949 => Italian Grand Prix (Autodromo Nazionale Monza)


OTL there was no Monaco Grand Prix in 1949 but I felt that it should be there.

No WW2 means that there should be a German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring present as well in the list. I had mentioned the idea in the news to have the Japanese Grand Prix take place on the first Sunday of August and there was a fairly big gap between the Japanese Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix so I put the German Grand Prix in between those.

In my pm to Brock, I had not put the Indy 500 there, but seeing as it was included as part of the OTL World Championship for Drivers when it was established in 1950, I guess it should be added as well here, even though it is run using the AAA National Championship regulations instead of the Formula One regulations.

As Wesorld was initially formed with the Cleito treaty signed in Atlantis, Atlantis would definitely be in the list as well. As Wes uses Greek Mythology stuff for Atlantis, I decided to call the Atlantean Circuit "Neptune Circuit" for the time being.

Probably a South Africa Grand Prix and a Russian Grand Prix as well. Maybe a few more.

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Thursday, March 14th 2019, 8:22pm

For my news I had the first Grote Prijs van Nederland (Dutch Grand Prix) scheduled for 7 August, held at the brand new circuit at Zandvoort.

This would obviously clash with your Japanese Grand Prix. But I could move it to, say, 18 September.
I would move it to mid-August but I think given the slowness of transportation in WW that getting too and from Japan back to Europe would be a big ask in the time available.

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Thursday, March 14th 2019, 10:20pm

Sounds interesting. I'm partial to "Trident circuit" myself.

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Thursday, March 14th 2019, 10:49pm

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For my news I had the first Grote Prijs van Nederland (Dutch Grand Prix) scheduled for 7 August, held at the brand new circuit at Zandvoort.

This would obviously clash with your Japanese Grand Prix. But I could move it to, say, 18 September.

OTL, the 1949 Dutch Grand Prix was held on July 31 so it won't fall on the same day as the Japanese Grand Prix.

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I would move it to mid-August but I think given the slowness of transportation in WW that getting too and from Japan back to Europe would be a big ask in the time available.

Nothing a fleet of G10N1-Ls can't handle. Moving stuff through the air swiftly and with style. :D

Transportation is probably doable. Adjusting to the different timezone is probably more challenging for all those involved, especially considering the dangers of racing in those days.

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Sounds interesting. I'm partial to "Trident circuit" myself.

I just picked a name for the list of races. To me, 'Trident' would be a great name for a challenging corner or chicane but in the end, the actual name for the track is up to you.

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Friday, March 15th 2019, 9:40am


OTL, the 1949 Dutch Grand Prix was held on July 31 so it won't fall on the same day as the Japanese Grand Prix.


In that case I'll go with that date.

I guess to make this work we also need a list of drivers and teams for the non-OTL entrants.