uh_clem wrote:I did a little searching and found this on another bulletin board: "Truly Scrumptious is a fictional character in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
Could this be the answer?
I am sad enough for that to be the first thing that came to my mind without having to look the answer up.
Hmm, and there was me thinking that it might have been a reference to Trulli's vineyard over in Abruzzo.
It's not the most obvious source of a nickname, but I guess that would be the most likely source (having not watched Speed TV's service, I cannot comment on the colloquialisms used by their presenters).
Now, if nobody else objects, I might throw a little question here into the thread. If anybody feels that anything is too ambiguous, or needs clarification, I can expand on it, but I'll be interested to see if anybody gets it without any further hints.
In 1983, one team designed a car with a very unusual feature which was a throwback to designs from the 1970's. The rest of the car, however, featured a number of innovative and experimental designs, which were unusual for a small team. The car was not initially successful, suffering from reliability problems, but towards the end of the year, a series of aerodynamic tweaks were introduced, and the car was improved enough for the team to score points, and almost enough to overtake Team Lotus in the standings.
For the following year, supply problems meant that the 1983 car had to be re-used for the opening rounds in 1984 before the replacement was ready. The car was given a few updates, and in the hands of a new, promising driver, was capable of scoring points on two occasions before being retired in favour of the new car.
So, my question is this - which car am I talking about, what was the very unusual feature, and who are the two points scoring driver that I am referring to?