Apart from the fact that Gordon is a very, very quick driver, one of the reasons the nickname "Super" has been attached to him is because it is a word which implies he is very good and it begins with the same letter as his surname. Its called an alliteration. I, for example have often been called "Fast Findlay". "Super Findlay" or Fast Sheds" don't have the same ring to them.... None of Reid, Leslie or Cleland begin with an S. Gordon has also been given the nickname "Flash" by his team. Now that is due to his first name being Gordon and the linkage to the famous cartoon carachter Flash Gordon (do you all see the link, clever or what, sometimes I don't know how people think these things up). Also, Flash implies speed. Just gets more clever by the second. Hang on Flash is also a cleaning product....
Sorry, I'm going back to work now as we seem to have ended up going full circle!! Are we now meant to assume that the Flying Doctor can or cannot actually fly? Did he infact give himself the nickname? Did he force Hugh Chambers to retire so that he could get the nickname? Is he a nice enough person, a quick enough driver, and poor enough to warrant a nickname (no nicknames for rich people remember, for they can't deserve them)? I have a PhD - can I start to call myself the Flying Doctor or is it trademarked? Does "flying" imply that he is faster or slower than "super"?
The "Flying Doctor" was Hugh's nickname and Dad took it over, even though he was racing his "slow" 1st Mallock. Its because they both had MBChBs, not Phds. The "Flying Doctor" was stopped being used when the BBC had that programme about Docs in Australia flying in planes around their practice, this was before Dad had major success in racing, as for money GPs get paid enough to get by and go racing. Hugh is a charming man and a fantastic racing driver.
To be a success in motorsport you need three things: skill, money and the will/confidence/arrogance whatever you want to call it to be the best. You have to believe yourself to be the best. If you have all these things then chances are you'll get somewhere. All the best drivers have what are generally thought of as "character flaws" by people - Jason Plato for instance is a prime example of a driver who splits opinion down the middle. (And no I'm not going to compare myself to any of these guys - all I have of all that is the money on a temporary basis. )
Richard, we've been through this before, if you can't make your point without calling someone an "eejit", bringing their racing history into question or whatever, please just keep it to yourself. This is the second big argument you've caused on the forum through abrasive wording and there aren't going to be three. Please just step back and re-read what you type before hitting the "post" button.
Mike, how come I am not allowed to express my opinion and call someone an eejit but Andrew can call me an "arse"?
Gordon Shedden, might be the darling of Scottish motorsport fans at the moment but he will come and go like other people have, just because I have said I don't like the guy, I have been subjected to a torrent of abuse.
As for his credentials, there are several champions among our ranks but aren't given a name like"Super Sheds", in esscence he has only won 1 national championship, why does he need to be so arrogant to a young 19 or 24 year old? We have former World Champions and European Champions among us.
Andrew, the 1st impression is all! If you're an "arse" towards someone they will hold it against you, possibly for the rest of your life. Remember James Hunt held Riccardo Patrese wholey resposable for Ronnie Peterson's death and the old Villeneuve/Pironi battle lead to one being killed and the other being in a wheelchair.