Chaps Number 1

To start the ball rolling here is Chaps Number 1 featuring Felice Bonetto who was rarely seen without a pipe and with a face like that you can see why they called him The Pirate. We also feature Clemente Biondetti and Paul Pietsch
To start the ball rolling here is Chaps Number 1 featuring Felice Bonetto who was rarely seen without a pipe and with a face like that you can see why they called him The Pirate. We also feature Clemente Biondetti and Paul Pietsch

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Felice Bonetto. Rarely seen without a pipe and with a face like that you can see why they called him The Pirate. Bonetto was a fearless competitor who took no prisoners and was possessed of so much courage that some of his racing exploits placed him in the category of the foolhardy.

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Felice once again. Showing excellent technique. Read more about the man here

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All drivers should look like this. Clemente Biondetti. A pre-war Alfa Romeo star, photographed in 1951, when he was still racing in F1.

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An interesting photo showing Alberto Ascari’s moment of integration with the harbour at Monaco in 1955.

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German driver Paul Pietsch and his Alfa Romeo enjoying the kind of moment that many modern drivers simply don’t understand. Nurburgring 1951.

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About

Friday Chaps was started by the late Chris Bowen. Over the past few years we worked with Chris to add and contribute to the Friday Chaps stories.

Chris started in F1 with Brabham in 1984 before moving on to Benetton, McLaren, Ligier, Arrows, Toyota, Red Bull, Honda, Brawn GP and in 2010 to Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Sadly Chris passed away suddenly in 2020. His knowledge and story telling ability were of the highest order and we have decided to continue his theme of Friday Chaps in his memory. We will republish some of his stories and observations and add to them hopefully doing justice to the standards he set!

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