Chaps Number 3

This week back in 2008 Chris served up a mix of remarkable images from the past including the iconic image of Major Peter Braid's Cooper on the roof of a hut at Blandford Army Camp


If you wear a tie, no one will ever suspect that you may actually be barking mad.


Ermm…Can we just see that again on the simulation?


A famous photo. This was Major Peter Braid’s contribution to a Formula 3 event held around Blandford army camp in 1949. Apparently, and despite an absolutely sterling effort, he still didn’t manage to significantly hurt himself.


Tazio Nuvolari celebrating a victory in his Cisitalia by deliberately removing the quick-release steering wheel and waving it in the air as he crosses the finishing line (yes, really!). What a chap. We’re almost filling up with admiration. It must have made the lap-of-honour a bit harder than he’d have liked though!


Ronnie Peterson in a Formula 2 March at Mallory Park in 1971. It’s never too late to try and catch that slide!


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!