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So it’s sharp left, then floor-it. No, Hang on….WAIT!!!

Swiss roller Edgar Berney was generally seen as an accomplished and steady hand, with at least eight “I Drove The Le Mans 24-Hours” T-shirts hanging on his line. And, while we seriously doubt whether he ever cherished the 1966 version as a particular favourite, it was at least his best remembered!

Friday Chap!

Until the arrival of the Alonso boy, this chap was the most successful Spanish Formula One driver.

Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton, Marquese de Portago (and if you don’t know what Cabeza de Vaca means, it’s well worth looking it up).

Born on November 17th

Jimmy Reece
1929 - 1958
Chris Craft
1939 - 2021
Damien Magee
Dominico Schiattarella

Died on November 17th

There are no drivers in the database that passed away on this day.

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Red Label

Australo-Kiwi based Tasman racing was begun back in 1964. And, since it allowed Formula 1 machinery with only light modification, the Grand Prix set, bored with the northern hemispherical winters, took the opportunity to go racing there throughout January and February, before their own school terms started in earnest.

A Day at the Palace!

Now then, you lot! Imagine it’s the 10th September 1971 and the very occasion of the Iberia Airlines Trophy gala for Formula 3 cars at Crystal Palace. Colin Vandervell (son of Vanwall creator Tony Vandervell) is leading his Brabham into the North Tower section on the first lap, but’s left room under breaking for future World Champion Jody Scheckter to slip his works-entered Merlyn down his right side on a very tight line. Australian Dave Walker meanwhile, the 1971 British F3 champion-elect, has made a late shout to fill the gap between them for the glory of Gold Leaf Team Lotus. Let’s play the Intro, then…

Filming Le Mans, the movie

This scaffolding afflicted Porsche 917 was used in the filming of Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” film in 1970. Similar contraptions were also strapped to the front, often with an intrepid cameraman as an integral part of the assembly.

Risky Business!

We’re willing to bet that these chaps have not filled in a risk-assessment report in accordance with, and as recommended by, accepted EU guidelines. Their identities appear shrouded in secrecy, although we believe that at least one of them may later have become a well known Formula 1 driver, and we also understand that the pair of them may be French. Which, frankly, should be all the explanation that you need.

Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari 312B3T5 in 1980

After winning the World Championship with Jody Scheckter and their T4 model in 1979, Ferrari found themselves badly wrong-footed by the advances in ground-effect technology, when they introduced the T5 version for 1980. It would be Ferrari’s worst World Championship season ever. Even their 2020 efforts were not as bad!

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Lost to Us in 2021

Al Unser Sr
1939 - 2021

Frank Williams
1942 - 2021

Nino Vaccarella
1933 - 2021

Godon Spice
1940 - 2021

Graham McRae
1940 - 2021

Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
1937 - 2021

Carlos Reutemann
1942 - 2021

Brian Raubenheimer
1940 - 2021

Robby Unser
1968 - 2021

Max Mosely
1940 - 2021

Juan Corchesa
1954 - 2021

Leslie Marr
1922 - 2021

Bobby Unser
1934 - 2021

Bill Whittington
1949 - 2021

Ludwig Heimrath Sr
1934 - 2021

Johnny Dumfries
1958 - 2021

Hannu Olavi Mikkola
1942 - 2021

Chris Craft
1939 - 2021



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