Bob was quite chunky, but he wanted to keep his hair, and he outran them.”, Colin Chapman’s sudden death came one December night in 1982, when he was just 54. When I arrive to take Bob to the pub he is appropriately working on Lotus 25 chassis R4, the very car with which Clark won the 1963 world championship, and now raced by proud owner John Bowers. “When March were starting up for the 1970 season Robin Herd approached me. That would also fit Alan Baillie’s view that it ran a Cosworth SCA at some stage but there is no proof, and sadly Peter Warr fell off his perch two years ago, and the family have no photos of his car. Today they don’t have anything like the fun we did.”, Iconic since it was first launched in 1988 by Michel Herbelin's French Watchmaking Atelier, the Newport collection is inspired by the portholes of transatlantic ships which gives it a recognisable…, Three of 14 races remain in the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, Covid permitting. So he used to spend a lot of time with us. He was very picky, always changing this, changing that, but you couldn’t fail to get on with him. Then he set up a business making racing car parts. There was a lot of money involved, so the Old Man said, ‘If you can get that car repaired I can get AJ Foyt to drive it.’ So we set about another night and day repair job. For example, McLaren-Honda send to each Grand Prix – not counting the two drivers and their own management – 121 people. So we’d get the figure from Chapman, and then we’d add another gallon, just to be sure. Afterwards he told us that on long fast right-handers, like Woodcote, the oil pressure needle was sagging down to zero. “Colin Chapman would get into a huge paddy about nothing,” Laz remembers. Rushing along a narrow road in Northern France we lost one door mirror on a passing truck and the other on a lamp post. “But the thing about Jimmy, one of the ways he was so much better than everybody else, is that if there was a problem with the car he just drove round it. They didn’t like us using their sacred track in the dead of night.”. In period, it was a simple change to add external pick up points for the rear radius rods and convert to a 27/32 retaining the original Triumph Herald front uprights. Hosted at Timour Hall Villa, a familiar Southern Suburbs venue in Cape Town, South Africa, the book sale sold new and second-hand books ranging from children's books to… Continue reading Wrap Up & Book Haul: 2018 SPCA Bag-A-Bargain Book Sale, If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to become one of the wealthiest and most successful in your country and continent, Chris Bishop’s latest book Africa’s Billionaires is a must-read! Is Lotus in financial trouble? Option B is Sheryl Sandberg’s story on how she overcame the sudden death… Continue reading Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. They’d signed great drivers: Amon, Siffert, Mario in the STP car. The next year, also at Spa, on a fast part of the track he went straight through a marshal’s post, completely demolished it.” The history books say the cause of that one was a puncture. Bob again: “We were at Snetterton, about to test one of the first active suspension set-ups. Trevor was seriously quick. “Jim Endruweit and ‘Beaky’ Sims were at Hockenheim running Jimmy and Graham in the F2 48s. But you always had to tell the truth to the Old Man, because if you didn’t he’d always know. Out of the car he used to bite his nails a lot. Somebody’s clutch had exploded a lap or so earlier, and Jimmy probably picked up a bit of debris. It handles well, but likes to share its oil. I’ve also got a lead on the prototype Lotus 32 that Peter Warr sold; the owner from 1965 now lives in Spain. “By the time he joined the F1 team the Chapman/Clark relationship had become very strong, and Trevor felt rather excluded, a bit of an outsider. We tried to sort it during practice, but in the race he had lots of pitstops to solve various problems, and our reward for all that work was him finishing last. 5 Charities You Can Donate Books and Goods To, Review: How to Get a SARS Refund by Daniel Baines, Wrap Up & Book Haul: 2018 SPCA Bag-A-Bargain Book Sale, Review: Africa’s Billionaires by Chris Bishop, Review: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus series).
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