You were there: F1 at Long Beach

Sun, sea and sparkplugs: From 1976-83, Long Beach street circuit in California was part of the F1 calendar and known as the US GP West. “I took these photographs on the pit road,” says Paul Snider. “It was a good spot for driver portraits and to get close up to the cars”

Lotus 78 of Mario Andretti at Long Beach

Mario Andretti twice raced the Lotus 78 at Long Beach, coming first in 1977, and second to Carlos Reutemann in 1978

Derek Daly applies decals to his helmet

Derek Daly applies decals to his helmet before his first F1 world championship appearance, with Hesketh in 1978. He failed to pre-qualify

Ferrari 312T steering wheel

312T’s proprietary steering wheel, with only one switch on it…

Ferrari of Jody Scheckter towed throuigh L-ong Beach paddock

Ferrari mechanic holds the rope as Jody Scheckter’s 312T gets a tow through the paddock

Niki Lauda in Brabham BT46 with Ermanno Cuoghi

Niki Lauda wiggles into his Brabham cockpit in 1979 attended by loyal mechanic Ermanno Cuoghi

Ermanno Cuoghi with Brabham BT46

Ermanno Cuoghi (left) had moved to Brabham from Ferrari with Niki Lauda, but despite its speed the BT46’s Alfa Romeo engine would often let Niki down

McLaren M26s in pits at Long Beach

Marlboro country: McLaren M26s of Hunt and Tambay in 1978


Clay Regazzoni

The indomitable Clay Regazzoni, grand prix winner who returned to high-level motor sport after being paralysed in a crash at Long Beach

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