I was interested to read DSI’s article A Famous Vanwall Victory in the April issue. My wife and I spent three weeks in Pescara when on leave from Germany in August 1957. We managed to obtain tickets for seats in the stand opposite the pits. The scaffold was a very insecure structure which shook alarmingly whenever the Italian crowd leapt to its feet and cheered on its heroes. I took a number of photographs; the slides are now with Jarrotts, the motor racing picture people. I retained the prints.
We stayed in a hotel overlooking the sea. The great Fangio and his wife also stayed there. It was always a pleasure sometimes to see them sitting quietly outside at a small table drinking coffee and just watching the world go by. There were no crowds of media people with microphones to disturb them — they were just on their own. How different it would be today, more’s the pity.
I wonder if DSJ enjoyed the good food at Dino’s restaurant in Pescara? If not, he missed a treat!
CR Hefford, Acharacle, Argyll.
Cars in Books, November 1974
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