On one extreme: Monaco. On the other: forests on the RAC Rally. Somewhere in between: road racing in Ireland
These evocative photos from the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix were sent in by Gavin Ross of Aberdeenshire. “I was still engaged in my studies at the time, but somehow or other had managed to put together the funding for a Page & Moy outing to the event” he says.
Clutching his pre-war Zeiss Contax camera, Mr Ross seems to have got everywhere, a far cry from the Monaco of today: “We were just in the pre-slicks and pre-wings era, with grand prix cars designed for road racing as opposed to track racing. Cars were also devoid of advertising and in the main finished in national racing livery. It was also a time when a Page & Moy traveller could get right in there with the cars and drivers.”
He also asks for a ‘who’s who?’ of the Formula Three shot. We’ve done some research and reckon it’s Henri Pescarolo (Matra) leading from Eric Offenstadt (Ron Harris Lotus), Peter Gethin (Sports Motors Manchester Brabham), Mike Beckwith (Chequered Flag DAF), Derek Bell (Felday Brabham) and Roy Pike (Chequered Flag DAF).
Can any readers add anything to that?
– Japanese mechanic finds the Honda rather a tight squeeze.
– Pescarolo leads F3 at Gasworks hairpin — we think this is the second heat.
– Denny Hulme’s Brabham kicks up dust as he heads for his first GP win.
– Bandini led early in his Ferrari, but would be killed later in the race.
– Ginther’s Eagle in a side street before Saturday practice. He failed to qualify.
We were delighted to see some excellent photos from Northern Ireland, courtesy of Bangor reader Neville Byford. There was a selection from other events too, but we’ve decided to major on those taken during the 1955 Tourist Trophy on the fabulously scary Dundrod road circuit.
” I was never able to obtain a pass for pit or paddock.” says Mr Byford, “but I found that a borrowed Leica hanging around my neck and an air of casual nonchalance seemed to work almost as well. What the photography lacks in expertise it makes up in historical interest.” Worry not Mr B, we thought the photos were a pretty decent effort!
Stirling Moss and John Fitch won the race for Mercedes, but Fitch (with his pipe) is seen leaning on the sister 300SLR of Wolfgang von Trips. who drove to third place with André Simon and Karl Kling behind yet another Merc, that of Kling and Juan ManueI Fanglo. And we haven’t got enough of the gorgeous Ferrari 750 Monza, despite last month’s feature.
– von Trips (in car) and Fitch in the Dundrod paddock.
– Maglioli and Trintignant (in car) took eighth in Ferrari.
– D-type of Berry and Sanderson went out in crash.
– Bueb/McDowell Cooper won class — despite camera!
Cumbria’s John Tallontire used to rack up a fair chunk of mileage following the RAC Rally during the 1960s and 70s:· “After Motoring News was collected from the local shop the route would be planned. lt was possible to watch, say, Greystoke, servicing at Carlisle and then an evening stage in southern Scotland. The following day up to Devilla, north of the Forth Bridge, a meal in Peebles and the Cordrona in the dark. We ‘did’ Yorkshire to finish – perhaps Hamsterley or even Oliver’s Mount at Scarborough. Those were the days!” Here are two shots from Mr Tallontire’s gruelling 1970 tour…
– Timo Mäkinen went out after transmission dramas with his Ford Escort.
– Harry Kallström won the event with Lancia Fulvia, shown on Greystoke stage.