A stitch in time saves drive. An overdramatic paraphrase of an old saying, perhaps, but securing further sponsorship, no matter how small, could help oil the financial wheels of a struggling team at the height of any season four decades ago.
This picture from the Österreichring paddock in August 1986 shows Jonathan Palmer‘s wife sewing a sponsor’s patch onto her husband’s overalls on the day before practice began. There may have been only four more races to go after this one but, with Mexico and Australia on the schedule, money would have been getting tight, particularly at Zakspeed as the independent German team prepared for the 12th race of what had been a very difficult season.
A desperate search for better performance from the four-cylinder Zakspeed had seen a switch at this race from KKK to Garrett turbos. It was a fundamental change that brought neither an increase in power for the 861 car nor a more elevated grid position for either Palmer or his Dutch team-mate, Huub Rothengatter.