Secrets and surprises in this month’s pick: a high-security blanket at Brands, plus a star in a reasonably fast kart…
By chance Roger caught Niki Lauda testing the secret Brabham fan car at Brands in 1978 . “Suddenly it coasted to a stop; mechanics raced from the pits and wrapped a tarpaulin round the rear before it was towed”. “For 10min Lauda circulated at race pace”. In ’79 Roger gate-crashed a Silverstone test: “I heard muttering but kept out the way…” Here Lauda and Murray ponder BT48 . Ground-effect McLaren M28 on jacks . Firing up Reutemann’s Lotus 79.
Grey Rickes sent his pictures from Latham, New York, but they feature a background closer to home for us – Brands Hatch . In august 1979 Greg attended the kart race school at the Kent circuit and was surprised to find someone else enrolled for lessons – multiple motorbike racing champion Barry Sheene . Standing by his white Rolls-Royce, Sheene talks with instructor Mike Wilds.