You were there: At the heart of the action in 1966

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Press guest with extra privileges: Being Ford’s guest at Le Mans in 1966 is already pretty lucky, but Robert Ames also became a film extra while Grand Prix was being shot at Monaco the same year — and got paid too.

Jochen Rindt at Monaco in 1966

Jochen Rindt pats his Cooper’s Maserati V12 motor – which would fail him in the race

Stirling Moss at Monaco in 1966

Moss being charming as ever at Monaco

Piero Taruffi demonstrates the Lancia D 50 in Monaco in 1966

Veteran driver Piero Taruffi demonstrates the surviving Lancia D50 car before the race

Film lead James Garner buys ice cream for his co-stars Bandini and Ginther. Robert remembers they got talking when Garner noticed they wore the same Heuer watch

Film lead James Garner buys ice cream for his co-stars Bandini and Ginther. Robert remembers they got talking when Garner noticed they wore the same Heuer watch

Phil Hill talks to Jackie Stewart in his BRM at Monaco in 1966

Phil Hill crouches to talk with Jackie Stewart sitting in his V8 BRM during practice

Filming for Grand Prix in Monaco in 1966

After the race some drivers stayed on for filming, and Robert was taken on as an extra. This shows Garner’s ‘Pete Aron’ with co-stars and mocked-up ‘F1’ cars – actually F3 machines from Jim Russell

Graham Hill at Monaco in 1966

Monaco proved a hollow triumph for BRM who finished 1-3-4, split by Bandini’s Ferrari – but only those four finished. Hill, above and below, came third

Graham Hill in the pitlane at Monaco in 1966

1966 Le Mans start

Graham Hill’s Alan Mann Ford MkII is well away before the rest of the factory cars as the 24 hours begin