Multiple hot-rod winner Brundle has been one of the anchors of F1 TV coverage since 1997. His grid walkabout is a highlight, because as a Grand Prix driver and Le Mans winner himself he can talk to an F1 driver on equal terms. His insight and crisp honesty make a welcome change from corporate-speak, so this month he joins Nigel Roebuck for a metaphorical 2008 ‘grid walk’.
Being himself the owner of a Bristol 401, Martin is familiar with the individualistic English company’s products. But a meeting with the man who steered Bristol for so many years gave him the opportunity to hear first-hand about Tony Crook’s racing background. Martin has written about cars both for newspapers and classic magazines – and has also authored a book on domestic fowl.
Ed’s teeth are still chattering after his icy ride to Mallory Park and back for our racing Capri shoot. He reports that his new Suzuki GSX-R 750 is a terrific bike, but the heater isn’t much cop. However, it was a chance to meet saloon hero Andy Rouse as he tried out a reconstruction of one of the wild racing Fords he worked on and tested as a Broadspeed employee in the 1970s.
Writing about Al Unser Jr this month was home ground for Gordon, who has a string of books on Indycar drivers under his belt, drawing on his 35 years of race reporting in the United States and overseas. Having known Unser for many years was a good basis to draw the Indy 500 winner out on the personal difficulties which disrupted his life and racing career, but which are now behind him.