You were there: 1971 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen

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A drive in the woods: In autumn 1971, Fred Gerkens and some of his friends headed to Watkins Glen for the US Grand Prix and their first taste of F1.

“The race was ok,” says Fred. “But the close-up garage access was an amazing experience”.

Mike Hailwood's Surtees side by side with Chris Craft's Brabham at the 1971 United States Grand Prix at Watkin's Glen

Unlucky: Mike Hailwood (20) would crash when his Surtees punctured; Chris Craft’s Brabham (24) would suffer a suspension breakage

Emerson Fittipaldi in his Lotus 72D during the 1972 F1 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen

Fittipaldi in his Lotus 72D

Francois Cevert in the Tyrrell at the 1971 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen

Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell claimed pole but team-mate François Cevert would take his first win

McLaren and Brabham battle during the 1971 F1 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen

Autumn colours frame a McLaren/Brabham scrap

Tim Schenken pushes his Brabham at Watkins Glen during the 1971 United States Grand Prix

Tim Schenken assists crew with his Brabham

John Cannon and his BRM P153 being towed back to the pits at Watkins Glen during the 1971 United States Grand Prix

John Cannon and BRM P153 come home the slow way

Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus 72D at Watkins Glen for the 1971 United States F1 Grand Prix

Emerson Fittipaldi’s Lotus 72D

Fans campervan at the 1971 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen

The boys parked their Metrovan camper right by a gospel stage and settled round a campfire with a crate of beer

Skip Barber's March 711 is towed back to the pits at Watkins Glen after retiring from the 1971 United States Grand Prix

Not the sort of tow Skip Barber wanted; in the race his March 711 was unclassified

Stripped down Brabham BT33 of Tim Schenken at Watkins Glen for the 1971 United States Grand Prix

Tim Schenken’s Brabham BT33 displays its innards for our photographer, but the Cosworth engine would let down the Australian driver