I am the owner of an M.G. TC and for photographic aspirations I use a Kodak Brownie and am essentially one of the “snap and hope” brigade, but, after watching the Aintree “200” on April 30th I am beginning to think that the B.B.C. cameramen were of the same mind.
To enlarge: in the early stages of the race when Brabham was leadine comfortably, the camera followed him with regular monotony through the bends and down the straights, all very well. Brabham is a joy to watchn, no one denies this, but how more exciting was the fight going on behind him. Salvadori, Hill, Ireland, Moss, Bonnier and Surtees having a glorious “dice,” literally queuing up for the corners. At one point Ireland was about to pass Hill for third place, Raymond Baxter was excited, the crowd was excited, but the cameraman was obviously not, at the crucial point he switches pictures leaving the audience frustrated and commentator Raymond Baxter bewildered.
Poor Baxter, he was completely nonplussed at times by the antics of the B.B.C. team, he was left speechless at times by the illogical switching of the picture.
I know there is a complicated system of monitors and several cameras at different stations, but may I suggest that the B.B.C. get hold of a motor racing enthusiast to “instruct” the camera crew in the art of watching and follewing a race.
I would close in saying that I think your magazine is the best in motoring journalism, long may you produce such absorbing writings on such magnificent paper at such a ridiculous price!
I am, Yours, etc.,
R.A.F. – G. E. Shrubode.