A lunch meeting in a motor racing-mad restaurant with two legends. Not a bad way to begin an afternoon. That was Nigel’s brief during a short window when Motor Sport managed to persuade both Jacky Ickx and Mario Andretti to this country at the same time. Team-mates and friends at Ferrari, it was a rare and relaxed meeting which brought forth great memories – read them on p40.
The surroundings may not have been as glamorous as Nigel’s interview – instead of a smart London gaff Paul got to go to the National Agricultural Centre. But in this year of Alfa Romeo’s centenary, he was keen to remind us about an underrated pilot who carried the quadrifoglio in Formula 1. Bruno Giacomelli got plenty of breaks; the trouble is, they were usually mechanical…
Say ‘Can-Am’ and everyone thinks of McLaren M8Fs. But in the late 1970s the ‘reborn’ Can-Am provided a ton of thrills too. Kirby saw both eras and is here to tell you about it, enlisting Keke Rosberg and Alan Jones to back him up. He’s fresh back from his 36th Long Beach GP, too, in time to complete the text of his forthcoming epic history of the Carl Haas and Newman/Haas teams.
A man, a chair, a bare black table… Not the usual style of photograph to open an interview feature in this magazine. But John Barnard has stepped sideways from F1, so we thought that Rowlinson’s sometimes sideways view of the world, honed by many years of reporting on Formula 1 and its shenanigans, might click with the brilliant designer who brought carbon fibre to F1. We were right.