It was cold, damp and foggy, but when we rang Andrew to ask how the shoot was going he sounded jubilant. “Of course everything’s wonderful. I’ve just driven a Lotus 79!” Even for a man who has already driven some of the great racing cars, this one meant a lot. He had other reasons to be cheerful. From the freezing fog of Hethel, he was jetting off to Portugal for his next assignment…
There was a time when a copy of Motor Sport was the only way GC could share in the joys and despairs of the Broadspeed team as it wrangled a race car out of a luxury coupé. A trip to Silverstone to finally see and hear one of the brawny XJCs in the flesh and on song was long overdue compensation. Now he’s wondering how a set of those wheelarches would look on his Mark 2 Jag…
If you think Knockhill is a long way away from anywhere, spare a thought for our American correspondent. He racks up air miles like the rest of us collect Nectar points at Sainsbury’s. But before he caught yet another plane, this time to Daytona for the classic 24-hour race, a chance to sit down with Parnelli Jones, one of the legends of US racing, was just too good to miss.
It may be off-season as far as watching Grands Prix is concerned, but right now the people in the industry are flat-out finishing their new cars. And while they’re attempting to preserve their latest secrets, Adam is trying to extract them for the benefit of our readers… But in between spying raids, Adam got some valuable time with the old hands behind the brand-new Virgin team.