At Christmas a landmark was passed and I feel it should not pass unrecorded. For the hostilities’, artist Michael Turner published his 50th annual set of Christmas cards.
His first set in 1963 covered six subjects; Graham Hill in the BRM at Monaco, Bruce McLaren’s Cooper broadside in the rainstorm at Spa, which Michael recalls vividly for the savage lightning flashes as he stood there, getting soaked, Jimmy Clark’s Lotus 25 dominant at Zandvoort, Graham again in the Rover-BRM gas turbine car at Le Mans, Dan Gurney’s Brabham at Silverstone and John Surtees’s Ferrari over the hill and gone away at the Nurburgring.
For this past year Spa and Silverstone again featured in Mike’s latest set of five cards, but I can’t help thinking that the front-runners in 1963 could never have imagined F1 World Championship rounds also being run in Melbourne, Valencia… and Shanghai. Congratulations Michael 50-up, and hopefully many more to come. Long may your brush flourish.