Roger Cowman is used to the scream of Formula One cars – he runs the EuroBOSS series which provides an arena for recent (pre-1998) GP cars to compete. But as co-owner of the Toleman TG184, he has no plans to enter Senna’s Monaco car.
“We’re a syndicate of four co-owners,” he says, “and the only time we’ve run the car was at Goodwood Festival of Speed three years ago. The car is so original that it would be a shame to race it. Apart from putting it back into the early-season colours it ran in at Monaco. we’ve done nothing to it.
“At the end of 1984, the team couldn’t afford to pay all of Johansson’s fee, so he got the car instead. As far as I know he never drove it again, and we bought it from his family 10 years ago.
“We didn’t even know if it was a real engine or a show unit. We took the plugs out to turn it over – and it fired up! We hadn’t realised that there were four more plugs on the side of the block. Since then we’ve remapped it to run on super-unleaded instead of the funny stuff they used in ’84, but we’ve done nothing else to it.”
The great imitation
On the 30th anniversary of his death we recall how a spurned Enzo Ferrari cleverly conspired to overhaul, and ultimately end, Fiat's Grand Prix dominance and in doing so put…
Jules Bianchi: 1989-2015
Jules Bianchi, who succumbed in July to the injuries sustained in his Japanese Grand Prix accident last October, was a hard racer beneath a sheath of humility. Whenever tragedy strikes,…
Legends: Spa Francorchamps
Nigel Roebuck "I can see why Formula One team owners employ PR people," a friend murmured recently, "because they obviously know damn all about it themselves." He was talking about Spa,…