You were there



Both Graham and Damon Hill star this month, among other F1 greats at Silverstone and Snetterton, plus a bit of Indycar variety


We’ve run some of Neville’s photos before, from the 1955 Tourist Trophy at Dundrod. Fast-forward 38 years and the Bangor man made the trip across the water to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. {1} Alex Zanardi comes to rest at Bridge after a failure on his Lotus 107B’s active suspension. {2} Damon Hill plays paddock taxi driver to wife Georgie. {3}A patriotic crowd was willing Hill to a home victory, but the Renault V10 in his Williams FW15C let go on lap 42, allowing team-mate and title leader Alain Prost {4} through to his 50th GP win. {5} Michael Andretti spins his McLaren MP4/8 at Copse on the first lap; team-mate Senna was fifth after running out of fuel.


Surrey man David was worried these shots from the 1996 Indycar World Series opener at Homestead, Florida might be too recent for You Were There, but fear not! He visited the pits and caught Mark Blundell’s spare PacWest Lola Ford-Cosworth being unloaded {1} as the Briton made his series debut {2}. {3} Al Unser Jr’s Penske heads a train of cars. The American finished eighth, but the spoils went to eventual champion Jimmy Vasser in his Ganassi Racing Reynard-Honda.


The weather held for practice at the 1964 Daily Mirror Trophy meeting at Snetterton, allowing Peter to get these great shots, whereas race day was a washout. “There is a BRM bias in this collection,” admits Norfolk man Peter. “I’ve always been a BRM fan, along with that other car from Bourne – the ERA.” {1} Jim Clark awaits the start of practice in modified Lotus 25B fitted with new 13in Dunlop tyres, which struggled for grip in shortened wet race. {2} Graham Hill has wing mirrors fitted to new BRM by Alan Challis (right) as Pat Cavath looks on. Hill led the race briefly before badly crashing the car, though he was unhurt. Innes Ireland’s BRP BRM won. {3} Parnell pair Mike Hailwood (left) and Chris Amon try to stay warm. {4} Hill with BRM chief engineer Tony Rudd. {5} Reigning World Champion Phil Hill was fourth in Scuderia Centro Sud BRM. {6} Graham Hill approaches the ‘Bomb Hole’. {7} Jack Brabham with Phil Kerr. He spun in F1 race but won the saloon car event in a Ford Galaxie.