This is big boy’s toys and then some.
Wooding says it’s often the small details which really bring the story to life, making it worthwhile not just for himself, but the viewers at home also. The Sharknose at Thruxton was no different.
“You want to inform both the causal viewers and then the more passionate ones like me,” he explains. “You just want people to stand back and go ‘Oh, I didn’t know that,’.”
That the Sharknoses’ story is one laced with triumph, romance and tragedy made it extra appealing for him.
“If all these anecdotal stories, like the fact that just before his death, Von Trips and set up the Kerpen go-kart track, which Rolf Schumacher [father of Michael and Ralf] then took over, or that von Trips was at Damon’s christening in 1961, just a few months before his death, or that Damon spent a summer as a child with Phil Hill – make me, as a fan, go ‘Wow’, then I hope people at home will do the same. “
Wooding notes the significance of driving such a car at Thruxton for both Hill and Brundle.
“Damon holds the unofficial lap record here [he averaged 147.25mph when driving a Williams FW15C at Thruxton’s Silver Jubilee event], and the last time Martin drove here was in his British F3 showdown with Ayrton Senna – in 1983!”