This is the last of the motorsport – our trip to Silverstone for practice at the British Grand Prix in July 1977. Notable for a couple of things – the weird and wonderful 6-wheel Tyrell and also the debut of the Turbocharged Renault, the first turbo F1 car.
For the afficionados:
#1 James Hunt in a McLaren
#3 Ronnie Petersen in a Tyrell
#17 Alan Jones in a Shadow
#11 Niki Lauda in a Ferrari
#5 Mario Andretti in a Lotus
#12 Carlos Reutemann in a Ferrari
#24 Rupert Keegan in a Williams
#4 Patrick Depailler in a Tyrell
#15 Jean-Pierre Jabouille in a Renault
Now, where were we?
What do you mean I last posted any pics in January? Ah well, I’ve been busy.
This selection comes from the Silverstone International Trophy in 1974 – my dad had presumably decided that we were now old enough for a bit of Formula 1, and we went to this event and a day of practice for the 1975 and 1977 British GP’s.
Of particular note is James Hunt racing for Hesketh. There are also appearances by Graham Hill with his own team, Henri Pescarolo who now owns a very successful sportscar (Le Mans) team, and the great Ronnie Peterson in the classic livery of the JPS Lotus.
It would seem that by 1973 we were deemed old enough to go to Silverstone for the first time – this is a VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) event.
This will have been painful for my mother (at the back, in the duffel coat) – she’s a huge fan of Ferraris, and this is one that’s had a bit of a ding.
It’s a Ferrari 250 GTO, at the International Trophy meeting at Silverstone in 1963.
Stirling Moss zipping around the paddock on a little scooter. He’d get an ASBO for riding one of those things now. Especially with a passenger.
Silverstone circuit, early 1954 – just totally different to how it looks now.
I didn’t find out until quite late on just how much of a petrolhead my dad was – there’s loads of motorsport to come, including 3 trips to Le Mans.