Originally posted by GD66
.....Alan Jones' win in the wet 1977 Austrian Grand Prix caused a problem for the organisers, with no copy of "Advance Australia Fair" to play: in the end, he's said a drunk played Happy Birthday on a trumpet...
I wonder what really happened there...
Does anyone really believe this rather fanciful story? A drunk? A trumpet?
I also wonder why they have to play anthems, what do we need them for?
And on the subject of the car that got onto the track at Oran Park, lyntonh has posted a picture of it elsewhere:
Having seen the picture, I came to the conclusion that it might have been a stunt by Chrysler, but on re-reading the Racing Car News
report it comes into perspective to some extent:
In lap 41 there occurred one of the most incredible incidents ever seen in motor racing. With Jane looking more and more like a champion, and Moffat out to spoil that image, another car suddenly appeared on the track. It was an ordinary road-going Valiant Pacer, doing about 40 mph, driven by a hatless, beltless, cigarette-smoking dare-devil who for some fantastic reason had decided that here was his chance to be a star!
He had borrowed the car from the pit area, been turned back from one track entrance, driven to the pit apron and thence onto the track past three incredulous policement. Down the straight and through the esses he went, then round Suttons, just as Moffat arrived on the scene. Fortunately the "Lone Stranger" kept hard to the left and Moffat just squeezed between him and Fanning's Escort. It was so close!
Then the Pacer racer hit the Shell dogleg, nearly lost it, scrambled through BP and decided he'd had enough, pulling up at the Rothmans Tower to be greeted by an almost hysterical Allan Horsley, who hauled him out bodily and flung into the arms of a nearby cop!
Moffat said later he didn't even see the Pacer, and we can believe it, for the next five laps were "out of sight"! The times tumbled...
This occurred on August 8, 1971 right in the closing stages of one of the most frantic races ever seen. It was a 'winner take all' situation for the title, Moffat on 31 points, Jane on 34 with 9-6-4-3-2-1 the pointscore. Moffat had pole position, got fastest lap in the race, Jane beat him home by six tenths of a second.
Anyway, it's good that Lynton got a photo of it and has published it!