By giraffe138 at 2010-07-18
Whilst chatting with Kingsleyrob at Cholmondeley yesterday, I reminded him that this weekend marks 40 years exactly since Jochen Rindt inherited a rather fortuitous victory in the Lotus 72 on his way to a posthumous world championship when Jack Brabham ran out of petrol. I watched on in amazment from the grandstand at Clearways as events unfolded and was aware that Rob was at Brands that day too, 40 years ago to this day.
I had travelled down to Brands as a 16 year old with a member of Aintree Circuit Club in an MG Midget, swapping a ticket to the race for the ride there and back. We left Liverpool at midnight, joining the queue for the circuit at 4am....................
I have also become aware that several if not many other TNFers were also present that day at Brands. If so, let us know and what are your abiding memories of that day?
By giraffe138 at 2010-07-18
I've still got my program signed by Jack Brabham.
I cruised down from North Wales in a Mk10 Jag, my father, a pal from a local garage and 2 youngsters Clive and Jonathan, who used to hang around our garage helping! We got to Brands, parked in the upper field near the private aircraft.
Went to inspect one that had nose dived on landing! Then made our way into the circuit.
Bought all the usual stuff and walked around to watch the racing from various parts, like Hawthorns and Dingle Dell.
After it all ended and we were walking back to our car, we were surprised at the result as Jack was leading when he passed our spot.
Then we heard that the Lotus was in scrutineering and that JB had run out of fuel, I remembered watching the Monaco race and thinking he's making a habit of loosing to Rindt.
Arriving back at our car dad decided he needed the toilet in view of a 250miles return trip so I drove to the gate at the top of the paddock. Parked there and we walked down to look at something and visit the loo.
Walking back up the hill we passed a woman struggling to carry bags and a large suitcase which I thought was strange, so joking I asked "was she going on holiday, and did she need some help?"
She said "thanks, but I think my husband could use some help," at which point we turned around to find Jack Brabham carrying a very large box (champagne) and a bag.
So we helped carry the stuff and asking had he his aircraft in the field, offered to take them to their airplane, which they accepted.
Offering our thoughts re the race and that someone had said the Lotus was being scrutineered, they smiled, and Jack said something about the wing height in question and she laughed and said "somebody will lean on it until it's right!"
The 2 youngsters in my car were both open mouthed with surprise, and young Clive had to ask Jack "was he really Jack Brabham?" He kindly talked and signed autographs and then they were gone.
The large box contained his share of the prize for equal fastest lap in practise, but I didn't get a bottle!
I drove back to the paddock gate, collected my dad who wondered where we had all gone, and who had missed the excitement.
It made for an interesting day.
If Jack was annoyed at what had happened with the fuel situation he seemed to be in tired but good humour in my experience.
I'm not sure what the others are up to but Jonathan is a manager at my local BMW agency and still remembers that day
It wasn't the first time to speak with Jack, as another friend Terry B. was a fan, Jack was always willing to have time for the fans.
In fact you could talk to most of the "stars" then, in 1970, but after that decade it changed.
It seems a long time ago and a different era, but I find modern F1 equally as interesting if not more so.