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#1 Gary C

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 21:26

...I don't think this has been mentioned here before, but you can purchase a few items through the Trust with the proceeds go to some of the mechanics who are in need of a little help.
Follow this link to find out what you can purchase : http://www.gpmechani...se-an-item.html

There are copies of Michael Oliver's 'Tales From The Toolbox' available, a GPMT wristband plus a couple of other things. Unfortunately I already have a copy of Mike's book but have just ordered a wristband through Ebay.

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#2 llmaurice

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:00

...I don't think this has been mentioned here before, but you can purchase a few items through the Trust with the proceeds go to some of the mechanics who are in need of a little help.
Follow this link to find out what you can purchase : http://www.gpmechani...se-an-item.html

There are copies of Michael Oliver's 'Tales From The Toolbox' available, a GPMT wristband plus a couple of other things. Unfortunately I already have a copy of Mike's book but have just ordered a wristband through Ebay.

OK, commercial over!


I didn't realise we had a website Gary but I look forward to the commencement of "Mechanics tales".Should see a few home truths there and a lot of amusing stories as we reminisce.

#3 Gary C

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 20:10

I spent a very pleasant day at the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust 25th Anniversary Lunch yesterday at the Williams F1 factory/conference centre. Hosted by Jackie Stewart, it featured a ton of former pitlane regulars : Jo Ramirez, Alan Rees, Dick Salmon, Bob Dance, Bob Sparshott amongst them. John Watson, Derek Warwick and Patrick Head were some others in the 160 strong audience. I did enjoy Patrick enthusing at Fangio's car control at Rheims in the 250F in one of the videos that was shown. Just for one afternoon, nostalgia ruled!
Here's the one photograph I ventured to take (sorry, had to use the phone!)

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 20:24

a little piece from the website :
http://www.gpmechani...union-a459.html

and there could well be some footage from yesterday during this weekend's Sky F1 coverage , too.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 21:36

As far as I'm concerned Tales from the Toolbox is one of those 'must have' additions to anyone's motoring library.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 22:44

It's one that I've added to my shelves tonight.

#7 Geoff Smedley

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:45

As far as I'm concerned Tales from the Toolbox is one of those 'must have' additions to anyone's motoring library.



I'd like to compare what's carried in the mechanics toolbox today that could be valuable in the 50s & 60s or vice-versa It would be interesting to hear other stories of what was in the pit toolboxes in those times when there was only a one spanner man who was responsible for all pit tasks including pit boarding, lap counting and whatever was thrown at him in need for his car to be successful. In this electronic age toolboxes probably simply give a printed boring readout rather than more human touch of reading the list of who borrowed what throughout the meet and returning O/Ps but I guess there are toolboxes and toolboxes today representing Mega-factories holding many stories above and below the table......Smed.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:44

Not to mention the "ball o string" incident, if I recall it was either at March or Hesketh that a new mechanic's toolbox revealed aforementioned item plus a few more. Needless to say, the new nickname was born.

Before the days of the big red box, most carried the trusty cantilever full of tools from stalwarts such as Britool, Gaedor, Big Dick and Stanley. Enough to rebuild the entire car. Today the boxes are corporate supplied and stocked so as not to spoil the pitbox aura.