Originally posted by Lee200
BTW, have you noticed Sarti's car when he finally leaves the starting line after his stall? The rear of the car sure looks like an actual 312 to me.
Yes, when he starts waving people away and starts trying to restart the engine, his "Ferrari" FJ suddenly becomes the real thing. And when it finally catches he roars off from the grid and across the start finish line even though he originally crossed the line as he stalled.
When you mentioned Tim Randolph wearing Mike Spence's helmet I went back and looked at the staged start. Actually, there were two staged starts. In one, the camera is in front of Sarti and he stalls right in front of it. You can tell there were two staged starts because in the first, the "Spence" Yamura passes Sarti on his right just as #50 (pretty sure it was the BRM P261) is beginning to pass him on his left.
The next angle is from the camera you can see off to the left in the first start and the #50 is nowhere to be seen as "Spence" passes Sarti. (You can't tell it's the "Spence" Yamura beside Sarti but it is. I took the still with it as close to the same position relative to Sarti as the first shot.)
This is after "Spence" has passed Sarti from a different angle and you can see the BRM is still well back:
Even though I keep referring to Spence in quotation marks, it is almost certainly him driving the Yamura. I just don't know who he is supposed to be. Tim Randolph (alias Phil Hill) started on the second row with Barlini. In the shot below Spence is the car directly behind Sarti already beginning to negotiate around him even though Sarti hadn't actually stalled yet. How did he know that was going to happen?
I tried to make some sense out of the starting grid behind the second row with regard to cars shown and drivers' names mentioned during the staged race but it gave me a headache. For instance, there is at least one works Lotus and one works Cooper shown in the staged racing scenes but there are no works Loti or Coopers on the staged starting grid. And there is only one Eagle shown starting but there are two different ones in the staged race.
I think I'd better take a break. I've obsessed enough for one day.