Posted 16 February 2004 - 08:39
Yes, the venue is Kirkistown, circa 19678/9 - during Wattie's 'hat' period. The suspects are John of course, Mick Mooney, who backed Tommy Reid at the time and, later, Alan Rollinson. He was also a major patron of up and coming motor cyclists in N.Ireland. Brian Nelson, Leslie Drysdale - now boss of sometime FF constructors Mondiale and John Crossle.
Apart from Mick who sadly passed away some considerable time ago, all still appear at Kirkistown from time to time.
Nelson, who contested several F2 races in 1970/71 as well as sharing John L'Amies Porsche 910 in several long distance sports car races, doesn't look any older today.
Leslie Drysdale, whose brother Ian mechanic-ed for Brian, still runs a spares service for Mondiales - he also penned and built the original Barber-SAAB chassis - and builds some very good FF1600 engines as a sort of hobby.
John Crossle, although officially retired, concentrates on his highly effective trials cars these days.
I'd guess the picture was taken by Esler or Beatty Crawford, and I'd love to know what they were talking about !