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#4501 TimRTC

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 21:36

Strangely enough, my one abiding memory of that day is seeing Stephen South arriving on the Hangar Straight upside down a few feet above Derek Daley's yellow Chevron in the supporting F3 race.
According to "formula2.net", no less than 85 cars, and many future illustrious names, were entered for that race!


Wow, seen a 40-odd car Caterham race on the modern Silverstone layout and that was packed, must have been incredible to see.


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#4502 Alan Cox

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 21:48

Wow, seen a 40-odd car Caterham race on the modern Silverstone layout and that was packed, must have been incredible to see.

Yes, but bear in mind that 23 of the entries did not arrive, and 24 of them failed to qualify. Still not a bad field, though. Organisers of today's single-seater categories would kill for that sort of support.

#4503 alansart

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:08

Yes, but bear in mind that 23 of the entries did not arrive, and 24 of them failed to qualify. Still not a bad field, though. Organisers of today's single-seater categories would kill for that sort of support.


The GP meeting tended to have huge F3 entries and it was generally the biggest race of the year. There'd be all sorts of odd entries from drivers who'd never done F3 before plus the occasional FF2000 with an F3 motor dropped in the back - I see there's a Reynard on the entry list.

I think it sometimes worked out cheaper to enter the race with no intention of running but you got several tickets plus a decent spot to park inside the circuit. :)


#4504 Mallory Dan

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:17

F3 was superb in '77. The high spot of the whole 2-litre era, in terms of numbers, variety, drivers who went onto greater things???

#4505 Stephen W

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:39

F3 was superb in '77. The high spot of the whole 2-litre era, in terms of numbers, variety, drivers who went onto greater things???


Entries at the 'big' meetings were often so large that they ran two heats and a final. In a lot of cases there were people who didn't qualify for either of the heats.

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1970 British GP meeting at Brands Hatch - Final of the F3 race - this is the midfield bunch being led by Jurg Dubler (Chevron) with Freddy Kottulinsky (Lotus 69) up his chuff!

#4506 Alan Cox

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 13:43

F3 was superb in '77. The high spot of the whole 2-litre era, in terms of numbers, variety, drivers who went onto greater things???

Agreed with you there, Dan. One of the things about the GP meeting was the number of foreigners who appeared.

http://www.formula2.net/F377_36.htm

#4507 Paul Parker

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 13:58

As came to pass of course...but under Gp.A regulations which didn't come into force until 5 years later.
I don't think the XJS physically qualified for the earlier Gp2 rules did they?


This is all decades ago so memory could be faulty but an erudite piece on the XJC campaign somewhere in print later on made this point about choosing the wrong model and further I also recall that the decision to use the XJC was made by Jaguar's marketing people on the basis that the XJC was recognisably Jaguar unlike the newer XJS and had more resonance with Jaguar's customer base.

The XJS was lighter and better configured than the heavier XJC and the whole project was promoted too strongly publicly and too soon before the car's flaws were eradicated with predictable results. This is what happens when accountants, pen pushers and marketing are in control rather than engineers and realists.


#4508 Alan Cox

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 16:44

Silverstone 1000kms - 12th May 1985 - A feast for Porsche 956 fans
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The NewMan car of Klaus Ludwig, Paolo Barilla and Jean-Paul Belmondo
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Jochen Mass at the wheel of the Rothmans car he shared with Jackie Ickx
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Jo Gartner shared this John Fitzpatrick Racing entry with David Hobbs
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The Pretoria Brick car of George Fouché, Almo Coppelli and Sarel van der Merwe
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Some light relief from all the Porsches, the Lancia LC2 of Riccardo Patrese and Alessandro Nannini

#4509 Phil Rainford

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 19:04

Rose tinted glasses and all that........but what an era for Sports Cars :eek:

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#4510 arttidesco

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 22:33

Rose tinted glasses and all that........but what an era for Sports Cars :eek:

PAR


Yes and to be joined at the end of '85 by Alan Jones in a green Jaguar at Brands Hatch happy days :love:

#4511 Stephen W

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:49

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Alboreto at Stowe

#4512 pressman

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:22

Photos by John Leck

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AA-54 - John Watson (March 721) at Paddock by jones115, on Flickr

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AA15 - Ronnie Peterson (JPS 72D) at Druids by jones115, on Flickr

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7-26-2011_037 by jones115, on Flickr

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7-26-2011_018 by jones115, on Flickr

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7-26-2011_002 by jones115, on Flickr

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7-25-2011_035 by jones115, on Flickr

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7-14-2011_003 by jones115, on Flickr

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7-14-2011_002 by jones115, on Flickr

cheers
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#4513 sterling49

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:47

Fabulous photos John/Steve, love the one of young Ronald especially !

Edited by sterling49, 18 August 2013 - 12:48.


#4514 Stephen W

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:28

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1977 British GP at Silverstone - Patrick Depailler (P34), Patrick Neve (March 761) & a distant Alan Jones (Shadow)

#4515 elansprint72

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:08

1977 British GP at Silverstone - Patrick Depailler (P34), Patrick Neve (March 761) & a distant Alan Jones (Shadow)

Another good one Steve.
It was a close encounter with a flying catch-fencing pole which made me give up race photography... for far too long, as it turned out. :|

#4516 pressman

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 13:35

Some F2 from John Leck

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1. Alex Ribeiro (March 762) - 2nd by jones115, on Flickr

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EE227 by jones115, on Flickr


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EE149 - Mike Beuttler & Gerry Birrell collide. by jones115, on Flickr

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EE120 - Brambilla, Williamson & Mass by jones115, on Flickr

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EE99 - Dal Bo, Blades & Ikusawa by jones115, on Flickr

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EE96 - Patrick Depailler's Elf II by jones115, on Flickr

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EE92 - Jean-Pierre Jaussaund's Motul M1 by jones115, on Flickr

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BB44 - Jody Scheckter's McLaren M21 by jones115, on Flickr


Cheers
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#4517 Tim Murray

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 14:37

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EE149 - Mike Beuttler & Gerry Birrell collide. by jones115, on Flickr

Cor! The incident that decided the outcome of the 1973 Thruxton F2 race - I don't think I've seen a photo of it before. Beuttler has just made a rather foolhardy lunge into the chicane trying to get the race lead off Birrell with two laps to go. Both resumed to finish third and fourth, but Beuttler was then disqualified, and later hauled up in front of an RAC tribunal on a charge of dangerous driving. The tribunal found the case not proven, and he was reinstated in the results.

Thanks John and Steve.

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#4518 Phil Rainford

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 08:23

Thanks Steve..........some superb images being posted :)

 

PAR


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#4519 Stephen W

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:10

1977 British GP Practice - Andretti & Nilsson at Becketts.

 

 

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#4520 Barry Boor

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 16:22

You ask where, Alan. In a word, BERNIE.



#4521 kento11

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 00:23

Mario on the pole, Dutch Grand Prix 1977mariozand_zps297a723a.jpg



#4522 Marc Sproule

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 17:08

my flickr stats are telling me there are some hits on my images coming from this thread and the link i posted here last year.

 

i've recently added a lot of images...particularly in my testing and people sets...so i figured i'd post an update.

 

 

https://www.flickr.c...681980@N03/sets