Ibsen, Tony just admitted to chasing people out of bushes !!!
Well, I have chased people into
Not a spy Ibsen, but I was asked by Arrows to prepare some drawings to prove that certain aspects of most F1 cars of that time were similar, so the Arrows looking like a Shadow was coincidence. I had a call from a lawyer, or court official, asking me to attend court, and as I didn't know better I agreed. Apparently I should have refused, and then been forced to attend. By agreeing it made me look as though I was supporting Arrows, rather than just being an 'expert witness'. In court I found myself sitting immediately behind Don Nichols, who turned and glared at me with pure hatred...
The case was a farce, the Arrows was
a copy, I knew it, everyone
knew it, and I was like a lamb to the slaughter when it was my turn to be cross-examined. Totally unprepared for the onslaught, I didn't get a chance to defend myself, or even say that it didn't matter who had commissioned my drawings, Tony Southgate or Don Nichols, they would have been the same, and it was not for me to interpret them. Just an embarrassing thirty minutes, and I felt I'd been left to my own devices with no word of warning or advice. All I got was character assasination - I don't blame the barrister, he was just doing his job, but forwarned I could have given as good as I got. On reflection I probably didn't do too badly, but I was angry that I had even been involved. I am fairly sure I didn't get paid, but there is a chance that I was.
In those days it was possible to park near the Court, and as I was leaving, wearing the nicest bespoke suit I've ever owned, fit, tanned and Rayban'd, crossing the road to my Lotus Cortina, a sight-seeing coach-load of foreign girls drove slowly past. A stunning blond did a genuine-double take when she saw me, waved and screamed, at which point most of her friends turned and did the same, so my spirits were lifted. Life goes on...