Originally posted by Sharman
I feel bound to ask. Who forced you and your F3 driver friend to climb into racing cars? It can't have been Jenks who had put his money where his mouth was on solo motor bikes and sidecars and accepted the risks. I think he not only said what he thought but was also able to give an insight, which we all miss, into the real background of motor racing at its highest levels.
Some time after Jenks passed on, I remember seeing a picture taken at the La Source hairpin at Spa way back in the days when Jenks used to race there. The picture showed the unkempt grass verges, and it somehow brought home to me his racing world. Nearly 9 miles of unkempt grass verges, trees, hedges, ditches, and farmhouses lining country roads with blindingly fast corners, that was the Spa he and Eric Oliver were taking on at or near 10/10s. All that is left of that description now is 'blindingly fast corners'.
That was his racing world, and somewhere amongst all those words he wrote about his passion, are racer's opinions of Spa in the old days. Amongst these are thoughts of those who were not aces, either in their minds nor the public's. They coped with the dangers by keeping away from the 10/10s stuff.
That was his racing world. In his day, you took on the circuit as well as your machine and your competitors. It is clear that, rightly or wrongly, Jenks looked down his those who did not wish to take on certain circuits without prorective measures. In his day, the protective measure was your choice about how fast you were willing to go. Or, more starkly, your choice to climb into the cockpit of a racing car, as Sharman asked.