How spooky is this?
This morning Diz sent me a link to this thread - I wasn't previously aware of TNF. Only yesterday I dug out a photo of John "Butcher" Booth making the presentation to me that Phil refers to way back in 1983. I wanted to scan it as I plan to email it to him at Manor Motorsport to introduce myself as I thought he would be a good subject for an article in a future edition of the marshaling newsletter I contribute to... I wonder if he'll remember me?
I have been trying to add the picture to this post but can't suss it. As a newbie do the mods need to give me permission to add files?
As some of you remember, I have had many great laps of Oulton, including the aforementioned rides in Frank Bradley's Countach and with Gerry Marshall in the Dolly Sprint
Gerry's lap was the first time I had been round the track. It was a prodsaloon car so it had a full complement of seats but no seatbelts. Gerry insisted that my father accompany us to hold on to me so dad had to thread himself through the rear door underneath the roll cage.
We shot out of the pitlane and Gerry jammed on the brakes for Old Hall. When he did so I felt my father's grip on my arm release. I presumed he thought I was steady enough but he told me later that as he had to lie down on the backseat below all the tubing he had been thrown onto the floor when the anchors were jammed on.
Fortunately, I had braced myself against the wheelarch. I remember listening to the tyres squealing in protest inches from my feet.
The rest of the lap passed in a blur of speed, noise and colour. I was 14 at the time, it blew my mind!!!!! My dad passed away less than 12 months later but one of my best memories of him are his howls of laughter as we pulled into the pitlane... I guess it must have blown his mind too although he can't have seen too much of the lap from down in the bowels of the Triumph.
I have really enjoyed reading this thread, some wonderful photos. My namesake, the former fire marshal Dave Williams was the first person my dad and I got to know at Oulton and it was he who invited us to watch from the pitlane.
Happy memories... Dave
PS: If anyone is interested, I have set up a website about my life. It is at www.toetyping.me.uk
I set it up 18 months ago to give encouragement and inspiration to other disabled people. In one section I mention that in my early 20s I use to write race reports for the local paper. When some of the marshals read about my (limited) journalistic history they invited me to submit features for their newsletter (when I get time I really should update to website with that news)