Some text from Mal's notebook:
Europe 1960. A far cry from breakfast on the forecourt at the pensione at Eze sur Mer during the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix - or the fabulous strawberries and cream at the Hotel Meyershof in Zandvoort during the 1959 Dutch Grand Prix not to mention the pome fritte and salade de tomate during the breaks whilst working during the 1959 Le Mans 24 hours race with Team Lotus. Team Lotus entries were a Lotus 15 for Graham Hill/Derek Jolly and a Lotus 17 for Alan Stacey/Keith Greene. I was working on the 17 until it retired with ignition problems. That particular 15 is now owned by Paul Samuels and seeing the car at the Amaroo Park circuit near Sydney in late January 1993 bought back many memories, one such is Mike Costin driving a 15 from Hornsey to Oulton Park in Cheshire as Team Lotus were running late in preparation -not unusual for the Team in the late 1950's.
Team Lotus 1959. Graham Hill, Innes Ireland, Alan Stacey and Pete Lovely. The transporter was a Ford Thames modified to seat four/five in the cab with an Alvis gearbox, a stronger gearbox for towing the racing cars. The engine continually overheated, compartments built underneath the flat top the, registered number 903 PMT. The cabin was like an oven and continually over heated, travelling in the front was bearable with the windows down but sitting in the rear seats on a long drive with the engine between the seats was not on. I recall Maurice Levy a fellow mechanic and myself travelling all the way to Berlin in August 1959 for the German Grand Prix and again in September of the same year to Lisbon for the Portugese Grand Prix with a breakdown at Burgos.