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#1 Gary C

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 13:28

I've just had an interesting phonecall from former Team Lotus mechanic Beaky Sims. He has found a website called 'Those Were The Days' written by a guy called Tony Rudlin, who styles himself as a 'competitor, team manager, competitions manager and journalist'.  Beaky was really quite upset as the story of the F2 round that year in Barcelona seems to be around 90% pure fiction! For starters, it's stated that the team mechanics flew to Barcelona from England...they NEVER flew anywhere as they were too busy driving the transporters with the cars and all the gear in them! Beaky says that he has never heard of the guy.  Can anyone shed any light on this 'Tony Rudlin' guy? He seems to be a bit of fantacist.

Here's the link to the Barcelona story ; http://thosewerethed...elona-1968.html

 



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#2 E.B.

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 13:47

I know the name, but only because I was confused by some Amazon reviews of Doug's BRM books that insisted Tony Rudd was alive and well. It was only when the reviewer mentioned that Tony had been married to Ingrid Pitt that I googled my way to Tony Rudlin and the misunderstanding became clear.

#3 Tim Murray

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 14:06

He wrote the book Mr Monaco: Graham Hill Remembered, which received a couple of nominations in the ‘Worst ever book on F1’ thread

https://www.amazon.c...d/dp/0850593573

#4 Rupertlt1

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 14:42

Article from 1978 ref British Caledonian sponsoring a play "Woman of Straw" in Brighton (30 Nov 1978):
"The deal was suggested to the airline by Tony Rudlin of Trip Film and Theatre Productions, whose wife Ingrid Pitt is one of the play's stars. Tony Rudlin was active in South American films and TV until three years ago and has presented one or two small tours in this country. He now feels he is in a position to offer attractive tie-ups to major commercial concerns and is negotiating with two other companies for future productions."

 

The Stage, 30 August 1979:

Both parties ended up "disappointed" with the outcome.

 

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Edited by Rupertlt1, 06 April 2019 - 14:53.


#5 john winfield

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 15:30

He wrote the book Mr Monaco: Graham Hill Remembered, which received a couple of nominations in the ‘Worst ever book on F1’ thread

https://www.amazon.c...d/dp/0850593573


The sole Amazon review may be apposite: 'Came smelling moldy' (sic).

But look at Rudlin's Twitter profile....

Ex Lotus team manager/racing driver 1965-70 Editor Auto Race & Rally, Fastcar magazines.1967-1975. Pilot, 1975/82 Touring Theatre, Ingrid Pitt Festival 2013

...how much of this is true?!

#6 john winfield

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 15:40

Another F2 'article' here:

 

https://www.thepitcr...th-tony-rudlin/

 

Gary, so Beaky is saying that, as far he is concerned, there never was a Tony Rudlin involved in the running of the F2 Lotus team?  If so, what a bizarre guy Rudlin must be. 

 

Perhaps we can persuade him to start posting here on TNF. Could be fun.  Pity the poor historian.......



#7 Rupertlt1

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 15:40

Conflict with being in South America?

 

Definitely an Argentina connection - 1978 film project ref Evita Peron - starring Ingrid Pitt (the Mrs who was/is German) and Anthony Quinn - did it ever get made?  

 

Could he have had some connection to the Temporada Series in 1969?

 

No sign of him in racingsportscars

 

Article by Tony Rudlin re F2 here "What it's all about": https://www.worthpoi...zines-513629288

 

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#8 Vitesse2

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 15:42

Another F2 'article' here:

 

https://www.thepitcr...th-tony-rudlin/

 

Gary, so Beaky is saying that, as far he is concerned, there never was a Tony Rudlin involved in the running of the F2 Lotus team?  If so, what a bizarre guy Rudlin must be. 

 

Perhaps we can persuade him to start posting here on TNF. Could be fun.  Pity the poor historian.......

He has actually been here ...



#9 john winfield

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 15:48

He has actually been here ...

 

Excellent. What 'handle' did he use? W. Mitty?



#10 Rupertlt1

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 16:02

See Post #7 above.

 

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#11 Vitesse2

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 16:23

Excellent. What 'handle' did he use? W. Mitty?

I'd rather not say. And he only posted once, almost ten years ago.



#12 Tim Murray

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 19:57

Any more input yet from Beaky, Gary?

#13 Gary C

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 21:14

Yes he has spoken with Derek Wild & it turns out that Mr.Rudlin was the team manager for the Essex Aero Club team which ran Jackie Oliver as a 'semi' official Lotus entry....they had support from Lotus Components (I think) rather than Team. But where he gets 'my mechanics Beaky Sims and Carnoustie' from, heaven knows.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 12:22

He wrote the book Mr Monaco: Graham Hill Remembered, which received a couple of nominations in the ‘Worst ever book on F1’ thread

https://www.amazon.c...d/dp/0850593573

 

I bought this book in period but never got round to reading it, just flicked through it and then forgot about it.

 

It was a Patrick Stephens production (annexed by Haynes later if I recall correctly) and you might have thought that this would have been reasonably OK but apparently not. My copy was signed by the author for what it is worth.



#15 Vitesse2

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 16:15

You didn't miss much, Paul.

 

PSL were - as you surmise - in the throes of being sold at the time, although not (then) to Haynes. Much to the surprise of just about everybody they ended up as part of the Thorsons Group, best known for alternative health and 'mind body spirit' titles. Thorsons later became part of HarperCollins, who in turn offloaded PSL to Haynes.



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 17:35

 

Definitely an Argentina connection - 1978 film project ref Evita Peron - starring Ingrid Pitt (the Mrs who was/is German) and Anthony Quinn - did it ever get made?  

 

 

Apparently not. See the late Ms. Pitt filmography:

 

https://www.imdb.com..._1?ref_=nv_sr_1



#17 Rupertlt1

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 18:35

I suggest we invite Lord Brocket to investigate?

 

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#18 ReWind

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 20:35

Yes he has spoken with Derek Wild & it turns out that Mr.Rudlin was the team manager for the Essex Aero Club team which ran Jackie Oliver as a 'semi' official Lotus entry....they had support from Lotus Components (I think) rather than Team. But where he gets 'my mechanics Beaky Sims and Carnoustie' from, heaven knows.

 

He was 75 years old when he wrote that piece in May 2008, forty years after the event. So maybe it is just a matter of his memory playing tricks.



#19 Gary C

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 20:36

If that's the case then it's a LOT of memory playing tricks!

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#20 Tim Murray

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:01

There’s worse to be found in some of the other articles on that web site: ‘Nikki Lauder’s Ferrari’, Fangio in a V18 BRM at Albi in 1963 (sic) etc etc. As ReWind suggested, he’s obviously someone who chooses to rely on an unreliable memory rather than checking things properly. Some of his stories are quite entertaining, though.

#21 ReWind

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:51

@Gary C: I sent you a PM.



#22 Michael Ferner

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:56

Ahh, the famous V18 BRM :love: :love: What an intricate yet aesthetic piece of engineering! :clap:


Perhaps we can persuade him to start posting here on TNF. Could be fun.  Pity the poor historian.......



Oh, no! NO!! Didn't we have one like him here already, the famous wotsisname... WALDO??? :stoned:

#23 john winfield

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:54

Ahh, the famous V18 BRM :love: :love: What an intricate yet aesthetic piece of engineering! :clap:

 

 

The noise! I have a recording somewhere of that beautiful sound. At the time I think the car belonged to Keith Moon, or it may have been Ginger Baker. Test session at Lydden Hill I think. Competition Car gave away free cassettes.



#24 Michael Ferner

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:58

I remember the drawings of the engine, with the mobius strip timing belt... fascinating!!