Very easy to be distracted by the foreground, but what about the guy in the background ?
This was the era that welcomed the dawn of enhanced safety in motorsport, Griffin helmets with frangible bolts, twin window helmets, bibs and plumbed-in oxygen (not a brilliant idea), layers of chicken wire catch fencing/poles ready to bash you on the head and tin foil clad fire marshals with Ned Kelly head gear.
So our friend behind the Mazda ? Impressive fireman's helmet, balaclava and fireproof gloves but the T-shirt, rally jacket and trousers look suspiciously flammable.
Incidentally Penthouse was also associated with TVR at the time (those of a certain age may remember a certain Maria Whittaker), three years later the Penthouse Rizla team gave us Rupert Keegan and the Hesketh 308E , not the most competitive F1 car or team but a memorable livery.
Incidentally Lee Nicolle - "ugly" mirrors - how dare you ?!? Back in the 70's "Sebring" mirrors were a must-have. As a student in London in '76 the first thing that I did after "borrowing" my mother's Hillman Imp was to drill a couple of holes in the drivers door and add a Sebring mirror. The Cibies, dash-mounted rev counter, negative camber kit, buttoned Corbeau seat and propped-open Abarth style engine lid came later. No one had to know about the stock engine packing 50 bhp or thereabouts. Nearly half a century later my rally Fulvia HF (see avatar) features a pair of Cibies and Sebring mirrors..plus ca change...
Final observation - sponsorship on Stan Clark's Alfa. Southern Organs was Sydney Miller's gift to the UK motor sport world in the mid 70's. Several threads on this site will testify as to how this adventure, ahem, did not turn out well. Conversely Irvine Sellar's "Mates" shop in Carnaby Street was a massive success and he went on to become an accomplished property developer - he was the mastermind behind the "Shard" in London.
Edited by moffspeed, 11 January 2020 - 19:46.