Andrew Ferguson of Team Lotus used to run the Formula 1 Constructors' Association as a spare time duty into the early 1970s. When he opted out change came but fairly slowly. As I recall it there was a meeting - a brief stand-up paddock chat - between team principals at the 1973 Spanish GP, at Montjuich, Barcelona. Their conversation reputedly went something like this:
Ken Tyrrell to Colin Chapman: "Go on Colin, you'd be best suited to do the dealing with organisers...".
Colin: "I can't do it, I'm too busy running Lotus - you do it Ken".
Ken: "I just don't have the time. I'm too busy running my team (and keeping Jackie happy)".
Ken to Teddy Mayer: "Teddy, you're a lawyer - you'd be perfect to run it!".
Teddy Mayer: "I can't spare the time either from running our team".
(Notably, nobody asked Mauro Forghieri to get Mr Ferrari to run the Association. Nor did anyone ask Louis Stanley of BRM to take over).
Then a little voice piped up (very quietly): "I'd run it for you...for 5 per cent...".
Ken, Colin, Teddy, Mauro, Big Lou - all looking around at one another: "Who said that?".
"I did" said the small voice.
They all looked down, and there was Bernie Ecclestone of Brabham. Chorus: "Coo - would you Bernie? Would you really run it for us? Fantastic! You're on".
After two or three years, when BCE had already built Formula 1 revenue many times over, most of those principals were looking back fondly on the days when "5 per cent" had been of a very small total. By then it was truly substantial. Bernie made himself a very wealthy man indeed. But along the way he also made many, many more team principals very wealthy men too.
Some of them would tend to forget that fact...