Of course, you know, or maybe you don’t, that modern F.1 drivers choose the number that they want on their car and keep it no matter which team they drive for. Max Verstappen, bless him, opted to change to number 1 upon winning the 2021 Championship. Good on him, I say.
I pine for the days when the entry for a Grand Prix were numbered consecutively, be it it all numbers or even numbers only, and the cars from one team were numbered in sequence. (I know there were exceptions, like B.R.M. in 1974 etc etc etc}
Coming, as I am, to the end of a season of slot races - 1952 to be exact - I have reached the Newcastle Journal Trophy at Charterhall. This is a rare case of extremely unusual numbering. The lowest number in the race was Peter Whitehead’s Alta with #10. Bobby Baird had #16 on his Ferrari with Stirling’s G-type E.R.A. at #25.
This in itself is rather strange but after SCM the numbers are all over the place, eventually reaching the H.W.M. of Ian Stewart which was #116. I doubt there is anyone left alive who might explain this peculiarity and I don’t expect a huge response from the membership, but I haven’t posted for a while…..
As a postscript to this, the entry included a certain Albert Wake in an H.W.M. about whom Juan Fangio once said ‘Who?’