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#1 Ruairidh

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 03:22

I was looking up something in my battered copies of the John Player Motorsport Yearbooks from the '70s. One nice thing that publication did was to include details of Team Personnel for each of the F1 teams.

Now I'm not sure it matters much in the great scheme of things that in 1974 Roger Silman was Jumper Jarier's senior mechanic at Shadow (Trevor Foster was Tom Pryce's) but then again lets not take ourselves and our interest in motor racing history too seriously ;) :smoking:

Which brings me to my point - is there anywhere a list of the F1 teams and their mechanics by season? Is anyone else interested in this?

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#2 Twin Window

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 07:07

Originally posted by Ruairidh

Is anyone else interested in this?

Well I am!

I don't know of a list or anything, but when I first got to know Tony Jardine in 1980 he was chief mechanic at McLaren. Likewise, in the same year, Ian Harrison - who went on to become the co-founder and proprietor of Triple 8 Engineering - was living in Germany as a spannerman with Maurer.

At that point in time, Roger Silman was with the Toleman F2 team (as TM I think). I don't remember meeting Trevor Foster until '82 when he was Tommy Byrne's mechanic at Murray Taylor Racing...

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 07:26

Originally posted by Ruairidh
Now I'm not sure it matters much in the great scheme of things

... but just think of the huge fund of facts, (fluffy) anecdotes and (fluffier) gossip that these greasy handed insomniacs are holding.

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 11:03

I daresay many would like to know what Grant Gibson could tell about his 1986...

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 11:10

Or PeeWee Siddle...





Have I got that right?!

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 11:41

Wouldn't his stories all be told with healthy levels of exaggeration?

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Posted 02 October 2004 - 23:18

Isnt all this data in the "Who works in F1" Books? If so then anyone who has all of them (of course I have no idea who that would be) could make out such a list....

Just a thought!

Im sure they would have some great tales....

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 00:14

The Gordini book by Christian Huet makes a big deal of the mechanics, especially "le grand Robert" who could not function without his breakfast: a bowl of red wine in which he dipped his baguette. :drunk:

"Passe moi la clef de treize!"
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#9 Ruairidh

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 00:48

Originally posted by Ninja2b
Isnt all this data in the "Who works in F1" Books? If so then anyone who has all of them (of course I have no idea who that would be) could make out such a list....

Just a thought!

Im sure they would have some great tales....


Looks like they only began publishing those titles in the early '90s.

If there isn't a source, perhaps I could start the ball rolling here with the info for the '70s from the John Player/Marlboro annuals?

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Posted 11 October 2004 - 23:05

Out of all the hundreds, or even thousands, of racing people I've encountered over the course of the last thirty-plus years, 'Yorkey' is always the first one I think of from within that number who'd been a major player in the generation prior to mine. Along with a couple of photographer friends of mine and a racing insurance specialist, I was lucky enough to get to know him quite well during what sadly transpired to be the last few years of his life. We were a regular band of good-timers who met up at many Grand Prix in the early 1980s, and indeed David died in his sleep while sharing a room with one of the aforementioned snappers during the 1984 Austrian GP weekend.

Doubtless, had the times we all met up been slightly less boozy, I'd now remember an awful lot more detail of the tales Yorkey recounted for our benefit. Nevertheless, I can vividly remember the 1981 Dutch GP where we firstly visited a couple of bars and then - at Yorkey's behest - transfered to an Argentinian steak house which he'd originally patronised in the 1950s. Highly recomended, therefore, and indeed the food was fabulous.

This would have been a busy Friday or Saturday night in Amsterdam city centre, and by the time we were crossing the Leidseplein David needed a pee - so he went, there and then, against a skip! That evening we talked about the greats he'd worked with; Brooks, Hawthorn, Moss, Ickx, Rodriguez, Redman, Siffert et al. Sadly, however, I cannot bring to mind the nitty-gritty details of those nuggets to save my life... How frustrating is that?

Still, I was fortunate enough to count David as a friend for a short, but nonetheless invaluable, period.


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Posted 12 October 2004 - 18:41

I know what you mean, a name from the past just springing into the mind. Recently I was thinking about Mke Earle. I wrote to him regarding a book I was writing, and the more I found out about him and spoke to people he came across (and still does of course) and a lovely fellow.

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Posted 12 October 2004 - 19:57

Here's a picture of David Yorke discussing with Pedro, Spa 1970 :

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Posted 12 October 2004 - 20:01

Does anyone know who the guy in the back is (I guess his full name is Clive Miller).
And it looks like Brian "Mozart" Redman's interests are very "down to earth".

#14 Ruairidh

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 19:59

Originally posted by Ruairidh


Perhaps I could start the ball rolling here with the info for the '70s from the John Player/Marlboro annuals?


Not sure if this is of any interest to anyone bar me - but here goes. What follows is taken from the aforesaid annuals 1973 through 1978. I left out administrative folks (buyers/secretaries etc.) and, for now, took spelling and presentation direct from the annual (and the annuals had problems with the correct spelling of Regga's lead wrench..........etc).

Now, while I have no spare time at all right now, my intention is to potter with this - for example I could probably do a pretty fair job of Team Lotus mechanical staff through the years and other threads have pointed out who was also on or consulting to the design staff of, say Equipe Ligier in 1975-6 but this is all I've time for now.

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 20:01

1972 Personnel – Taken from John Player Motorsport Yearbook 1973

Brabham
Chief Designer F1: Gordon Murray
Chief Production Designer: Geoff Ferris
Chief Mechanic: Bob Dance
Mechanics to Wilson Fittipaldi: Ian Taylor and Alan Turner
Mechanics to Carlos Reutemann: Kerry Adams and Derek Walker
I/C training car: Robin Young
I/C engine and gearbox rebuilding: Wally Rawlins and R.Cakebread
I/C fabrication: Nick Goozee
I/C glass fibre: Paul Amon

BRM
Team Engineer: Tim Parnell
Chief Engineer: Peter Windsor-Smith
Chief Designer (Cars) Michael Pilbeam
Chief Designer (Transmissions) Alex Stokes
Chief Mechanic: Alan Challis
Mechanics: Gerry van der Weyden, Peter Bottomley, Tony Connor, David Stubley
Gearboxes: Ben Casey
Engines: Willie Southcott

Ferrari
Chief Engineer: Allesandro Colombo
F1 Engineer and Team Manager: Giulio Ferrari
Chief Mechanic: Giulio Bosari

John Player Team Lotus
Competitions Manager: Peter E. Warr
Chief Designer (F1) Ralph Bellamy
Chief Designer (F2)Martin Waide
Design Engineer: Dave Baldwin
Design Draughtsman Jeff Aldridge
Chief Mechanic (F1 Team)Eddie Dennis
Mechanics F1 Team: Rex Hart; Jim Pickles; Keith Leighton; Yoshiatsu Itoh; Steve May; Trevor Seaman
Chief Mechanic F2 Team: Ian Campbell
Mechanics F2 Team: John Robinson; Steve Gooda; Robert Clarke; Mike Smythe.
Inspector: John Murray
Development Section: Colin Knight; Roy Franks; Frank Cubitt

Yardley-McLaren
Team Directors: Teddy Mayer and Phil Kerr
Chief Engineer: Tyler Alexander
Chief Designer: Gordon Coppuck
Chief Mechanic F1: Alistair Caldwell
F1 Mechanics to Denny Hulme: Barry Sullivan and Peter Davies
F1 Mechanics to Peter Revson: Dave Luff and Phil Sharp
F1 Mechanics T Car: Ian Griffiths and Peter Bruin

STP-March
Directors: Max Mosley; Robin Herd, Jonathan Guinness
Chief Mechanic F1: Pete Kerr
Chief Mechanic F2: Jon Redgrave
F1 Mechanics: Dave Sims, Don McKenzie and Dave White
Fabricator: Dave Buller
Team Manager: Peter Briggs
I/c spares a nd Assistant Team Manager: Jim Eccles
Team Motul Rondel [1973]
Managing Director: Ron Dennis
Technical Director: Neil Trundle
F1 Designer: Ray Jessop

UOP Shadow
Team Manager: Alan Rees
Chief Engineer: Tony Southgate
Detail Draughtsmen: John Gentry and Andy Smallman
Mechanics: Mike Lowman, Colin Moss and Larry Gerrish
Workshop foreman: Roger Silman
Fabricators and Sheet Metal workers: Grant Warwick; Bill Woolridge and Mike Loman
Machinist: Mike Buxton

Brooke Bond Oxo Rob Walker Team Surtees
Managing Director: John Surtees
Chief F1 Mechanic: Bob Mills
F1 Mechanics: Bernie Ferri, Jim Chisman, Steve Roby and Barrie Green

Elf Team Tyrrell
Managing Director: Ken Tyrrell
Design director: Derek Gardner
Works Manager: Neil Davis
Joint Chief Mechanics: Roger Hill and Roland Law

Frank Williams Iso-Marlboro
Director: Frank Williams
Designer: John Clark
Draughtsman: Peter Taylor
Chief Mechanic: Vince Higgins
Race Mechanics on Ganley car: Mike Coyte and Bruce Bayliss
Race Mechanics on Galli car: Bruce McIntosh and Laurie Billings
Gearboxes: Royce Creasey
Engines: Johnny Middleton and Chuck Gladding
Prototype Shop: John Dornay, Bob Daly, Cobb Sheridan, John Waite and Colin Cook

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 20:02

1973 [Taken from John Player Motorsport Yearbook 1974]

Brabham
Chief Designer: Gordon Murray
Chief Mechanic: Bob Dance

BRM
Team Manager: Tim Parnell
Chief Designer (Engines) Peter Windsor-Smith
Chief Designer (Cars) Michael Pilbeam
Chief Designer (Transmissions) Alex Stokes
Chief Mechanic: Alan Challis

Ferrari
Chief Engineer: Mauro Forghieri
F1 Team Manager: Allesandro Colombo
Chief Mechanic: Giulio Bovsari

John Player Team Lotus
Competitions Manager: Peter Warr
Chief Designer: Ralph Bellamy
Chief Mechanic Keith Leighton

March
Directors: Max Mosley; Robin Herd, Jonathan Guinness
Chief Designer: Robin Herd
Chief Mechanic: Jon Redgrave

Marlboro Team Texaco and Yardley-McLaren
Team Directors: Teddy Mayer (Marlboro Team Texaco) and Phil Kerr (Yardley)
Engineering Director: Tyler Alexander
Chief Designer: Gordon Coppuck
Team Manager: Alistair Caldwell (Marlboro Team Texaco)
Chief Mechanic: David Luff

UOP Shadow
Team Director: Don Nichols
Team Manager: Alan Rees
Chief Engineer: Tony Southgate
Chief Mechanic: Peter Kerr

Bang & Olufsen Matchbox Team Surtees
Managing Director: John Surtees
Assistant Team Manager: Terry Regan
Chief F1 Mechanic: TBA

Elf Team Tyrrell
Managing Director & Team Manager: Ken Tyrrell
Design Director: Derek Gardner
Assistant Team Manager: Frank Faulkner
Joint Chief Mechanics: Roger Hill and Roland Law

Frank Williams Iso-Marlboro
Director: Frank Williams
Design consultants: John Clark and Gianpaulo Dallara
Chief Mechanic: Mike Coyte

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 20:05

1974 [Taken from John Player Motorsport Yearbook 1975]

Brabham
Chief Designer: Gordon Murray
Team Manager: Herbie Blash
Reutemann’s Senior Mechanic: Derrick Walker
Pace’s Senior Mechanic: Gary Anderson
Chief Mechanic: Bob Dance

BRM
Team Manager: Tim Parnell
Chief Designer (Engines) Aubrey Woods
Chief Designer (Cars) Michael Pilbeam
Chief Designer (Transmissions) Alex Stokes
Chief Mechanic: Alan Challis
Beltoise’s Senior Mechanic: Alan Challis
Pescarolo’s Senior Mechanic: Gerry van der Weyden
Migault’s Senior Mechanic: Jack Stubley

Embassy Racing/Graham Hill Racing
Managing Director: Graham Hill
Chief Designer of Lola cars: Eric Broadley
Team Manager: Ray Brimble
Chief Mechanic: Allan Turner
Hill’s Senior Mechanic: Steve Robey
Edwards/Stommelens Senior Mechanic: Terry Richards

Team Ensign
Managing Director: Morris Nunn
Chief Designer: Dave Baldwin
Team Manager: Derek Lees

Ferrari
Chief Engineer: Mauro Forghieri
Engineers: Franco Rochi (chassis) Giancarlo Bussi (engines)
Team Co-ordinator: Luca Montezemolo
Regazzoni’s Senior Mechanic: Giulio Borsari
Lauda’s Senior Mechanic: Ermano Cuoghi

Hesketh Racing
Team Director: Lord Alexander Hesketh
Chief Designer: Harvey Postlethwaite
Team Manager: Anthony “Bubbles” Horsley
Chief Mechanic: David Simms

John Player Team Lotus
Competitions Manager: Peter Warr
Chief Designer: Ralph Bellamy
Chief Mechanic: Rex Hart
Peterson’s Senior Mechanic: Keith Leighton
Ickx’s Senior Mechanic: Trevor Seaman

March
Team Director: Max Mosley
Chief Designer: Robin Herd
Chief Mechanic: Jon Redgrave
Stuck’s Senior Mechanic: Zinoviev Arcady
Brambilla’s Senior Mechanic: Dave White

Marlboro Team Texaco and Yardley-McLaren
Team Directors: Teddy Mayer (Marlboro Team Texaco) and Phil Kerr (Yardley)
Chief Designer: Gordon Coppuck
Team Manager: Alistair Caldwell (Marlboro Team Texaco) Rob Walker (Yardley)
Chief Mechanic: David Luff
Fittipaldi’s Senior Mechanic: Phil Sharp
Hulme’s Senior Mechanic: Kevin Stone
Yardley Car’s Senior Mechanic: Cary Taylor

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing
Managing Director: Andrew Ferguson
Chief Designer: Maurice Phillippe
Team Manager: Dick Scammell
Chief Mechanic: Jim Chapman
Andretti’s Senior Mechanic: Jimmy Tully

Roger Penske Racing
Team Director: Roger Penske
Chief Designer: Geoff Ferris
Team Manager: Heinz Hofer
Chief Mechanic: Karl Kleinhofer

UOP Shadow
Team Director: Don Nichols
Team Manager: Alan Rees
Chief Engineer: Tony Southgate
Chief Mechanic: Peter Kerr
Jarier’s Senior Mechanic: Roger Silman
Pryce’s Senior Mechanic: Trevor Foster

Team Surtees
Managing Director: John Surtees
Chief Designer: John Surtees
Team Manager: George Thornton
Chief Mechanic: Alan Charles

Elf Team Tyrrell
Team Director: Ken Tyrrell
Chief Designer: Derek Gardner
Assistant Team Manager: Frank Faulkner
Joint Chief Mechanics: Roger Hill
Scheckter’s Senior Mechanic: Roy Topp
Depailler’s Senior Mechanic: Jo Ramirez

Frank Williams Racing/ Iso-Marlboro
Team Director: Frank Williams
Chief Designer: Ray Stokoe
Chief Mechanic: Tony Fox
Merzario’s Senior Mechanic: Pat Palmer
Laffite’s Senior Mechanic: Dave Kaylor

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 20:09

1975 - Taken from John Player Motorsport Yearbook 1976

Brabham
Martini Racing Director: David Yorke
Chief Designer: Gordon Murray
Team Manager: Mike Blash
Chief Mechanic: Bob Dance
Reutemann’s Senior Mechanic: Derrick Walker
Pace’s Senior Mechanic: Terry Day

BRM
Team Manager: Alan Challis
Chief Designer: Aubrey Woods
Chief Mechanic: Ben Casey

Embassy Racing/Graham Hill Racing
Managing Director: Graham Hill
Chief Designer: Andy Smallman
Team Manager: Ray Brimble
Chief Mechanic: Allan Turner
No 2 car Senior Mechanic: Steve Roby
Brise’s Senior Mechanic: Preston Anderson

Team Ensign
Managing Director: Morris Nunn
Chief Designer: Dave Baldwin
Team Manager: Ron Bennett

Ferrari
Chief Engineer: Mauro Forghieri
Engineers: Franco Rocchi (chassis) Giancarlo Bussi (engines)
Team Co-ordinator: Luca di Montezemolo
Regazzoni’s Senior Mechanic: Giulio Borsari
Lauda’s Senior Mechanic: Ermano Cuoghi

Copersucar Fittipaldi
Team Director: Wilson Fittipaldi
Chief Designer: Richard Divilia
Team Manager: Jo Ramirez
Chief Mechanic: Yoshiatsu Itoh

Hesketh Racing
Team Director: Lord Alexander Hesketh
Chief Designer: Harvey Postlethwaite
Team Manager: Anthony “Bubbles” Horsley
Chief Mechanic: David Simms

John Player Team Lotus
Competitions Manager: Peter Warr
Chief Designer: Ralph Bellamy
Design Engineer: Nigel Bennett
Design Assistants: Geoff Aldridge (chassis) Martin Oglivie (suspension and brakes)
Chief Mechanic: Eddie Dennis
Peterson’s Senior Mechanic: Keith Leighton
No 2 car’s Senior Mechanic: Bobby Clark

March
Team Director: Max Mosley
Chief Designer: Robin Herd
Chief Mechanic: Dave White
Stuck’s Senior Mechanic: Pete McKenzie
Brambilla’s Senior Mechanic: Bob Torrie

Marlboro Team Texaco/McLaren Racing
Team Director: Teddy Mayer
Chief Designer: Gordon Coppuck
Team Manager: Alistair Caldwell
Chief Mechanic: David Luff
Fittipaldi’s Senior Mechanic: Kevin Stone
Mass’s Senior Mechanic: Kerry Adams

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing
Managing Director: Andrew Ferguson
Chief Designer: John Barnard
Team Manager: Dick Scammell
Chief Mechanic: Rex Hart

Roger Penske Racing
Team Director: Roger Penske
Chief Designer: Geoff Ferris
Team Manager: Heinz Hofer
Chief Mechanic: Karl Kleinhofer

UOP Shadow
Team Director: Don Nichols
Team Manager: Alan Rees
Chief Engineer: Tony Southgate
Chief Mechanic: Peter Kerr
Jarier’s Senior Mechanic: Paul Pimlock
Pryce’s Senior Mechanic: Dave Luckitt

Team Surtees
Managing Director: John Surtees
Chief Designer: John Surtees
Team Manager: George Thornton
Chief Mechanic: Albert Strasser

Elf Team Tyrrell
Team Director: Ken Tyrrell
Chief Designer: Derek Gardner
Assistant Team Manager: Frank Faulkner
Joint Chief Mechanics: Roger Hill
Scheckter’s Senior Mechanic: Roy Topp
Depailler’s Senior Mechanic: Robin Coleman

Frank Williams Racing/ Iso-Marlboro
Team Director: Frank Williams
Chief Designer: Ray Stokoe
Chief Mechanic: Tony Fox
Laffite’s Senior Mechanic: Pat Palmer
No 2 car’s Senior Mechanic: Mike Coyte

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 20:14

1976 Taken from International Motor Racing 1977

Martini Racing (Brabham-Alfa Romeo)
Martini Racing Director: David Yorke
Design Staff: Gordon Murray
Team Manager: Bernie Ecclestone
Mechanical Staff: Terry Day (Pace) Bruce McKintosh (2nd car)

Boro Racing
Chief Executive: Dave Baldwin, Jeremy Fowell
Team Manager: Larry Perkins
Mechanical Staff: Andre Bulens

Team Ensign
Managing Director: Mo Nunn
Design Staff: Mo Nunn
Team Manager: Mo Nunn
Assistant: Chuck Jones
Mechanical Staff: Ron Bennett

Ferrari
Chief Designer: Mauro Forghieri
Engineers: Franco Rocchi (chassis) Giancarlo Bussi (engines)
Team Manager: Danielle Audetto
Regazzoni’s Senior Mechanic: Giulio Borsari
Lauda’s Senior Mechanic: Ermano Cuoghi

Copersucar Fittipaldi
Managing Director: Wilson Fittipaldi
Design Staff: Richard Divilia, Maurice Phillippe (consultant designer) and Dave Baldwin
Engineering Staff: Dave Luff (engineering co-ordinator)
Team Manager: Jo Ramirez
Chief Mechanic: Yoshiatsu Itoh

Hesketh Racing
Design Staff: Nigel Stroud
Chief Executive: Anthony “Bubbles” Horsley
Chief Mechanic: Beaky Simms
Mechanical Staff: Richard Taylor and Paul Pimlott (Edwards) Malcolm Bowden and Reg Richardson (Ertl)

John Player Team Lotus
Team Manager: Peter Warr
Design Staff: R Bellamy; A.J. Southgate, G. Aldridge, M. Oglivie
Engineering Staff: N.C.Bennett, M.C.Cooke
Mechanical Staff: Eddie Dennis, Ian Dawson, Arthur Birchall, Rex Hart

Equipe Ligier Gitanes
Team Manager: Gerard Ducarouge
Design Staff: Gerard Ducarouge
Engineering Staff: Gerard Ducarouge
Mechanical Staff: Lionel Hublet

March Engineering Limited
Chief Executive: Max Mosley
Design Staff: Robin Herd, Martin Walters
Team Manager: Robin Herd

March Engines Limited
Chief Executive: Max Mosley (March Engineering)
Design Staff: Robin Herd (March Engineering)
Team Manager: Max Mosley
Mechanical Staff: Stuck’s car – Colin Hawkins, Petersons spare car – Lynn Ostergaard

Marlboro Team McLaren
Managing Director: Teddy Mayer
Design Staff: Gordon Coppuck (Chief), John Baldwin (Assistant)
Engineering Staff: Don Beresford, Leo Wybrott
Team Manager: Alistair Caldwell
Mechanical Staff: Howard Moore (Hunt), Dave Ryan (Mass)

Team Norev
Chief Executive: Bob Sparshott
Team Manager: Bob Sparshott
Mechanical Staff: Alan Jakeman, Evan Chance, Barrie Boult

Roger Penske Racing
Executive Director: Roger Penske
Design Staff: Geoff Ferris
Managing Director: Heinz Hofer
Team Manager: Heinz Hofer
Mechanical Staff: Derrick Walker (Chief)
Engineering Staff: Ivor Evans (Shop Foreman)

Gulf Rondini Racing
Chief Executive: Francesco Randon
Design and Engineering Staff: Gianfranco Bielli
Team Manager: Giuseppe Zugen

UOP Shadow
President: Don Nichols
Team Manager: Alan Rees
Engineering Staff: Dave Wass and Mike Shirley, plus Tony Southgate for first half of year
Mechanical Staff: Peter Kerr (Chief), Dave Luckett (Pryce) Trevor Foster (Jarier)
Jarier’s Senior Mechanic: Paul Pimlock
Pryce’s Senior Mechanic: Dave Luckitt

Team Surtees
Managing Director: John Surtees
Design Staff: John Surtees and Ken Sears
Team Manager: John Surtees
Mechanical Staff: Brian Stewart and Chris Wellar (Jones) B. Fill and N. Butterfield (Lunger)

Elf Team Tyrrell
Team Director: Ken Tyrrell
Designer: Derek Gardner
Chief Mechanic: Roger Hill
Scheckter’s Senior Mechanic: Roy Topp
Depailler’s Senior Mechanic: Robin Coleman

Walter Wolf Racing
Managing Director: Walter Wolf
Design Staff: Harvey Postlewaite
Engineering Staff: Patrick Head
Team Manager: Frank Williams
Mechanical Staff: Phillip Jennings (Chief) Ian Gillingham and Warwick Orr

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 20:16

1977 - Taken from International Motor Racing 1978

Martini Racing (Brabham-Alfa Romeo)
Martini Racing Director: David Yorke
Design Staff: Gordon Murray
Team Manager: Bernie Ecclestone
Mechanical Staff: Bruce McKintosh (Chief) John Salmon (Watson) Stan Collier (Stuck)

Team Ensign
Managing Director: Mo Nunn
Design Staff: Mo Nunn, Dave Baldwin, John Baldwin
Team Manager: Mo Nunn
Mechanical Staff: Ron Bennett, Colin Patrick, John Chaderton

Ferrari
Chief Designer: Mauro Forghieri
Engineers: Franco Rocchi (chassis) Giancarlo Bussi (engines) “Tom” Tomaini
Team Manager: Roberto Nosetto
Reutemann’s Senior Mechanic: Antonio Bellantani
Lauda’s Senior Mechanic: Ermano Cuoghi

Copersucar Fittipaldi
Managing Director: Wilson Fittipaldi
Design Staff: Maurice Phillippe (consultant designer) and Dave Baldwin
Engineering Staff: Dave Luff (engineering co-ordinator)
Team Manager: Jo Ramirez
Chief Mechanic: Yoshiatsu Itoh

John Player Team Lotus
Team Manager: Andrew Ferguson
Design Staff: R Bellamy; A.J. Southgate, G. Aldridge, M. Oglivie, P.Wright
Engineering Staff: N.C.Bennett,
Mechanical Staff: Ian Dawson, Bob Clarke, Rex Hart, Glen Waters, Darryl Kincaid

Equipe Ligier Gitanes
Team Manager: Gerard Ducarouge
Design Staff: Gerard Ducarouge
Engineering Staff: Gerard Ducarouge
Mechanical Staff: Lionel Hublet

March Engineering Limited
Chief Executive: Max Mosley
Design Staff: Robin Herd, Martin Walters
Team Manager: Robin Herd
Mechanical Staff: Mike Smith, Derrick Jones, Dave Smith, George McAllister

McLaren Racing
Managing Director: Teddy Mayer
Design Staff: Gordon Coppuck (Chief), Tim Wright (Assistant)
Engineering Staff: Don Beresford, Leo Wybrott
Team Manager: Alistair Caldwell
Mechanical Staff: Ray Grant (Hunt), Salvatore Incandella (Mass)

UOP Shadow
President: Don Nichols
Team Manager: Alan Rees
Engineering Staff: Dave Wass and Mike Shirley, plus Tony Southgate for second half of year
Mechanical Staff: Peter Kerr (Chief), Dave Luckett, Dave James, Chris Jackson, John Neale

Team Surtees
Managing Director: John Surtees
Design Staff: John Surtees and Ken Sears
Team Manager: John Surtees
Mechanical Staff: Bob Murphy, John Murphy, Chris Weller, Richard Saunders

Elf Team Tyrrell
Team Director: Ken Tyrrell
Designer: Derek Gardner [Maurice Phillippe]
Research Director: Karl Kempf
Chief Mechanic: Roger Hill
Peterson’s Senior Mechanic: Bob Skene
Depailler’s Senior Mechanic: Harry Mendel

Walter Wolf Racing
Managing Director: Walter Wolf
Design Staff: Harvey Postlewaite
Engineering Staff: Patrick Head
Team Manager: Peter E. Warr
Mechanical Staff: Roy Topp (Chief) Ian Gillingham and Phil Jennings

#21 Rob Ryder

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 22:22

Ruairidh
Thanks for the effort, it is much appreciated. Interesting info... :clap:

If I could choose a mech to corner for a long chat it would be Alan 'Dobbin' Challis.
BRM from the 1960's to the team demise in the 1970s...
Chief Mechanic at Shadow.. (year?)
Chief Mechanic at Ensign.... (year?)
Chief Mechanic at Lotus...... (year?)
Chief Mechanic at Williams.. (1980) then through the ranks to Production Manager by 2002!!
40 years of stories, yarns, gossip and of course serious research detail ;)

Don't worry Twinny, you are invited to the dream chat :smoking:
Rob
P.S. I wonder where he acquired the nickname 'Dobbin'?

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 02:25

I did find this website a while ago with details of F1 engineers..

http://engineeringf1.free.fr then click on 'Carrières'

A pity that it is not extended to cover the mechanics etc.

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 08:43

Ruairidh
One grave omission from the 1972 season :(

Connew Racing Team
Managing Director: Peter Connew
Chief Designer: Peter Connew
Team Manager: Peter Connew
Mechanical Staff: Barry Boor, Roger Doran , Ronnie Olive

:) :)

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 13:38

1958 Team Lotus FI team
Mike Costin Chief engineer
Willy Grifiths Head Mechanic
Jack Murrell Mechanic
Mike Warne Mechanic
Maurice Levy Mechanic
Dave Warwick Mechanic
Team Transport - Knackered old Bedfod 28 hp coach.

Many other names would be appropriate for Sports Cars as nearly everyone turned to for the British races , plus the endurance team.

#25 Ruairidh

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 14:23

Originally posted by Rob Ryder
Ruairidh
One grave omission from the 1972 season :(

Connew Racing Team
Managing Director: Peter Connew
Chief Designer: Peter Connew
Team Manager: Peter Connew
Mechanical Staff: Barry Boor, Roger Doran , Ronnie Olive

:) :)


:rotfl:

I know. The JP Yearbooks ain't the most accurate of sources - and I decided not to make corrections at this stage, but how could they have omitted the Connew Lads? For some reason this stuff interests me and I do intend to keep pottering and correcting and adding to it, happy for all and any info and others are welcome to use it as they want.

#26 Ruairidh

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 14:26

Originally posted by llmaurice
1958 Team Lotus FI team
Mike Costin Chief engineer
Willy Grifiths Head Mechanic
Jack Murrell Mechanic
Mike Warne Mechanic
Maurice Levy Mechanic
Dave Warwick Mechanic
Team Transport - Knackered old Bedfod 28 hp coach.

Many other names would be appropriate for Sports Cars as nearly everyone turned to for the British races , plus the endurance team.


Very Cool. :clap: Thank you.

#27 Rob Ryder

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 16:29

I wonder, when did mechanics become 'Race Engineers'? :rolleyes:

#28 Rob Ryder

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Posted 17 October 2004 - 18:08

My first contribution of mechanics must be from my favourite team :) :) .....

BRM
1950, Ken Richardson (Chief); Dick Salmon
1951, Ken Richardson (Chief); Dick Salmon
1952, Gordon Newman (Chief); Dick Salmon;
1953, Gordon Newman (Chief); Dick Salmon; Maurice Dove
1954, Gordon Newman (Chief); Dick Salmon; Maurice Dove
1955, Gordon Newman (Chief); Dick Salmon; Maurice Dove
1956, Gordon Newman (Chief); Dick Salmon
1957, Gordon Newman (Chief); Dick Salmon
1958, Gordon Newman (Chief); Arthur Hill (Schell); Pat Carvath (Behra); Dick Salmon
1959, Cyril Atkins (Chief); Arthur Hill (Schell); Pat Carvath (Bonnier)
1960, Pat Carvath (Hill); Arthur Hill (Bonnier)
1961, Pat Carvath (Hill); Arthur Hill (Brooks)
1962, Pat Carvath (Hill); Arthur Hill (Ginther)
1963,
1964, Alan Challis (Hill)
1965, Alan Challis (Hill); Jimmy Collins (Stewart); Peter Bottomley
1966, Alan Challis; Peter Bottomley
1967, Alan Challis; Peter Bottomley
1968, Alan Challis; Peter Bottomley
1969, Alan Challis; Peter Bottomley
1970, Alan Challis (Chief); Peter Bottomley
1971, Alan Challis (Chief); Peter Bottomley
1972, Alan Challis (Chief); Gerry van der Weyden; David Stubley; Jack Stubley; Peter Bottomley;
Tony Connor
1973, Alan Challis (Chief); Gerry van der Weyden; Jack Stubley
1974, Alan Challis (Chief & Beltoise); ); Gerry van der Weyden (Pescarolo); Jack Stubley (Migault)
1975, Ben Casey (Chief)
1976,
1977,

Willy Southcott held various positions within the team from 1949 to 1977

All corrections/additions welcomed (DCN/Twinny ;) )

.... more to follow
Rob

#29 BRM MICK

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 20:19

Add ons for BRM

STANLEY BRM BRAZIL 1976 ALAN CHALLIS I have photo of him on start grid with car and Ian Ashley sitting in car.

STANLEY BRM 1977 ALAN CHALLIS appears to be with the car in a couple of distant photos I have.

regards

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#30 KarlOakie Research

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 20:39

Originally posted by Ruairidh
1972 Personnel – Taken from John Player Motorsport Yearbook 1973

UOP Shadow
Team Manager: Alan Rees
Chief Engineer: Tony Southgate
Detail Draughtsmen: John Gentry and Andy Smallman
Mechanics: Mike Lowman, Colin Moss and Larry Gerrish
Workshop foreman: Roger Silman
Fabricators and Sheet Metal workers: Grant Warwick; Bill Woolridge and Mike Loman
Machinist: Mike Buxton


It is Laurie Gerrish not "Larry Gerrish".....

#31 Twin Window

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 21:27

Blimey, Ruairidh - I hadn't realised that you'd put quite so much into this thread! And you too, Rob... :clap:

I might blend my (admittedly, somewhat pointless) David Yorke thread into this one. At least that way I won't feel that he's been overlooked. [Edit: have done. All three posts...]

#32 Rob Ryder

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 22:45

Mick
I think Alan 'Dobbin' Challis moved to BRM Team Manager from 1975 onwards.
Does that still qualify as 'greasy hands'?
Rob

#33 Rob Ryder

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 10:14

Tyrrell
1967,
1968,
1969,
1970, Roger Hill (Chief & Stewart)
1971, Roger Hill (Chief & Stewart)
1972, Roger Hill (Joint Chief & Stewart); Rowland Law (Joint Chief); Jo Ramirez (Cevert)
1973, Roger Hill (Joint Chief & Stewart); Rowland Law (Joint Chief); Jo Ramirez (Cevert)
1974, Roger Hill (Chief); Roy Topp (Scheckter); Jo Ramirez (Depailler)
1975, Roger Hill (Chief); Roy Topp (Scheckter); Robin Coleman (Depailler)
1976, Roger Hill (Chief); Trevor Foster (Senior); Roy Topp (Scheckter); Robin Coleman (Depailler)
1977, Roger Hill (Chief); Trevor Foster (Senior); Bob Skene (Peterson); Harry Mendel (Depailler)
1978, Roger Hill (Chief); Trevor Foster (Senior)
1979, Roger Hill (Chief)
1980, Roger Hill (Chief)
1981, Roger Hill (Chief)
1982, Roger Hill (Chief)
1983, Roger Hill (Chief)
1984, Roger Hill (Chief)
1985, Roger Hill (Chief)
1986, Roger Hill (Chief)
1987, Roger Hill (Chief)
1988, Roger Hill (Chief)
1989, Roger Hill (Chief)
1990, Chris White (Chief); Simon Barker (Nakajima)
1991, Chris White (Chief); Simon Barker (Modena)
1992, Chris White (Chief); Simon Barker (Grouillard)
1993, Chris White (Chief); Tim Densham (de Cesaris)
1994, Chris White (Chief); Tim Densham (Blundell); Simon Barker (Katayama)
1995, Nigel Steer (Chief); Tim Densham (Katayama)
1996, Nigel Steer (Chief); Tim Densham (Katayama)
1997, Nigel Steer (Chief); Tim Densham (Verstappen)
1998, Paul Diggins (Chief); Steve Farrell (Rosset); Alex Varnava (Takagi)

All corrections/additions welcomed…

Rob
P.S. Ruairidh, do you feel as lonely as me on this thread?? :( :(

#34 Darren Galpin

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 12:12

If someone wants to compile this lot into a kind of spreadsheet type of thing, I can provide some webspace to present this together. However, if I do it myself it will enter the bottom of a long list of things to do, hence the need for help........ I thought about doing something similar this year for all sorts of teams, not just F1 (and including drivers), but after 10 minutes of entering data into a file decided that I was doing too many things already!

#35 Ruairidh

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 15:41

Originally posted by Rob Ryder
[U][B]
P.S. Ruairidh, do you feel as lonely as me on this thread?? :( :(

I'm just grateful for your company! :up:

I'm going to be up to my neck in a work project and a separate project until late Feb, so probably won't be doing much until then on this :( - but I'll be happy then to spreadsheet it and all corrections. I was also going to go through Autosports and MS and various other books to fill out some of the gaps and correct spellings.

#36 john winfield

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 21:40

Hello,
I'm just experimenting to see if I can bring up a part of this old thread, referred to in the 1972 March discussion, and of interest to Bianca Redgrave. Twinny, I hope digging up a little old stuff doesn't mess up the software guys - it's only a page or so, if it works at all. There's so much interesting detail - and so much hard work from Ruairidh!
No, I think I can only post the same link - anyway, here goes...

http://webcache.goog...r...dgrave&cd=5

#37 LittleChris

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 00:30

Works for me John :wave:

#38 SJ Lambert

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 06:19

Great thread!!!  - I see my godfather, Bob Mills gets a mention in the 1972 Team Surtees personnel sheet!!

 

 

As one of Bob's  former workmates from an Aussie domestic team said recently - "they'd go to work Tuesday and come home Thursday"!!!

 

Hats off to 'em all!!

 

 

   - I must investigate whether there is a book detailing the Surtees concern around that time.


Edited by SJ Lambert, 28 May 2014 - 06:40.


#39 Marc Sproule

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 07:01

no words. just a pic that fits. sorry it's not bigger. uploaded to flickr when images could still copied from flickt. someday i'll put a bigger version up.

 

https://www.flickr.c...@N03/4294645944



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#40 Lola5000

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 07:47

Phil Irving. :up:



#41 Gary C

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:49

in my capacity as 'TV producer', in the past, I have approached both the BRDC and the Grand Prix Mechanics Trust with a view to filming some of the old mechanics and preserve for posterity their stories and anecdotes. This was just to film the interviews and maybe not even use them for a specific purpose, just to get them filmed and placed in the archive. I think both these organisations archive departments (or whatever) must be run part-time, as I have made initial contact with both, only for them to completely ignore my idea/requests. Never mind, I'm doing it in a much smaller way off my own back. These people deserve to be remembered, after all, they sometimes have the best stories.



#42 Gary C

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:23

.........and of course, look out Mike Oliver's book 'Tales from the Toolbox'.



#43 Michael Oliver

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:30

.........and of course, look out Mike Oliver's book 'Tales from the Toolbox'.

 

Thanks Gary! I know I'm biased but I think it makes an ideal Fathers Day present for anyone with a Dad that has even a passing interest in motor sport...



#44 bradbury west

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:14

Michael's book is available at 40% discount direct from  publisher Veloce until June 1 as a fathers' Day promo. Highly recommended. see Alan Cox's link on the book thread

Roger Lund



#45 RStock

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 19:34

1972 Personnel – Taken from John Player Motorsport Yearbook 1973


Ferrari

F1 Engineer and Team Manager: Giulio Ferrari
 

 

 

Who? :confused:



#46 Geoff Smedley

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 11:22

Back then the mechanic was 50% of the team but today he seems to be lost in the crowd of modern technology that takes the glory away

#47 Stephen W

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 09:55

61076_445494013559_5492345_n.jpg

 

Above: 1979 Oulton Park - Formula Ford pragmatic approach.



#48 Marc Sproule

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:30

fair number of mechanic pics in my testing set,,,,,,

 

https://www.flickr.c...57626043689098/

 

mechanic pics in other sets too if you're willing to look...probably easiest to find in my people set....

 

https://www.flickr.c...57623311357576/

 

all my sets.....

 

https://www.flickr.c...81980@N03/sets/



#49 SJ Lambert

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 14:10

 

Brooke Bond Oxo Rob Walker Team Surtees
Managing Director: John Surtees
Chief F1 Mechanic: Bob Mills
F1 Mechanics: Bernie Ferri, Jim Chisman, Steve Roby and Barrie Green
 

 

 

11947479_868992546513093_776793829087810Image unattributed
 

 

Unless I'm very much mistaken, there's Bob Mills tending to the TS9, Rob Walker in the apricot chinos and John Surtees gloving up at Monza, 71 or 72....


Edited by SJ Lambert, 03 September 2015 - 14:11.


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Posted 03 September 2015 - 14:36

TS-9 as you said, and  Monza 1971 me thinks ? things were so much simpler then, great image, thanks.

 

Mike (group7)


Edited by group7, 03 September 2015 - 14:38.