Senna Explaining With Gestures – German GP 1985

Patrick Tambay Signals To Start The Engine – German GP 1985

tambay-signal-germ85signThe Driver’s signal to start the engine is one of the most dramatic moments in the pits.  After all the frenetic activities and preparations there is a moment of relative stillness.  The starter whines and suddenly, with a crack of thunder, the engine erupts into life.  It is impossible to accurately describe the intensity and percussive complexity of the sound.  Every type of engine has its own characteristics and its painful explosive detonations pound deeply into my viscera filling me with a Sublime combination of  terror and excitement.

Keke Rosberg In The Williams FW09 Cockpit – Detroit GP 1984

rosberg-cockpit-det84signThere is a small self-portrait in the blue of Rosberg’s helmet.  My silhouette shows one arm bent over my head and the other straight with the flash highlight glowing from my hand.  The odd pose is the result of a technique I used to help steady the camera.  Pulling tightly on the neck strap with one hand and gripping the camera firmly in the other gave a triangulated stability to the camera position.  This increased steadiness enabled the use of a lower shutter speed necessitated by the ASA 64 of the Kodachrome film.

Keke Rosberg Waiting To Enter The Williams-Honda – Austrian GP 1985

Gloved Hand On The Steering Wheel – Ferrari – British Grand Prix 1985

Lauda’s Gloved Hand Resting – German GP 1985

lauda-gloved-hand-germ85signThe previous post photograph shows Niki Lauda in the McLaren cockpit at the Detroit Grand Prix held on June 24, 1984.  I took this this photograph more than a year later at the German Grand Prix  August 4, 1985.  It documents him resting his hand in a nearly identical position.  Drivers are extremely precise individuals who consciously and unconsciously ritualize every detail of their behavior before going out on track.

Niki Lauda In The Cockpit Of The McLaren MP4/2 – Detroit GP 1984

Andrea de Cesaris – Belgian GP 1985

Gerhard Berger And Hand – German GP 1985

Elio de Angelis And Hand – British GP 1985

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