Inside The Benetton Garage With An Alfa Romeo Turbo Engine, Extra Wings and Mechanics Uniform – Belgian Grand Prix 1985

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Details: An Elegantly Simple Cable System To Adjust Cooling Air To The Radiator – Brabham BT54 – German GP 1985

Details – Front Suspension Mounts And Longines Transponder – Brabham BT53 -Monaco GP 1984

Front End Details – Brabham BT53 – Dallas Grand Prix 1984

The Formula One race cars I photographed generally had unusually high quality construction.  But some exhibited an excellence of design and execution that placed them above the rest.  My personal favorites were Gordon Murray’s Brabhams.  Every component of his cars revealed clear evidence of his ingenious imagination with thought and attention to detail applied to precise, elegant, reductionist fabrication.   They were thrilling examples of the Art of the Machine.

BT52 In The Brabham Garage – Austrian GP 1983

The New Haynes Porsche 956 & 962 Owners’ Workshop Manual

My copy of the new Haynes Owner’s Workshop Manual for the Porsche 956 & 962 by Nick Garton just arrived.  Like many car people I’ve known the Haynes Manuals for decades but this one is special for me because I have several of my photographs included.

At the 1985 24 Hours of Le Mans I was a passenger for one lap of the Sarthe circuit in a Porsche 956 driven with World Champion Derek Bell. As a motorsports and Porsche enthusiast it was an incredible experience.  More details are listed under the category 215MPH here at Poetics of Speed.com.

Sincere thanks to author Nick Garton and Steve Rendle, Senior Commissioning Editor at Haynes Publishing for this wonderful opportunity.  

In addition to the cover of the book my photographs below show the winning Joest Porsche 956B in a stressful moment during the Vérification process; a calm Derek Bell concentrating while my helmeted head intrudes in the upper left of the picture and a two page spread of Bell’s gloved hands at the wheel at 215MPH while my denim covered knee is wedged below.  Profound thanks for the ride of my life Derek!

 

Nelson Piquet In The Exposed Cockpit Of The Brabham BT54 – British GP 1985

In The Pits – Patrick Tambay Waits In The Ferrari Wearing The Legendary Number 27 – British Grand Prix 1983

Brabham Pits – German Grand Prix 1985

Nelson Piquet sits in the Brabham BT-54 while Gordon Murray, on left with headset and clipboard, writes data and Paul Rosche leans into the cockpit for a closer look.  The Michelin tire engineer assigned to the Brabham team is on the right with a red notebook.

In The Pits After Pole Position For Teo Fabi In The Toleman Hart – German GP 1985

This was the first pole position for a Hart engine in a Formula One car and the only pole for both Teo Fabi and the Toleman team.

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