Bob Wollek – Waiting – Le Mans 1984
One of the great rewards of photographing races was personally meeting drivers. At first encounter Bob Wollek was what I expected: an intense, intelligent and fierce competitor. I was also fortunate to be present at a small dinner later in the week where he was relaxed and entertaining. I was amazed to learn that he had traveled to Le Mans on a bicycle from his home in Strasbourg. During the dinner conversation he was a passionate proponent of the wines of Alsace. He insisted white wines could have the complexity of the finest red and to prove a point he ordered a bottle for the table. I only had a small taste but it was exquisite. He laughed and clearly enjoyed everyone’s reaction and approval. Back at the track he was as focused as ever and I was grateful for the insight into a complex and remarkable man.