Inside The Brabham Garage – German Grand Prix At Hockenheim 1983
After my interview with Gordon Murray at the Silverstone GP we would occasionally chat. Some times it was small talk and on other occasions I would ask questions about a detail on the car. He was always friendly and answered the questions clearly. I never interfered when it was obviously a high pressure situation. At Hockenheim there was a thrilling moment. Practice on track was finished and one of the mechanics started closing the pit doors so the team could work in private. I was already standing mid garage and the mechanic looked at Murray and then at me and back to Murray apparently asking a silent question about my presence. Murray just nodded a brief yes and the doors came down. I found myself alone with the team as they worked on the cars. The lighting inside the garage made exposures difficult with my slow Kodachrome film. Of course I could put my flash unit on the camera but the bursts of light from it would be aggressive and ruin the circumstances. Instead I tried a few existing light exposures by handholding the camera as steadily as I could. The team ignored me and I was rewarded with the remarkable experience of being inside a Formula One team at work.