12 Mar 2012


With the ghastly ,indulgent,formula one money circus rolling into Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix next weekend it's good to look back to when formula one had soul and was fun .Today in F1 not only are all the cars and engines nearly identical but so are all the team managers and owners- "vanilla"  -colourless ,corporate men beholden to the money god and its high priest ,Bernie.The days of the colourful team chief are long gone .That's what makes this photo of very colourful Lotus chief Colin Chapman having a full and frank discussion in the late 60's with,a young Roger Putnam, so nostalgic. And just look at Roger's spotted shirt and velvet jacket -if he had kept them they would have come in handy for the Goodwood Revival .

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