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Wednesday, 27 December 2017


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That’s quite a story, Richard. That’s a rather haunting image, even to someone who doesn’t know the subject (like me). Thank you for sharing it here.

Not being an avid motor sports fan I looked-up this driver and came across this brief clip (excerpted from a larger documentary?) that portrays that experience. I wonder if you’re one of the photographers in the background of a shot of two?

Whoever claims photographs do not need words should read this. In this case both are wonderful, but together they sing.

All through the 70s I was that rarity, a teenage American F1 fan. Since US television generally carried one race a year (Monaco), the sport was almost invisible and existed largely through Rob Walker's superb race reports in Road & Track. Because Walker was really the ultimate insider and a gifted writer as well, he did almost too good a job. You got to know people.

In 1970, the first year I followed F1, three drivers were killed, including the eventual champion Jochen Rindt, dead at Monza before the season was over. A posthumous world champion - that was a sign. A dozen more were killed before I'd had enough; after Gilles Villeneuve bought it, I just couldn't take it anymore. The death rate has fallen dramatically since (it had to, or F1 would have likely been banned), but the slaughterhouse of the 70s ruined it for me. So much tragedy, it was hard to remember anything else about it.

A great story to accompany such a meaningful image. This, to me, is why photography is important.


Those Formula 1 drivers were Mega Rock Stars, much more around the world vs here in America, what a tragic story. When I was young back in the seventies I tried so hard to get into Watkins Glen on a press pass to no avail, just did not have any credentials. I have not thought about that in at least 40 years, I just loved the sport back then and thought I was good enough to get some racing images that I would be proud of and perhaps even get some published. Finally gave up and found other events to photograph. Jackie Stewart was one of the best to drive in his time and I can only imagine how that event on that day has haunted him.

Richard’s work on his website is wonderful in B&W. For portraits in motor racing, color distracts. I like the strong contrast. Nice descriptions to go with the photos

Fun to see guys that I once was involved with sponsoring. Keke in Can Am.
Andretti in Can-Am and CART.

Thanks Mike.

Wow. What an incredible photograph and an incredible story. I followed Formula One and Endurance Racing closely since I was a kid, and remember all the drivers from those times in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and I am still haunted by the memories of those that were tragically killed: Jim Clark, Lorenzo Bandini, Jo "Seppi" Siffert, Piers Courage, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mark Donahue, Peter Revson, Gilles Vlllenueve, Ronnie Peterson, Jochen Rindt, Francois Cevert, Bruce McLaren, Stefan Bellof, just to name a few....godspeed all.

I was there.
It's weird, I was thinking about this just a couple of weeks ago. Some friends and I were just beyond the "90" the first right turn off the main straight. You couldn't quite see the esses from where we were standing. I saw Cevert and Jody Scheckter go past and then go out of site toward the esses. Then I saw a thin line of smoke going straight up in the air and in a few moments the rumors came washing back through the crowd; first that there had been and accident, then that it was Cevert, then that Scheckter had stopped and tried to get him out of the car, then just numbness.
Did I really see smoke? That is what I remember, but I also remember seeing Jackie Stewart breaking down after he heard back in the pits. That may have been from later seeing a picture of Stewart. I don't know but I have seen that plume in my mind with some regularity over the last 44 years.

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