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Which Grand Prix driver flew an aeroplane under a bridge, was a member of the Spanish Olympic bobsleigh team and rode in Britain’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National?
Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton, the Marquis of Portago, known in racing circles as Alfonso de Portago
What was Tony Vandervell’s real name?
His full name was Guy Anthony Vandervell. He was the boss of Vanwall.
Which Grand Prix driver was a prisoner of war in the famous Colditz Castle in World War II but went on to win the Le Mans 24 Hours?
Tony Rolt was a Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade in May 1940 when he played a key role in the valiant defence of the port of Calais. He was awarded a Military Cross but was captured and then dedicated himself to escaping from Germany. After seven escapes he was finally sent to the maximum security German prison at Colditz. Rolt dreamed up building a glider in the attic of the castle. After the war, he went into business in order to create four-wheel drive. He established FF Developments with tractor magnate Harry Ferguson, which would build a 4WD F1 car, known as the P99. He himself raced in F1 and won Le Mans in 1953 in a C-Type Jaguar with Duncan Hamilton.
What was unusual about Pedro Rodriguez’s Ferrari in the final three races of 1969?
The car was entered by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team because Ferrari had had an argument with the organisers.
Who was the driver for World Wide Racing at the Italian GP at Monza in 1972?
World Wide Racing was a name used for the one race by Lotus, because of legal problems with the Italian authorities relating to the death of Jochen Rindt in 1970. The team raced as WWR in 1971 and 1972. It brought just one car in 1972. The driver was Emerson Fittipaldi.
What is Herbie Blash’s real name?
Michael Blash. He was called Herbie because he was “a right little Herbert”.
Which Formula 1 World Champion was a twin?
Mario Andretti was a twin. His brother was called Aldo
Which Formula 1 team boss worked on the design of the Concorde supersonic aircraft and went on to own the Oxford United soccer club?
Robin Herd, the co-founder of March Engineering, with Max Mosley. Great bloke!
In Austria in 1975 Jean-Pierre Jarier drove a Shadow. What was unusual about the car?
It was powered by a Matra engine, rather than the usual Cosworth DFV
Who raced the Automobiles Martini Formula 1 car?
Philippe Streiff finished third in his Ligier at the 1985 Australian Grand Prix. What was remarkable about this?
There are several things of note, but the answer I was looking for was that he finished the race on three wheels. He did this by colliding with his own team-mate, Jacques Laffite. It was his first and only podium.
What did Frank Williams get in exchange for releasing Jean Alesi from his Williams contract in 1991?
FW got a pile of money and a Ferrari 640 chassis. There were only seven Ferrari 640 F1 chassis built. The car, with chassis number 119 served mostly as the T-car in 1990. At the end of that year Ferrari offered Williams the car and cash in order to get hold of Jean Alesi. The car not delivered until the start of 1993. The car stayed in the Williams Collection for 12 years before being sold. The irony, of course, is that if Jean Alesi has signed for Williams that year he might have ended up as a multiple World Champion.
John Colum Crichton-Stuart, now the Marquis of Bute, raced in F1 under what name?
John Crichton-Stuart, who began his career as a van driver at Williams F1, where his cousin Charlie worked, was in fact the Earl of Dumfries. He raced under the name of Johnny Dumfries, and became the Marquis of Bute when his father died in 1993.
What was the unusual reason for practice at the 1978 Austrian Grand Prix to be stopped mid-session?
There was due to be a parachute display before the session. This was cancelled because of low cloud but someone forgot to tell the parachute display teams. The session began and then from the clouds parachutists emerged, causing a very rapid red flag.
Why did Sandro Nannini’s Formula 1 career come to an end?
Sandro was involved in a helicopter accident which resulted in his losing the lower part of one arm. It was sewn back on by surgeons in Italy and he raced again in touring cars, but his F1 career was over.
Who drove the Lowenbrau McLarens? Where and when?
In 1978 the McLaren had Löwenbräu livery in Montréal and Watkins Glen with drivers James Hunt and Patrick Tambay. The sponsorship returned at Long Beach in 1979 with John Watson and Tambay.
Why was the first official session at the first French GP at Magny-Cours delayed?
Someone forgot to feed the medical staff and they refused to work until they had had lunch.
When Andrea de Cesaris was pushing his car across the finishing line in Mexico City in 1991 he was interrupted by someone. Who was it?
A television commentator called Ezio Zermiani jumped over the pit wall and started to interview him…
At the 1980 Italian Grand Prix the Alfa Romeo team had a bad time. A helicopter carrying members of the team crashed and injured several mechanics. The rest of the team decided that they would have to drive to the track. What happened?
They decided to go by road. Team boss Carlo Chiti and driver Vittorio Brambilla were then involved in a collision with a truck. Fortunately, without injury.
After Alan Jones left Williams, which was the next Formula 1 team for which he raced?
Jones took part in a one-off race with the Arrows F1 team