I understand the above piece completely. I’ve held on to my credentials from the last 40 + years of racing, some with dated photos in the early 70’s ( scary).
I cannot bring myself to dispose of them.
They bring memories of all those I’ve worked with and met through all the years.
I remember bumping into an Italian Catholic priest in the F1 paddock at the Monaco Grand Prix, who very proudly carried around a scrap book with f1 related pictures he had collected of the years. Many of the shots were of him and the Drivers, including Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jackie, Ayrton, Berger, Schumacher etc… an amazing collection really.
He was quite the fan and was popular with drivers and team personal – is he still about? Sorry if I am being too vague, but f1 circles are small
His scrapbook and f1 related diary would make a great publication.
why not turn this into a ‘Joe Saward Scrapbook’, complete with anecdotes and excerpts from your travel writing? I’m sure you can come up with an interesting narrative to make it sufficiently distinct from similar publications. And the title could be ‘Tosh!’, of course.
The 1986 BGP Programme from Brands – I was in the stands at Paddock Hill and watched as Thierry Boutsen (IIRC) caused a pile up at the back of the field that sadly ended ‘Happy’ Jacques Laffite’s F1 career as he speared head on into the barriers and broke both his legs. I was 10 years old at the time. This was in the days when you could still walk down the pit lane at the end of the day and talk to the mechanics and sometimes if you were lucky some of the drivers.
89 at Silverstone, I was probably sitting only a few rows from you – we (my father and I) always sat in the stands at Woodcote. I have many, many fond childhood memories of Silverstone and Brands Hatch – not just the GPs but also the non-championship events, the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone and Race of Champions at Brands.
I too was sitting right at the top of the small grandstand at Paddock Hill and saw the whole accident happen right in front of us. I took a few photographs at the time, one of them clearly showing (Doctor) Jonathon Palmer who ahd jumped out of his Zackspeed and was quickly checking on Jacques Laffitte.
As others have said Joe, these things are great for memories and nostalgia and I agree that you should put these valuable documents to good use and shere them with us in some way…
Great collection Joe look take good care of them. I look at mine from time to time nowhere near as vast as yours headed by the programme I picked up as a 6 year old for the Crystal Palace race meeting in 1953 featuring one BC Ecclestone among others.
Goodness me, Joe. The thing about blogs are that they can become ‘two dimensional’ – then a post like this comes along and I’m at Grand Prix that I only ever dreamed of or experienced vicariously. It’s thrilling. Thank you! Manish
Great stuff, I also keep old press releases, programmes, time sheets etc. They are part of the fabric of my lifelong passion for the sport. I often struggle to comprehend that I was sat at Silverstone watching an F3000 race 30 odd years ago or at Thruxton witnessing an F3 race with guys who seemed so young at the time and have long since finished their careers etc.
Periodically I do have a clear out (or rather move things from one box to another!)
Nice to see the name of an old friend in the Button F3 PR; ‘Little Al’ Coehlo! He was quick. Really nice chap.
I work with a brilliant tire specialist who has tons of stuff collectors would pay huge $ for that he views as just trinkets from friends such as Gordon Murray’s first hand sketch of the F1. He’s so deep in what he does he hasn’t notice Silicon Valley dorks paying hundreds of thousands or more for “heritage” accessories. There’s so much cash going around…our “team” (vintage racing) was racing door-to-door with a real 250 GTO this weekend (they sell for up to $63,000,000). And people wonder why BS and DT draw crowds. Anyway, fun stuff.
Oh my. All of this is jaw-droppingly fascinating (not to mention the other 10,000 hinted-at items) — the Williams org chart, ’94 Imola guide, Lauda’s fan car (how long ’til drivers ask Pirelli for tires *that* wide again?), the ’72-era practice timesheet, and where’s Alulzio Coelho now, anyway? I could imagine spending the rest of my life cataloging all of your racing memorabilia as a pinch-me-its-true level day job.
I’d love it if you could scan these into an online database and create a ‘virtual’ museum of the sport. I’d gladly pay the price of admission.
Also, I see the ’89 British GP ticket was priced at £65. Any chance someone here could work out how much that is in ‘todays money’ once adjusted for inflation? I’d just be interested to see how much the price of admission has gone up in real terms thanks to Bernie’s gouging of the sport and it’s fans.
Was the Big Mac around in ’89? Compare the GP prices then and now to the Big Mac Index. I guess in UK it would be better against a pint of ale….
’89 – was 99p and is now £3.50. So a GP ticket would be 3 1/2 times more – £227…!
Bernie – stick to the beer index…
Interesting that the gap between the original price (£65) and the lowest estimate of what that means in ‘todays money’ is bigger than the gap between the highest and lowest calculations everyone has posted!
Lovely stuff so far Joe. I too was in Woodcote grandstand in ’89, though I was 4. And somehow fell asleep. £65 a ticket would be fantastic these days, it’s a shame that ship sailed long ago and as a grownup, I can’t afford it myself.
You are very lucky to have both the space to keep your collection and an understanding wife who isn’t chasing you to get rid of it. Best of luck if you’re attempting to sort it, I’ve discovered that every piece is likely to bring back a memory and adds hours or in your case weeks, to the process.
Thank you for sharing! Great to see this. And we’d love to read your stories associated with these gems of history. A special (recurring) section in the GrandPrixPlus magazine maybe? Or indeed a scrapbook would definitely be on my purchase list.
Hi Joe, I echo others sentiments that you have some really great stuff that should be on public display somewhere. That Brands Hatch poster would make a great print – I know I’d want to have that on my wall!
Hi Joe, I also have the same program from Brands in 1978, and also from 1976, both times in the Paddock Hill grandstand, so I had a great view of the famous shunt involving Regazzoni and Lauda that involved Hunt. As you say, great memories.
well , some of that brought back memories joe , although if you were at the ’72 GP at brands hatch you must have been in short pants ! having a young family I couldn’t afford the trip ; but seeing the name of pete revson reminded me of driving into snetterton when I heard the sound of a F1 engine at full chat[ you could do such things in the mid 60’s ] and watching him practising …[a pay driver at the time if I remember correctly ] and hearing who ever was in charge watching him come into the pit and switch off then say …can’t you even switch off like a racing driver revlon
a sad loss , like so many of his generation
Joe totally off topic but how do you rate Senna, my interest in F1 waned that day and i believe you made your debut in F1 as ayrton was winning his first title? In your opinion what would he have achieved post 1994, retirement, ferrari? Politics?
After 25 years, I gave away my Autosport collection (it’s in the library at RACER magazine) and later sold off my race programmes, but still have my tickets or credentials from (almost) every race I’ve attended since my 14th birthday in 1971. Those I keep in a glass-topped coffee table in the living room, where they prompt the occasional reminiscence…