Portraits

Portraits

The legends. Faces from nearly 100 years of motorsport.

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THE FACE OF A CHAMPION - Nuvolari looks full of concentration before the start of the 1937 Grosser Preis von Schweiz. He shared the 'C' with Rosemeyer to finish fifth.
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CHEMISTRY - Alice Hoffmann-Trobeck had been married twice before, before marrying Rudi Carraciola in 1937. Here she locks eyes with Tazio Nuvolari at Bremgarten in 1935.
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ANOTHER SWISS VICTORY FOR THE ENGLISHMAN - Seaman roared to another win in the Voiturette class at Bremgarten in 1935, aboard his ERA B.
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HAUNTED BY ADDICTION - Varzi was a fierce competitor and arch rival to Nuvolari, but suffered serious health issues leading to a Morphine addiction. Flawed genius.
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FULL CONCENTRATION FOR 'KING RAT' - In the zone before the start of the British Grand Prix of 1978, Lauda finished second to Reutemann.
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BATTLE SCARRED & OIL STAINED - Caracciola won ahead of Mercedes-Benz teammates Seaman and von Brauchitsch at the 1938 Grosser Preis der Schweiz.
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PUSHED TO THE START & READY FOR ACTION - Lang was quickest in practice and dominated the Swiss Grand Prix held at Bremgarten in 1939, shortly before war broke out.
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WHEN THE BRITS RULED INDY - According to the record books Hill won the 1966 Indy 500 from Jim Clark, although debate still rages as to whether Clark was docked a lap unjustly.
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DRIVERS BRIEFING - Third place finisher John Wakefield smiles from the central front row, with race winner, Farina on the right scratching his forehead before the Voiturette race of 1939.
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SKOL & SANDWICHES FOR LUNCH - What could possibly go wrong? Keke, with 'Emmo' in the background, chill before the non-Championship GP at Jarama in 1980.
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WORLD CHAMPION TO BE - Farina started the red Maserati 6C 34, entered by owner Gino Rovere, at the 1935 Swiss GP finishing eighth overall, the first of the independents.
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PENTHOUSE PET OF THE YEAR 1971 - McLean met Sheene in 1975 and married in 1984, seen here in '76 sporting a John Newbold t-shirt during the British GP weekend.
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DAPPER BEYOND BELIEF - Earl Howe took his Bugatti T59 to a creditable tenth place at Bremgarten in 1935, behind the might of the German and Italian factory teams.
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MRS GWENDA STEWART - Stewart is seen here sitting on the four wheel drive Derby-Maserati, the Gentleman in the pin-stripe suit is constructor Douglas Hawkes, whom she would soon marry.
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THE LOOK OF A EUROPEAN CHAMPION - Rosemeyer finished third at Bremgarten in 1935 and went on to become Champion the following year.
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WHAT A GREAT PORTRAIT - Campari and his riding mechanic finished second to Nuvolari at the TT in 1930, with a smoking Varzi behind, finishing third.
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SNUCK ON TO THE BACK OF THE GRID - Heyer didn't manage to qualify, but did manage to make the grid and the start of the German Grand Prix before disqualification.
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DASHING IN POLKA DOT NECK TIE - 'Bentley Boy' Birkin suffered an accident during the 1930 Tourist Trophy held at Ards, Northern Ireland, in his Hon. Dorothy Paget entered Bentley Blower.
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MERCEDES-BENZ GRAND PRIX DRIVERS - Looking a little worried, Caracciola reads the latest report, whilst Kautz and von Brauchitsch stare in to the distance. Brogues were the order of the day!
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WORLD CHAMPION ELECT - Hill looks a little uncertain in the front engined 246 at Silverstone in 1960, but a year later won the Championship in a rear engined 156.
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HUSBAND & WIFE TEAM - Paula looks resplendent in stripped dress with BRDC brooch, whilst Hans Stuck wears personalised 'HS' overalls.
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SUPER PORTRAIT - Resplendent in Prince of Wales suit and brogues, Ferry Porsche poses for the camera on the pit counter at Le Mans in 1953.
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LAID BACK POSE - Clark looks totally sublime in the cockpit of his Lotus 38 at the 1966 Indy 500, where he contentiously finished second to Graham Hill.
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STANDING ON A MAKESHIFT PODIUM - Gregory is flanked by Peter Nocker & Herbert Linge and their 904/6 below them, with joint overall winner Rindt on the far right.
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DEVELOPMENT DRIVER - Sanesi was best known for his work as a 'test driver' for Alfa Romeo, but competed in five post-war Grand Prix for the Milanese firm.
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TEAM DRIVERS - From left, Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori, Reg Parnell, Dennis Poore and Stirling Moss
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A STUDY IN CONCENTRATION - Chapman was the master innovator.
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YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE - A young Mike Hawthorn pictured at Goodwood in 1952, six years before he became World Champion.
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A TEXAN IN MONACO - Jim Hall raced the Lotus 24 entered by the British Racing Partnership at Monaco in 1963.
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CHAPMAN LOOKS SUITABLY IMPRESSED - Chapman looks on having visited the Can-Am race at Mid-Ohio in 1970.
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ALL SMILES BEFORE THE GRAND DEPART - A pretty blonde lady surveys the scene, as captured by Gulf Oils photographer, Mike Marchant.
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LOOKING PUZZLED - 'Regga' nearly won the 1974 World Championship but was pipped at the post by Emerson Fittipaldi.
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MOSS CHECKING OUT THE OPPO - Moss peers in to the cockpit of 'works' driver Peter Collins at the 1958 1000 km race around the Nordschleife.
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GLOOMY AND COLD IN JUNE - A smiling Graham Hill finished third at the first International 2000 Guineas held at Mallory Park in June 1962.
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MILK FOR THE DRIVER AND CHAMPAGNE FOR THE CO-DRIVER - Vatanen and Harryman sit proudly on top of their rally winning Peugeot.
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LOOKING HAPPY - A smiling Pedro looks happy to be standing next to Miss Mid-Ohio before the Can-Am race in 1970.
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CHARISMATIC RINDT - Jochen was a first rate driver who would have undoubtedly gone on to further greatness. F1 World Champion and Le Mans winner.
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FIRST LAP MAYHEM - Team mate to Hailwdood, Pace was also caught up in the accident triggered by Jody Scheckter which took out eleven cars.
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NOT A STRONG RACE FOR THE SCUDERIA - Bell finished down in ninth at Silverstone in 1969, one place ahead of his more experienced team mate, Chris Amon.
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FIRST LAP PILE-UP! - Hailwood was caught up in the infamous pile-up on the first lap of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1973.
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A HAPPY BOY - Ricardo looks pleased to be at Daytona for the Continental 3 Hour race of 1962, which he won with Dan Gurney and Phil Hill.
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POLE POSITION - Ickx started from Pole for the Grand Prix d'Europe at Brands hatch in 1972, but retired with oil pressure issues.
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THE PROFESSOR - The great thinker, Prost was ever watchful. Here in Monza he set Pole, but retired with engine issues.
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'LOLE' - A super portrait by Don Coles of Argentinean racing driver Carlos Reutemann. He went on to become a Politician and Governor in his native home.
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'THE FLYING FINN' - Mika was a courageous and fast F1 pilot, who beat Schumacher twice in his prime. Brilliant talent.
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ENTERED BY MARTINI RACING TEAM - Giovanni 'Nanni' Galli sits in the flat twelve Tecno PA123. Sadly no more than good looking and sounding.
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'LITTLE ART' - Merzario in his distinctive Marlboro cowboy hat, before the start of the 1976 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.
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SEVENTH AFTER S SPIN - Ronnie finished two laps down at the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1972.
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POLE FOR RONNIE - Sadly the Swede was out of luck for the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1978.
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MESMERISING EYES - Francois Cevert was a superb number two to Jackie Stewart, a concert pianist and attracted many an admirer.
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FASHIONABLE KNITWEAR - Bandini rocks a look in the pits with light blue overalls beneath his natty cardigan.
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WORLD CHAMPION ELECT - Fittipaldi looks serious. He won the British Grand Prix and the Championship in 1972.
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SULTRY - Reutemann was a photographers dream to shoot portraits as he had a face with immense expression.
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ENTERED BY RONDEL RACING - Rondel was the brain child of Ron Dennis and Neil Trundle. Here, Dennis helps race winner Graham Hill with his belts.
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'SCHUMI' - Seven time World Champion won the second of his seven World Championships in 1995, helped by his 'home' Spa victory.
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SIGNING AN AUTOGRAPH - Siffert looks relaxed in the Thruxton paddock in April 1971 before the start of the Formula 2 race.
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OVERALLS THAT HAVE SEEN BETTER DAYS - these were the days of wearing everything until it was worn out - unlike today's somewhat pampered heroes.
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PRODIGIOUS TALENT - Archie Scott-Brown was motorsport's first disabled hero, battling adversity, despite only having one hand.
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A VERY YOUNG STIRLING MOSS - Checking all is well with the HWM-Alta before the start of the 1951 Goodwood Trophy.
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LOOK IN TO MY EYES! - Ricardo looks utterly intent as he prepares for an F1 race aboard his gorgeous scarlet 'Sharknose'.
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SOUTH AMERICAN RACES - Ascari stands next to his gorgeous Ferrari 166 before the third Gran Premio Internacional General San Martin in Argentina.
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WINNING STARE - Siffert won the 1968 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in the dark blue and white stripe Rob Walker entered Lotus.
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RETIREMENT YEAR - Fangio still possessed immense skill, courage and strength during his final year of racing. A lovely portrait from his homeland.
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ALWAYS CHEERFUL - Bell competed at the very top of Formula 1 and sports cars, including five victories at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
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A HAUNTING PORTRAIT - Ubbiali sits astride his MV Agusta in the dappled light from the Hockenheim woods. Beautiful.
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NEW CAR WOES - Rindt had no luck at Silverstone in April 1970, but went on to become posthumous Wolrd Champion by the end of the year in the same car.
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ENGLAND IN APRIL - Elford dons a Russian fur hat in the miserable conditions at Brands Hatch before the start of the 1000 km race.
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ALWAYS SMILING - Sheene was a 'happy, go lucky' chap who survived many a scare and won at the very top, before succumbing to Cancer.
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CLASSIC STEWART - The synonymous corduroy black cap, a very similar one to one that my Mother made me in 1972. Boyhood Hero.
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LOOKING CONCERNED - Siffert qualified sixth, but had every right to look concerned, as he finished five laps down in eleventh.
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BATTERED AND BRUISED - This helmet has seen better days, but Kiwi Chris Amon seem oblivious on the grid at Silverstone in 1969.
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RELAXED OR FALLEN ASLEEP? - Pedro didn't enjoy a great race at Silverstone in 1969 in the somewhat uncompetitive P133, the sole BRM.
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DRIVING HIS OWN ENTRY - Swiss, Jo Siffert, entered his own Chevron B18 at Thruxton in 1971. He retired on the first lap with engine issues.
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REFLECTIVE CONTEMPLATION - Kiwi Hulme sits in his McLaren M7A before the start of the International Trophy at Silverstone in 1969. He did not finish.
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THE ORIGINAL 'MR LE MANS' - That is until Tom Kristensen came along and beat the Belgian's six victories at La Sarthe.
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PETER REVSON - A really 'cool' photograph of Peter Revson at the British Grand Prix in 1972. He was the heir to the Revlon cosmetics company.
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QUALIFIED FOURTH, FINISHED FOURTH - Ickx sits passively before the start of the 1969 Daily Express International Trophy at Silverstone.
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QUALIFYING IN THE RAIN - JYS qualified the Matra MS80 for the Daily Express International Trophy at Silverstone in 1969, but raced the MS10.
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RUDIMENTARY PITS - Merzario and Ickx sit on the pit counter during the weekend of the 1972 British Grand Prix held at Brands Hatch in Kent.
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BEER AND CIGARETTE - Forming part of a super triptych, this image shows World Champion Hunt clearly enjoying himself at Brands Hatch in 1976.
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TOTAL CONCENTRATION - Phil Read sits astride his mighty MV Agusta before the start of the Race of the South at Brands Hatch, as captured by Kerry Dunlop.
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TRYING FOR SIZE - World Champion to be tries out the raucous BRM V16 with Raymond Mays along side.
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UBER COOL - World Campion Keke looks the part with flowing locks, Aviators and a a great moustache.
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SUPER MARIO - American legend Andretti poses during the grid parade before the start of the 1970 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.
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EXPRESSION - Senna's face often expressed a thousand words - you could read him like a book.
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DONINGTON PARK 1938 - Seaman sits next to Frau Laury Vermundt, who was engaged to the team Doctor. No smoke without fire!
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THE PRE-WAR GREATS - Segrave sits in hs victorious Talbot-Darracq, flanked by Malcolm Campbell, Kenelm Lee Guinness and Albert Divo.
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BOYISH GOOD LOOKS - Hunt was a mischievous character, but a decent driver who won the World title in 1976.
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HOWE AND NUVOLARI - Earl Howe warmly embraces the Mantovan, Nuvolari, at the Tourist Trophy of 1933 held in Ards, Ireland.
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MOSS AND MASERATI - Stirling finished second in his beloved 250F to 'The Maestro' Fangio in the 1956 German GP.
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FAMILY MOTTO - 'What Curzon Has, Curzon Holds'. Lord Howe, The Rt Hon The Earl Francis Howe, formerly known as Viscount Curzon, poses next to Caracciola.
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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE GULLWING - the pretty girl is a pure side attraction!
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CIGARETTE IN HAND - Muller nonchalantly attaches the steering wheel to his hand welded Auto Union C-type before the start of the 1937 Donington Grand Prix.
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BENTLEY BOY - Sir Henry Ralph 'Tim' Birkin, Third Baronet, was renowned as a 'Bentley Boy' in the roaring twenties.
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BREWERY HEIR - Courage was heir to the famous Courage Brewery and was a decent driver, who sadly lost his life in 1970.
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THE SMILE OF A CHAMPION - Bill Gavin took this wonderful portrait of double World Champion Jim Clark at Brands Hatch.
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MASTER OVERLOOKING PUPIL - Team Manager stares down from above the pit boxes on to his star pupil, Jochen Rindt, who finished second, having started a lowly eighth.
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GREAT COMPOSITION - A super portrait of Ayrton Senna in the Lotus pits, as taken by Charles Briscoe-Knight.
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ACKNOWLEDGING THE APPLAUSE - Clark, with team entrant Ron Harris behind, gratefully accepts the applause from the crowd at Crystal Palace.
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A STUNNING PORTRAIT - Handsome German star, Bernd Rosemeyer, looks relaxed standing next to the beautiful Lady Daphne and the smartly attired Whitney Straight.
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THE GREATEST - 'Ago' was simply brilliant racking up 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships. Awesome.
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CLASSIC CHEQUER - Innes Ireland wore this style of helmet throughout his career, which made him even more distinctive.
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BARDAHL MODEL - Bardahl is a brand of petroleum oil additives, lubricants and gasoline additives for motor vehicles, hailing out of Seattle.
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JIM CLARK - Clark won the London Trophy at Crystal Palace in 1965 driving the Ron Harris entered Lotus 35.
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DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER - Clark finished sixth at Solitude in the F2 race, won by von Trips.
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ALL ARMS AND ELBOWS - Ireland sits in the Lotus 18 cocpit with Bonnier and the Aintree cooling towers as a backdrop.
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