This disc contains 291 images commencing at the 1985 British Grand Prix at Silverstone and ending with the 1989 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Adding to the venues not previously visited in Discs One and Two there are images from two scenic circuits, Estoril and Imola.
With the turbos becoming ever more powerful, two world titles were awarded in 1987, the main event won by Nelson Piquet (Brabham) and the ‘Jim Clark’ cup won by Jonathan Palmer (Tyrrell) for drivers of cars using normally-aspirated engines. Turbos were restricted in power for 1988 and banned altogether for 1989 in the interest of speed and cost reduction. This opened the door to a whole host of new entrants, so much that pre-qualifying was introduced to weed out the no-hopers, and there are images of previously unseen cars – Rials, AGS’s and Onyx’s to name a few.
Images of the action show Nigel Mansell winning his first Grand Prix, the European at Brands Hatch in 1985, followed by many more throughout the period. The intense inter-team rivalry at Williams (Mansell and Piquet), and McLaren (Prost and Senna) is evident with the two pairs of ‘team-mates’ never far apart in the racing shots. There are also photographs of cars ablaze, which was a fairly common occurrence in this ‘turbo era’ and of Gerhard Berger’s blazing Ferrari against the wall after crashing at Tamburello, Imola, with Gerhard still inside unconscious. Fortunately he was rescued with relatively minor injuries. Two years before, Nelson Piquet had to miss the San Marino Grand Prix after an accident at the same bend. But the dangers seemed to go unheeded as several years later Ayrton Senna was to crash at the same spot.
The images record the last Grands Prix held at two famous circuits. The Dutch Grand Prix of 1985 was to be the last for Zandvoort where Niki Lauda would record his last win. A weekend in Amsterdam for the Dutch Grand Prix was always a season highlight. Also Brands Hatch hosted its last British Grand Prix in 1986 where Jacques Laffite ended his career in a start-line multiple accident as the photographs of his crumpled Ligier would attest.
The title photograph is of Philippe Alliot’s RAM-Hart in 1985. It had become traditional for the European season to end with the ‘European Grand Prix’ at no specific venue. In 1985 it was Brands Hatch’s turn which gave the opportunity to show the country-style nature of the circuit in the low October sun. This photograph won me first prize in a competition judged by a panel of leading motor racing photographers.
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Note: Many of these images are taken from original prints, negatives and slides that are nearly 40 years old and are therefore not reproduced to the same standard as current day digital images. All reasonable attempts have been made to ensure these images are reproduced to the best possible standard, however, in some instances colour casts and blemishes may be present.