This disc contains 328 images starting with the 1990 British Grand Prix at Silverstone and ending with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in 1994.
Circuits visited for the first time and recorded on this disc are Jerez, Donington Park and Barcelona. Barcelona held its first Grand Prix in 1991 and would be the permanent replacement for Jerez, whilst Donington was awarded a one-off ‘European’ Grand Prix.
Significant newcomers on the scene during this period were Michael Schumacher, who replaced an otherwise detained Bertrand Gachot at Spa in 1991 in the Jordan, which itself was a new entrant; and Damon Hill who debuted in a pink Brabham at Silverstone in 1992. Both of these make many more appearances on the disc on the winner’s step. Just what the Belgian public thought of Gachot’s detainment and their opinion of British justice can be seen by the track graffiti and T-shirt slogans during that year’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Amongst the images of the winners are Michael Schumacher doing his first leap of joy on the top step of the Spa podium just one year after making his debut at the same circuit, and Nigel Mansell at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where union jack clad fans are invading the track to greet him on his slowing down lap. Over the years Mansell had built up a following akin to that of a football crowd with their nationalistic and highly partisan and vocal support which could be quite uncomfortable at some continental venues. The track invasion has had a far reaching effect on British race fans, Silverstone was ring fenced for the following year and has been far more restrictive in policy towards access ever since.
There is also an image of what is possibly Ayrton Senna’s finest win ever, in his McLaren in the rain at Donington Park in 1993.
The title photograph is a portrait of sorts of Michael Schumacher at the British Grand Prix in 1992. He was by now a Benetton driver and is sitting in his car giving feedback to his engineers when in order to amplify a point he pulled this grimace. It was just luck to catch it, but the photograph has won me first prize in a competition and been published in a motor racing coffee table book.
Images are supplied on compact disc (CD) for playing on computers or compatible devices using Picasa Slideshow format (Picasa software included). All images are also supplied as individual files for downloading, saving and printing.
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.