your classic autographs

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Mario Laguna
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Introduction not needed this time

 

Chris Martin
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Hey Mario, well done, (envy, envy, envy...).

That tops the lot, I can only come back with the usual old favourites, Stewart, Brabham, Moss etc, in fact I have a signed copy of 'Stirling Moss - My Cars My Career' but even more impressive and apparently much rarer, I also have an unsigned copy!

Chris M.

 

James Elliott
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Very impressive Mario.

I have a few gathered over the years. I have never solicited them or chased people with an autograph book, they are just ones that have come to me because of my job.

Guess that makes me very fortunate.

In fact here's one that came in the post today:

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Mario Laguna
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Hello Chris, please let us see your autographs, they seem to be very interesting ones.
James, wonderful letter you got from Tony Brooks, looks like Poetry in Motion indeed (978 1 899870 837).
I am not fond on autographs and never been an autograph hunter. Somehow I regret it now.
But there are a few exceptions.
On 21 June, 1981, I went to the Spanish Grand Prix. Colin Chapman was driving a white RHD Lotus Elite and a friend of mine glued his Citroën CX GTi to the Elite's rear bumper in our way to the Jarama circuit.
In the paddock, I handed a piece of paper and a pen to Colin Champan, who hurried to the pits for the warm-up.
Chapman stared at me, signed the paper and even wrote my name on it, but didn't speak a word.

 

Chris Martin
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I will try to get scans of some of them, and these are mostly from later associations,  but otherwise yes, agreed, I do not really have the nerve to ask for autographs, although that was of course different when I was a teenager.

The first Grand Prix I attended was at Brands Hatch in July '68 and back then it was easy enough to wander around the paddock, so with a bit of patience I managed to get nearly everyone to sign my programme. A highlight was sitting on the back ramps of the Gold Leaf Lotus transporter waiting for Graham Hill to appear (my hero at the time) and Colin Chapman came out and told everyone he was having a shower and would be available soon. So we all waited patiently, none of the impatient pushing crowds we see today, and I passed a few minutes picking (genuine Brands Hatch) gravel out of the (genuine formula one) Firestones on Graham's (real formula one racing car) Lotus 49. My idea of exciting souvenirs of the day I suppose.

But, when all grown up and attracted by the showbiz glamour of moving to London when I was sixteen, I left all such childish things behind, at home. When many years later the family home was sold, any old car magazines and related junk that was left was chucked in the rubbish.

Thanks Mum!

Chris M.

 

Mario Laguna
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While we wait for Chris to scan some of his memorabilia, I'd like to share an interesting well known photo by Arthur Thill (copyright Arthur Thill) in which a young F1 driver answers a difficult request from fans.
I recently visited an Arthur Thill "Visions du Sport" exhibition and admired the originals of many well known F1 photos, this one should be the more spontaneous and suits this thread, though.

 

 

James Elliott
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Here's a little hand-written card I received from Roberto Mieres (who sadly died in January) after we wrote a feature about him way back when. A true gent who stayed in touch afterwards. Always rather humbling to receive a card which a) features a picture of the writer on the other side and b) says "give my best to Stirling" on it!

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Nuno Granja
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A lot of envy here.

The closest thing a have is some little talk with Derek Bell during Circuito da Boavista races (Oporto  urban circuit ) some years ago.

thanks for sharing

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Chris Martin
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Mario Laguna wrote:

While we wait for Chris to scan some of his memorabilia, I'd like to share an interesting well known photo by Arthur Thill (copyright Arthur Thill) in which a young F1 driver answers a difficult request from fans.
I recently visited an Arthur Thill "Visions du Sport" exhibition and admired the originals of many well known F1 photos, this one should be the more spontaneous and suits this thread, though.

Yes, James Hunt, and I seem to remember his old mate Barry Sheene too, used to prefer writing on girls bits rather than race programs - a perk of the job I suppose.

I'll get some scans up soon.

Chris M.

 

Mario Laguna
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James, wonderful hand written document by Mieres you got.
Exactly eleven years ago, a rather unsung Ferrari F1 racer, Michele Alboreto, had his fatal crash in Klettwitz, Germany (25 April, 2001).
He was a fine driver, with 5 wins in his F1 career.

 

Chris Martin
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Finally managed to photograph a few.

These first ones are from work situations and not really solicited as in real autograph hunting.

Ron Tauranac was a great bloke to work for and I learned more from him than any other, but it was not so much a formal training, more an unspoken philosophy. Here he signed the inside of the book 'Brabham Ralt Honda' by Mike Lawrence.

But this is a photo from late 1990 or early 1991 when we built 55 RT36 F3 cars over the winter, and they went on to dominate F3 that year. I also have a favourite photo somehwere of Christian Fittipaldi crossing the finish line at Donington (his only win in British F3) in one of these cars that he signed.

Then there were the Stewart years. Jackie and Paul both signed this book for me.

But I also have this photo from the official launch of the SF3 in 1999. With not only Jackie and Paul Stewart but also Johnny Herbert and Rubens Barrichello signing it.

There are more from the Stewart days somewhere too.

I'll keep digging.

Chris M.