John Surtees Interview by Peter Windsor

The 2011 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is coming up on August 28, 2011. Peter Windsor, back working for SPEED (channel), interviewed the 1964 Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees, the winner of the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix in a Ferrari.

According to Wikipedia, John Frankenheimer used race footage from the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix in his film, Grand Prix. “The live footage shows Surtees, Bonnier, Bandini, Ligier, Clark & Gurney in action. Surtees doubles in the scene for the fictional Sarti while Bandini doubles for the fictional Barlini.

One of my first “scratch-built” slot cars used a Dynamic Dynaflex motor mount with a brass tubing/piano wire front end and a Dubro Ferrari 312 body that was based on the Ferrari 312 F1-66.

Ayrton Senna Tribute on Top Gear

Ayrton Senna Top Gear Tribute from Music Heals on Vimeo.

Jeremy Clarkson’s tribute to Ayrton Senna gives my photograph of Senna at the 1990 Grand Prix de Monaco some perspective. (From season 15, episode 5 of the BBC’s Top Gear, original airdate 25 October 2010)

On the show, many Formula One drivers, including Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barichello, Martin Brundle, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher and Jarno Trulli regard Senna as the greatest Formula One driver.

I hope the Senna film will have wide distribution in the US soon.