The Mechanic's Gallon

I came upon the phrase ‘the mechanic’s gallon’ a while ago. Teams in the 60’s were trying to save weight and make the car as light as possible, inc. putting as much fuel in the car at the start of the race so that it lasted JUST to the end. This generally worked but a few times ran out of fuel with a few laps to go. So unbeknownst to Colin Chapman, the mechanics when fuelling the car would add an extra gallon, just to make sure it was enough, hence the ‘mechanic’s gallon’!


Pete Briggs Part 2

Part two continues Pete’s story with the Honda Civic championship, into the Honda CRX series then in 1991 set up a new team in Formula 3. He was then approached by Adrian Reynard to run their F3 team with Gil de Ferran. Then it was into F3000 but without a driver! But it was turned round when Tom Kristensen came on board, finally coming to an end in 1998 when he sold out to Paul Stoddart.

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After the obligatory cup of coffee, here's Pete digging into some old book or other


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