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’!


Ed Taylor, part 1 of 3

This week we speak to Ed Taylor whose first job in motor racing was in F1 with tyre supplier Goodyear. He tells us what was put into the tyres instead of air, what it was like when he attended his first tyre test at Silverstone, setting up the stillborn Benetton Trussadi project and when that didn't work out it was into F3000 with Middlebridge Racing.

Podcast can be downloaded here, watch the interview on YouTube.


 2021-10-08  n/a