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 3 of 3

Part 3 sees Ed back in F1 running the Yamaha Engines truck for Brabham and then Jordan. It was into Historic F1 with BMTR tyres and finally he teamed up with European Minardi running their two-seater F1 cars.
Podcast can be downloaded here, watch the interview on YouTube


 2021-10-10  n/a