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’!

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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 inte


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Ed Taylor, part 2 of 3


This part sees Ed working at Leyton House March running with Judd engines. He tells how the truckies made a little extra money at the end of the season,  how he finished with Leyton House and then back into F3000 with Bromley Motorsport.  Podcas


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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


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Doug Garner


Today we chat with Gold Leaf Team Lotus mechanic Doug Garner who tells us about how he got started working for Lotus Cars before being poached by the race team next door to work on his first race car, the type 56 Indycar.  After Indy 1968 he moved o


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Doug Garner on Lotus and F1, recorded September 2021


In the first of a new series of interviews Gary talks with Doug Garner who was at Lotus from 1966 working on the Lotus Elans, moving into the race workshop at the end of 1967 and was straight at work on the Lotus 56 turbine Indycar! His first race car. A


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Pete Briggs Part 2


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Pete Briggs Part 1


Pete Briggs started off 1968 helping out around the workshop of the Winkelmann Racing Formula 2 team. Gradually working his way up to through 1969 and by a roundabout way into Formula 1 in 1970 with the fledgling March Racing team. 1971 was in Formula 2 f


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Eammon Fullalove


This interview features metal guru Eammon ‘Chalkie’ Fullalove, from his start as a delivery boy with a butchers shop in his native Ireland, to his move to Britain and getting a job with Team Lotus in 1965. We follow him through seeing his first race car (


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Beaky Sims Part 2


Part 2 starts with a quick look at 1972 but then we dive back into the late 60's and his experiences with Jim Clark and Jochen Rindt, then it's on to 1971 with March Racing but in F5000 in the States with Skip Barber. Beaky then moved to Hesketh Racing in


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Beaky Sims Part 1


In this exclusive interview you’ll learn how Beaky started, his entry into racing with a friends’ Formula Junior car, his interview at Team Lotus and subsequent work with the Lotus Cortinas, Formula 2 and then Formula 1 cars at the time of the teams’ grea


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