View Full Version : A little over 20 years ago...

15th January 2007, 05:21
Went to the attic to pull out some issues of Road and track for a friend, and found a couple of interesting tidbits in their coverage of the first F1 race of 1986 (Rio, won by Piquet in a Williams-Honda). One tidbit is tragic, the other revolutionary...

1) Frank Williams and Peter Windsor had been involved in a road car accident after leaving testing at Paul Ricard. While Windsor was essentially unscathed, Frank had lost all feeling in his legs and feet...

2)As reported by Innes Ireland, "Renault, it's own cars sadly missing....had something very new, a revolutionary method of closing valves by compressed air at 2000 psi instead of conventional valve springs. This allows the engine to run at 13,000 rpm..."

21 years and an additional 7000 rpm later, it's a wonderful thing that both Frank is still with us (despite the horrific accident) and that Renault is reaping rewards which eluded them earlier...


15th January 2007, 06:17
Shouldn't this be in the History and Nostalgia section :p just kidding...

While my race magazine collection doesn't go to far back... I just happen to have an old 94 autosport that lives by my computer for no real reason except that this one picture ussually makes me laugh, so I figure this is a good opportunity to try out the "attach an image" feature, clean the dust off my scanner, and also share a picture i think is a little funny... :)

We'll see how long it takes for anyone to identify this driver... :p

15th January 2007, 06:37
We'll see how long it takes for anyone to identify this driver... :p

Not certain who he is, but I'll bet his mum thinks he is as 'cute as a button'... :D