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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’!

The Mechanic's Gallon Gary Critcher

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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’!

    Peter Burns, part 2 of 2, recorded 23rd January 2023

    Peter Burns, part 2 of 2, recorded 23rd January 2023

     Download part 2 of the audio here  Gary continues his interview with Peter, you can watch the whole conversation on YouTube.

    Peter Burns, part 1 of 2, recorded 23rd January 2023

    Peter Burns, part 1 of 2, recorded 23rd January 2023

    Download part 1 of the audio here  Our guest this time is Peter Burns, who, although not on the front line in the pitlane, still wracked up 35 years in motorsport. After being involved with the organisation of the inaugural Dubai Grand Prix in 1983, he then worked for McLaren in Formula One, being in at the very start of hospitality provided by the teams for their sponsors. In this role he got to know very well people like Alan Prist, Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen.Having been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2017, Peter is now working with Parkinson's charities, in 2021 he was part of a team who swam the Solent to the Isle Of Wight, raising £47,000. This year they will again swim, this time around the Isle Of Wight! For more information and if you'd care to donate, please visit their website at www.positivelyparkinsons.co.ukThe Grand Prix Trust is a charity formed over 30 years ago by Jackie Stewart to help former F1 employees when times are hard. Both Peter and I are involved with them. Please visit their website at www.grandprixtrust.comYou can also watch it on Gary's YouTube channel.

    Ron Tauranac

    Ron Tauranac

    Another interview from our archive, this time with the late Brabham and Ralt designer Ron Tauranac. Notoriously reticent to be interviewed, I heard from him after I sent him a copy of the interview, he said he wished he had said more! Ron is interviewed by my friend Alan Morgan. Audio podcast is here. You can also watch the interview at https://youtu.be/pPHC1JY0kW4

    Robin Day, part 3 of 3

    Robin Day, part 3 of 3

    In part 3 Robin tells us what it was like to work for Bernie, working on the BT55 then on to Leyton House March in 1987. Then it was a move to Indycar but still with March, back to the F3000s then lastly six months at Pacific Grand Prix in 1993.All three parts of the interview are also on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/mryh6f8xAudio podcast is here.

    Robin Day, part 2 of 3

    Robin Day, part 2 of 3

     Part 2 continues with the McLaren move to Woking and the extra workload courtesy of Mr. de Cesaris. Then it was testing with Niki Lauda, the drivers strike at Kyalami, switching to Brabham then back to McLaren then another return to Brabham and running Stirling Moss in the car at Brands Hatch.All three parts of the interview are also on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/mryh6f8xAudio podcast is here.

    Robin Day, Part 1 of 3

    Robin Day, Part 1 of 3

    Our guest this time is Robin, a 15 year F1 veteran. Robin was born in Uganda and was brought up in Kenya. Straight after his apprenticeship with British Leyland he decided to build and sell his own motorbike. In 1978 he was poached by McLaren. He worked on the first MP4 and with driver Andrea de Cesaris. There are memories of John Watson's British Grand Prix win and his 'light bulb moment' at Zandvoort. All three parts of the interview are also on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/mryh6f8x Audio podcast is here.

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