Scarves and Goggles in the desert

It was remiss of me not to have had a camera about my person when 14 of the 16 world champions who walk the earth congregated in Bahrain a couple of years back – together with 20 of their cars. You can probably find the TV footage on Sky’s F1 channel at most hours of the day and night. However m’colleague Ben Nicholson very thoughtfully took an excellent record of events.

Sir Stirling was due to come too, after all few such gatherings should be without him, but unfortunately he had an altercation with his lift shaft and was therefore U/S. This left Sir Jack Brabham as the sole representative of Scarf & Goggles-era racing, and he was on good form, especially when being interviewed for TV.

TV girlie: Sir Jack, how does the modern sport compare with your day?

Sir Jack: What?

(TV girlie repeats the question louder, and Sir Jack considers it for a moment…)

Sir Jack: Too easy! And too much money!

And with that, here are some pictures of the more venerable of the collection:

An insurance man's dream come true

An insurance man’s dream come true

All unpacked and ready to go...

All unpacked and ready to go…

Nigel Mansell hustles the Thin Wall Special around Sakhir

Nigel Mansell hustles the Thin Wall Special around Sakhir

David Coulthard lets rip with the Mercedes-Benz W196

David Coulthard lets rip with the Mercedes-Benz W196

Juan Fangio II at the wheel of ex-Horace Gould 250F

Juan Fangio II at the wheel of ex-Horace Gould 250F

Donington Collection's glorious Ferrari 500 F2 - arguably the most successful chassis on earth

Donington Collection’s glorious Ferrari 500 F2 – arguably the most successful chassis on earth

The 1959 Cooper-Climax T53

The 1960 Cooper-Climax T53

Rob Dean giving plenty in the big Ferrari 375

Rob Dean giving plenty in the big Ferrari 375

Mario Andretti gets a feel for the W196

Mario Andretti gets a feel for the W196

Ron Dennis in a Ferrari - smiling!

Ron Dennis in a Ferrari – smiling!

Sir Jack Brabham on the grid with his old steed

Sir Jack Brabham on the grid with his old steed

Magnificent effort from John Surtees in Ferrari 1512 (yes it's post-S&G but you don't see that every day, do you?

Magnificent effort from John Surtees in Ferrari 1512 (yes it’s post-S&G but you don’t see that every day, do you?

Nigel - still going strong in the Thin Wall

Nigel – still going strong in the Thin Wall

 

 

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