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The Silverstone Paddock for the 1967 British Grand Prix shows how the conditions in which Formula 1 teams worked in contrast with those enjoyed by today's teams. From the television coverage we are now well aware of the finely fitted out garages, the mass of equipment and the number of personnel Formula 1 teams take to the races. In addition, there are the portable palaces they erect at many circuits to accommodate all in some comfort. Back then BRM and other teams claimed an area of the paddock by roping off a small space between their’s and an adjoining team's transporter. They worked on the cars in the open, the only shelter available was that provided by the transporter. The transporter also acted as the driver’s changing room. Simple toolboxes stand on a dusty surface along with a holdall for a driver’s racing kit. Missing today are the motor racing enthusiasts seen behind the rope barrier because they are no longer admitted to the Formula 1 paddock. Jackie Stewart is sitting in the car. Like the other two, the car is a P83 BRM powered by a 3.0-litre H16 engine. Jackie is talking to Alan Challis and to the right are two other BRM mechanics, Denis"Sheriff' Perkins and (near the door) Philip "Ben" Casey. Wearing the cap is Chief Mechanic, Cyril Atkins and to his right is BRM's Chief Engineer, Tony Rudd who is speaking to driver, Mike Spence. Another thing changed from this time - Jackie is now Sir Jackie.

Adapted from an original text by Peter Putterill for Bourne Civic Society.

1967 British Grand Prix - How things have changed!

Photo: Peter Putterill.