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Timing screen, 1983 German Grand Prix.

Timing screen, 1983 German Grand Prix.

Rene Arnoux’s Helmet, 1983 US GP West at Long Beach. He raced for the Scuderia that year, taking place of seriously injured country man Dider Pironi. Rene made a lunge at the title but was tipped in the end by Brazilian hot-shot Nelson Piquet.

Rene Arnoux’s Helmet, 1983 US GP West at Long Beach. He raced for the Scuderia that year, taking place of seriously injured country man Dider Pironi. Rene made a lunge at the title but was tipped in the end by Brazilian hot-shot Nelson Piquet.

It is hard to describe this video apart from saying “THE COOLEST THING EVER HOLY CRAP MAN”

Rene vs Gilles, Dijon 1979.

Arnoux for Ferrari, 1983 Dutch Grand Prix.

Arnoux for Ferrari, 1983 Dutch Grand Prix.

itsawheelthing:

up against the wall …Patrick Tambay’s Ferrari 126C3 engine cover standing against the Silverstone pit wall during the 1983 British Grand Prix

Here is a story about Patrick Tambay.
Apart from the emotional wreckage of winning the German grand prix the day after countryman and teammate Didier Pironi’s horrific career ending accident, months after inheriting good friend Gilles Villeneuve’s number 27, he also started in Gilles’ position on the grid at the 1983 San Marino grand prix. Somebody had painted an honour to Gilles in front of Patrick, and on a day where the tifosi were out en masse with signs of respect for the French-Canadian, Tambay won, beating pole sitter and team mate Rene Arnoux.
On a special day, Tambay was not afraid to admit he cried after taking the chequered flag.

itsawheelthing:

up against the wall …

Patrick Tambay’s Ferrari 126C3 engine cover standing against the Silverstone pit wall during the 1983 British Grand Prix

Here is a story about Patrick Tambay.

Apart from the emotional wreckage of winning the German grand prix the day after countryman and teammate Didier Pironi’s horrific career ending accident, months after inheriting good friend Gilles Villeneuve’s number 27, he also started in Gilles’ position on the grid at the 1983 San Marino grand prix. Somebody had painted an honour to Gilles in front of Patrick, and on a day where the tifosi were out en masse with signs of respect for the French-Canadian, Tambay won, beating pole sitter and team mate Rene Arnoux.

On a special day, Tambay was not afraid to admit he cried after taking the chequered flag.

itsawheelthing:

going naked … René Arnoux waiting in the pits while mechanics work on his Ligier-Alfa Romeo a combination set up early in 1987 that never saw the llight of day during the actual Grand Prix season, FIAT pulled the plug on the deal & left Ligier stranded, having to use Megatron engines, which were in fact ex-BMW blocks

I never knew this! Does anyone have any more information on this story?

itsawheelthing:

going naked … René Arnoux waiting in the pits while mechanics work on his Ligier-Alfa Romeo

a combination set up early in 1987 that never saw the llight of day during the actual Grand Prix season, FIAT pulled the plug on the deal & left Ligier stranded, having to use Megatron engines, which were in fact ex-BMW blocks

I never knew this! Does anyone have any more information on this story?

AJ and Rene.

AJ and Rene.

The French Boys.
Featuring (from left to right): Jean-PIerre Jabouille, Jacques Laffite, Patrick Tambay, Patrick Depailler, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Rene Arnoux and Didier Pironi.
Not pictured, strangely, is the only French driver to win a world title: Alain Prost.

The French Boys.

Featuring (from left to right): Jean-PIerre Jabouille, Jacques Laffite, Patrick Tambay, Patrick Depailler, Jean-Pierre Jarier, Rene Arnoux and Didier Pironi.

Not pictured, strangely, is the only French driver to win a world title: Alain Prost.