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When smiling came naturally

Here’s the Gitanes Ligier team de-brief at Imola in 1981.  The excellent Jacques-Henri Laffite is having a laugh, as ever, and that’s his team-mate and brother-in-law, Jean-Pierre Jabouille, stepping out of the “motorhome”.  Jean-Pierre was very into Supertramp, as I recall.  And I think that’s the team’s sponsorship/PR manager, Danny Hindenock, with his feet up on the chair.  Danny I believe was the first guy to wear Timberland deck shoes in F1.  Quite a breakthrough in the style department.  That may be the F3 comingman, Philippe Alliot, having a drink, and the gorgeous item on the left is Rene Arnoux’s girl-friend, Pascale.  Not sure what she was doing there with the wrong team, but I’m sure Jacques Laffite had everything under control. Just for good measure, here’s another picture (lower, below) of Pascale, this time (1983) where she should be – having lunch with Rene and Mauro Forghieri under the Ferrari truck awning.  Note Patrick Tambay’s helmet on the right of the picture and the Timberland sneaker on the left…06-15-2013_806-15-2013_18

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8 thoughts on “When smiling came naturally

  1. Absolument! on said:

    Wow, another great shots !

  2. Trevor Knowles on said:

    It all looks so simple and laid back.

  3. SuperSwede on said:

    Some rather lovely pictures!

  4. Indeed it was. Actually, if you strip away all the glitter from today’s F1, it’s no different. Racing driver wants to race. Team owner wants to win. It was just much easier to touch back then.

  5. Merci. Hope you like the Jacques Laffite snap, too!

  6. Thanks Superswede. There’ll be some Ronnie scans in the fullness of time…

  7. SuperSwede on said:

    Well, to say that I´m eagerly awaiting is an understatement! 🙂

  8. just unbelievable. someone has to have already mentioned this, i will do it anyway. seems these photos and anecdotes would make for a great first account book… keep them coming…

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