I’ve been a fan of Formula One Grand Prix racing since mid 1987. I knew the sport existed, before then, but never gave it a second thought, as football was everything back then.
Hearing that a British chap called Nigel Mansell had lost the 1986 World Championship after that tyre blowout, perked a little casual interest, but it was Mansell’s chase and subsequent passing of teammate Nelson Piquet at Silverstone in 1987 and the buzz afterwards, which lit the fuse.
More Jerez 1989 snaps:
During the next few years, my appreciation and love for all motorsport, grew and grew.
The days of Sainz, Kankkunen, Auriol & Delacour in WRC were spectacular, as was the 500cc Motorcycle GP era of Schwantz, Rainey, Doohan, Lawson, Kocinski, et al.
World Superbikes also drew me in massively, due to ‘King’ Carl Fogarty’s exploits(I’ll never forget Hockenheim 1996 race 2 and Assen 1998).
So many other motorsports were awesome in the late 1980′s-early 1990′s too: CART, BTCC, WSC Group-C, etc, but Formula One has (and always will be) remained my number one.
Even so, it really didn’t occur to me that I really should be recording these races to video for posterity, until the winter of 1989-90, amidst all of the Senna/Prost fall out.
So, ever since the 1990 United States Grand Prix at Phoenix, I’ve been collecting the BBC & ITV highlights and I’m in the process of transferring all of my video, to digital formats.
F1archives has been online since 2002, and I hope to keep it going.
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Greg Alexander, 2013.