April 28, 2003

FORMULA ONE garage area in

FORMULA ONE garage area in 1973. Note the chap with the oily rag, a mandatory requirement of the era.

And a Formula One garage area today. The surgical-quality lighting gantry probably costs as much as did a team's entire stock of trackside mechanical equipment 30 years earlier. Here's another comparison.

(By the way, the car in the first image is a Shadow, proof that despite the excesses of the 1970s - "the decade that taste forgot" - some beautiful designs were nonetheless achieved.)

Posted by Tim Blair at April 28, 2003 01:05 PM