Site logo

Cheats

FEATURE BY MIKE LAWRENCE
03/03/2003

I have just been reading the FIA's new rules on the parc ferme and all I can say is: 'Phew!' President Max and The FIA Technical Delegate, Charlie Whiting, appear to have every angle covered.

When I look at the regulations for the parc ferme, know what I think? These rules were drawn up by cheats. You and I would not have drawn them up in such fine detail. But then our idea of cheating is to park our cars in a restricted zone for a couple of minutes and take a gamble that we can get away with it.

Just about the only thing that the new rules do not insist on is that the mechanics allowed near the car are subjected to a body search by a doctor and wear only thongs. Even that would not stop a determined cheat.

One of my great heroes is Harry Houdini and when he was building his reputation in the days when newsprint was the only mass medium, he would arrive in a country and challenge the governor of a prison to lock him in a cell. Houdini underwent a body search was locked in the cell stark naked. He had at least three methods of smuggling in the picks which he used on the locks.

If you really want to cheat, you will find a way.

Why are heist movies so popular? Who among us would not like to beat the system? Every major heist involves someone working against the best defence that the brightest brains in security can offer. Laser beams? Palm print identification? Fart and you set off an alarm?

Why do we like heist movies? We all have a sneaking regard for anyone who can buck the system. That is why Houdini became the most popular 'live' performer that the world has ever known.

From 1970 to 1977, Max Mosley ran the March Formula One team, which was effectively bankrupt from the end of 1970. He managed to do that without ever facing the harsh comments that various judges have made against Poor, Poor, Wee Tam. Max was also chief salesman for March production racing cars. What Max does not know about bagging is not worth knowing.

In 1977, Frank Williams bought a brand new March 761 from Max. Frank had just split from Walter Wolf, taking with him Patrick Head. While Patrick worked on what became the Williams FW06, the best of the pre?ground effect cars, Frank ran the March in selected F1 events for a pay driver. A March, a pay driver, a selection of races, Frank had gone back to the very bottom of the Formula One ladder.

One day Frank's car had a prang and the tub was dented. There, visible to all was bright orange paint, the orange of Beta Tools, sponsor of Vittorio Brambilla, aka, 'The Monza Gorilla', who had last raced for March in 1975. Frank's brand new car, as sold to him by Max, was two years old.

At the 1975 Swedish GP, Vittorio took pole. Nobody could believe it. Everyone had a theory about the car's new found speed, but nobody could work out how the Monza Gorilla could get pole.

RELATED ARTICLES

LATEST FEATURES

more features >

LATEST IMAGES

galleries >

  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images

POST A COMMENT

or Register for a Pitpass ID to have your say

Please note that all posts are reactively moderated and must adhere to the site's posting rules and etiquette.

Post your comment

READERS COMMENTS

 

No comments posted as yet, would you like to be the first to have your say?

Share this page

X

Copyright © Pitpass 2002 - 2021. All rights reserved.

about us  |  advertise  |  contact  |  privacy & security  |  rss  |  terms

Motorsport Memorabilia Footer