My first brush with F1

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My first brush with F1

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I was sorting through some old family photos recently when I came across these. I guess thats where the very first F1 seads were sown. Its my mum in the pic with Graham Hill. My mum belonged to a club DDA(Disabled Drivers Association) and they were campaigning to have disabled cars withdrawn as unsafe. Graham Hill backed the campaign and went to London with a load of disabled drivers to lobby parliament. He drove a trike(disabled car) and overturned it when cornering to prove it unsafe. The campaign was eventually successful and trikes were withdrawn and disabled drivers had mini cars adapted with special controls. Trikes were only meant to be for the disabled person and their wheelchair. My mum wasnt in a wheelchair, but she did have two kids, so we used to ride on the floor in the bit next to the driver where the wheelchair should go...it was illegal. Whenever my mum saw a policeman, we had to hide right down so he couldnt see us.
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Re: My first brush with F1

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Fantastic pictures! :thumbup:

And a seriously intriguing story too. Ahh, the good old memories of times that have been... :cloud9:
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Cool story and very cool to have the pics.

Was it these things?
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Like when Jeremy Clarkson did the episode about the 3 wheeled Reliants and kept tipping them over?
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stonemonkey wrote:Cool story and very cool to have the pics.

Was it these things?
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Yes it was those.
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stonemonkey wrote:Cool story and very cool to have the pics.

Was it these things?
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I want one! :D
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racechick wrote:Yes it was those.


http://www.virtualgaz.com/invacarpage.htm

andrew wrote:I want one! :D


I wonder if they were ever raced.
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That was a great link, thanks :D
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racechick wrote:That was a great link, thanks :D


lol, you're welcome.

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