Yesterday evening I went for a family meal at a pub which, I should make it clear from the start, I played no role in choosing!
Stepping inside the door the first thing that greets us is a series of photographs of F1 drivers from the eighties. This was to the considerable disappointment of my hungry relatives who now had to endure me explaining who each of them was before we got to our table.
After our meal I had a poke around the pub and found lots more pictures, so I asked the waitress if the owner was a big F1 fan. She told me the landlady took all the photographs of the drivers, and set her over to have a word with me.
It turned out she’d become involved in the Grand Prix scene because she had been married to Tom Pryce – the Welsh driver who took pole position for the British Grand Prix while driving for Shadow in 1975. As many readers will know, Pryce was considered a promising talent before his death in an appalling accident at Kyalami in 1977, when his car struck a marshal who ran across the circuit.
Jacky, his widow, remained part of the Grand Prix scene until 1994. Along with many photos of Pryce there were plenty more of Ayrton Senna and other eighties racers.
She was keen to talk more about her life in F1 though understandably not on a Saturday evening when her pub was packed with punters. I’ll be going back in future to hear more about her F1 reminiscences.
That is so cool i would love to go to that pub, i bet she has some great stories. Also i love the fact that your family are similar to mine and feel that me talking about f1 is something that they have to endure
Oh wow. The accident that claimed both Pryce and the young South African marshal’s lives was tragic enough, but hearing about his widow really reminds you of the true human cost of the fatal accidents that still occur in motorsport today.
I can’t imagine what that poor woman went through after that tragedy.
It took me a while to understand the title of the thread. Instead I read:
1. Went to a pub,
2. Turned out the landlady,
3. Married an F1 driver.
That would have been a Saturday night that could only have happened in Vegas ;-)