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.