Last week I promised to dig out an interesting story related to the 1959 Portuguese F1 Grand Prix at Monsanto circuit and (to my huge surprise and what a pleasant surprise it was!) Dan Gurney was kind enough to send me a brief note with his recollections of the race. This is cool, super cool, uber cool!
My memories of 52 years ago are not crystal clear, but, never the less evocative.
Portugal was a fabulous exotic place for me in those days. Lisbon and the circuit at Monsanto were full of things that stimulated my interest in history. I thought of the World famous explorers that ventured out from Portugal in the days when many people thought the World was flat. As it was my third F-1 race for the Ferrari factory with their front engined cars, I was full of enthusiasm to be there.
I recall that it was rather warm that day and my friend Bernard Cahier (the famous French photographer) was busy splashing large cups of cool water on the over heated drivers going by at a very slow turn towards the end of the race. I was proud to be the best finisher in the Ferrari team.
Monsanto circuit gallery is still here…