Work in this case being the United States GP at Riverside. Trintignant is easily recognised by his trademark bobble-hat. Which proves that Frenchmen are just as capable of dressing badly, as everyone else.
Was it the 750cc, supercharged DB-Panhard from 1955? The only front-wheel-drive Formula One car ever to have actually raced or the gloriously incompetent, W/12 engined, Life that kept us all amused and bemused throughout the 1990 season.
One might consider the long forgotten Shannon-Emery which ground it’s exhausts along the track all around it’s only lap of it’s only Grand Prix, in the hands of former Team Lotus driver, Trevor Taylor, at Brands Hatch back in 1966.
Or maybe the Maki F102 of 1976? The only car ever to have been disqualified from a Grand Prix because the other teams thought it was so dangerously built they didn't want to share the track with it!
We could, of course, very easily go on however.....
This adventure began in 1951, when the Grant Piston Ring company enquired of the possibility of acquiring a couple of second-hand Grand Prix cars for use in the following year’s Indy 500.
Here we have Karl Kling (right) and Hans Klenk in their Mercedes-Benz 300SL on the 1952 Carrera Panamericana.
Of all the mad races that ever were, the Carrera Panamericana ranked amongst the maddest. A nine-stage, five day road race, inaugurated in 1950 to commemorate the opening of the Mexican section of the Pan-American Highway. It ran almost the entire length of Mexico, combining sections of mountain switchback with enormously fast lengths of flat straight road. All with the added colour of precipitous ravines and goat-infested villages.