Letter from the Monaco Grand Prix - 6th May 97


Dear All,
It rained again - twice today - so what's new? But we did see some actual real F1 cars (pictures later). Today was truck parking day - I have never seen so many large trucks trying to park in such a small area - well not since last year :-).

Here's more photos from the old digital (all pictures are clickable and the IMAGE MAP page links most of the pictures to a plan of the circuit):

This is the Weather Reference shot taken from the end of the paddock at about 2pm. Contrast this with the next shot which was taken at about 9.30am.
The Gladiators arriving - well at least their horses.
A big Ferrari truck.
This Tyrrell was the only car I could find not under covers.
What on earth is this? Well it's sort of art!! Actually it's a Tyrrell sitting inside its transport in an underground car park photographed with a totally useless flash gun and then heavily enhanced so that at least you can see somethingl...
Another enhanced picture, this time of the Stewart transport and cars (all covered over).
At least Ferrari are outside.
This is one of those digital camera rigs. It comes in 3 parts: on the left you have the generator, to the right you have the actual unit (with the firehose reel and small aerial) and further to the right you have the FOCA security guard so that no one steals it. Somewhere inside is a Connectix ColorCam which jumps out just as the cars go past.
Round in the pits I caught the William's team delivering essential supplies for Jacques and HH. Note the large tins of Heinz (get it?) beans at the bottom - these are for their secret biological propulsion system not yet banned by the FIA.
The pits as viewed from above.
The start straight(!), the pits and the traffic.
Here is a really cool machine - it's the lunar rover (complete with robot arm for taking rock samples) which FOCA are using to install their digital stuff.

Till next time.

Best Regards


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Words and pictures by GALE FORCE of Monaco