Over 40 years ago in 1967, 1968 and 1969 I was fortunate to photograph The Tasman Series of races in Sydney, Australia although not Formula One, leading drivers would fly each year, half way around the world with their cars and teams to compete. Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Sir Stirling Moss (to visit), Jochen Rindt, Piers Courage, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart, Pedro Rodriguez, Bruce Mclaren, Chris Amon, Derek Bell, Richard Attwood and Jack Brabham. As well as up and coming drivers from Europe.
As a young professional photographer the opportunity to take photographs was probably better than a Formula One race, everyone was relaxed, the drivers approachable and restrictions on press photographers, unheard of. I was able to visit the pits, the starting grid and the drivers as they relaxed and during the race stand on the very edge of the track as the cars sped by. These were very different times with the freedom to just roam around, long gone.
I knew I had these images however it has only been over the past two years and after a lengthy career that I have had the time, to sit down and visit my archives. I was surprised at the creative and technical quality of the negatives, when printed many images appear as if they were taken yesterday. Not over 50 years ago.