Summer, 1976 and I was a young race fan with a camera just waiting for the boys in F-1 to make their North American appearance in Upstate New York in October. The circuit they would race at was at Watkins Glen in New York. Tragedy had struck my favorite driver, Niki Lauda August 1st at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Niki was severely burned in a horrific crash and some said he was not expected to live. His determination and will to win must have kept him alive because he did come back in an amazing recovery and raced in Italy at Monza, just six weeks later! A scant 71 days after his crash in Germany, he was before my camera on the starting grid just a few yards from me! My camera was ready.
In this blog I'll give you a teaser or two from my photo collection from that day and I have a link below that you can read about Niki's incredible return to racing at the Italian Grand Prix.
1976 Italian Grand Prix - Niki Lauda Returns
I would also like to mention a great book released by David Bull Publishing titled Formula One At Watkins Glen, 20 years of The United States Grand Prix by Michael Argetsinger. This is an important book and any Formula One fan should read it.
I got my copy today
For Your Preview- Here's some nice black and white film shot with a Canon AE-1.
These are hand held, 400MM at 1/1000 of a second.
You Only Have One Chance To Get It Right, As Photographer Jason Lanier would say.
Wait For My Book To Identify These Drivers
The Amazing Niki Lauda- Right In Front of My Camera October 10, 1976
And My Book Will Explain Why Six Wheels
Coming This Fall, 'Echoes from The Glen'
Bonus- The photos contain some famous F-1 celeb's you may recognize- or maybe not!
See You Next Post- Paul Ziegler