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Old 11-09-2009, 07:01 AM
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Unfortunately I cannot lay my hands on the actual stickers - but when I do I'll post them to this thread as an edit.

In 1973 Lotus were having terrific success with the JPS 72. Emmerson Fittipaldi had won 3 races at the start of the season, Argentina, Brazil and Spain, and was leading the World Championship. After 7 rounds of The World Championship 'Ronald' (as his Chief Mechanic used to call Ronnie) had failed to win any of them.
John Player used to doll out stickers after every grand prix that they won and these later adorned the cars across the Rear Wing like 'battle honours'. Colin Chapman, Lotus Team Owner, was extremely fussy about the appearance of his cars and was well ahead of his time in seeking out corporate sponsorship.

Which brings me to the nub of my story. Ronnie won the French Grand Prix, and when his car was wheeled out for first practice at the British Grand Prix two weeks later his car was adorned, not with the expected '1st - French Grand Prix 1973' that was affixed to Emmersons car but with an alternate '1st - Nice Won Ronnie' sticker.
Colin Chapman refers to this incident in his book and admits he did not see the funny side of it. Believing Ronnie's mechanics to be guilty he grilled them individually and when he couldn't get anyone to own up fired them all on the spot. Some careful negotiations by Ronnie himself, amongst others and removal of the offending stickers brought Colin Chapman back to earth and he soon rescinded the sackings.

To the day he died Colin Chapman never knew the true guilty party - but when I helped some friends clear Ronnies personal effects from his rented house in Stoke Poges - low and behold, in his desk drawer lay about 60 odd, the remains of a 100 minimum order, of 'Nice Won Ronnie! Stickers'

Attached is a scan of another sticker from Ronnies early career - who remembers "the 'Vick' man"
Did you work for Lotus in those days ?
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I still get that at Monza and Imola (Senna).
Didn't Roland Ratzenberger also die at the same Imola GP as Senna? His death always seems to be forgotten due to the death of Senna overshadowing it.
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Didn't Roland Ratzenberger also die at the same Imola GP as Senna? His death always seems to be forgotten due to the death of Senna overshadowing it.
Indeed, he sadly died the day before in qualifying

From a personal perspective certain drivers moved me when they were alive, so their deaths affected me and I still miss watching them at the wheel

Ratzenberger wasnt one of those drivers, so Imola is all about Senna, for me anyway

And in fairness no matter who it was, the death of arguably the greatest driver the sport has ever seen IMO (or at the very least in the top 3) its not surprising Sennas death overshadowed Ratzenbergers
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Didn't Roland Ratzenberger also die at the same Imola GP as Senna? His death always seems to be forgotten due to the death of Senna overshadowing it.
think he died in qualifying and senna in the actual race the next day but not sure
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Another year gone, 34 now, so he would have been 68 this year
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They showed 'Grand Prix-The Killer Years' again on BBC 4 last night. An excellent documentary but not for the faint hearted,
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Nice piece on him shown by Sky at the weekend

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Very tragic. Ronnie was definitely World Championship material.
The Patrese ban, led by Hunt, was a shameful episode in F1 history.
One name, not mentioned in this thread, the late and very great Tom Pryce, the mark of a real ace was to make a comparative jalopey go well, which was exactly what he did with the Shadow DN3 and DN5. Killed in a horrible freak accident at Kyalami in 1977, just 4 months later, Alan Jones, secured his first GP win as Tom's replacement with the Shadow at Austria.
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Just seen this thread again - Ronnie was my favourite driver of the time, alongside Mario - loved them in the black & gold JPS Lotus.

Very sad time when far too many drivers were lost.
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