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Formula 1 Dallas Grand Prix 1984

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Formula 1 came to Dallas TX in 1984, thirty years ago next month. Excessive heat and deteriorating track conditions made it a one time event, as the drivers were unhappy and wanted to cancel the race. I was a corner worker at the infamous chicane where the pavement was torn up by the combination of heat and tires. My job was to keep the many photographers in check and out of harm's way. Of course that didn't stop me from taking my own photos. I also had unrestricted access to the pits and the garage areas. I recently found my photos but, sadly, not my negatives. These are scans of 30 year old 4x6 prints from a one-hour photo hut so they aren't the best quality. I was shooting with a Canon AT-1 and a couple of cheap Vivitar lenses.

Enjoy.

 

ABC sportscaster Chris Economaki describing alternate nosecones for the Brabham-BMWs

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Niki Lauda walking thru the pit area before the race

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Patrick Tambay in his Renault

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Eddie Cheever's Benneton-Alfa Romeo

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Andrea de Cesaris' Ligier-Renault in the pits

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Rear wing of Rene Arnoux's Ferrari

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RAM-BMW engine/transaxle in the garage

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Nelson Piquet, Brabham-BMW

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Corrado Fabi, Brabham-BMW

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no pics of Martin Brundle or his Tyrrell-Ford, he DNQ'd... :(/>

Stefan Bellof, Tyrrell-Ford

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Jacques Laffite, Williams-Honda

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Race winner Keke Rosberg, Williams-Honda

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Alain Prost, McLaren-TAG

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Niki Lauda, McLaren-TAG

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no pics of Philippe Alliot or his RAM-Hart, he was DNS for the race :(/>

Jonathan Palmer, RAM-Hart

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Elio de Angelis, Lotus-Renault

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Nigel Mansell, Lotus-Renault

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Manfred Winkelhock, ATS-BMW

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Patrick Tambay, Renault

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Derek Warwick, Renault

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no pics of Marc Surer or his Arrows-BMW... :(/>

Thierry Boutsen, Arrows-BMW

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Ayrton Senna, Toleman-Hart (in his first season in F1)

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Johnny Cecotto, Toleman-Hart

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no pics of Huub Rothengatter or his Spirit-Hart... :(/>

Riccardo Patrese, Benneton-Alfa Romeo

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Eddie Cheever, Benneton-Alfa Romeo

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no pics of Piercarlo Ghinzani, Osella-Alfa Romeo or Francois Hesnault, Ligier-Renault... :(/>

Andrea de Cesaris, Ligier-Renault

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Michele Alboreto, Ferrari

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Rene Arnoux, Ferrari

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Up the hill after the chicane

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The appalling track conditions at the chicane

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Get off the line and you're in the marbles and into the wall...

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...like this

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Alain Prost and Niki Lauda catch a ride on Jacques Laffite's Williams-Honda after the race,

Derek Warwick's Renault went into the tires at the chicane on lap 10 and the car sat there the rest of the race !!!

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As you can see, I was right down there in the thick of things, such access would be impossible today. I still have a piece of Tambay's Renault after he hit the wall, just a piece of brake duct but hey, it's quite the momento. It was certainly a weekend to remember.

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Very cool! Thanks for sharing! Those John Player Specials are still about the best looking F1 cars ever.

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Yes, thank you so much for sharing. Love these pictures. The cars then look so much cooler than the cars of today.

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Alain Prost and Niki Lauda catch a ride on Jacques Laffite's Williams-Honda after the race,

Derek Warwick's Renault went into the tires at the chicane on lap 10 and the car sat there the rest of the race !!!

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As you can see, I was right down there in the thick of things, such access would be impossible today. I still have a piece of Tambay's Renault after he hit the wall, just a piece of brake duct but hey, it's quite the momento. It was certainly a weekend to remember.

Wow; Niki Lauda's signature haircut!

Your pics brings back some serious memories of the day.

Thanks for sharing.

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bump - 35 years ago thiweekend

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I have to agree about the JPS livery.  Just saw a video of one of them snarling up the Goodwood hill climb course from last month.

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