Happy e-Christmas

 

Time was when the publication of the latest collection of Michael Turner Christmas cards signalled the genuine arrival of Christmas. F1 teams featured in his work would order personalised copies by the hundreds; and we, the fans, would send Turner cards only to very special friends or family members. They were collectors’ items;  you never really wanted to part with them. Now it’s different. Now, I hear, we don’t send “physical” cards any more (except in the UK, which remains the world’s leading card-sending country.) Instead, we generally do e-cards.  Some (like McLaren’s) are lavish and require a fairly intricate process of download; some, like (like Mercedes-Benz Motorsport’s) are strikingly simple. Here’s a sample of some of this year’s e-cards together with a few real ones from the past that still stand the test of time. From the top: a nice mixture of Tilke and firewords from Grand Prix Photo; SpeedArt.net opt for Jacky Ickx and Jackie Stewart in the snow at the Nurburgring; David Tremayne’s excellent Stay Gold land speed record attempt dominates his Christmas message; DTM always have plenty of fireworks; the UK’s MSA is tastefully neat; Dan Gurney and the AAR team always have a laugh; Junior Lotus F1 driver, Marlon Stockinger, enjoys reminding us that he’s well away from Europe’s winter; the GTO Ferrari Club entices us to get out there in the snow; Derek Daly, former F1 driver (and father of Conor) passes on a nice Irish message for us; and Mercedes-Benz Motorsport’s e-card is, well, strikingly simple, as I say. Carlos Reutemann’s Michael Turner card of 1978 captures the moment when he seized the lead of the British GP from Niki Lauda; Jochen Rindt commissioned his own cartoon to celebrate his win in the 1969 USGP (at that point the richest race in F1 history!); Jack Brabham’s Michael Turner card reminded us of who really won the 1970 British GP; and Michael Turner himself chose one of his own BOAC 500 cards (Chris Amon in the Ferrari) to remind us, as he says, of British weather. Thanks to everyone for their best wishes. A very Happy Christmas to you all and best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2014. And, Jenson and Mark, thanks for the real card.  Much appreciated.

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Perfil de Peter Windsor:

Peter WindsorBorn in the UK (1952) but raised in Sydney, Australia, Peter became Press Officer of the Australian Automobile Racing Club (AARC) at the age of 17 and played an active role in the organization of the famous Warwick Farm circuit near Liverpool, Sydney.

Peter joined Williams full-time in 1985 as Manager of Sponsorship and Public Affairs but switched to Ferrari in 1989 to manage their UK F1 facility. He then returned to Williams as Team Manager in 1991, winning both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships.After moving to the UK in 1972, Peter wrote for Competition Car magazine and was appointed Sports Editor of Autocar magazine in 1975. He went on to win five international awards for his writing, including Sports Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year. In 2013 he has also been awarded the Gold Medal of Imola by the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy Committee for his services to motor sport. Peter quickly diversified into F1 driver and team management, working with Frank Williams from 1978 onwards (developing Williams’ new Saudi sponsorship) and with drivers Carlos Reutemann and Nigel Mansell. Reutemann went on to finish runner-up in the 1981 World Championship and Mansell to win the title in 1992. Today he works closely with the world’s pre-eminent driver coach, Rob Wilson.

Peter was Grand Prix Editor of F1 Racing magazine from 1997-2009 and today is that magazine’s Senior Feature Writer and Columnist. He also writes for the BRDC Bulletin, AutoSport (Japan), the Goodwood magazine and presents his own, weekly, on-line chat show, The Racer’s Edge in association with F1 Racing magazine.

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