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The Mechanic’s Gallon: Bob Dance

In this interview you’ll hear how Bob started at Rootes Group in 1950, how he got his first start with Lotus ten years later, how he moved on to constructing gearboxes at Cheshunt, on to the Lotus Cortinas, the Indy team and finally being elevated to Chief Mechanic in the traumatic, World Championship-winning year in Formula 1 of 1968.

The Mechanic’s Gallon: Bob Dance
Publication Information
Host: Gary Critcher
Guest: Bob Dance
Subject: Motorsport
Running Time: 00:42:46
Producer: Gary Critcher
Studio: The Mechanic’s Gallon
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The Mechanic’s Gallon: Bob Dance

In this interview you’ll hear how Bob started at Rootes Group in 1950, how he got his first start with Lotus ten years later, how he moved on to constructing gearboxes at Cheshunt, on to the Lotus Cortinas, the Indy team and finally being elevated to Chief Mechanic in the traumatic, World Championship-winning year in Formula 1 of 1968.

About The Mechanic’s Gallon

I came upon the phrase ‘the mechanic’s gallon’ a while ago. Lotus in the 60’s were trying to save weight and make the car as light as possible, inc. putting as much fuel in the car at the start of the race so that it lasted JUST to the end.

This generally worked but a few times ran out of fuel with a few laps to go. So unbeknownst to Colin Chapman, the mechanics when fuelling the car would add an extra gallon, just to make sure it was enough, hence the ‘mechanic’s gallon’!

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