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The Mechanic’s Gallon: Cedric Selzer

Cedric tell us how his interest in all things automotive started growing up in South Africa, his move to the UK in 1961 and his start as a race mechanic (although he knew nothing of race cars) with Ian Raby.

The Mechanic’s Gallon: Cedric Selzer
Publication Information
Host: Gary Critcher
Guest: Bob Dance
Subject: Motorsport
Running Time: 00:39:23
Producer: Gary Critcher
Studio: The Mechanic’s Gallon
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The Mechanic’s Gallon: Cedric Selzer

Cedric tell us how his interest in all things automotive started growing up in South Africa, his move to the UK in 1961 and his start as a race mechanic (although he knew nothing of race cars) with Ian Raby, his move to Team Lotus (first race with them in Formula 1 was Spa 1961 and the Lotus 21’s).

In 1962 he was mechanic on Trevor Taylor’s car, in ’63 he moved over to be main mechanic for Jim Clark, his short F1 career finished in 1964!

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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