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The Mechanic’s Gallon: Pete Kerr Part 1

1950 to 1968 takes us through Pete’s early interests growing up in his native New Zealand, getting involved with saloon car racing, Lotus Cortinas, his move to the UK and working for the Winkelmann Racing team in Formula 2.

The Mechanic’s Gallon: Pete Kerr Part 1
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Host: Gary Critcher
Guest: Pete Kerr
Subject: Motorsport
Running Time: 00:47:53
Producer: Gary Critcher
Studio: The Mechanic’s Gallon
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The Mechanic’s Gallon: Pete Kerr Part 1

1950 to 1968 takes us through Pete’s early interests growing up in his native New Zealand, getting involved with saloon car racing, Lotus Cortinas, his move to the UK and working for the Winkelmann Racing team in Formula 2.

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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