Monza with Bobby and Pedro
Mario and Bobby Unser (left) both flew to Monza twice to compete in the 1968 Italian GP, Bobby for BRM, Mario for Gold Leaf Team Lotus. Mario, Bobby and Colin Chapman were told emphatically in the weeks before the race that the FIA's "twenty-four hour rule" (which prevented drivers from competing twice within 24 hours) had been waived but protests greeted Mario when he returned to Monza on race morning from the Hoosier 100 Sprint Car race (where he had finished second to AJ Foyt). He didn't get to race - but he was quickest when he ran the Lotus 49B in practice (helped by some slipstreaming with Bobby!). Here the two Americans chat to Bobby's BRM team-mate, Pedro Rodriguez. The 1968 Italian GP, incidentally, was won by Denny Hulme's beautiful, wingless, McLaren M7A-Ford, from Johnny Servoz-Gavin (Tyrrell Matra-Ford) and Jacky Ickx's Ferrari.
Credit: /Sutton Images
Date: Mar 03, 2012
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