Jeremy wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:17 pm
Peter, any idea what he is doing at 4:05? he reaches over towards the centre with his right hand and seems to be winding something....
Can’t really tell but there was nothing to wind up. At the start the sound engineer placed the recorder box in that area and in 56 it would have been a heavy valve set with two batteries - one around 90V and one probably 6V. He did not seem to strap it down.
In D you can reach under the centre spar and grab things on the passenger seat. To comply with race regs all Le Mans entrants had to carry tools. On factory Ds these were carried in a compartment about 6” deep under the passenger cushion, which for the Le Mans cars was nothing more than a high, short and thinly-upholstered plywood toolbox lid. If that was a back-up or spares car it would have complied with regs, although no fin or number is on it..
Mike had just gone down to first or second, I believe, near Arnage? I think the braking force probably threw the sound gear forward and halfway off the seat onto the floor. Ever the professional, he probably grappled to stop the non-secured expensive box of tricks clattering upside down on the floor for the rest of the lap and the next.
At first I thought he might be holding the box with his left and changed down with his right, but I don’t think so. The gearstick on a D is much further back than an E and you can run out of room selecting 2nd and 4th if your elbow hits the rear bulkhead between the seat backs. Maybe the boox slid right, halfway over the bare metal trans tunnel and interfered with Mikes gear changes?