Jacky Ickx

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Bathurst 1977 win­ning co-driver Jacky Ickx has only been back to Aus­tralia a cou­ple of times since play­ing his part in ar­guably the Great Race’s most fa­mous vic­tory. So to hear this en­durance rac­ing leg­end’s rec­ol­lec­tions we had to catch-up with him, fit­tingly, at Le Mans.

What would an Al­lan Mof­fat scrap­book be with­out cor­re­spon­dence from CAMS? Dur­ing his ca­reer Mof­fat was a fa­mous – and fre­quent – critic of the con­trol­ling body. And in some in­stances, he proved an agent of change – for the bet­ter. For ex­am­ple, it was Mof­fat’s sav­age con­dem­na­tion of CAMS for re­fus­ing to al­low dry break re­fu­elling (this came to a head af­ter the 1978 Bathurst pit­lane fire – see the Ge­orge Smith Mus­cle Man fea­ture else­where in this is­sue) which forced a re­think on this im­por­tant safety item. Of course, there were also times when Mof­fat found him­self in di­rect con­fronta­tion with CAMS. Here is a let­ter from CAMS, dated May 17, 1977, sum­mon­ing Mof­fat to ap­pear be­fore a CAMS Tri­bunal to an­swer charges that he breached of NCR 159 (ii) in that he had ‘pre­sented and com­peted in’ a car at Sandown which did not com­ply with Group C reg­u­la­tions. Af­ter much argy-bargy and hand ringing from all par­ties in­volved, the CAMS Tri­bunal con­cluded that “Mr Mof­fat had made ev­ery ef­fort to com­ply with the spirit of the rules, the points in ques­tion be­ing mat­ters of in­ter­pre­ta­tion.” Case dis­missed!

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