LOSE YOURSELF IN 1993
MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH
It wasn’t just the cover artwork of LNER’s Class A4 Mallard that put Blur fans in a nostalgic mood – the jangly guitars and Damon Albarn’s cutting lyrics felt like they could have come straight off a Kinks or Beatles album. Its Anglo-centric themes meant that the album bombed in the US, but it was a UK hit and helped to usher Britpop in during the early 1990s.
SENNA’S SUPERHERO DRIVE
1993’s European Grand Prix is memorable for three reasons. First, it was the realisation of Tom Wheatcroft’s ambition to bring F1 to Donington Park, which he’d bought and rebuilt largely from scratch. Second, the elements rewarded him with torrential rain on the big day. But most importantly, it was the scene of one of Ayrton Senna’s most heroic drives, having piloted his McLaren MP4/8 from fifth on the starting grid to eventual victory.
THE RACE THAT WASN’T
More than 300 million people tuned in to watch 1993’s Grand National – only for the Aintree race to be declared void after two false starts. Animal rights activists protesting at the first bend delayed the event’s start, and problems with horses getting tangled up in the starting tape added to the problems. Thirty of the 39 riders in the second false start set off, and several completed both laps before realising what the problem was. It was the first time since World War II that the event had been canned.
This was the year in which Gary Sparrow – played by Only Fools and
Horses star, Nicholas Lyndhurst – discovered a time portal back to wartime London in this comedy TV series. Gary used his knowledge of future events – and Beatles lyrics – to build up a convincing double life over six series, finally being trapped in the past in the show’s 1999 finale. A oneoff special screened last September – introducing Gary both in 1962 and 2016 – was well received by viewers.