DOWN THE PUB WITH JU­LIAN BRON­SON

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He loves the Monaco His­toric GP

“I’ve only missed two Mona­cos out of the 10 so far and I’ve had four wins. I won three times in ERA R4D and once in ERA R14B. I went with the HWM and was run­ning third when I got a punc­ture. I went in 2014 with the front-en­gined Scarab grand prix car and we just had prob­lems all week­end and re­tired af­ter three laps. It was just a dis­as­ter.” It is the fo­cus of his sea­son “Monaco is the ab­so­lute fo­cus for this sea­son. I love the place and I like street cir­cuits. The Scarab was stag­ger­ingly good round Pau so I hope that will trans­late to Monaco. We’ve put a lot of ef­fort into be­ing ready for Monaco and we tested at Sil­ver­stone re­cently with Monaco gear­ing. We’ve got milder cams in the en­gine, de­signed to get out of the cor­ners quicker. I’d just love to do it one more time at Monaco.”

It is a big thrill “The thrill of Monaco is just to race there. The his­torics have the same fin­ish­ing pro­ce­dure as the Grand Prix; you line up on the start/fin­ish line, you have the same podium and ev­ery­thing is the same. It’s great the way they do it. It is quite spe­cial and it’s a big deal to me.”

He en­joys the street cir­cuits “It is a tricky cir­cuit, but so are all street cir­cuits. You’ve just got to think of it as an­other cir­cuit and not even think about the bar­ri­ers. Don’t look at that; just drive the track like it was Sil­ver­stone. I come from a rallying back­ground and com­peted in the forests. Peo­ple say if you make one mis­take on a street cir­cuit you’re in trou­ble, but if you are go­ing down a for­est road and you make a mis­take, it is ex­actly the same.”

He comes from a hum­ble back­ground “I pinch my­self some­times that I’m ac­tu­ally do­ing it. My mother was a GI bride but they split up and I was brought up by my grand­par­ents. I started off weld­ing up lorry chas­sis and worked hard to en­joy some busi­ness suc­cess. We’re so lucky to do what we do. Com­ing from be­ing a fit­ter/welder in Bris­tol to race a 1950s GP car at Monaco is amaz­ing.”

Bron­son: Monaco lover

Age: 65 Lives: Bris­tol Monaco his­toric win­ner

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