To most of us the most famous F1 Doc was of course Sid Watkins, who ironically died the day thejudge13.com was launched. Yet Sid was never prolific on our TV screens but we know through others of his tireless endeavours to reduce the F1 driver death toll and improve medical facilities and safety for all involved in the sport.
Gary Hartstein’s association with Sid began way back in 1986 and when Sid retired in 2005, Gary was given Professor Watkins blessing and duly appointed by FIA president Max Mosley as Sid’s natural successor. To us the viewer, the transformation was seamless due to the time Sid had taken to mentor and develop Gary.
Whilst I knew of Gary, I became particularly aware of him more around the time of the inaugural Austin GP last year. TJ13 was at times the only site to be following this story. Here are the main events.
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Below is a documentary published just last week. I found this a compelling watch and it is a fascinating delve into the life of an F1 professional who lived and breathed Formula 1 but operated beyond our sight. Gary’s personality and passion radiate through the screen as he talks about his life in F1.
I’ve asked Gary to pop by and answer any questions you have, but I know he’s holidaying in Paris at present so bear with him if he takes a day or so to reply.
Firstly Gary has penned a few words for us by way of introduction to the film Mario Muth has produced about him.
“Hi everyone… By the way TJ, I’ve been loving reading your stuff. Don’t read too much motorsport and you are a regular stop for me.
Mario contacted me through Twitter, with a link to his video portrait of Darren Heath. He asked if he could do something similar with me. Three minutes into Darren’s video it was
clear the answer was yes. The look, the light, the editing, and the quality of the interview itself got me.
I’m a bit of a tech junkie, and love photo/video kit, so watching Mario set up was a blast. I just kept thinking that he’s going through an awful lot of trouble (driving down from London
to Liège!) for this. Reassured myself that all I had to do was answer, long form. That, I thought, I can do.
When Mario asked if I had any photos, I pulled out “the archives”. Hadn’t looked at any of them in years, and it was a lot of fun, and not a little moving, to relive things this way.
There’s a furtive unintentional glimpse at my favourite musician of all time. See if you notice it; mostly, enjoy Mario’s work!”