Richard Kelley started out his career as a fully accredited F1 photographer in 1972 at the United States Grand Prix. He quickly adopted his characteristic ‘fly on the wall’ style of photography – getting as close as he could to the moments, without influencing the emotion or drama of the moment. He witnessed and recorded hidden moments that became pivotal incidents in Grand Prix history.
Richard’s images have sat unpublished for more than 30 years and we’re proud to release these stunning limited edition prints for sale.
This photo captures Jackie Stewart in 1972- as described by Richard:
“Oblivious to all of the distractions surrounding him, then two-time Formula One World Driving Champion, Jackie Stewart focuses on capturing the pole for the 1972 United States Grand Prix, in the revised ELF Team Tyrrell-Ford 005.
That I was able to listen as he discussed possible minute changes to his car’s balance with engineer Derek Gardner was a lesson in how a world champion systematically adjusts his car to be the easiest to drive at a predetermined point in a race and how he intended to reach that point with a reserve. Simply magic.
He had pushed himself extraordinarily hard during 1972, competing in Formula One as well as the European Touring Car Championship. The exhausting schedule lead to an enforced month’s layoff with gastritis.
Still, he won four Grands Prix that season, and finished second in the Driver’s Championship.”
The black & white photo is professionally printed and framed with a black frame and white mount and features a hand-written limited edition number.
The framed print measures 75cm x 55cm and is protected with museum-grade perspex 'artscreen' instead of glass - you won't be able to tell the difference when it's hanging on your wall.
Limited edition of 50 prints.