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Richard’s images have sat unpublished for more than 30 years and we’re proud to release these stunning limited edition prints for sale.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 Niki Lauda in 1997– as described by Richard:
“Niki Lauda formed a great bond with mechanic Ermanno Cuoghi when he arrived at Ferrari in 1974: together they won the 1975 World Driver’s Championship and just missed another title in 1976 to James Hunt by one point due to Lauda's near-fatal Nurburgring accident.
Here, in 1977, Cuoghi hovers over Lauda on the morning of Lauda’s winning his second World Driver’s title. Ferrari had learned that Cuoghi was moving along with Lauda to Brabham the following season, and fired him on the spot. The team only consented to allow Cuoghi to remain in the pit lane with Lauda if he turned his red Ferrari team jacket inside-out to black. symbolically breaking his relationship with Scuderia Ferrari.
Once his second title was in hand, the mentally exhausted Lauda abruptly walked away from Ferrari and the season’s two remaining Grands Prix, in part to protest his disgust with team politics and the humiliation of his good friend.”
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 55cm x 75cm 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.