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Richard’s images have sat unpublished for more than 30 years and we’re proud to release these stunning limited edition prints for sale.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 - as described by Richard:
“When Niki Lauda came out of retirement for the 1982 Formula One season to race for Marlboro McLaren, he knew he still had the ability to win. He was proven correct, winning Long Beach that year, and his third World Formula One Driver’s Championship in 1984. Here, he presents the classic Lauda pre-race stare as he revises his attack plan before the 1982 Detroit Grand Prix.
Michelin had just advised him and teammate John Watson to change compounds, guaranteeing them dramatically improved grip. Watson would go on to win; Lauda would run as high as third before hitting the Armco.”
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.