Are Mechanics The Unsung Heroes Of Motoring?
There’s a lot of focus, and rightfully so, on the icons who’ve won races, designed timeless machines, and accomplished feats of bravery and endurance. But for every Henry Ford, how many mechanics did the world need? I mean, someone’s got to put everything together and fix it once a problem occurs. Today’s Vintage Friday is a salute to mechanics, with period photos of repairs being undertaken in some pretty difficult conditions…
Our best look at mechanics comes from racing, where, naturally, there’s enough need (tuning, accidents, repairs) for workers to leave the comfort of the repair or race shop. But where cars go, repairs follow: deserts, permafrost, and the Col de Turini. Obviously, there are few period shots of normal drivers being tended to by normal mechanics, something that’d happen on the local Interstate and far from a photographer’s gaze. A shame: I’m sure countless motorists have been aided by mobile repair or well-intentioned shop.
Do you have any feats of mobile repair to share, from either the racetrack or your local Interstate?