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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Link to Feature Story on Prof Sid Watkins

I thought this had been published, apologies.

It is the sad task of journalists to write obituaries and, when I was a young journalist the job of researching the history and background of those who had died.

In the case of Professor Sid Watkins there is a wealth of information out there and, no doubt, the newspapers this morning, tomorrow and on the weekend will be comprehensive in telling the story of his life in a few short paragraphs.

While I would love to set out the incredible achievements of this man, whom I knew only from Formula 1 television coverage, his tale is best told in his own words and HERE IS A LINK which will introduce you to his work on safety in Motorsport and to his life's history in working at the coalface of F1 from its years of tragedy culminating in the death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenburg at Imola in 1994 to the introduction of improved safety measures in cars.

The man revolutionised the sport and saved many lives.

Instead of pointing you to one of the many obituaries I'm going to give you a link to a 2002 article by Car and Driver which may serve to provide a fitting introduction to the Professor's life and work.