Gert Straub and the other mechanics handle these dream machines of motorcar history on a daily basis. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the public in the paddock also have a chance to get very close to the vehicles and are fascinated to see how the experts work. The key word is craftsmanship. When they change a wheel, for example, the knock-off centre caps are loosened with a copper hammer and not with a modern impact wrench.
Even a simple spark plug change becomes an event in itself: just like in the 1930s, a perfectly shaped wooden box with an attractive collection of spark plugs lies on the bonnet. The spark plugs are changed in exactly the same way as they were then. To prepare for the race, warm-up plugs are fitted in the engine and these are exchanged for racing plugs shortly before the race starts.