Following my post about Lou Galanos Ferrari at Daytona shot, I stumbled across this great video clip from 1981. Clips from a documentary about the 1981 Le Mans 24 hours have been assembled into a short piece, not unlike De Cadenet’s admission part way through!
For years I wondered about that suave English dude on Legends of Motorsport on Speed TV. Here was this guy I had never heard of, who seemed to know absolutely everything about racing and yet I had never heard of him. Apparently, I had missed this little bit of racing history, as Alain De Cadenet was a true gentleman racer with some pretty solid credentials.
Newfound friend of The Garage, Lou Galanos was at Daytona in 1971 when De Cadenet co-drove this NART Ferrari 312P/71 to a 5th place finish along with team boss Luigi Chinetti and Nestor Garcia-Veiga.
This is just one of Lou’s huge collection of images taken at Daytona back in the day. You can see more of them on Flickr where he posts as Nigel Smuckatelli.
Most of you know Alain De Cadenet from his work as on air talent on SpeedTV. What you may not know is that De Cadenet is somewhat of a renaissance man, with a very wide range of hobbies. Not only is he an accomplished racer, but he is a noted expert in read wine, stamps and vintage aircraft among other things. He even owns a WWII Spitfire, which brings us to this older video. Obviously the shot was set up for effect for a show on the Spit, but things were a bit closer than he expected! I wonder if this is actually his airplane.