Alain Prost could have won the 1983 Formula 1 World Championship. Everyone knows that.
Few know that had things worked out differently three years before he could have done it not with Renault, but aboard a car powered by a BMW-built turbo engine, designed by Gordon Murray and run out of Chessington.
It wouldn't have been a Brabham, rather a Talbot courtesy of ambitious plans put together by former BMW Motorsport boss Jochen Neerpasch in early 1980.
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.