It's a tale involving a snake, laundry bags stuffed with Belgian francs, a Porsche set on fire in downtown Brussels and the search for a bazooka.
Yet the most remarkable thing about the Onyx squad's maiden season of Formula 1 in 1989 was the success it enjoyed with a car that didn't turn a proper lap prior to the first race weekend. Imagine a team stepping up from Formula 2 today and making it onto the podium in year one after building up its machinery in the pits at Melbourne. Yet Onyx did the equivalent of that just over 30 years ago after making the move from Formula 3000.
Its pair of Cosworth DFV-engined ORE-1s were barely finished when they briefly took to the track at the Brazilian Grand Prix in March, yet the best of them had scored points by the middle of the year. Before the season was out, lead driver Stefan Johansson would add to his points tally with a famous podium at Estoril.