Forty years after tossing his McLaren Racing team shirt into a crowd of revelers during a United States Grand Prix after-party at Seneca Lodge, Alastair Caldwell was reunited with it Sunday night.
Seneca Lodge co-owner Jack Brubaker had kept Caldwell’s orange-liveried, Yardley-McLaren shirt for all those years. On this occasion, he presented it back to the former chief mechanic and later teammanager of the McLaren Racing team at the famed Tavern Room bar at the Lodge, located on the hill across from Watkins Glen State Park.
Caldwell, 70, of Maidenhead, England, returned to the Lodge for the first time since 1980, when the last Grand Prix was at held at Watkins Glen.
He spent the evening sharing memories with old friends and watching highlights of 10 years of Brubaker’s home movies, which featured the mechanics’ parties held there in the 1970s. One of the movies captured Caldwell’s striptease of his McLaren shirt after the 1973 race….
Ron Levanduski is the Star-Gazette’s racing columnist. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @SGRLevanduski.