One weekend before qualifying I noticed that the gearknobs had been removed from both Sierra’s. I actually thought that we were having some kind of special ones for the meeting as Rudi Eggenberger was the kind of person who liked everything done himself, in house. He’d design the chassis, re-worked and even dynoed the engines.
The session was about to start and Rudi enters the garage.
We ask, “Where are the gearknobs?”, to which he replied,
“You can both go out like that, and whichever one of you comes back with the most marks on their hands I want to speak to them, because they keep fucking up my gearboxes!!”