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Questo articolo è comparso nel numero del Febbraio 1999 della rivista mensile “Motorsport” - pagine 16/17 - nella rubrica “Legends” editoriale a firma del noto giornalista Nigel Roebuck. Lo riporto in lingua originaria.
Seguirà un altro articolo tratto, stavolta, dal numero di Novembre - Anno 1997 intitolato “De Angelis: An Unfinished Symphony”.
DENIS JENKINSON had catholic tastes in music, as in much else. If his particular devotion was to traditional jazz - Sidney Bechet was up there with Rosemeyer, Gilles Villeneuve, Senna et al among his heroes - so also he loved to listen to Beethoven. And once in a while something quirky would catch his fancy: “Song for Guy”, by Elton John was one such. There is no vocal here, merely a piano solo, written in a memory of a motorcycle messenger who worked for John’s company and was killed in an accident. For Jenks, this added poignancy to an already haunting tune. I put it on a tape for him with some Bechet, Beiderbecke, and so on, and he soon wore it out.
He was touched, too, to learn that “Song for Guy” was played at the funeral of Elio de Angelis, that lovely man who died in a testing accident at Paul Ricard in May 1986. De Angelis, too, adored this particular piece, and frequently played it himself. He was a wealthy young man, which is not uncommon among racing drivers, but also very cultured, which is. Natural ability in a car was but one of Elio gifts; many have said he might equally have had a successful career as a concert pianist. This had come to the notice of his fellows in unusual circumstances. Prior to the 1982 season, the F1 drivers, as usual, received an application
form for their ‘Superlicence’, and most blithely signed it without troubling to read the small print. Niki Lauda, though, noted a clause for which he did not care, and pointed it out to Didier Pironi, then President of the Grand Prix Drivers Association. (more…)