Post by Bigbird Post by Sir Tim Post by Bigbird
Ecclestone is a man of monstrous imperfections; yet, just maybe,
he's the greatest sporting administrator that there's ever been.
For that, you have to admire him, even if you don't like him.
When I read your post I had just finished reading Joe Saward's blog.
"So the old scoundrel has finally been ousted! It's the right thing
to do, his time has come and his methods have become obsolete. He was
absolutely the right man to help F1 'turn professional' back in the
eighties, but those days are gone. It's like the mob being pushed out
of Vegas by the corporate suits, it seemed impossible, but it
happened and the town is much more successful as a result."
Hit the nail on the head for me.
For most of us Bernie is an iceberg; we have no clue about most of what
he did and how he went about it. Even if you read all you could you
might only get a peep below the surface. For me that article was
written very much as the view a lot of us who follow the sport see him.
It dwells on the "trivial" because that is what we know for sure; that
is his public persona.
As you say, Bernie has made sure that we know as little about his real
self as possible. I've read most of what is available in print about him
and regard Terry Lovell's book "Bernie's Game" as the best of the bunch,
but that was published in 2003 so misses out on Bernie's more recent
I have actually met Bernie, albeit briefly. I was exhibiting my work on
the railings of Hyde Park and my next door neighbour, one of the few
*really* good artists on the Bayswater Road, was lurking in his van
trying to avoid "the punters". Bernie was immediately attracted by
Harry's work and approached me to enquire whether I was the artist. I
immediately extracted Harry from his van, telling him that this guy was
mega rich and he'd do well to speak nicely to him. Nothing came of the
negotiations but a rather shattered Harry said to me afterwards, "that
guy absolutely *exudes* power!"
Post by Bigbird
Consider the Financial Director of a company, makes/saves the company
millions with his clever accounting and deals with the banks. He's
noticably a bit lecherous with the young women in the company and gets
rudely drunk at the Christmas party. All the gossips in the company
talk about him as the lecherous sot. That doesn't mean they don't
appreciate that he is good at what he does... but the good work he does
does not get their attention. When he drops his trousers at the company
do it certainly does...
Bernie drops his trousers quite a lot.
I think you should explain that you are writing metaphorically :-)
Whilst he has had 3 wives as well as a 17-year relationship with Tuana
Tan I don't think there has ever been any suggestion that Bernie is a
lecher. Power is *his* aphrodisiac.
“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional”