It would be wrong of me not to record the passing of one of the most accomplished of F1 photo-journalists with the death last week of the much-respected Bernard Cahier at the age of 81.

Bernard Cahier Cahier's photo archive now looks like a social history of the sport in which he worked assiduously across four decades from 1952.

There are many great tales involving this charismatic Frenchman who washed up in California after war service with the Resistance in Brittany. He quickly got a job as a car salesman at Roger Barlow's International Motors operation in Los Angeles, one of the biggest sports car dealerships in the USA, where is gravelly French accent ensured that his career was a great success, particularly selling British MG TCs and TDs which were much admired by the female population.

"You wanna Tissy, or a Tiddy?" was Bernard's regular opening gambit and, by all accounts, these little English sports cars flew off the shelves and out of the showroom doors. It was during this time he would meet his wife Joan, the newlyweds moving to Paris in 1952.

Cahier quickly penetrated the sport's inner circle and became involved in helping the careers of a number of drivers, most notably Phil Hill and Dan Gurney, the former going on to become the first American world champion in 1961.