Aintree, 1955. At the age of fourteen Michael is taken to his first motor race by his father. The sound of racing engines would steer him to a career in motorsports; from a flag marshal at Oulton Park to Press Officer at Colin Chapman’s Lotus team to world renowned F1 journalist.
In a Ford Transit van he traveled to the first international race meeting at Jarama in Spain, ‘polishing’ Brian Redman’s car.
Jochen Rindt, F2 maestro who would also win the F1 crown, once invited Doodson to dinner in Vienna, and sent his driver to pick him up from the hotel. The driver was none other than Jackie Stewart!
Doodson developed a good friendship with Ayrton Senna before he reached Formula 1. Doodson also enjoyed and endured the exploits of Murray Walker and James Hunt as part of the BBC Grand Prix coverage team.
F1Weekly – on podcast # 559 – invites you to listen and enjoy F1 stories from one of the most experienced Grand Prix journalists. The best is saved for the final question.
— Nasir Hameed.