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Like many of his school chums, Gerald Ball was fascinated by cars and the world of motor racing. While still at school he was the kid in the corner with an oily rag on the Castle Combe Circuit in Wiltshire, keen to get under the bonnet at the slightest excuse. Born in Wolverhampton in 1945, and brought up in Gloucestershire, he signed on for a four-year garage mechanic apprenticeship in Dursley as soon as he left school.
oil on board
H 34.5 x W 29.5 cm
on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
signature and date