“But he was always fussing and fiddling, too, and sometimes what he wanted contradicted what Ron [Tauranac] thought was required and there would be stern words.
“I am very fond of Ron, but a lot of people didn’t like his manner. He was naturally confrontational, and the great sadness is that we probably didn’t benefit fully from his brilliance because of it.
“I don’t think he wanted to run the team. It just sort of happened. He and Jack were never great friends but worked well together.
“And after a year without him Ron had had enough.”
At which point, an October night in 1971, the ‘phone rang and that box was sought.
Goozée: “I think Ron was embarrassed by it all and did everything he could to then persuade us that Bernie was a terrible man who would drive us into the ground.
“Ron was supposed to stay on as a consultant, but it was never going to work.
“In fact, I got on well with Bernie. He immediately hired contractors to paint our shabby workshop and our general lifestyle improved greatly under him.
“He was a different man then to the man he is now. He was still running his dealership in Bexleyheath and we didn’t see a lot of him.”
But, typically astutely, Ecclestone had seen something in the trendy young South African in the drawing office.
Goozée: “Bernie knew that Gordon Murray, who didn’t have two ha’pennies to rub together and was even designing furniture for his cottage in Godalming, was someone who would maximise any opportunity.