Bernie - 'I'm not a robber'
26 April 2005 –
F1 'supremo' Bernie Ecclestone has denied he masterminded Britain's $30m 'Great Train Robbery.' "There wasn't enough money on that train for me," the self-made billionaire grinned.
But Bernie, 74, does admit knowing the getaway driver. He told London's 'Independent' newspaper that he gave Roy James a job when he came out of jail.
Roy, a friend of Damon Hill's F1 racing father Graham, had been a pretty quick race driver. "James asked me for a job," Ecclestone - former owner of the Brabham F1 outfit - revealed, "but I wasn't going to let him drive."
Instead, he commissioned James, also a talented silversmith, to make a trophy -- the very one still given to the best F1 promoter each year.