Larry Perkins is probably the first person who would admit that he blew it with his Formula 1 career. For most of his time in F1 he devoted himself to under funded and ill fated teams like Amon, Ensign and BRM due to friendships and misplaced loyalty, despite the fact that it was an effort just to get these cars onto the grid, let alone to the chequered flag. Despite this, for three races at the end of the 1976 season he did race for one of the top teams in F1 in Brabham.
After the 1976 Italian Grand Prix Carlos Reuteman left Brabham for Ferrari, and Brabham team boss Bernie Ecclestone gave LP an offer to drive for him for the final three races of the season. Unfortunately for Perkins his three races didn’t go to plan. At Canada he spun twice and ended up finishing 17th, two laps down. At Watkins Glen he qualified a credible 13th but retired with front suspension damage, while he withdrew from the Japanese Grand Prix after qualifying in 17th, due to the horrendous weather condition. His teamamte Carlos Pace qualified in 10th in Canada and finished 7th. In the USA Pace qualified 10th but retired, while in Japan he qualified in 6th, but like Perkins, Emerson Fittipaldi and Niki Lauda, withdrew due to the conditions.
Information from F1 Rejects .