S5257 – Brabham BT42 No.50 Canadian GP 1974 – Egbert Eppie Wietzes
There are racing drivers who leave a massive impression in Formula One. Either by winning races or even more by being world champion. But there are also drivers who are no more than a footnote in the history books of Formula One. One of them is Eppie Wietzes. The Canadian, born in Assen/Netherlands, took part in only two Grands Prix. At the first in 1967 he was disqualified for claiming help from some marshals, at the second in 1974 he retired after 33 laps due to an engine failure. That was it. Wietzes never raced again in Formula One. Instead, he focused on the American TransAm series. There he was far more successful. In 1981 he won the title with Chevrolet. Emigrants Wietzes began racing in Canada. He competed in various racing series. And won the Formula Atlantic in 1969. Because he spent nearly 30 years in motorsport he was added to the “Canadian Hall of Motorsports” a few years ago. The fact that he was able to race such a long time is a matter of luck. At the beginning of his career Wietzes had a serious accident. He broke his legs which later prevented him while running, but not in a racing car. Eppie, whose real name was Egbert, bought a Brabham BT42 after a special experience. He was safety-car driver during the Grand Prix of Canada in 1973. And that is historical. First because this was the first Formula One race in which a safety-car was used (a Porsche 914). And secondly because at the end of the race no one really knew who actually won. Wietzes didn’t collect the leader but joined the track in front of the eight-placed Howden Ganley. Those who were lying in front of him lined up with a lap more (!) at the end of the field. The race was finally won by Peter Revson on his Shadow – until today under reserve… One more thing about the Brabham BT42 of Wietzes: Brabham the successor model BT44 in 1974. Completely in white. Wietzes painted his Brabham in the Canadian national colors with large maple leaves on the front and airbox. So he was at least visually ahead of the factory team. Spark launched the BT42 of Team Canada F1 Racing in 1:43. It is now available at your favorite dealer.