55. Eifelland E21 1972

S3383 March 721/Eifelland E21 No.22 German GP 1972 – Rolf Stommelen

Nowadays caravan builders are no longer important in Formula One. Not even in the paddocks, which had previously been a place for campers and tents. At the beginning of the Seventies this was quite different. The best example was Eifelland Caravan, a caravan company not far from the Nürburgring. Continue reading “55. Eifelland E21 1972”

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53. McLaren M23 1974

S4359 McLaren M23 No.5 GP Brazil 1974 – Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi had already won the championship with Lotus. When he decided in 1973 to leave the team of Colin Chapman. At first many thought Fittipaldi could not resist the temptation of money. But that was not the reason why the Brazilian with the scarred face and the striking sideburns moved to McLaren. “Emo” just had a good feeling. Continue reading “53. McLaren M23 1974”

52. Brabham BT11 1965

S5253 Brabham BT11 Monaco GP 1965 – Frank Gardner

Actually the Australian Frank Gardner (1930-2009) was not predestinated for a career in motorsport. The man from Sydney rather tried as a lifeguard and potential boxing-champion. But then he switched to two wheels – and started with Speedway. At the age of 19 he completed his first touringcar-race on an MG. Continue reading “52. Brabham BT11 1965”

51. HRT F111 2011

S3016 HRT F111 Chinese GP 2011 – Narain Karthikeyan

HRT, initially called Hispania Racing F1 Team, gave its debut in Formula 1 in 2010. Like Virgin and Team Lotus the Spaniards could not resist the temptation that Formula 1 would get a “budget cap”. But the plan of former FIA president Max Mosley has never been implemented. HRT and the two other newcomers were lost from the beginning. This situation didn’t change in 2011. Continue reading “51. HRT F111 2011”

50. BRM P261 1967

S4794 BRM P261 British GP 1967 – David Hobbs

If Fernando Alonso competes in Indianapolis today, it is considered extraordinary. The same happens when Nico Hülkenberg contests (and wins) the 24 hours of Le Mans with Porsche. What is special today, was normal in the “earlier days” of motorsport. Formula-1-drivers were taking part in other championships or single races. That’s why, around 1970, there were a lot of excellent allrounders. One of them was David Hobbs, today 78 years old. Hobbs drove (almost) everything: sports cars, touring cars, IndyCars, Formula 1, CanAm – the important thing was that the cars had really power and Hobbs his fun. Continue reading “50. BRM P261 1967”

49. Lotus 72E 1974

S4833 Lotus 72E No.30 South African GP 1974 – Paddy Driver

John Surtees was the most famous. But also Mike “the Bike” Hailwood was one of the rare species of racers who have successfully switched from two to four wheels. The name Paddy Driver may not be quite familiar in this context. But the today 83-year-old South African however was a brilliant motorbike-racer. After all he was third in the 500ccm-world-championship  in 1965 – behind Mike Hailwood and the great Giacomo Agostini. Although Paddy Driver was already gaining experience in auto racing in the early Sixties he finally changed to four wheels only after his brilliant success in 1965. Continue reading “49. Lotus 72E 1974”

48. Eifelland March E21 1972

S3382 Eifelland March E21 GP South African 1972 – Rolf Stommelen

At the beginning of the 1970s almost everything was possible in F1. Race car designers were barely limited. Almost everything was allowed. In terms of budget it was a completely other era. There were not yet millions to spend. If you had some money left, you could build up a customer team. Like Günther Hennerici. The German together with the caravan manufacturer Eifelland Caravans gave its debut in Formula 1 in 1972. Continue reading “48. Eifelland March E21 1972”

46. Lotus 69 1969

S4832 Lotus 69 Canadian GP 1969 – Pete Lovely

Well! Volkswagen competes in Formula 1. Or am I wrong? There were plenty of discussions about a possible GP entry of Volkswagen for the last years. But until today VW remained strong. And after the scandal about the emissions plans to enter F1 are maybe finally put down. VW in Formula 1 – it will probably remain a dream forever. But there was something with Volkswagen and Formula 1, wasn’t it? Continue reading “46. Lotus 69 1969”

45. Matra MS11 1968

S4356 Matra MS11 Monaco GP 1968 – Jean-Pierre Beltoise

Nowadays we do not speak anymore about engines in F1. They are called power units. Their technical secrets are well protected. Previously, especially in the Sixties, this was completely different. Everybody who wanted could have a look at the engine. Nothing was hidden. And they also made a nice noise – not like today.

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