59. Manor MRT05 2016

S5013 Manor MRT05 Australian GP 2016 – Pascal Wehrlein

It was almost a miracle that Manor was ready for the start of the season 2016 in Australia. Although the team had built a new car over the winter there was a shortage of management personnel and, as always, a lack of financial resources. Nevertheless the notorious backbencher managed on February 22nd 2016 to introduce the new MRT05 car in Barcelona. Continue reading “59. Manor MRT05 2016”

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58. Brabham BT11 1964

S5252 Brabham BT11 3rd GP Austrian 1964 – Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson was a British racing driver. He actually was called Robert Hugh Fearon Anderson. But everyone just called him “Bob”. Like many of his contemporaries in the late fifties and early sixties, Anderson contested the first part of his career on two wheels. He was (like most others) not only fearless, he was also quite successful. Continue reading “58. Brabham BT11 1964”

57. McLaren M14A 1970

S4843 McLaren M14A 2nd Spain GP 1970 – Bruce McLaren

Today a lot of fans would like to see McLaren in his original colours: the famous papaya-orange which was used at the end of the Sixties and the beginning of the Seventies. This colour was unique, the cars distinctive. Whether in Formula 1 or in the then very popular CanAm series.  The M14A from which only three chassis were built also ran in this famous colours. But that’s not the only reason why the M14A is a special racing car. Continue reading “57. McLaren M14A 1970”

56. Osella FA1 1980

S4851 Osella FA1 French GP 1980 – Eddie Cheever

Osella is one of numerous Italian manufacturer which gave its debut in Formula in the Eighties. Like many of them Osella struggled from the beginning. Especially because of financial problems. And also because the team had to improvise. The decision to step up in Formula One was only made three months before the start of the season. Continue reading “56. Osella FA1 1980”

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”

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”