It isn’t widely known that Gilles Villeneuve started his motorsport career racing snowmobiles in his native Quebec. It’s hard to imagine a racing series further removed from Formula 1 than this but somehow he took his talent from these humble beginnings to win the US and Canadian Formula Atlantic championships in 1976.
The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit tells the story of Phil Hill, the first American to win a Formula 1 race and still remembered as one of the all time greats, it’s a blazing read and a solid page turner. As the list of 5 star Amazon reviews can attest, this isn’t just my opinion, if you’ve been looking for a good read bit the link below and let me know what you think when you’ve read it.
The 1950’s were a climatic time in the history of Formula 1, Stirling Moss was racing Juan Miguel Fangio at gloriously retro circuits all around the globe, the women had big hair and the men had moustaches. It was a golden era.
The Caterham 7 is one of my top “must have” cars, the company used to be a kit car company producing the official, modern version of the classic Lotus 7 however in recent times they’ve gone from strength to strength and now own their own Formula 1 team.
Suixtil is a company with a remarkable racing history, they dressed both Stirling Moss and Juan Miguel Fangio throughout the 1950’s with both Moss and Fangio wearing Suixtil in the car as they took multiple wins and F1 World Championships.
Following on yesterday’s feature about James Hunt I felt it might be good to do a feature on Hunt’s great friendship with Barry Sheene, this documentary called “When Playboys Ruled the World” is a great little film about the two men and their life throughout the 70’s.
James Hunt is one of the most loved Formula 1 drivers of all time, his classic British eccentricity, his playboy lifestyle and his astonishing talent on the race track have earned him a place very close to the heart of any motor racing fan.
John Surtees was quite easily one of the greatest racers of all time, he won 7 world motorcycle racing championships, a Formula 1 world championship and a North American Can-Am Championship for sports cars.
The 1969 Spanish Grand Prix was the last ever race featuring Formula 1 cars with the “high-wing”, the two Lotus cars suffered massive rear wing failures and drivers Jochen Rindt and Graham Hill lucky to escape with their lives.
The 1975 Formula 1 Grand Prix at the world famous Nürburgring was a great race, the cars were all classic mid-70s designs and it was one of the last races on the full length Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The Detroit Grand Prix of 1987 was held over 63 laps of the 4 kilometre street circuit with a total race distance of 253 kilometres. The 1987 Formula 1 season was in hot contention with Aryton Senna in the lead after winning the previous race at the famous Monaco street circuit in Monte Carlo.
This is the 1991 Benetton B191-5, it was retired at the end of the 1991 Formula 1 season and spent a few years on the display circuit before crossing over into private hands and touring events like Goodwood around the UK and Europe.