Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, that is a differential in the front end of the Lotus 63, this was an experimental four-wheel-drive design created by Chapman in 1969. Other 4×4 Formula 1 cars had existed before but they were never particularly successful and were soon relegated to the annals of Formula 1 history.
The 1984 Mercedes Saloon Car race at the Nürburgring was meant to be a casual affair, quite who thought it actually would be a casual affair is unclear. It seems naive to think that a race track stacked with some of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, all in identical cars, would be anything other than a four-wheeled version of a bare knuckle fist fight.
Hans Herrman walked away unscathed from this accident at the 1959 German Formula 1 Grand Prix, exactly how he managed to not only survive but survive without injury (other than some minor grazes) is a mystery.
The good old days really were better. More dangerous certainly but also infinitely cooler and an order of magnitude more airbourne.
The first official Formula 1 race took place in Nice, France in the year 1946. It was titled the “V Grand Prix de Nice” and the above image is a picture of the starting grid right after the crack of the starter’s pistol with the eventual race winner, Luigi Villoresi, on the left-hand side in the…
Phil Hill in the Sharknose Ferrari 156 doing what he did best. Being awesome.
As soon as I call this “The Greatest First Lap Ever” some clever bastard will come along and find something better. Although I don’t see how. This is Senna schooling the “other” best drivers in F1, in very wet conditions and making it look easy.
This captivating onboard video is from a time when helmets were an afterthought, tires were the width of your necktie and Schumachers made shoes. Or in other words, the good old days. Sure, sure, safety is paramount but you have to wonder what it felt like to have the wind twirling your moustache at 150mph.