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Happy Turkey Day, everyone!
I came across this little 25 minute video on Vimeo and thought it would be interesting to pass along. It’s a fairly intimate look at the Team McLaren during the ’75 season with Emerson Fittipaldi in his last year with McLaren and the secondary driver Jochen Mass – both at the wheel of the M23 powered by the Cosworth DFV. Ironically, this would be Fittipaldi’s last season with McLaren before he would leave to endure an unsuccessful stint on his brother Wilson’s Fittipaldi Automotive team. The following season, McLaren would pick up rogue driver James Hunt who would battle down to the wire to beat Ferrari 312T driver Niki Lauda by a single point during the typhoon of a grand prix at Mt. Fuji.
There isn’t much to not like about this. Jim Clark, no guard rails, Watkins Glen and pre-advertising campaign F1 cars. The only think to not like is ridiculous jazz flute in the background but I guess it’s period music – reminds me of Grand Prix!
I just stumbled onto this from Wippermann’s great collection of YouTube videos. Brunswick Films, the producer of this new series, looks to have quite a few interesting clips and unseen footage so I’m greatly looking forward to what this film will hold.
It looks to be a retrospective of a handful of incredible Grand Prix drivers, many of whom were World Champions. A number of comments on YouTube bring up the great point that there are drivers left off of the list – some of which still living that could have been included. So far a quick but incomplete list looks to be Sheckter, Stewart, Peterson, Hunt, Fittipaldi, Andretti, Lauda and Hakkinen.
Watch the clip below up until the end – the retort from James Hunt is worth waiting the entire 2:41 to see it. Check out the clip below – as I see more on this series I will definitely be posting it!
Tomorrow kicks off the 2010 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring located near, you guessed it, Hockenheim, Germany. The Grand Prix of Deutschland has, for better or worse, been held at the Hockenheimring since 1977 after the shocking 1976 German Grand Prix held at the Nurburgring where Niki Lauda had a suspension failure that pitched his Ferrari 312T into the Armco at Berkwerk resulting in a horrible fire that nearly killed him. The accident reaffirmed what many had thought (ironically the drivers nearly striked that weekend because of safety concerns – led by Lauda – but ultimately didn’t) that the Nurburgring wasn’t safe and as a result it was never used again for the German Grand Prix – with one small, exception in 1985 at the then-new GP circuit that excluded much of the original track. Many of the problems were to blame on the poor response of the track marshals and crews as fellow drivers had to pull Niki from his burning Ferrari and only a safety marshal with in Porsche 911 and single fire extinguisher was on the scene a first few minutes after the accident.
The Nurburgring has reappeared on the roster of venues for Grand Prix racing but only in the constantly changing European Grand Prix and only on the GP portion of the fabled circuit.
That’s a shame too – some pretty important races were held on the old Nurburgring. In 1968, Jackie Stewart had what he would call his “best” Grand Prix of his career when he stormed – literally – to victory when rain struck the race and the Nurburgring was described as “having rivers across the track” in some places. Scary stuff but the scary part was the attrition rate and how much slower everyone was behind Stewart. A handful of cars spun off in the rain while everyone else slowed down so much so that Sir Jackie crossed the finish line a full 4 minutes before second placed Graham Hill caught up. Much of the field being minutes behind that or a full lap down. Stewart pulled off this feat with a broken wrist – which is unheard of in modern racing. You can read his account of it here.
The 2010 German Grand Prix has Vettel at the front of the pack with Mark Webber just below and the Ferraris of Alonso and Massa and the McLaren twins bearing down on him. Should be interesting to see if Vettel can hold it together and keep the lead or will Webber step out of Sebastian’s shadow again for the win.
I only hope that somehow the full Green Hell returns to the list of venues for Formula One.
Fantastic video of the 2008 Historic Monaco Grand Prix – an event I need to put on the bucket list. Also, great to see a lot of time with Duncan Dayton who’s won the event numerous times now. Mix in some Rolling Stones with Pre-1975 Formula One cars like the Tyrrells, McLarens and Lotuses(Loti?) and you’ve got a killer combo.
Axis posted this video of the running of the 2010 Historic GP which is worth checking out.