This disc containing 539 images starts with Grand Prix cars of 1970 to 1973 taken at subsequent historic events. It continues with contemporary images from races attended commencing with the 1974 non-championship ‘Race of Champions’ at Brands Hatch where Jacky Ickx scored his last F1 victory in the John Player Special Lotus and ends at Monza in 1979 where Jody Scheckter clinched his world championship driving for Ferrari.
In between are images of James Hunt winning his first and Hesketh’s only Grand Prix at Zandvoort, the incredible Hunt/Lauda battle for the 1976 title, Alan Jones winning his first Grand Prix for Shadow, Frank Williams celebrating his team’s first victory and much more.
It covers a period where although commercialism and television exposure was on the increase, drivers were not owned by their sponsors and were still free spirits able to express their personalities. Consequently, they reflected the culture of their time – long hair and sideburns, flaired trousers and tight ‘T’ shirts. Or in the case of James Hunt, dungarees, complete with bib and braces, over an otherwise bare torso.
It was a time when almost anyone could build a car and enter a Formula One race, so there is some fairly obscure machinery (and drivers) portrayed, but it was also the period that saw the evolution of under-car aerodynamics and greatly increased speeds.
Although a ‘World Championship’ it was a sport based mainly around Europe. The season opened in South America and South Africa and closed in North America and sometimes Japan. For the six month period sandwiched in between the UK based race-goer could catch a late evening ferry and after an overnight drive arrive in time for the day’s action at Zolder, Monaco, Dijon or Paul Ricard, Nurburgring or Hockenheim and Zandvoort. Not to mention Silverstone or Brands Hatch. Slightly further afield there was Jarama, Anderstorp, the Osterreichring and Monza.
The title photograph shows Niki Lauda in his Ferrari having just won the 1976 Belgian Grand Prix. His fourth win in five races made him an almost certainty to retain his 1975 title – but it was not to be. He did win again in 1977 and had he not left Ferrari would have been champion in 1979 instead of Scheckter. In 1978 Mario Andretti took the title with 6 wins, Ferrari, without Lauda, won 5 races. Had Lauda remained at Ferrari throughout the 70’s he could have pre-empted Michael Schumacher’s feat of 5 consecutive titles.
Images are supplied on compact disc (CD) for playing on computers or compatible devices using Picasa Slideshow format (Picasa software included). All images are also supplied as individual files for downloading, saving and printing.
Note: Many of these images are taken from original prints, negatives and slides that are nearly 40 years old and are therefore not reproduced to the same standard as current day digital images. All reasonable attempts have been made to ensure these images are reproduced to the best possible standard, however, in some instances colour casts and blemishes may be present.