Emerson Fittipaldi in the McLaren M23 at the 1974 Canadian GP.  Copyright Norm MacLeod 2017.  Used with permission.


Minor updates are made to the site daily. The list below shows major updates only.

12 Oct 2018

Surtees TS10

Team Surtees expanded into Formula 2 for 1972 with the Surtees TS10, and lead driver Mike Hailwood convincingly won the European F2 title in the car.

8 Oct 2018

French Formula 3 1981 season review and full race results

The French F3 series remained a backwater in 1981, with leading French drivers focusing on the European series. Philippe Streiff found time to pick up the title.

7 Oct 2018

Merzario A3

The Merzario A3 was the least successful of Arturo Merzario's four F1 cars, and never qualified for or started a race. Nominally a ground-effect car, it was built up from an earlier car and was too wide and too heavy to be effective.

7 Oct 2018

French Formula 3 1980 season review and full race results

After its difficult birth in 1979, the French F3 championship was a little better supported in 1980. Alain Ferté won the title in Alain Prost's 1979 car.

2 Oct 2018

Vollstedt 1966 Indy car

After the success of his spaceframe 1965 car, Rolla Vollstedt built a pair of monocoque cars for the 1966 season. Both cars raced well into the 1970s.

15 Sep 2018

LeGrand Mk 11 Formula 5000

Red LeGrand's second Formula A design, the LeGrand Mk 11, first appeared in September 1969 and Rex Ramsey won a Canadian championship race in it at Trois-Rivières.

31 Aug 2018

Shadow DN9

One of the first "wing car" designs after the Lotus 78 was Tony Southgate's 1978 Shadow DN9. He left before it raced to design the virtually identical Arrows FA1 for his new team. John Baldwin joined Shadow to develop the DN9.

12 Jul 2018

Where Are They Now - New Categories

The Where Are They Now? section has two new categories and over 80 more names on the website. All those who competed in the ARS series (1986-1989) and The "World Championship Engine Designers" - a loose term to describe designers and powertrain heads

2 Jul 2018

Tasman Revival 2011/12 season review and race results

Continuing our history of the New Zealand-based Tasman Revival series, Steve Ross interrupted Kenny Smith's run of title wins in 2011/12 in his bright yellow McRae GM1.

30 Jun 2018

Tasman Revival 2010/11 season review and race results

The 2010/11 Tasman Revival championship was again a battle between Ken Smith, in David Abbott's Lola T430 as usual, and Steve Ross in his McRae GM1, and again it was Smith who prevailed by a handful of points.

27 Jun 2018

Harris RH5 Formula 5000

One of the many short-lived and uncompetitive designs to appear in the early years of Formula 5000 was the Harris RH5, built by Ray Harris from Portsmouth in Hampshire, and driven by Brian Tarrant.

24 Jun 2018

Brabham BT6

MRD released a updated version of Ron Tauranac's Formula Junior design for 1963. The car was retrospectively called the BT6, but at the time was simply known as the 1963 Brabham Junior.

11 Jun 2018

Lotus 77

The Lotus 77 brought Lotus back from the nadir of 1975, with Mario Andretti replacing Ronnie Peterson and taking victory at the Japanese GP.

9 Jun 2018

Lotus 76

Lotus's attempt to replace the highly successful Lotus 72 with a newer, lighter Lotus 76 in 1974 proved a failure.

3 Jun 2018

March 711

The combination of the advanced March 711 and Ronnie Peterson was highly effective in 1971, the Swede taking second place in the World Championship behind Jackie Stewart.

24 May 2018

Privacy policy

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13 May 2018

HSCC Historic F1 1983

Back to Historic Formula 1, and a report on the HSCC's 1983 season. Notes are included in the race results on the histories of (almost) every car that took part.

12 May 2018

Gerhardt 1969 Indy car

Gerhardt built four dramatically wedge-shaped Indy cars in 1969 for Grant King's STP-backed team, Gerhardt's own team, Gordon Johncock and Myron Caves' team.

11 May 2018

March 811

The March 811 was built by March for customer RAM Racing to use in F1 in 1981. The production version of the car was too flexible for the forces generated, and a complete redesign by Adrian Reynard was introduced for Derek Daly at the British GP.

28 Apr 2018

HSCC Historic F1 1982

Until 1982, there was no historic racing open to 3-litre Formula 1 cars, and the only places they were seen was libre racing and hillclimbs. The first HSCC race open to these 1966-1985 cars came at Donington on 1 August 1982:

25 Apr 2018

Chevron B27

The 1974 Formula 2 Chevron B27 was only a minor upgrade to the B25, with sleeker bodywork and a few technical changes. It showed some promise in F2, but did much better in Formula Atlantic, winning races in the US and in Britain.

15 Apr 2018

Guy Edwards

Interview with the master of motor racing sponsorship and one of the heroes of the Nurburgring in 1976, Guy Edwards QGM. Both are talked about amongst other things.

30 Mar 2018

Shadow DN5

Jean-Pierre Jarier and Tom Pryce impressed greatly in 1975 with the Shadow DN5, but a string of retirements made the season a disappointment. A updated DN5B design was used in 1976, but fell off the pace.

28 Mar 2018

Chevron B25

The Chevron B25 was a dual-purpose design for Formula 2 and Formula Atlantic. It was built around a full monocoque, the firm's first. Peter Gethin in F2 and John Lepp in Formula Atlantic were the most successful International drivers.

11 Mar 2018

Tasman Revival 2009/10 season review and race results

Quickest in 2009/10 were former champion Chris Hyde in Stuart Lush's McRae GM1, Steve Ross, in the ex-Alistair Hey McRae, and Kenny Smith in David Abbott's Lola T430. Smith won the title after Ross broke down at the last race.

4 Mar 2018

Tasman Revival 2008/09 season review and race results

The growing profile of the F5000 Tasman Revival series was finally rewarded in March 2009 with a support race at the Australian Grand Prix meeting, which drew a huge field of 32 cars.

3 Mar 2018

Tasman Revival 2007/08 season review and race results

Interest in the F5000 Tasman Revival series continued to grow slowly but surely in New Zealand, and 19 cars started the Lady Wigram Trophy in January.

1 Mar 2018

Tasman Revival 2006/07 season review and race results

Strong links were formed with the VHRR in Australia and the F5000 Tasman Revival series grew significantly in 2007, with 21 F5000 cars appearing at the Phillip Island Classic.

27 Feb 2018

Tasman Revival 2005/06 season review and race results

Fields were enlarged in 2005/06 by the addition of a couple more F5000s and a F1 car or two, plus a few grid fillers from Formula Pacific and Formula Holden. Ian Clements took his second title.

26 Feb 2018

Australian Formula 2 1972 season review and full race results

Although the Australian Gold Star was held for Formula 5000 cars, there was also a burgeoning series in 1972 for Australian Formula 2 cars, now limited to 2-valve 1600cc engines.

25 Feb 2018

Australian F5000 Gold Star 1972 season review and race results

Frank Matich crushed the opposition in his new Matich A50, and easily won the 1972 Gold Star title. Kevin Bartlett was second, and won the Repco Birthday series.

21 Feb 2018

Tasman Revival 2004/05 season review and race results

The second season of the F5000 Tasman Revival saw a bit of a wobble, with no Australian meeting and few new cars. Murray Sinclair took the championship in his Lola T332.

20 Feb 2018

Tasman Revival 2003/04 season review and race results

The Historic Racing Club/Formula 5000 Association was formed in New Zealand in 2003, and organised a series of races during that 2003/04 'down under' season, including one at Sandown Park in Australia.

13 Feb 2018

McKee Mk 8

After making his name as a Can-Am builder, Bob McKee built his first single-seater, the McKee Mk 8, for the new 5-litre Formula A in 1968. Two cars were built, the first to Ike Uihlein for Mak Kronn, and the second to Tito Nappi for Kurt Reinold.

12 Feb 2018

Rennmax BN3

In 1968 and 1969, Bob Britton built a series of cars based on the design of the Brabham BT23. The first were for the Rorstan and Mildren teams, and were named after their new owners, but later cars were raced as Rennmax BN3s.

31 Jan 2018

March 73A

The March 73A was March's first production F5000 car, following the relative success of the 1972 F2-based car, but it was not competitive with the Lola T330.

30 Jan 2018

Modus M5

Modus built a Formula 5000 car for Tom Walkinshaw in 1974, and then a second one in 1975, but neither achieved notable results and both Modus M5s were destroyed in accidents.

24 Jan 2018

Theodore TR1

After running an Ensign N177 very successfully in 1977, Theodore Racing built its own car for 1978. Keke Rosberg took the Theodore TR1 to a surprise victory in the International Trophy, but otherwise it was not a success.

11 Jan 2018

Swedish Formula 3 1981 season review and full race results

Bengt Trägårdh took a thoroughly deserved Svenska Mästerskapet title in 1981, his March 803 being good enough for four successive victories.

11 Jan 2018

French Formula 3 1973 season review and full race results

Until the French authorities were lured into backing Formule Renault, France had a flourishing Formula 3 series. This is its last season in 1973, when Jacques Laffite took the title.

11 Jan 2018

European Formula 3 1981 season review and full race results

Mauro Baldi moved from the ORECA Martini team to Euroracing March and dominated the 1981 European season, winning eight of the 15 races in his March 813.

10 Jan 2018

European Formula 3 1980 season review and full race results

Michele Alboreto won the 1980 European F3 title in his March 803B, but the Oreca Martini team were close behind.

9 Jan 2018

Italian Formula 3 1974 season review and full race results

Alberto Colombo seized the 1974 Italian F3 title, timing his move from the Novamotor twin-cam-powered GRD 374 to March 743-Toyota to perfection. Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi could have won the title had he resisted a premature move to Formula 2.

9 Jan 2018

French Formula 3 1979 season review and full race results

Renault took French motor sport back into F3 in 1979, providing engines for Alain Prost. A French F3 championship was not well supported and many rounds were cancelled.

9 Jan 2018

European Formula 3 1979 season review and full race results

Alain Prost dominated the 1979 Formula 3 season, in his Martini MK27 with its aluminium block Renault 20 TS engine.

5 Jan 2018

Cooper T81B

The Cooper T81B was an interim car that appeared at the start of 1967, and was raced by Jochen Rindt and others. It was more successful later as a hillclimb car.

4 Jan 2018

Cooper T81

The hefty Cooper T81 was the first of Cooper's 3-litre Formula 1 designs and was powered by a Maserati V12 engine derived from that of the 1950s 250F. The T81 won two Grands Prix and was raced by famous names such as Surtees and Rindt.

3 Jan 2018

Fittipaldi F9

The final Fittipaldi F1 car was the F9, introduced in mid-1982. Although a clear advance over the F8, it was insufficient progress for the struggling team, and Fittipaldi closed its doors at the end of the year.

22 Dec 2017

Fittipaldi F5A

The disappointing F5 design was completely reworked for 1978 as the Fittipaldi F5A. The car was the most competitive of all the team's designs, finishing seventh in the 1978 Constructors Cup.

20 Dec 2017

Brabham BT11/22

Two cars were built in late 1965 to the same pattern as the Brabham BT22, but for some reason they do not appear in Brabham records. One was sold to South Africa, and the other was raced by Denny Hulme in F1 in 1966.

18 Dec 2017

Brabham BT22

The one "official" Brabham BT22 was sold to Ernie Powrie for libre racing, but quickly snapped up by Jim Palmer for racing in New Zealand, where it has remained ever since.

15 Dec 2017

Lola T370

A customer F1 car built by Lola for Graham Hill's Embassy Racing team, the Lola T370 had poor results until the team's fortunes were rejuvenated by new driver Rolf Stommelen.

15 Dec 2017

Brabham BT7

The 1963 Formula 1 car brought the Brabham marque its first World Championship victory when Dan Gurney won the 1964 French Grand Prix.

21 Nov 2017

McLaren M7A

Bruce McLaren took the first of the 1968 Formula 1 McLaren M7As to his team's first Grand Prix victory at the 1968 Belgian GP. Denny Hulme took another three GP victories and challenged for the 1968 World Championship.

19 Nov 2017

McLaren M9A

Like Lotus and Matra, McLaren built a four-wheel-drive F1 car for 1969, the McLaren M9A, but the car was only raced once and then put aside.

18 Nov 2017

McLaren M14D

Like the McLaren M7D, the McLaren M14D was a one-off Formula 1 car built for the Alfa Romeo V8 engine. The car was briefly rebuilt to standard specification for Denny Hulme to race. It was much more successful later in hillclimbs and sprints.

17 Nov 2017

McLaren M7D

A derivative of McLaren M7A Formula 1 car built to fit the Alfa Romeo V8 engine, the McLaren M7D was only a development car, and its record in F1 was dreadful.

15 Nov 2017


Although ATS had yet another new designer, Hervé Guilpin, the 1981 ATS D5 was recognisably a further development of the very conventional ground effect concept that went back to the 1979 D3.

9 Nov 2017

Martini MK23

The little Martini team stepped up into Formula 1 for 1978 with driver Rene Arnoux, but the Martini MK23 was too conventional, too unreliable, and, ultimately, just not quick enough.

8 Nov 2017

Hesketh 308E

Bubbles Horsley continued with his Hesketh team into 1977, with a new Hesketh 308E design for Rupert Keegan and assorted hire drivers. The team finally withdrew from F1 in early 1978.

19 Oct 2017

McLaren M25

The great "might-have-been" of Formula 5000, the McLaren M25 was built in 1973 but did not race until 1976. Based on the F1 M23, it is likely that it would have been highly competitive.

15 Oct 2017

Barrie Smith interview

Former Formula 2 and Formula 3 driver Barrie Smith recalls his memories to www.oldracingcars.com; predominantly his racing in sportscars both in Britain and overseas, but also his fondness for Chevron cars.

8 Oct 2017

Wolf WR7-WR9

Wolf's final season of F1 was a disappointment, past champion James Hunt and future champion Keke Rosberg being unable to score a single point in the Wolf WR7 design.

7 Oct 2017

Wolf WR5-WR6

The second Wolf F1 design, the 1978 Wolf WR5, was a wing car following the ideas of the Lotus 78. The appearance of the Lotus 79 immediately demonstrated that the team had taken a wrong turn.

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