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

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17 Jul 2017

Lotus 33

The successor to the Lotus 25, the Lotus 33 took Jim Clark to his second World Championship in 1965. Clark later won five races in the last of the 33s to win the 1967 Tasman Cup.

16 Jul 2017

Lotus 25

The first monocoque Lotus Formula 1 car, the Lotus 25 was driven by Jim Clark to his first World Championship in 1963. Clark won fourteen World Championship GPs across four seasons in Lotus 25s.

10 Jul 2017

Alfa Romeo Tipo 179F

Alfa Romeo built a version of the Tipo 179 that used a carbon fibre monocoque. It only appeared at a single GP, and even then it remained in the garage under its covers.

9 Jul 2017

Alfa Romeo Tipo 179D

After starting the 1981 season with the very disappointing Tipo 179C, Alfa Romeo introduced two new cars during the year, which can be interpreted as a Tipo 179D.

9 Jul 2017

Alfa Romeo Tipo 179C

Autodelta built new cars for 1981 to a similar pattern to the Tipo 179s that had first raced in late 1979. With the 1980s cars being regarded as 179Bs, these new cars were called 179Cs.

6 Jul 2017

BRM P109

A BRM P109 show car was built with a H16 engine for display at EXPO 67 in Montreal during 1967.

21 Jun 2017

Lec CRP1

Another one-off design built as an alternative to buying a customer F1 car, the LEC was built for David Purley. The surviving car spent decades in the Donington Museum before appearing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014.

20 Jun 2017

Rebaque HR100

The Rebaque HR100 was a very short-lived design, used by H├ęctor Rebaque at the end of the 1979 season. It offered no advantage over his customer Lotus 79, so the Mexican accepted an offer to drive for Brabham in 1980.

17 May 2017

Matra MS120

The 1970 Matra MS120 was Bernard Boyer's third new design in three years, using a rectilinear monocoque design. This design would be used, through 'B', 'C', and 'D' variants, for the next three seasons.

16 May 2017

Matra MS84

Jackie Stewart wanted a four-wheel-drive car for 1969, in case of wet races. The Matra MS84 was regularly used in practice by Stewart, but only raced four times.

15 May 2017

Matra MS80

Bernard Boyer's bulbous 'coke bottle' Matra MS80 was the dominant F1 car of 1969, Jackie Stewart winning five GPs in the MS80s, and wrapping up both drivers' and constructors' titles at the Italian GP.

14 May 2017

Matra MS11

Designed and built alongside the MS10, the Matra MS11 was equipped with Matra's MS9 V12 engine. Beltoise had little success with the car, and Matra's works team temporarily withdrew from F1 at the end of 1968 to focus on sports car racing.

12 May 2017

McLaren M2B

Following on from the M2A tyre test car, the new Bruce McLaren Motor Racing built their first F1 car for 1966. It was powered by a modified version of Ford's quad-cam Indy car engine. Two were built, and both are now owned by collectors.

10 May 2017

Matra MS10

Matra's first definitive F1 car was the Matra MS10, fitted with a Cosworth DFV engine and supplied to Ken Tyrrell for Jackie Stewart to race. Stewart very nearly won the 1968 title in this car.

10 May 2017

Cooper T80

Cooper built the spaceframe T80 for in 1965 for the stillborn flat-16 Climax FWMW engine, but when this did not arrive, the car was used to test the new Maserati F1 engine.

8 May 2017

Matra MS9

Built as a test and development car late in 1968, the Matra MS9 raced just once, when Jackie Stewart drove it at the 1968 South African GP. Before the next GP, Matra replaced it with the purpose-built Matra MS10.

6 May 2017

Ferrari 312/69

The 1969 model Ferrari 312 had only minor changes from the 1968 car. A new engine was produced, with exhausts on the outside, but this was soon abandoned.

5 May 2017

Ferrari 312/68

For 1968, Ferrari produced a new, slightly sleeker model, with the engine mounted lower in the chassis. The new car also had a revised four-valve V12 engine.

4 May 2017

Ferrari 312/66

Ferrari's first 3-litre F1 used the same 'aero' hybrid monocoque structure as the 1512, and was fitted with a V12 engine based on the 3.3-litre 275P sports car engine.

3 May 2017

Ferrari 312/67

The 1967 Ferrari 312 was a slim 'Aero' pseudo-monocoque, with low front area and taller engine bay horns to house more fuel. The engine was revised, with exhausts how in the vee, to tidy up airflow around the car.

3 May 2017

Hesketh 308C

The Hesketh 308C was a disappointment for the team, and only raced a few times. The whole project was sold to Frank Williams when Lord Hesketh pulled out of F1, and became the Williams FW05.

1 May 2017

Hesketh 308

The Hesketh 308 was the first F1 car from Lord Hesketh's team, and was built for the 1974 team. The cars were modified with rubber suspension for 1975, when James Hunt won the Dutch Grand Prix.

30 Apr 2017

Williams FW04

The first F1 Williams to win a race was not at Silverstone in July 1979, but was at Thruxton in September 1976. It was a Williams FW04 driven by Brian McGuire, and he won from pole.

29 Apr 2017

ATS D4

Gustav Brunner and Tim Wardrup designed the ATS D4 for 1980, and Jan Lammers put it on the second row at Long Beach. Unfortunately, that performance turned out to be another false dawn for ATS.

28 Apr 2017

ATS D3

After a year struggling with the D1/D2 cars, ATS introduced the new ATS D3 at the 1979 Austrian GP. Designed by Nigel Stroud, it represented a significant step forward, but was replaced early in 1980.

27 Apr 2017

ATS D2

The 1979 ATS D2 was a small improvement over the D1, but all the other teams had made greater progress and Hans-Joachim Stuck was now a back-marker, although he did go well at the Monaco GP.

26 Apr 2017

ATS D1

The first in-house ATS Formula 1 design was the ATS D1, designed by John Gentry. It was not a very great success.

25 Apr 2017

Tyrrell 009

An unashamed copy of the Lotus 79, Maurice Philippe's 1979 Tyrrell 009 allowed Jean-Pierre Jarier and Didier Pironi to regularly qualify in the top ten, and the team finished fifth in the Constructors' championship.

24 Apr 2017

Tyrrell 008

Maurice Philippe Tyrrell 008 brought Tyrrell back to competitiveness in 1978, and Patrick Depailler won the Monaco GP. The spell proved short-lived, as the ground-effect cars took over.

23 Apr 2017

Tyrrell P34

The second big surprise from Tyrrell came in 1976, with the amazing six-wheel Tyrrell Project 34. The P34 was very competitive in 1976, with one win and eight second places.

22 Apr 2017

BRM P139

Alec Osborne penned a series of changes to the P126-133-138 design, to produce the P139 in mid-1969. The car was too little, too late, and John Surtees disappointment with it led to the departure of a number of senior BRM staff.

21 Apr 2017

BRM P138

After the P126 and P133 had appeared for the start of the 1968 season, a further variant was produced later in the year that used BRM's own P131 gearbox instead of the Hewland DG300. This car was later used to test the P142 48-valve engine.

20 Apr 2017

BRM P133

The BRM P133 was BRM's in-house version of Len Terry's P126 design. Pedro Rodriguez led two GPs in 1968 in the P133, but his best result was second at Spa-Francorchamps.

19 Apr 2017

BRM P126

A new era for BRM opened in 1968 with their new V12-engined cars, designed by Len Terry. The BRM P126 would lead, via the P133, P138 and P139 designs, to eventual success two years later with the P153.

18 Apr 2017

Brabham BT42

After two poor seasons, Gordon Murray's distinctive triangular Brabham BT42 marked the start of Brabham's revival in F1. Carlos Reutemann only had two podium finishes, but the mood was now upbeat.

17 Apr 2017

Brabham BT39

Built using a F2 chassis mated to Harry Weslake's new V12 engine, the Brabham BT39 was used for a single test at Silverstone in August 1972. Graham Hill was the driver, and he quickly concluded that the engine was not ready to race.

15 Apr 2017

Brabham BT37

The Brabham BT37 was the first F1 car of the Bernie Ecclestone era, but its design was based on the unloved Brabham BT34. Carlos Reutemann found some speed, but Brabham finished ninth in the 1972 Constructors Cup.

14 Apr 2017

Swedish Formula 3 1978 season review and full race results

Anders Olofsson divided his time in 1978 between the European F3 championship and the Swedish title. He was unlucky not to win the European title, but easily retained his Swedish title.

14 Apr 2017

WCAR Formula Atlantic 1987 season review and full race results

Johnny O'Connell moved from Super Vee to Atlantic and won the championship from ex-Formula Ford racer Dean Hall. Ralt's stranglehold on Atlantic was finally broken this year by Swift.

14 Apr 2017

Brabham BT34

The 'lobster-claw' Brabham BT34 was Ron Tauranac's last design for MRD. Despite a win in the International Trophy early in 1972, the car was not a great success, and only one was built.

13 Apr 2017

Brabham BT33

The 1970 Brabham BT33 was the first monocoque F1 Brabham. Jack Brabham was highly competitive for the first half of 1970, and came close to winning three GPs, but the car broke too often later in the season.

12 Apr 2017

Brabham BT26

The quad-cam Repco RB860 let down the Brabham BT26 in 1968, but Cosworth DFVs transformed it into one of the quickest cars of 1969, Jackie Ickx winning two Grands Prix.

11 Apr 2017

Tyrrell 007

Although clearly descended from the 005/006 range, the Tyrrell 007 was state-of-the-art, with inboard brakes and pushrod suspension. it won three GPs with Jody Scheckter in 1974 and 1975.

10 Apr 2017

Brabham BT24

The Brabham BT24 was dominant in mid-1967, before the Lotus 49 came right, allowing Denny Hulme to take the World Championship in Brabham BT24/2.

9 Apr 2017

Williams IR/FW series

The neat and functional IR/FW series of cars were used by Williams from 1973 to 1975. They began as Iso-Marlboros, but are now known as Williams FW01, FW02 and FW03.

8 Apr 2017

Williams FX3

Frank Williams' history as a racing car constructor began in 1972, with the Williams FX3, although it was then named after the team's sponsors. It was not a great success. Two were built, and both survive.

7 Apr 2017

Tyrrell 005/006

The 1972-73 range of Tyrrells includes Tyrrell 006/2, which took Jackie Stewart to his third World Championship.

6 Apr 2017

Tyrrell 002-004

217 models of 3-litre F1 car still to go, so let's crack on. The 1971 model of Tyrrell included Tyrrell 003, Jackie Stewart's 1971 World Championship car.

5 Apr 2017

Tyrrell 001

Starting a new subject, here is "Motor Racing's Best-Kept Secret".

4 Apr 2017

Arrows A6

Arrows' final 3-litre F1 car was the A6, a development of the A5 for the new 1983 "flat bottom" rules. These cars have been extensively used: in F1, F3000, a driver school, and in historic racing.

3 Apr 2017

Arrows A5

After the disappointment of the A4, Arrows built the Arrows A5 in time for the final races of 1982. The car was a straightforward copy of the Williams FW08.

2 Apr 2017

Arrows A4

The next chapter in Arrows' history is the Arrows A4, a deeply disappointing car. A large number of them now exist, more than can easily be explained.

31 Mar 2017

Arrows A3

After the A2, Arrows sensibly went mainstream with their 1980 car. I am in the middle of a big reinvestigation of the Arrows A3s at the moment, so I cannot disclose all the owners.

30 Mar 2017

Arrows A2

Tony Southgate's new design for 1979 was the remarkable Arrows A2. Unfortunately, it was too ambitious for such a small team to fully develop, and was soon abandoned.

29 Mar 2017

Arrows A1

The next stage in the story of Arrows was the elegant Arrows A1, which has become a common sight in British F1, then libre racing and now historic racing. Like the FA1, it was one of the earliest ground-effect cars.

28 Mar 2017

Arrows FA1

Back to the F1 reassessment, and the start of the Arrows story: the Arrows FA1. This car finished second in the Swedish GP, but was banned for being a copy of the Shadow DN9.

13 Mar 2017

Review of Race Retro 2017

Richard Jenkins' review of Race Retro 2017 is now online. Better late than never. By all accounts, a much improved show.

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