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


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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.

27 Sep 2017

Fittipaldi F7

After struggling to make their own ground-effect car work, Fittipaldi Automotive bought Walter Wolf Racing at the end of 1979, and raced Wolf's WR7/8/9 design in 1980, renamed as Fittipaldi F7s.

26 Sep 2017

Wolf-Williams FW05

Walter Wolf bought into Frank Williams' F1 team at the end of 1975, and financed the purchase of the Hesketh 308C design. Jacky Ickx was brought in to drive this Wolf-Williams FW05, but the whole project proved to be an abject failure.

19 Sep 2017

European Formula 3 1978 season review and full race results

Jan Lammers won the 1978 European F3 title on a tie-break, poor Anders Olofsson narrowly missing out for the second year in succession. The Ralt RT1 was the top car, but the Chevron B43 and March 783 also won races.

19 Sep 2017

Swedish Formula 3 1980 season review and full race results

If only Bengt Trägårdh had not ignored a black flag for a loose rear wing at the opening race, he could have won the title. Thorbjörn Carlsson took advantage and seized the championship.

18 Sep 2017

Swedish Formula 3 1974 season review and full race results

Conny Andersson and Gunnar Nilsson were the main talents to emerge from Swedish Formula 3 in 1974, and both would eventually make it to F1.

18 Sep 2017

Formula Super Vee 1987 season review and full race results

Former SCCA Formula Ford champion Scott Atchison won four races on his way to the 1987 title. Despite Martini's success in 1986, FSV returned to wall-to-wall Ralt RT5s.

17 Sep 2017

European Formula 3 1977 season review and full race results

The European series continued to grow in importance, and was again a battle between an Italian and a Swede, Piercarlo Ghinzani edging out Anders Olofsson for the title.

16 Sep 2017

Swedish Formula 3 1979 season review and full race results

Slim Borgudd had an excellent season of F3 in 1979 on a shoestring budget with a well-developed Ralt RT1/78. His successes included victory in the Swedish F3 series.

15 Sep 2017

Formula Super Vee 1984 season review and full race results

Future Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendijk passed through FSV on his way up, winning the series in a Provimi Veal Ralt RT5/84. Almost everyone used a Ralt RT5.

14 Sep 2017

BRM P207

The final chapter of BRM's GP history was the infamous 'Stanley Steamer'. Is it the worst GP car ever by a major marque?

13 Sep 2017

BRM P201

The BRM P201 almost triggered a return to competitiveness for BRM, but it was let down by its engine, and by the capricious leadership of Louis Stanley.

12 Sep 2017

BRM P180

It can prove very difficult to replace a good car, and the BRM P180 was unable to replace the very successful P160. Tony Southgate's 'dragster' suffered unresolvable handling problems and was dropped at the end of 1972.

11 Sep 2017

Ligier JS9

The Ligier JS9 was a further development of the JS5-JS7 theme for 1978, but the team's Matra V12 engines were no longer the potent force they had been, and Jacques Laffite was now only a mid-grid qualifier.

10 Sep 2017

Ligier JS7

After a poor start to the 1977 season due to problems with Matra's latest V12 engine, Jacques Laffite gave Ligier their first F1 victory in the Ligier JS7 at the Swedish GP.

9 Sep 2017

Ligier JS5

In what looked very much like a continuation of the Matra F1 project under a new name, the Ligier JS5 was raced by Jacques Laffite in 1976, using Matra V12 engines.

8 Sep 2017

Osella FA1E

The name FA1E was applied to two entirely different Osella designs in 1983: one interim car built from half a 1982 Osella and half a 1982 Alfa Romeo, and one designed by Tony Southgate and fabricated in England. Both used Alfa Romeo's V12 engine.

7 Sep 2017

Osella FA1D

The short-lived Osella FA1D was an interim car designed by Tony Southgate to use FA1C components. It was used at the start of 1983 until the Alfa Romeo-powered cars were ready.

6 Sep 2017

March 701

March's first F1 car was an immediate success, with March 701s being run by Team Tyrrell, March Engineering, and STP. Jackie Stewart won the Race of Champions and the Spanish GP, and Chris Amon then won the International Trophy, before the 701

5 Sep 2017

Osella FA1C

The Osella FA1C was a big step forward in technical terms, but there was no improvement in terms of results. After Hervé Guilpin could not improve the car, Tony Southgate was brought in to rebuild its components into new FA1Ds for 1984.

4 Sep 2017

Osella FA1B

The second F1 Osella was not a sufficient improvement on the 1980 car, and with Eddie Cheever gone, the team struggled to qualify. Jean-Pierre Jarier's arrival triggered a dramatic improvement.

1 Sep 2017

Osella FA1

The first F1 Osella was not a great success, but Eddie Cheever ensure the small team had a very encouraging season.

22 Aug 2017

Don Nichols

Very sorry to have to report the death of Don Nichols yesterday afternoon.

20 Aug 2017

Derek Hill Interview

Interview number two from Goodwood's Festival of Speed is now up on the website; Derek Hill, son of the 1961 World Champion, Phil, discusses, amongst other things, his father, an unhappy Ralf Schumacher and his Formula 3000 career.

13 Aug 2017

ECAR Formula Atlantic 1988 season review and full race results

In Formula Atlantic's Eastern Division, the 1987 runner-up also won the 1988 title, in this case Steve Shelton. Despite facing several brand new Ralt RT4/88s, the Swift also dominated here, with nine wins out of ten.

13 Aug 2017

WCAR Formula Atlantic 1988 season review and full race results

WCAR almost did not make it to 1988, but 1987 runner-up Dean Hall retained faith in the series and was rewarded with the title. The Swift DB4 completed its takeover of the category, with Ralt only winning one race.

6 Aug 2017

Peter Connew Interview

The first of three interviews done at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Richard talks to the man who, virtually on his own, designed, built and entered his own Formula 1 car alongside the likes of Ferrari, Brabham and McLaren in 1972.

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 Héctor 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.

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