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Ronnie Peterson in the Antique Automobiles March 701 at the 1970 Canadian GP.  Copyright Norm MacLeod 2015.  Used with permission.

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20 Apr 2016

Denny Zimmerman interview

1971 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Denny Zimmerman - and later a Boeing 747 captain - has been interview by our Drivers Editor Richard Jenkins.

18 Apr 2016

March 73A

A huge amount of work has gone into the March 73A histories recently. These are perhaps the most complex of all the F5000 models, as such a large proportion of them were redeveloped using different monocoques.

15 Apr 2016

McKee Mk 18 1972 Formula 5000 history

The McKee Mk 18 was a F5000 design built for regular customer Dick DeJarld for 1972. After a low-key F5000 career, it was transformed into a strikingly ugly Can-Am car for Robert Goulet in the 1980s before being rescued by McKee and restored.

12 Apr 2016

Swedish Formula 3 1977 season review and full race results

With a new Ralt RT1/77 and support from Stockholm's Puss & Kram jeans, Anders Olofsson swept to victory in the 1977 Swedish F3 series, and also took second place in the European Championship. Mats Nygren and Stefan Johansson fought over the scraps.

9 Apr 2016

Japanese Formula Pacific 1982 season review and full race results

After showing promise in 1981, grid sizes halved to just half a dozen as the countries leading driver made it a private battleground. Kazuyoshi Hoshino won another title but JAF pulled the plug, joining the Macau GP in a move to Formula 3.

8 Apr 2016

Japanese Formula Pacific 1981 season review and full race results

Formula Pacific continued to grow, with grids averaging a dozen cars, but it wasn't working as a development formula. Regular F2 driver Kazuyoshi Hoshino won the title from his old rivals Satoru Nakajima, Masahiro Hasemi and Kenji Takahashi.

6 Apr 2016

Japanese Formula Pacific 1980 season review and full race results

Masahiro Hasemi regained his Formula Pacific title winning six races in a baffling array of cars. As well as his well-used Chevron B40 he also had one, two or three Marches. Satoru Nakajima won the other two races

4 Apr 2016

Australian Gold Star 1971

CAMS moved Australian Formula 1 to allow both Formula 5000 and 2-litre racing engines for 1971. Although the F5000s were the quicker cars, Max Stewart's 2-litre Mildren-Waggott was more consistent and won the title by a single point.

31 Mar 2016

European Formula 3 Cup 1975 season review and full race results

A very low-key beginning to the European F3 Championship favoured the itinerant F3 driver and the leaders of that group in 1975 were Larry Perkins and Conny Andersson. Perkins took the title in his Ralt RT1 despite scoring only 18 points.

24 Mar 2016

Eagle 1972 Indy car-by-car histories

The classic 1972 Indianapolis Eagle, designed by Roman Slobodynskyj, was the fastest car of 1972, and the most popular customer Indy car of its era. Together with its inspiration, the McLaren M16, it completely redefined the design of Indycars.

22 Mar 2016

Swedish Formula 3 1976 season review and full race results

Tore Helle recruited Tommy Borgudd and Eje Elgh to join Conny Ljungfeldt in his Rotel F3 team, and equipped then with new Viking F3 cars, designed by Len Terry. Unfortunately the money ran out before the car could prove itself.

21 Mar 2016

Swedish Formula 3 1975 season review and full race results

The Rotel Racing Marchs of Conny Andersson and Conny Ljungfeldt dominated the 1975 Swedish F3 series, with young Ljungfeldt taking the title in Andersson's 1974 car.

19 Mar 2016

Italian Formula 3 1976 season review and full race results

Former World Karting Champion Riccardo Patrese was the leading driver in F3 in 1976, and won the Italian championship as well as the European title. The March 763 was the car to have, but Chevron and Ralt were emerging as serious contenders.

12 Mar 2016

'Formula 1 The Knowledge'

David Hayhoe's new book, 'Formula 1 The Knowledge' will be published this week. David will be well known to many of you as the statistician for Autocourse for over 25 years, and the author of the Grand Prix Data Book.

5 Mar 2016

ECAR Formula Atlantic 1987 season review and full race results

After three seasons of low-key recovery, Formula Atlantic re-emerged as a significant American category in 1987. British ex-F3 driver Calvin Fish won the title but the main news of the season was the emergence of the new Swift DB4.

4 Mar 2016

Swedish Formula 3 1987 season review and full race results

The more experienced Micke Johansson beat young Rickard Rydell, a future touring car star, to the 1987 Swedish F3 title. The pair dominated the series but no new opportunities arose, so they would both be back again in 1988.

27 Feb 2016

Japanese Formula Pacific 1979 season review and full race results

The Japanese Formula Pacific title blossomed in 1979. Takao Wada bought a brand new March 79B mid-season and with Masahiro Hasemi dropping out of several races, Wada took the title with a race to spare.

24 Feb 2016

Irish Formula Atlantic 1975 season review and full race results

Patsy McGarrity bought a brand new Chevron B29 and easily retained his BP RIAC Formula Atlantic title. He also won the new 500 MRCI Northern Irish title.

23 Feb 2016

Japanese Formula Pacific 1978 season review and full race results

Masahiro Hasemi was best prepared for the new Formula Pacific category, driving the Chevron B40 that he had imported late the previous year. Using Nissan power, he won four of the five races, and easily won the championship.

22 Feb 2016

Australian Gold Star 1970

As old technology gave way to new, the 1970 Gold Star was a three-way fight between the 2-litre Waggott-engined cars of Leo Geoghegan and Max Stewart, and the Repco V8 car of John Harvey. Geoghegan won on points.

21 Feb 2016

British Formula 3 1987

Johnny Herbert won the 1987 British F3 championship in Eddie Jordan's Reynard 873-VW Speiss. Like many F3 champions before him, he would go on to a highly successful F1 career.

20 Feb 2016

Irish Formula Atlantic 1974 season review and full race results

After years of Formula Libre, race organisers in Ireland agreed to a move to Formula Atlantic for 1974, and BP sponsored a championship organised by RIAC. Patsy McGarrity won the first title in his Chevron B25.

19 Feb 2016

ARS 1987 season review and full race results

Didier Theys, the reigning Super Vee Champion, moved up to ARS for 1987 to drive for TrueSports and won again, beating his old FSV sparring partner Jeff Andretti and ex-F1 driver Tommy Byrne to the title.

17 Feb 2016

ECAR Formula Atlantic 1986 season review and full race results

Canadian rookie Scott Goodyear took on English Formula 3 driver Calvin Fish for the 1986 ECAR title, and prevailed by six wins to three in the nine-race series.

16 Feb 2016

WCAR Formula Atlantic 1986 season review and full race results

Ted Prappas had a new Ralt RT4/86 and narrowly defeated veteran Dan Marvin and Mexican Roberto Quintanilla to win the 1986 WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship.

15 Feb 2016

Brad Murphey interview

"Bronco" Brad Murphey, the former rodeo rider who raced in the ARS and Trans-Am and appeared at the Indianapolis 500 in 1996, recalls his experiences in these and more to Richard Jenkins.

3 Feb 2016

Eagle 1969 Indy

The 1969 Eagle was a completely new design, from young designer Tony Southgate. It used the wedge profile popularised by the Lotus 56, together with Brabham-style suspension. The car worked well on road courses but less well on ovals.

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