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


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24 Jan 2022

Formula 1 - the 1974 season

The 1974 season marked a major change in F1, with an influx of new teams and a much more evenly-matched field following Jackie Stewart's retirement. Emerson Fittipaldi narrowly beat Clay Regazzoni and Jody Scheckter to the title.

22 Jan 2022

BRM P153 (1970 Formula 1)

Tony Southgate's first design for BRM was the BRM P153, a low bathtub monocoque with bulbous sides that was a complete change to previous designs. This design returned the team to competitiveness with Pedro Rodriguez winning the Belgian GP.

28 Dec 2021

Eagle 1973 Indy car

The 1972 and 1973 model Eagle Indy cars are often confused. AAR continued to produce 1972 model cars for customers in early 1973, but also built four cars to a revised 1973 specification for their own in-house team.

22 Dec 2021

KayTee Formula A history

Art Kijek raced his home-built Formula A across North America in 1969, from Minnesota to Florida. Unfortunately for the small team, it was destroyed in a fire at the end of the season.

21 Dec 2021

Coyote IV (1973-1978 Indy car)

Between 1973 and early 1979, AJ Foyt used a series of cars evolving from an original design by Bob Riley. Only four distinct cars were built, and Foyt won 19 races in them, with at least one victory in each of those seven seasons, including four 500-mile races.

19 Dec 2021

Coyote III (1972 Indy car)

Bob Riley designed a new Coyote III for AJ Foyt in 1972, similar in layout to the recently announced 1972 Eagle. The car was a complete flop, and Foyt only raced it a handful of times.

17 Dec 2021

Coyote II (1971 Indy car)

AJ Foyt commissioned Bob Riley to design a new car for 1971, to replace the dated Len Terry-derived cars that Foyt had been using since 1966. It could not compete with the McLarens or 1971 Eagles, but Foyt won one race when the quicker cars hit problems.

15 Dec 2021

Tipke 1972 Indy car

Designed and built by Jim Tipke in 1972 but not raced until 1973, the Tipke Indy car was beautifully engineered but simply did not have the speed. It did however help to launch the career of its driver Tom Sneva.

13 Dec 2021

McLaren M21 (1972 Formula 2)

McLaren returned to Formula 2 in 1972 with the McLaren M21, the works car being driven by Jody Scheckter. None were sold to customers, so McLaren wound up the production relationship with Trojan.

18 Nov 2021

Cooper T60 (1962 Formula 1)

Following on from the prototype Climax V8 Cooper in 1961, two new Cooper T60s were built for the 1962 season. Bruce McLaren won the Monaco GP in his T60.

17 Nov 2021

Vollstedt 1972-73 Indy car

Rolla Vollstedt's 1972 and 1973 cars were built from very similar monocoques and were used and modified together over the next three seasons.

9 Nov 2021

Lotus 69 (1970 Formula 2)

The first car to be called a Lotus 69 was a monocoque Formula 2 car built for 1970. Jochen Rindt won four of his first five races in his example.

3 Nov 2021

Lotus 69 (1971 Formula B)

A new Lotus 69 model was built for Formula B in 1971, comprising a spaceframe chassis, Hart Ford twin cam engine, F2-style Lotus 69 bodywork and uprated front suspension.

2 Nov 2021

STP 1969 Indy car

Andy Granatelli commissioned the construction of two STP Indy cars for 1969, using Lotus 56 monocoques with "Superwedge" bodywork and fitted with Plymouth stock block engines.

25 Oct 2021

GRD 273 (1973 Formula 2)

The 1973 GRD 273 was the peak of GRD's brief involvement in Formula 2, winning one early race with Reine Wisell but fading away as the season progressed.

20 Oct 2021

Eagle 1968 Indy car

After two years using a Len Terry design, AAR employed Tony Southgate to design the 1968 Indy Eagle. Bobby Unser won the 1968 Indianapolis 500 in the Leader Card Racers example, and Dan Gurney and Gordy Johncock won later races in sister cars.

17 Oct 2021

Mongoose 1969 Indy

Dave Laycock built a completely new car for 1969, his first monocoque chassis and using wedge-shaped bodywork inspired by the Lotus 56. The car was not a success, and driver Lloyd Ruby preferred his 1968 car.

13 Oct 2021

Finley "Fleagle" 1973 Indycar

Bill Finley built a new Indy car for the Tassi Vatis team in 1973, copying the layout of the 1972 Eagle. Nicknamed the "Fleagle", the car was used for three seasons, finishing as high as tenth a couple of times, before being replaced with a genuine Eagle.

9 Oct 2021

Riley 1974 Indycar

Designed by Bob Riley for Lindsey Hopkins in 1974, the 'Riley' was a development of his 1973 Coyote design. However, the team could never unravel the riddle of the car's aerodynamics and it was well off the pace.

8 Oct 2021

Wildcat 'Mk 5' (1979 Indy)

Patrick Racing produced a one-off Wildcat Indy car with Cosworth DFX engine for the start of the 1979 season, but the car was rarely used. Logically, this would have been the Wildcat Mk 5.

7 Oct 2021

King "PC7" (1980 Indy)

Grant King's final Indy design was a copy of the Penske PC7, intended for the 1980 Indy 500. The first car was not ready in time in 1980, and although it qualified in 1981 it was bumped. A second was later built for Jim McElreath.

6 Oct 2021

Wildcat 'Mk 4' (1978 Indy)

George Bignotti built a new Indy Wildcat for 1978, similar to the Mk 2 but powered by the new Drake V8 engine. Although no model number was ever given for the car, this was effectively the Mk 4.

5 Oct 2021

Dragon 1976 Indycar

Grant King built two new cars for 1976, named Dragons as it was the Chinese Year of the Dragon, instead of Kingfish as his previous cars had been named. They were used for three seasons, but the team's best results through that time were achieved with the backup 1973 cars.

4 Oct 2021

Kuzma, Kuzma-Kenyon and Coyote-Kenyon 1970-71 Indycar car-by-car histories

Four closely-related cars were built for the Lindsey Hopkins team in 1970 and 1971, the first three from monocoques fabricated by Eddie Kuzma, and a fourth built up from a monocoque created by Kuzma originally to be a Coyote.

3 Oct 2021

Wildcat Mk 3 (1977 Indy)

Built for the 1977 season, George Bignotti's Wildcat Mk 3 was much lower and narrower than the Mk 2, with more attention to aerodynamics. It did not turn out to have the speed of the Mk 2, and was rarely used.

2 Oct 2021

Wolverine (1970 Indy)

Built by Don Edmunds for JC Agajanian's Wynns-sponsored team in 1970, the Wolverine was a complete flop. It was completely off the pace at the Indy 500 in 1970, and rarely appeared again.

1 Oct 2021

Wildcat Mk 2 (1976 Indy)

The revised Wildcat Mk 2 Indycar helped Gordon Johncock to the USAC title in 1976. The new car had a full-width nose, front radiators and lower sidepods. Anyone know where any of them are today?

30 Sep 2021

Wildcat Mk 1 (1975 Indy)

After two years of using customer Eagles, Patrick Racing Team constructed their own cars for 1975, called the Wildcat Mk 1.

28 Sep 2021

Antares 1972 Indycar

One of the most innovative cars ever to appear at the Indy 500, the Antares simply contained too many new ideas at once, and could not be sorted out in time. A more orthodox reworking of the design raced on through the 1970s, qualifying for the Indy 500 as late as 1979.

27 Sep 2021

Surtees TS15A (1974 Formula 2)

The 1974 Formula 2 Surtees TS15A was a development of the 1973 car to use BMW engines. Three were built for Ron Dennis's new Marlboro-sponsored F2 team, and another two followed for the works team.

26 Sep 2021

Watson 1968/69 Indy car

After copying the Brawner Hawk for his 1967 car, AJ Watson returned to monocoque construction for two very similar cars built in 1968 and 1969. Despite some hints of competitiveness at Indy in 1969, the best the cars achieved were two third-place finishes.

24 Sep 2021

Watson 1967 Indy car

The 1967 Watson Indy car was a copy of the successful Brawner-Hawk, and proved an improvement over AJ Watson's preceding designs, especially in the hands of his new driver Mike Mosley.

23 Sep 2021

Watson 1966 Indy car

AJ Watson produced a new Indycar design for 1966, combining the monocoque construction of his previous car with the outboard suspension popularised by the Brawner Hawk. It was not a success.

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