Ric­cia­rdo in a McLaren

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When

the F5000 Tas­man Cup Re­vival Series hit Barba­gallo Race­way in late Oc­to­ber it was 37 years since a full field of V8-en­gined For­mula 5000s last hit Western Aus­tralia. The His­toric F5000 series’ 2016/17 open­ing round was held on the same week­end as the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

The link? Both events fea­tured a mem­ber of the Ric­cia­rdo fam­ily. While Daniel Ric­cia­rdo was in Texas, ul­ti­mately fin­ish­ing third in his Red Bull, his fa­ther Joe was aboard a McLaren M10B at the Wan­neroo track, which hosted the 1979 AGP.

The McLaren, ac­cord­ing to ol­drac­ing­cars.com, was orig­i­nally de­liv­ered to Niel Allen. It passed through many hands, in­clud­ing Alan Hamil­ton’s, be­fore re­turn­ing to the Hamil­ton fold in re­cent years. Since be­ing re­stored it was raced by Al­fredo Costanzo at the Phillip Is­land Clas­sic be­fore be­ing pur­chased by Ric­cia­rdo Snr.

Joe Ric­cia­rdo’s F5000 series de­but was low- key; he fin­ished the first two events on the fringe of the top 10, be­fore a race three DNFs side­lined the McLaren there­after. But still, how many fa­thers of cur­rent F1 stars are ped­alling big, brawny open­wheel­ers at His­toric meet­ings while their sons ply their trade at the sport’s top-end? Pretty cool, we reckon. And some­thing that has seem­ingly slipped the at­ten­tion of the main­stream mo­tor­sport me­dia and so­cial me­dia devo­tees. alike.

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