For­mula 1 Car by Car 1960-69

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - David Brown

This book does a great job of re­mind­ing us of just how ex­cit­ing mo­tor sport was in the 1960s. Mo­tor rac­ing seemed to fit in well with the pop­u­larly held image of the swing­ing ’60s with a wide pub­lic in­ter­est in the Grand Prix end of the sport and the driv­ers who ex­celled in it – and that’s re­flected very well here.

This lav­ish vol­ume con­tains more than 600 pho­to­graphs, many of which show how the cars them­selves were in some­thing of a tran­si­tional stage – rear-en­gined rac­ers ini­tially dom­i­nated the grids, while Ford-Cos­worth DFV power was preva­lent later in the decade.

Cooper was world cham­pion in 1960 but the com­pany had gone from rac­ing be­fore the end of the decade. Lo­tus gained three world cham­pi­onships, with Jim Clark gain­ing the hon­ours in 1963 and 1965, and team-mate Gra­ham Hill tak­ing his sec­ond ti­tle in 1968 just a few months af­ter Clark’s death. Ear­lier in the decade Hill had of­ten snapped at Clark’s wheels in a BRM, who got its sole world ti­tle in 1962.

The year-by-year ac­count of the dif­fer­ent teams and their cars is fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing for any­one with an in­ter­est in mo­tor rac­ing his­tory – and it all seems a mil­lion miles away from F1 rac­ing in re­cent years.

Au­thor: Peter Higham Pub­lisher: Evro (evrop­ub­lish­ing.com) ISBN 978-1-910505-18-2

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