Formula 1 Car by Car 1960-69
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