CAR (UK)

THE STORY OF THE DECADE

- Jack Brabham · Motor Racing Developments Ltd. · Bernard Ecclestone · Ferrari S.p.A. · McLaren

Jack Brab­ham win­ning the 1970 South African Grand Prix opens a decade of tu­mul­tuous change. Bernie Ec­cle­stone be­gins the decade as a team owner but quickly builds in­flu­ence and con­trol, recog­nis­ing both the power of the teams within a sport that’s noth­ing with­out them and the im­mense wealth tele­vi­sion can pump into F1 and his own wal­let. The cars begin the decade wear­ing crude wings, end it as low-fly­ing air­craft. Tur­bocharg­ing will win races be­fore the decade’s out – a taster of the in­sane power to come. And myr­iad nar­ra­tives make the ’70s un­for­get­table: Fer­rari’s re­nais­sance, Hunt ver­sus Lauda, the emer­gence of Wil­liams and McLaren as pow­er­houses, and Sid Watkins’ tire­less work to rid the car­ni­val of car­nage.

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