Double Dutch Bus to the Garden of Motorsports
F1Weekly is blessed with the support of long-time and dedicated listeners. Our man in Amsterdam, Louis Jansen, is passionate and very knowledgeable about Formula 1.
We are, with his expressed written consent, happy to share his memories from the trip to Spa-Francorchamps last year with his lady friend and a bus load of Max maniacs.
The Dutch have a rich history in motorsports. Their seaside track at Zandvoort was home to the Dutch Grand Prix for many years, and saw many maiden wins for both man and machine.
Swedish driver Jo Bonnier scored his and BRM’s first victory here in 1959. The late great Graham Hill scored his first grand prix victory at Zandvoort in 1962, driving the beautiful BRM P57.
In 1967, the Scottish legend Jim Clark won first time out with Colin Chapman’s Lotus 49 powered by Keith Duckworth-designed Ford-Cosworth DFV.
James Hunt and the “Good Lord” Hesketh were the winners in 1975.
Max! The youngest grand prix driver and race winner.
Youngest world champion? If TAG-Heuer’s timing is right and Red Bull has the package, the young Dutch treat might deliver this historical achievement in the near future.