Off season is a good time to go thru this edition again. Here are some interesting moments that I would like to share with the F1 Weekly familia.
The Fifties: The Autopsort magazine is started by Gregor Grand in 1950, and I have been loving and reading this magazine, and the British racing green Motorsport magazine since the 70s. Mighty fine publications.
Also in the 50s, in the world of racing these were the major items (apart from the obvious)
Ferdinand Porsche passes away in 1952.
In 1953 Oulton Park circuit is opened in Cheshire, where Mister Brazier and I went in April for British F3 – good chance we may do the same in 2012. Italian legend Tazio Nuvolari passes away.
1957 Last Mille Miglia won by Pierro Taruffi in a Ferrari. Final GP win for Maserati at the Nurburgring with Fangio’s epic drive.
1959 Lee Petty, papito of Richard, wins the inaugural Daytona 500. And, on a very humble note, yours truly makes his debut in the Grand Prix of Life at the Karachi Rickshawdromo.
1960 First GP win for Lotus car, courtesy of Stirling Moss in a Rob Walker entry.
1961. The 100th Formula 1 GP takes place in Germania, the winner, Stirling Moss, his final success before near fatal crash at Goodwood.
1963. The start of the Great Australian Race Bathurst 1000 and the ear engine revolution at Indy, courtesy of Chapman and Lotus.
1964 Jim Clark wins British Touring Car championship in a Lotus Cortina.
1965 Last Le Man victory for Ferrari, courtesy of Masten Gregory of Kansas and Jochen Rindt of Graz, Austria – this car is now at the Indy museum.
1966 Birth of Can Am series, John Surtees is the first champion.
1967 First season of Formula 2. Mario Andretti wins
1968 Le Mans takes place in September because of trouble in Paradise.
1969 We close the decade with four in a row for Ford at Le Mans. Jackie Oliver and Jacky Ickx were the winners in the most beautiful racing car of all time, and in the most beautiful paint scheme of all time – the John Wyer entered Ford GT40 in Gulf colors. All this of course my humble opinion.