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Great pictures from The Golden Age of Formula One – the 60s and 70s

By Stefano on December 17th, 2012

So F1 fans chin up! The new season starts four months today in Australia. Time will fly by. So to help fill the void in your life caused by lack of racing here is a quick trip back to the golden early days of Formula One in the 60s and 70s.

In some ways it is a bitter sweet journey for many of the stars of these images met awful premature deaths. You look at Jim Clark winning the US Grand Prix in  1967 knowing that a few months later his life would be claimed by a tree at the notorious German Hockenheimring circuit. Then there’s the fresh faced Jochen Rindt, the man many predicted would dominate F1 in the 70s who lost his life while practising for the Italian Grand Prix in 1970. He was just 28 years old.

I am also reminded of the really stupid deaths like that of British driver Thomas Pryce who was killed after a collision with a marshal who stepped on to the track at the 1977 South African Grand Prix.

Heaven knows what kind of impact these deaths must have had on the other drivers. And spurred on by a public, who were now getting sick of seeing images of grieving girlfriends with tear-filled eyes tucked behind their shades and the staff of constructors teams with ever more furrowed brows, Jackie Stewart and other drivers embarked on a long journey to make the sport a safe one.

In spite of the tragedies though,there is something incredibly glamorous about F1 in the 60s and 70s. Maybe it is clothes, the hair (or the sideburns as a certain person got bang on here), the curved shape of the cars or the stunning backdrops of circuits like Monaco (when they weren’t only a quick and cheap Easyjet flight away), but it just seemed way more sophisticated, elegant and classy back then.

Much of that elan was captured in the 1966 John Frankenheimer-directed film Grand Prix in which an American driver played by James Garner battles it out with French counterpart Yves Montand . The film wast a staple on TV in the 70s and 80s but doesn’t get screened as much now. It is worth watching for a gripping story line, some gorgeous photography and the cameo appearance of French singer and style icon Francoise Hardy.

So enjoy these images and let’s celebrate the all too brief lives of some of F1′s true giants.

Pics from PA

John Surtees

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A tangle of wheels and near disaster as John Surtees, driving a Lola, and the German Gunther Seifert in a Lotus clash in a chicane during the Lavant Cup event at Goodwood. Both drivers had to retire, although both were unhurt



Lifestyle & Gadgets, Watches

Casio launched Formula 1 predictor game on Facebook

By Laura on May 17th, 2011

Formula 1 fan? Then make sure you check out the Facebook game Casio lauched last month. Users have to try and predict specific race times from each Grand Prix for the chance to winning various prizes, including a VIP trip to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Casio EDIFICE watches and more.

Each week, you are asked to ‘Guess the Time’ of the driver in pole position and the fastest lap time of Casio’s Formula 1 partner Red Bull Racing. Users will be entered into a draw every week they play.

players who guess either time correctly get to go on a tour of the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes, and the users who come closest each week overall will win one of Casio’s latest EDIFICE watches.

I have had a chance to check out the EDIFICE watch… and trust me they are pretty awesome. You can check out the game here.




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