Classic Formula One Cars – Part 1

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1971 Surtess TS9 - The car is now out regularly in the Masters championship and driven by Judy Lyons thrilled the crowd at the 2013 Jersey International Motoring Festival

1971 Surtess TS9 - The car is now out regularly in the Masters championship and driven by Judy Lyons thrilled the crowd at the 2013 Jersey International Motoring Festival, image courtsey of Grant Ford

1971 March Surtees TS9Having decided to run his own team in Formula 1 in 1970 with the TS7 John Surtess went into the 1971 season with his new TS9, this would be the last season he would himself drive an F1 car. The TS9 scored World Championship points for the team in the Dutch and British GPs, with Rob Walker Racings Brooke Bond Oxo sponsorship. The car was driven by Rhodesian John Love in the South African GP at Kyalami in March 1972, starting at the back of the grid the car spun off with just 6 laps to go and was classified 16th. 1972 March 721G
1972 March 721G - The car is now out regularly in the Masters championship and driven by Judy Lyons thrilled the crowd at the 2013 Jersey International Motoring Festival

1972 March 721G - Seen here climbing Paddock Hill at Brands Hatch driven by Richard Smeeton in May 2013, image courtsey of Grant Ford

The 1972 721G was a successful machine that saved the March team from the disaster of its predecessor the 721X F1 machine. During the season privateer Mike Beuttler (Unfortunately, Mike died in 1988 aged just 48; being the only known gay driver in F1, would his career have been different now as opposed to the 70s, he certainly had the ability.) ordered a F1 car from March and in 9 days the car was built, a modified F2 car the ‘G’ in the name is rumoured to mean Guinness Book of Records as the car was built in record time. The car was light and very quick straight away, the team switched all their drivers to this model and it set the tone for all the March cars built in the early 1970s.Beuttler a talented British driver managed a 8th in the German GP in this car, impressive for a non-works team funded by stockbroker friends. Seen here climbing Paddock Hill at Brands Hatch driven by Richard smeeton in May 2013.If you have any archive, classic F1 or other motorsport images then please get in touch and email info@classiccarmag.net. Thanks to Grant Ford (www.grantford.co.uk) for providing these images and the text.    Tags:,