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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #15 on: Monday,February 09, 2015, 04:16:43 PM »
The 72 in the hands of "'Fast Eddie" for team Gunston. Some tidbits about this race meeting....

A total of active and future (6) World champions participated, 1st woman raced, 1st home race won by a South African, 4 Lotus 72's entered...Can you name the Lotus drivers?
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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #16 on: Thursday,February 12, 2015, 01:42:44 PM »
Ok guys, I'll start with an admission that I'm not really very much of a F1 fan and to add more fuel to the fire, this post isn't even about Lotus......      ::)

But this week I watched a dvd my wife bought me at Christmas (I'm kinda slow with such things) all about Jackie Stewart and his attempt at Monaco in 1971, which is roughly in the Tobacco Years theme.

And it was brilliant !  Not a lot of Lotus as you'd expect but a few personalities of the period, lots of Ken Tyrell with Graham Hill in there plus a few more even I recognized.  Set over 3 days of the race and very reminiscent of home video recording it shows them setting up the car, the practices and social life and of course some footage of the race itself.  It's quite sobering in places, at one point Polanski was talking with Helen Stewart about racing and she came out with "everyone we know since Jackie started has either crashed or been killed". Which isn't the normal thing you'd see on a job advert, is it ?   

If anyone decides to watch it I won't spoil the ending which is excellent and shows just how far the sport has moved since the 68-73 era.

It's called "Weekend of a Champion"  with Jackie Stewart & Roman Polanski, issued by Universal films.

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #17 on: Friday,February 20, 2015, 07:41:46 AM »
The 72 in the hands of "'Fast Eddie" for team Gunston. Some tidbits about this race meeting....

A total of active and future (6) World champions participated, 1st woman raced, 1st home race won by a South African, 4 Lotus 72's entered...Can you name the Lotus drivers?

Graham Hill, Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt... Past & future champions

Lella Lombardi driving a March...Jody wins for Tyrell...Guy Tunmer and Eddie Keizian for team Gunston.

And of course, Super Swede with the Belgian bomber pictured with Peter Warr and Colin.


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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #18 on: Saturday,February 28, 2015, 09:29:53 AM »
The garage door is frozen shut...I needed something to change my frame of mind...ld

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #19 on: Saturday,February 28, 2015, 10:12:47 AM »
That will do it!  :beerchug:

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #20 on: Saturday,February 28, 2015, 12:39:00 PM »
Now that is truly Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious!  :FUNNY:

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #21 on: Monday,March 02, 2015, 04:19:56 PM »
A few facts about the type 72...In the almost six years of longevity only 9 chassis were constructed. One of the workhorse chassis versions was R5. With fifty six starts under it's belt, her maiden outing was at Watkins Glen 1970. Brian Henton was the last team driver to saddle up at the Glen in 1975. Mainly driven by Fittipladi and Jacky Ickx...who is credited with 22 starts in R5, both Dave Charlton and Jim Crawford had starts. ld   
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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #22 on: Monday,March 02, 2015, 06:10:58 PM »
The 72 was probably the most enduring F1 car in the modern era. That an aluminum tub would last as long as 56 starts - is that almost four years? - is amazing not only from the standpoint of its advanced design but also from a durability standpoint (I read that when Penske bought the Can Am wining McLaren M6A, the tub had to be completely rebuilt because it was so worn out - and that season was only six races!).

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #23 on: Saturday,March 21, 2015, 12:32:02 PM »
Two great shots from Monaco, front and rear...In the hands of Dave Walker. Of all the color schemes on the 72...the early d version and the first years of John Player / Texaco branding seems to be my favorite. With gold wheels and mirrors to match, and with the anvil air box, for me the best looking Formula One car of that era bar none...ld   
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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #24 on: Thursday,April 16, 2015, 07:32:02 PM »
Car control...A flying leap for Emerson in Germany and Ronnie drops in at Monaco...Wonderful!

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #25 on: Thursday,April 16, 2015, 07:52:03 PM »
More great photos, Lou! Emmo and Ronnie were two of the best!

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #26 on: Thursday,April 30, 2015, 08:36:41 AM »
I love that fantastic photo of Emmo. Very cool!
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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #27 on: Saturday,May 02, 2015, 01:12:45 PM »
More great photos, Lou! Emmo and Ronnie were two of the best!

A few more ... Ronnie and raindrops...the delicate dance on slicks in the wet...eyes wide open.

Emerson drifts by...read the rubber...neutral steer is a great feeling! ld   

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #28 on: Saturday,May 02, 2015, 07:27:44 PM »
Love them both but especially the picture of Ronnie in the rain!

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Re: Lotus F1 "The tobacco years" type 72
« Reply #29 on: Friday,May 29, 2015, 06:54:01 PM »
Hockenheimring 1970...Jochen Rindt takes the checker in this thrilling duel with Jacky Ickx. A hard fought victory was his reward as the race featured a nose to tail battle for 50 laps between the Gold leaf team and Ferrari. The margin at the end was a scant .7 of a second giving him a 20 point lead in the championship. Dennis Hulme in the McLaren took the final spot on the podium...Color me in Red and Gold !