Racing in the park: Pic Of The Week

It's always mesmerising in this health and safety obsessed age seeing images of historic race cars flying around a corner - usually sideways - with the crowd just feet away. The more so when it's on tarmac more used to perambulating Londoners enjoying a quiet stroll in the park.

The park in question is Crystal Palace of course and, fired up by yesterday's Time For Tea?, we delved into LAT's archives for another taste of the action from back in the day. Taken at the 1966 British Formula 2 race it shows Jochen Rindt in a Brabham BT18-Cosworth pushing possibly a little too hard in his pursuit of third placed Alan Rees in a similar car. And a fine illustration of all that was exciting about motor racing in 60s Britain.

And the Cosworth angle? Expect more on this very shortly...

[Photo: LAT Photo]


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  • jamespink 09 Aug 2013

    Rindt running out of just about everything except commitment by the looks! Wonderful!

  • soad 09 Aug 2013

    What a photo! Fantastic!

  • tannedstamina 09 Aug 2013

    Amazing. I love that no one in the crowd looks worried at all that a cartwheeling race car could soon be joining them.

  • DavidY 09 Aug 2013

    Think you can add Gilles to the commitment list! approx 160mph!!

    Edited by DavidY on Friday 9th August 15:21

  • Hasbeen 09 Aug 2013

    Thanks for that, it brings back memories.

    I owned one of the original Brabhams, FJ 3 62, upgraded to basically to the same spec as those, which I raced in Oz in 66 & 67.

    In 68 I was lucky enough to drive a 2.5L Oz F1 Brabham Repco BT24, the very last of the wingless open wheelers.

    Those cars, when setup properly, & provided you had power on before turn in could be allowed to assume some quite extreme attitudes without worry. It sounds goofy, & I suppose we must have done something slightly differently, but somehow the tail would come back under you when you thought it should. Extrasensory perception I doubt, but it did almost feel like you thought the car through the corners.

    Having said that, perhaps Jochen should have started thinking about his tail just a little bit sooner in that photo.

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