Historic Formula 1 Cars
Monterey Car Week is just a few weeks away now and from August 18th through the 21st plenty of historic racing machines will take over Laguna Seca. 550 historic race cars will be in the paddock of the Californian circuit.
This year there will be a historic car in Group 1A that is sure to please plenty fans. It is a 1950 Talbot Type 26 that was designed for what was then a new racing class, Formula 1.
The Type 26 is powered by a 4.5-liter inline-six cylinder engine. Couple this with the lightweight state of the art, in 1950, chassis and you have the pinnacle of racing at the time. It was pretty fast too, able to hit a top speed of 166 mph which would have been mind blowingly fast in the ’50s. The Tallbot will be in the Pre-951 group of which there will be 48 Cars.
The group also includes a 1932 Alfa Romeo Monza. It was one of just four built to compete in the grueling Mille Miglia. Alfa Romeos took 11 of the top 12 spots in the 1932 race that included eight Ferraris as well as other competition in the field.
Group 7B will have plenty of high-revving Formula One racers from the motor sport’s golden era. One of which is a 1976 Lotus 77 designed by Colin Chapman himself and driven by Mario Andretti. Bearing the now legendary John Player Special black livery, this Lotus 77/3 features a Ford-Cosworth DFV 2993cc V8 engine which saw plenty of action in the 1976 season. More recently the car has become something of a celebrity with it being featured in the movies, Iron Man 2 and Rush.