Post by David Lawson on Jun 3, 2012 13:58:44 GMT -5
Once the grand prix constructors had dabbled with aerodynamic trims and tabs during 1967 they all went a bit daft in 1968 with wings mounted on taller and taller flimsy struts. Wings fell off some of the cars during the season but amazingly causing only one serious crash to Jackie Oliver in his Lotus 49 at Rouen which he luckily escaped without injury.
In 1969 they went even further with yet wider wings fitted with Gurney flaps before the very large crash at Barcelona when both Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt wrote off their Lotus 49Bs.
It is no coincidence that it was Colin Chapman at Lotus that pushed the limits of these wings and his cars suffered the worst of the failures. Good sense prevailed and limits were immediately put on these aerodynamic devices.
Here are a couple of my slot cars depicting F1 cars from this period.
Lotus 49B I built about 6 or 7 years ago using a Classic 49B wedge tail shell. I cut the tail off at the rear bulkhead and grafted on the rear end of a Classic Lotus 72 shell. Scratchbult chassis.
Honda RA301 built about 6 or 7 years ago using the Classic shell on a scratchbuilt chassis.