Narrated by Oscar Koveleski, take a lap or two around Watkins Glen in the Team Auto World McLarens. In-car footage from 1969 and 1970. Full length DVD of Watkins Glen 1959-1975 available at http://www.prdaracing.com .
1967 USA GP at Watkins Glen
Winner: Jim Clark (Lotus-Ford)
Pole position: Graham Hill (Lotus-Ford) - 1:05.48
Fastest Lap: Graham Hill (Lotus-Ford) - 1:06.0
Nine Days In Summer - Ford Archive Gems DVD 1967
World's Greatest Indy Racing Car
One of the most important American racing artifacts gets back on track
after 45 years. The Henry Ford Museum brings Jim Clark's Lotus-Ford 38/1
back to the scene of its triumph for a turn around the historic
Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some of the men who spearheaded the project
talk about the significance of the car in racing history.
Vintage Can Am Racing at Road America - July 2010
The Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman, Elkhart Lake
Wisconsin, Road America, July 15-18, 2010. Oscar Koveleski takes us
through the starting line-up. This is the start of the Vintage Can Am race
at Road America.
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1973 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen New York
Stewart had already clinched his third World Driver's Championship when the
teams came to Watkins Glen, and he intended the final Grand Prix of 1973 to
be his swan song.
"I had decided in April that I would retire at the end of the season, win
or lose," Stewart recalled. "Watkins Glen was going to be my last race in a
Formula One car. François Cevert was going to be number one in the team
for 1974, although he never knew it. Ken Tyrrell and I had kept it a secret
that I was going to retire after that race. In fact, not even my wife,
Helen, who was with me that weekend, knew."
With just a few minutes left in the Saturday morning qualifying session,
however, the track suddenly fell quiet. Cevert had crashed violently in the
uphill Esses heading onto the back of the circuit, between Turns Three and
Four. Fighting the car as he went up the hill, Cevert ran too high on the
kerbs and slid into the right hand guardrail. The car then lashed sideways
across the track and struck the Armco on the left side of the track at 150
mph at an almost 90 degree angle. The nose of the car submarined into the
ground, causing the car to flip upwards on over the barrier, coming to rest
upside down on top of the Armco. Jody Scheckter's McLaren was close behind,
and he stopped and rushed over to help Cevert out of the car, but Cevert
had died instantly. Ken Tyrrell had lost a great driver and Jackie Stewart
an outstanding teammate at the circuit where Cevert had taken his only
Grand Prix win. "It was a horrendous accident which took the life of a
wonderfully charming, personable, handsome young man, who was a tremendous
friend to both Helen and me," Stewart said.
The Tyrrells of Stewart and Chris Amon had earned the fifth and twelfth
spots on the grid, but the team decided to withdraw in tribute to Cevert,
and Stewart's driving career was over after 99 races and an all-time record
27 Grand Prix wins.