Members of the world Press had a preview of the 1971 International Racing Car Show in London on Tuesday (5th January)...
Members of the world Press had a preview of the 1971 International Racing Car Show in London on Tuesday (5th January)...a day before the official opening by recently-retired Jack Brabham. Organised jointly by the British Racing and Sports Car Club, and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the show is regarded as supplementary to the Earls' Court International Motor Show and offers the enthusiast a chance to see 28 "special feature" competition cars and 100 manufacturers' displays.
Although there were no big design surprises on show, most manufacturers exhibited improved cars based on previous successful models. Team Lotus's Formula-One Type-72 car held pride of place in the Show's main central "paddock" display. It is similar to the one in which the late Jochen Rindt won the 1970 World Driver's title. On their own stand Lotus included a Formula-A-5,000 Lotus-Ford which has been conspicuous in European racing during the past season.
After only a year on the International motor-racing scene, "March" Engineering Ltd....who entered their first competition car in the 1970 South African Grand Prix...had four models on show. The March-713 (Formula 3) model is designed to minimum weight requirement. Its engine is mounted in two removable tubular frames which allow easy removal and installation, and the overall design has greatly improved straight-line speed stability.
The March 707 CanAm car, which raced successfully in North America at the end of the 1970 series, was also displayed.
The Hawk-Ford driven to victory at Indianapolis in 1969 was built over two years ago along Brabham lines, and was one of many older cars at the Show to attract attention. Its engine is capable of delivering nearly 11,000 revolutions per minute ...in safety...and is turbocharger to produce over 650 brake-horse-power.
The Show preview offered Press photographers a chance to catch the best angles of both feminine and mechanical models, and the Wheatcraft Racing Team's Formula-2 Brabham-Cosworth-Ford was one of many cars to receive extra "adornment". The 10-day International Racing Car Show is being held in London's Olympia National HALL.