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Fun facts:

  1. Both of the drivers shown here (Jack Brabham in front, Bruce McLaren chasing him into the corner) would eventually create their own race teams--one of which is still with us to this day. In fact, Brabham's 1966 WDC still is the only time in history a driver has won the F1 World Championship driving a car with his name on it.
  2. The Cooper T51's they are driving were the first rear-engined (technically, mid-engined) cars to win the F1 championship--which Brahbham did in the same year this was taken--1959.
  3. Between Brabham and McLaren you will find 3 WDC's (all Brabham's) as well as a win at LeMans (McLaren). Their respective teams total 10 F1 Constructor's titles (2 for Brabham and 8 for McLaren) and 16 Driver's titles (4 and 12, respectively). McLaren also won Indy several times and the F1 GTR of course beat out a field of custom prototypes to win the '95 LeMans race, coming in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 13th.
  4. Speaking of the F1 GTR: in 1996, a GTR became the first non-Japanese car to win a round of the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC). The craziest thing about that fact is that the car was co-driven by none other than David Brabham--Jack Brabham's youngest son.


Totally unrelated fact: those are the tails of C-82 Packet cargo aircraft parked at nearby Sebring Regional Airport. Part of the runway system of the still operating airport is home to the Sebring International Raceway, where the 12hr race is run to this day.
 

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F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio once gave an interview in 1970 and then drove his Ferrari [Lancia] D50 around the Monaco streets:










Watch the video here, if you'd prefer.

 

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Interesting, did those side pods carry anything or are they hollow and just an early areo mod to attempt to clean up the wake of the wheels?
 

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Speaking of one-offs:

Once upon a time during the waning days of WRC's Group B, a group of engineers in Audi Sport decided to create a prototype without approval from the board to compete in the upcoming Group S class. It was quite unusual for Audi because they decided to join the mid-engine crowd and create something very weird. Well, after the Toivonen crash (look it up, it was *bad*), Group B was banned and Group S's plans were shelved. Audi, having gotten wind of the Group S prototypes, had all of the official cars scrapped. One prototype, sitting in the Audi Museum's warehouse by some miracle, survived.








 
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