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For those who have an interest in the great changes that went on
in F1 racing in the first dozen years, Here is a recent story from
Autoweek, that I very much enjoyed.
"VANWALL'S CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP IN '58 CHANGED GRAND PRIX RACING
AUGUST 1, 2018
Casablanca, October 1958. A cool breeze off the Atlantic provides
spectators at trackside some relief from the afternoon sun, but
Stirling Moss hardly notices. It's the final race of the Formula 1
season, and Moss needs everything to go his way today if he's going to win
title he covets: a victory, fastest lap and for his rival and fellow
countryman, Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn, to finish no better than
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**Vandervell was heard in the pits gleefully mocking Vittorio Jano and his
Ferraris' deafening Lancia V8s: "All the power is coming out of the pipes!"**
Yes, that was a good one.
The last 3 paragraphs are a good conclusion.
Indeed, the world of F1, very quickly changed because of them.
"Tony Vandervell was never the same after Lewis-Evans’ death, and a
decade of the F1 circus had worn on him. In announcing his retirement,
he wrote, “The Vanwall achievements have shown that a green car can win
with a comparatively small organization. I must now leave the good work
to the other green car manufacturers, and I wish them good luck.” He
died in 1967 at the age of 68.
The other green cars took up right where he left off. Cooper, Lotus,
Brabham and even BRM went on to win constructors’ trophies over the next
decade. Still more Brits followed, even if the cars weren’t always
green. Perhaps the most surprising postscript to the Vanwall story is
the part about Stuart Lewis-Evans’ manager, who, like Vandervell, had
been so devastated after Morocco that he walked away from racing.
Unlike, Vandervell, however, his retirement proved temporary. You may
have heard of him. Guy by the name of Ecclestone.
As for the cars themselves, for all their accomplishments, their legacy
is slightly muddled by the brevity of their reign and how quickly the
world changed upon its conclusion. As L. J. K. Setright wrote in his
definitive racing history, “The Grand Prix,” that “despite the
spaceframe construction, independent front suspension and scientifically
contoured bodywork, the front-engined four-cylinder Vanwall was the
apotheosis of the vintage car, rather long, rather narrow and with the
driver sitting high up in the rear to command a distant view of the
proceedings over a rather tall engine. No car remotely resembling it
would ever again win the championship.”
"Inflection point" was originally published in Autoweek's July 16, 2018,
60th anniversary issue.