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After the end of the war production started again at Delahaye despite immense difficulties, shortage of materials, lack of machine tools, and numerous strikes due to political and social unrest, tells André Vaucourt, as he picks up the Delahaye story that we left behind in 1939.
With one of the living legends of the sport in hospital fighting for his life, 2013 comes to a dramatic end. So it's with a bit of a sad heart that we close off the year with a update provided by Willem Visser to his earlier article on the great drivers of the sport and the ever-continuing debate about the value of statistics versus opinion and reputation. Willem adds the 2013 season to his statistical review of the World Championship until now and finds that Sebastian Vettel is quickly becoming a living legend of his own. Meanwhile, we wish Michael Schumacher a speedy recovery.
The summer of 1970 wasn't the once famous summer of love but to the Formula One audience it might be remembered as the summer of the Lotus 72. The Dutch Grand Prix was the first of four successive wins by the 72, the new and spectacular wedge-shaped car. Unfortunately Jochen Rindt died during practice for the Italian Grand Prix on September 6 and thus became the first posthumous world champion in Formula One. His death confirmed the reputation of Lotus: fast and innovative designs but also fragile and deadly. As it turned out, the Lotus 72 was the overture to a design revolution, as Willem Visser argues.
Other recent stories on 8W
- Delahaye 135/145 - 1939: not a very good year for Delahaye, and a terrible year for the world, by André Vaucourt
- Spa - Taking on the GT40s, 2013 Spa Six Hours report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Delahaye 135/145/155 - 1938: Delahaye wins the Pau and Cork GPs and comes 1, 2, 4 at Le Mans, by André Vaucourt
- Goodwood - Keeping its core intact, 2013 Circuit Revival Meeting report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Zandvoort - Treasure in the dunes, 2013 Historic GP report, by Mattijs Diepraam
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