Lotus 70s at Sebring
Posted 05 December 2004 - 17:04
No prizes for getting the first one as Follmer's car! And as Follmer only drove a Lotus 70 at Sebring once, this must be Lotus 70/1 on 25 Oct 1970. But what about the second one? The works car, 70/2, was also there at that same race, being driven by David Oxton. Is this the car? Or could it be Andretti on the Lotus 70's debut the year before?
I wish I knew a way of cleaning up that second shot. Any experts out there? Or should I ask Mike to clean the slide somehow first?
Posted 05 December 2004 - 17:55
First up, the pic of No.4 could be Sebring in 1969. I have this image on my PC since last year, but I can't remember the source but I was labelled as Andretti 1969 Sebring. It looks like the same car/driver.
Also your image clean-up? Not perfect, but better
Edit: Too quick for me Tam ;) Now Allen has two to choose from
Posted 05 December 2004 - 18:59
Posted 05 December 2004 - 19:04
My money's on it being Mario...
Seen here at Jarama 1970; the red strip on the side of his helmet carried his name.
Posted 05 December 2004 - 23:58
Posted 06 December 2004 - 00:15
I was planning to catch up with Dave prior to Xmas so this could be an excuse to do so.
Posted 06 December 2004 - 14:20
Posted 06 December 2004 - 16:58
Chris got the Lotus and David got the MARCH 701 with the 2.5 Cossie!!
Posted 06 December 2004 - 22:02
Posted 06 December 2004 - 23:13
Originally posted by Vitesse2
I don't think the two Andretti pictures were taken at the same time. There are Champion (and Goodyear?) decals visible on Rob's picture, but not on Allen's. And I don't see any evidence of the Valvoline decal on Allen's picture either. Plus, even allowing for the angle, the number 4 on the side looks different in the two.
I think a possible explanation is that the first photo was taken in practice and the second in the race, by which time the full set of decals had been fitted. I borrowed a photo from Barry Sullivan, who IIRC built this car (and certainly built and ran the 70 of Bill Brack) and it was taken at Sebring in late December 1969. My photo has the Valvoline sticker and the Champion sticker. I also recall there was something unique about the engine too but I don't recall what and don't have my notes of my conversation with Barry to hand. The 'up and over' exhaust was also quite unusual - I have't got any other photos of such a configuration on any of the other cars that ran Stateside, although admittedly I only have a dozen or so shots of cars racing in the US to compare it with...
I am sure it is Andretti, Sebring 1969.
Posted 07 December 2004 - 00:25