and the growth of F1
In the 60’s, the great reconstruction comes to an end. Despite this, there are plenty of technical developments within the automobile industry, many colonies become independent, the Anne Frank house is opened, and John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Highlighting Neil Armstrong’s world-famous words: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Meteoric Developments in Formula 1
The 1960s are known for technical advances within Formula One. The biggest change is done by Cooper, who moved the engine to the back of the car. Also, sponsorship within F1 is first introduced after Lotus paints their car in Imperial Tabacco colors in 1968. Aerodynamics get an important role when aerodynamic wings (spoilers) are mounted on the cars for the first time in the late 1960s. In addition, the regulations get a change: “From now on, a Formula One race must last a minimum of 2 hours.”
Heroes of the past
In the 1960s, British racing drivers dominated Formula 1. From 1960 to 1969, no fewer than 6 times a Briton won the Grand Prix in Zandvoort. Graham Hill won the Dutch Grand Prix in 1962, Jim Clark the editions of 63′, 64′, 65′ and 67′ and Jackie Stewart the editions of 68′ and 69′.
The Zandvoort circuit is one of the great standouts on the racing calendar in the 1960s. During the 1961 race at Zandvoort, a record is even set that still stands to this day after all 15 cars manage to make it to the Finish without making even 1 pit stop.
Cars in the 60's
Besides the fast development of Formula 1 cars in the 60’s, the rest of the auto industry is not left behind. Renault develops the first car with a rear door: the Hatchback and the Japanese car brands: Toyota, Datsun and Suzuki manage to capture most of the European market with their smaller relatively cheaper models.
The Greatest hits of the 60S
The 60s are known in the music world for the breakthrough of Beat music from England by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, among others, who later became world famous. Other artists with big hits in the 60s include: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and the Beach boys.