Formula 1 World Championship – a near-perfect 15 out of 16 grand prix victories and an advantage so crushing that it redefined motorsports excellence. Yet the STP turbine car of 1967 is acknowledged to be one of the greats, despite what it didn’t achieve. With Parnelli Jones at the wheel, “Silent Sam” came achingly close to winning that year’s Indy 500, then was quickly emasculated by USAC. But that car struck a chord and possessed that intangible quality which defines a different kind of greatness. And what about the Porsche 917/30, which so dominated Can-Am racing that
many blamed it for the series’ demise?
Back in 1973, it was castigated for being
too good, too powerful, too overkill. Now,
we look back in awe and wonder, not only
at a great car, but at an era that allowed it
to exist. Time and context certainly change
our perception of what makes a great car.
p30 McLaren-Honda MP4/4
p38 The greatest car I ever drove...
p46 Porsche 956/962
p50 Porsche 917/30
p54 I wish I’d designed that
p60 Johnny Lightning VPJ Colt-Ford
p66 Behind every great car...
p72 Modern classics