Hewland – he improves to fifth fastest in the
second session, two-tenths quicker than
Hill. But something doesn’t feel right – a
subtle instability – and he slips to 1.2sec
behind his teammate in the third session.
Saturday, June 3
Although nothing untoward has been
found during an overnight search, the
shimmy persists and Clark refuses to
drive until its source is finally located: a
failing ball-race has split the right-rear
hub carrier. Once again, the team is
amazed by their driver’s sensitivity.
While Hill gives the Lotus-Cosworth
combination a debut pole, time lost spent
rectifying Clark’s problem – there is as yet
no spare 49 – means he’ll start from the
outside of the third row. The DFV’s sudden
spikes of power (from 6,500rpm) and stiff
throttle with a short travel causing Clark
disquiet – “You think you’ve only got one
engine, then all of a sudden you find
you’ve got another engine as well” – he’d
been planning a wait-and-see approach
in any case. Though he’s excited at the
prospect, confident that he will be
competitive, he’s wary of 49: twice as
powerful, but just as fragile.
Sunday, June 4
Pole-sitter Hill bursts into the lead and
controls it at 2sec – until his engine fails
on lap 11. He coasts, then pushes the car
the last few yards to the pits and gives
Duckworth a consoling hug.
Clark’s caution continues – R2 being on
new, softer springs and unscrubbed rear
Firestones – until lap 15. Surging from third
to first place within two laps, he pulls away
thereafter. It looks easy, but he’s managing
a failing clutch and fading brakes due to
the wrong pad material being used. Plus,
there’s a ticking sound emanating from
behind his head. He backs off wisely.
Hill’s retirement is the result of the
loss of two teeth from a timing gear.
Fortuitously for Clark, his missing teeth
are not consecutive and drive is
maintained, albeit precariously. By the
time Duckworth hears this “death rattle,”
events have overtaken him: Clark has
won by 23.6sec – and Hayes and Copp,
who’d arrived “under the radar” by
private plane on Friday, are celebrating
with bottles of beer bought on their
return to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
Monday, Jan. 1
Cosworth receives the £ 25,000 balance.
With four grand prix wins under DFV’s
belt, Ford’s is already money well spent.
(ABOVE) Team Lotus
celebrates a first 1-2
for the DFV-powered
49 in the ’ 67 U.S. GP
at Watkins Glen, Clark
leading home Hill.
Ford’s Walter Hayes
is front-row center.
(FAR LEFT) In its
Lotus 49 shows the
Solana was the third
driver to race with
DFV power in ’ 67,
climbing into Team
Lotus’s spare 49 for
U.S. and (pictured)
DAWN OF THE COSWORTH DFV ERA