Jochen Rindt won the first race of the season in the Lotus 49C; the following GP saw the introduction of the new wedge shaped Lotus 72. Once the Gold Leaf model had bedded down he won a further 4 races. Sadly Jochen Rindt was killed in practice for the Italian GP at Monza on 5 Sep 70; despite not competing in the last 4 races he became the World Champion, posthumously awarded.
Emmerson Fittipaldi won his home GP at Watkins Glen in the 72C, helping Lotus to win the Constructors' Championship. Jackie Stewart led for most laps in the season, with a combination of March and Tyrrell drives, but only managed one victory. The Ferrari 312B, driven by Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni, achieved 5 pole positions and 4 wins in 1970. On today's rules Ferrari would have taken the Constructors' title.
The first special is signed by PETER WESTBURY who started his racing career in 1962, as a hill-climber, driving a Cooper-Daimler V8. In 1963 he attained the first of his RAC Hill-Climb Championships with a Felday chasis. For 1963 he drove a Ferguson 4WD that gained him his second title, proving virtually unbeatable. He continued in hill-climbing until 1965 but development of his Felday Engineering firm was the major goal.
He made a successful move to Formula 3 in 1967, winning 3 races at Silverstone, Chimay and Clermont-Ferrand in a Brabham BT21. He drove well again in 1968 with a wins at Chimay and Reims; also participating in F2. A full season of F2 followed in 1969, driving his own Brabham BT30; he gained second place at the Lottery GP, Monza and was fifth in the German GP. The latter race marked his involvement in a Formula 1 race as a Formula 2 competitor; his BRM P153 failed to qualify for the 1970 USA GP at Watkins Glen. In F2, he was a consistent finisher in the top 6 places for 1970 and 71, retiring in 1973.