We were watching some random, modern F1 footage last night and started wondering if we were just idiots for not being into it. Then we ran across this segment on the GP at the Nürburgring back in '67 and realized that no, we weren't. This, friends, is damn-wonderful hairy-chested F1 awesomeness at its finest. Plus, it's got Gurney totally freaking dominating until his driveshaft goes and Ickx face-stomping Formula One guys in a Formula Two car. The genie of death may lie there, but damn if the 'Ring + 1960s F1 vehicles doesn't send shivers of the best kind. Flugplatz, anyone?
Modern F1 is lame and I'd argue the drivers aren't as good as in days-gone-by either, for the simple reason that the spectre of the man with the scythe doesn't hang over the races in a really tangible way anymore. I also enter into evidence the fact that Nigel Mansell on Top Gear was faster in the reasonably priced car than Webber, Button and one other current F1 guy, all at their respective peaks versus being an old codger.
The turbo-era F1 cars were delicious in their brutality, though, as was CanAm.
In fact, that's what I want. Forget "formulas" - they're like 12 meter yachts in the America's Cup. L-A-M-E. I want J-Boats. Monstrous, ruinously expensive, completely obnoxious, dangerous - bring back unrestricted CanAm! 8 litre engines! 1,500HP! More, more more!