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Colin Chapman, F1, Fittipaldi, Jochen Rindt, Lotus, Lotus 72D -

Shelby McLaren had just finished a sneaky glass of Port on a very chilly morning in January 1970 and was leaving the Royal Automobile Club just as Colin Chapman walked in. Colin was very excited about a new project and assured Shelby that it would be something, ‘revolutionary’. His projection was correct and Colin Chapman would be largely responsible for producing the most successful F1 car ever, the Lotus 72. Shelby had seen the car briefly (10 laps) at Spa-Francorchamps but it would be the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix that would prove to be the catalyst for his emotional attachment...

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