Enter the history of the Zandvoort Grand Prix during the unique F1 Legends exhibition at the Louwman Museum. The exhibition starts on July 1 and ends on September 4, the day this year’s Grand Prix Formula 1 is held in Zandvoort. Eight F1 cars of legendary drivers who participated in the Zandvoort Grand Prix from 1948 to 1970 can be admired.
F1 Legends Ascari, Fangio and Clark
Highlights of the retrospective are without a doubt the winning Ferrari 500 F2 (1952/53) by Alberto Ascari, the winning Mercedes-Benz W196 (1955) by Juan Manuel Fangio and the winning Lotus 33 (1965) by Jim Clark.
In 1952 and 1953, the Ascari F1 became world champion in its Ferrari 500 F2, partly due to his victories in Zandvoort in both years. In the 1953 season, he took no less than seven wins in a row. A record that held until 2013. Alberto Ascari was the first world champion for Ferrari.
In 1954 and 1955, Juan Manuel Fangio became F1 world champion. In 1955, Fangio achieved Mercedes-Benz’s only victory in Zandvoort with its Mercedes-Benz W196. Juan Manuel Fangio is considered the best driver of the 1950s and 1950s. His record with five world titles in Formula 1 stood for 46 years.
Jim Clark became F1 world champion in 1963 and 1965. With his Lotus 33, equipped with a Coventry Climax V8 engine, he took the victory at Zandvoort in 1965. Clark holds the record with four victories at Zandvoort and is considered the best car racer of 1960 ‘ erne.
More F1 legends
Talbot Lago T26C (1950/51) from the French driver Louis Rosier, BRM P25 (1959) from the Swede Jo Bonnier and Lotus 49 from Graham Hill, who won the Zandvoorts Grand Prix, are also part of the exhibition. Louis Rosier won in Zandvoort in 1950 and 1951, as the Grand Prix does not yet officially count in the F1 World Championship. Jo Bonnier achieved his only F1 victory in his career in 1959 at the Dutch Grand Prix.
F1 Legend Graham Hill
Lotus 49 from the double F1 world champion Graham Hill is also present. Not Graham Hill but Jim Clark crowned the debut of this car in 1967 with a victory at the Zandvoort Grand Prix. Lotus 49 was a revolutionary design. The new Ford DVF-Cosworth V8 engine was part of the chassis, a rare event until then. From 1967 to 1983, no less than 155 Grand Prix were won by a car with a DFV-Cosworth V8.
Dutch F1 legends
HWM – ALTA (1952) by Dries van der Lof and Porsche 718 (1960) by Carel Godin de Beaufort complete the network. Dries van der Lof, together with Jan Flinterman, was the first Dutchman to start in an F1 race. With his HWM – ALTA, he participated in the Zandvoort Grand Prix in 1952, but did not complete enough laps to be classified. Carel Godin de Beaufort achieved his first World Cup point at Zandvoort in 1962, in sixth place.
The F1 Legends exhibition provides a wonderful picture of the technical development within Formula 1 in the period 1948-1970. Regulatory changes at the time also had an impact on, among other things, the maximum cylinder capacity and whether a compressor could be used or not. The development is visible from a conventional tubular frame to a so-called monocoque chassis, which was much stiffer and with the engine placed at the rear instead of in front.
The museum’s permanent collection is also available during the exhibition. The collection shows the history of the car in all its manifestations and from all eras. More than 250 cars from more than 100 manufacturers provide an overview of the different body types and technological innovations, especially from the last century. This story is also illustrated by the extensive art collection, which includes posters, sculptures, trophies and paintings.
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