Thursday, 18 February 2016

Lauda & Regazzoni

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

With Goodwood's 74th Members' Meeting fast approaching, here's a little look back at a special pair of classic battlers that made an appearance at 73MM last year. If you know your F1 history, or indeed if you've seen the movie Rush, you'll recognise these as the Ferrari 312T F1 cars of Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni. These 3.0-litre superstars produced an unholy howl from their flat-twelve engines, offering a sonorous counterpoint to the raging fury of the drivers within.
Having driven for Scuderia Ferrari from 1970-72, Regazzoni was rehired by the newly-arrived Luca di Montezemolo in '74, and it was on Clay's recommendation that Lauda was also hired. Regazzoni took seven podium finishes that year, finishing the season second in the Drivers' Championship behind Emerson Fittipaldi. However, Lauda began to outperform his team-mate in the 1975 season, winning the Championship while Regazzoni finished fifth. Lauda's star continued to rise through '76, arcing away from Regazzoni's decline, the latter ultimately being replaced by Carlos Reutemann. And then, for Lauda, there was that Nordschleife incident with the fire...
You'll know the rest of the story from Rush. And if you haven't seen it, what are you doing looking at cars on the internet? Go and watch it now, off you pop.

More pics from 73MM here.

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