Formula 1: Car by Car 1960–69


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By Peter Higham 

This book is the first in a multi-volume, decade-by-decade series covering the entire history of Formula 1 through its teams and cars. The series launches with the 1960s, when the British came to predominate after the rule of Italian and German manufacturers in the previous decade. All ten World Champions of the decade came from the English-speaking world – Britain, the USA, Australia and New Zealand – and most of the successful cars were British-built too, from Cooper, BRM, Lotus and Brabham. This was an era when small teams and privateers were involved in significant numbers and they are all covered, all the way to the most obscure and unsuccessful. This book shines new light on many areas of the sport and will be treasured by all Formula 1 enthusiasts.

  • Year-by-year treatment covers each season in fascinating depth, running through the teams – and their various cars – in order of importance.
  • Works teams form the core of the book: BRM, Ferrari and Lotus participated throughout the decade, while Cooper, Porsche, Honda, Brabham, Eagle, McLaren and Matra were the other winning marques.
  • Privateer teams in all their colourful diversity are a special dimension of this book, topped by Rob Walker Racing, the finest privateer operation in Formula 1 history, and a winner in this decade with Stirling Moss and Jo Siffert.
  • Privateers range from well-known names to one-race wonders long forgotten by even the most dedicated enthusiasts.
  • Over 600 photos – in colour wherever possible – show every type of car raced by every team, presenting a comprehensive survey of all participants.
  • The sweep of the decade covers rapid technical development, including monocoque chassis, ever-wider tyres and aerodynamic wings.
  • Detailed text includes car specifications and technical essentials.
  • ISBN: 978-1-910505-18-2
  • Format: 280 x 235mm
  • Hardback
  • Page extent: 300pp
  • Illustration: 630 photos, including colour
  • Word count: 60,000

Peter Higham works in motor racing as a freelance writer and project manager. For nearly 30 years he worked for Haymarket Consumer Media, the publisher of motor racing magazines and websites, and he continues to be the event director of the prestigious Autosport Awards. For half of that period he was director of LAT Photographic, which is the world’s largest motor racing photo archive. A motor racing enthusiast since watching his first race in 1973, he has written three previous books on the subject, including the award-winning International Motor Racing Guide.



“Enthusiasts will be aware of Higham’s authority and the exhaustive research he’s put into his previous works... he’s applied the same attention to detail and extensive historical study in this tome – and we look forward collecting future volumes.”
F1 Racing

“Almost everybody knows how a factory Lotus looked, irrespective of year, but if you want to verify the identity of Carel Godin de Beaufort’s Porsche 718 in 1962, or David Hobbs’s F2 Lola-BMW in the 1967 German GP, then look no further.
    “It’s a book that treats Ecurie Maarsbergen as more than a sporting footnote - and that alone make sit worthy of investigation.”
Motor Sport

“This book does a great job of reminding us of just how exciting motor sport was in the 1960s... This lavish volume contains more than 600 photographs... The year-by-year account of the different teams and their cars is fascinating reading.”
Classic Car Weekly

“A great opportunity to see the sport evolve before your eyes.”

Classic Cars

“Fabulously detailed... a visual and intellectual delight for all F1 fans.”

Daily Express

“Year by year the author builds up a detailed look at what each team, car and driver was up to. One of the great assets of this book is the 630 photographs supporting all those facts and figures.”

Best of British

“...does a great job of guiding the reader through the key technical developments of the decade such as the adoption of monocoque construction, wider tyres and aerodynamic wings.”
Ferrari Owners Club magazine