By Peter Higham 

Publication date: December 2017 

  • This book is the second in a multi-volume, decade-by-decade series covering the entire history of Formula 1 through its teams and cars. This instalment covers the 1970s, when the sport gained big new sponsors and grew into a television spectacle, with battles between Ferrari and Cosworth-powered opposition a continuing theme. As well as the big championship-winning teams – Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren and Tyrrell – this was a period when small teams and privateers continued to be involved in significant numbers and they are all included, down 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.
    • World Champions: Lotus and Ferrari, with three drivers’ titles each, were the most dominant race winners through the decade, while Tyrrell and McLaren took two drivers’ titles apiece.
    • Other winning marques were Brabham, BRM, Hesketh, Ligier, March, Penske, Renault, Shadow, Williams and Wolf.
    • More obscure teams and cars in all their colourful diversity are a special dimension of this book, with names such as Amon, Connew, Eifelland, Ensign, Hill, Kojima, LEC, Maki, Merzario, Rebaque, Token and Trojan.
    • Over 600 photos – mostly in colour – show every type of car raced by every team and driver, presenting a comprehensive survey of all participants.
    • The sweep of the decade covers sustained technical development, particularly in aerodynamics, tyres and engine turbocharging.
    • Detailed text includes car specifications and technical essentials.


  • Book specification as follows:

    • UK price: £50.00
    • ISBN: 978-1-910505-22-9
    • Format: 280 x 235mm
    • Hardback
    • Page extent: 300pp
    • Illustration: 630 photos, including colour
  • 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.


  • Reviews: 


    “Peter Higham certainly is an encyclopaedic author, and is behind many all-you-need books on Formula 1. Now he’s tackling the cars themselves, decade by decade... It comprehensively charts every single-seater to have graced (or disgraced) the starting grid. From the Mexican Team Rebaque to Ecurie Evergreen, they’re all here, but the dominance of the big guns from Lotus, Ferrari and Terrell is of course omnipresent. The book is jam-packed with single-car photos relaying as much visual information as possible... ideal for a superb reference book that you’ll find yourself pulling off the shelf constantly.”
    Classic & Sports Car

    “Higham’s detailed research adds fascinating nuances to familiar elements but the real joy comes in sifting through the obscurity (such as Tony Trimmer in the Maki, or a young Bobby Rahal’s cameo in a Wolf WR5), photographed throughout in full colour.”
    F1 Racing

    Formula 1 Car-By-Car 1970-79 keeps up the high standard set by the previous book. More than just a coffee table book of pretty car pictures, it’s a superbly detailed reference work too.”

    “Higham’s method is to delve into the nooks and crannies... while using the phenomenal LAT archive. The result is a series of gems hitherto lost in the mists of time.
         The treat here is seeing colour photos of all the driver/car combinations – in the case of BRM in 1972, that means Beltoise, Howden Ganley and Peter Gethin in both P160 and P180 models, Bill Brack and Brian Redman in P180, and Reine Wisell and Helmut Marko (yes, that one) in P160 and P153. That’s 14 driver/car combinations for one team in a single season...”

    “Encapsulating an entire decade’s worth of F1 racing into pictures and tales of individual cars and teams makes for an interesting read, and allows you to get a feeling for the evolution of the politics and technologies of the era. And what an era the 1970s was. Awesome cars, iconic drivers, epic battles, and the dawn of ground effects, turbos and major-league sponsorship. Higham covers the many minnows, too, most largely forgotten.”

    “Year-by-year chronicle of arguably the most creative period in F1 history. Colourful and enjoyable.”
    Classic Cars

    “This book is a must for fans of F1 nostalgia. Improvements in photography over the era mean this edition’s imagery gets better as it goes on. It's a really complete account of the entire decade.”
    Auto Express

    “Higham’s book covers each season individually, discussing each team’s fortunes and technical developments... an intriguing read.”
    Classic Car Weekly

    “A wonderful trip through the most colourful and eccentric decade of Grand Prix racing.”
    Automobilsport (Germany)