Nigel Tait showing the form of his 1966 Brabham BT19.
After some 50 years of automobile racing, the Grand Prix Formula, or Formula One, was formed by the FIA (Federation Internationale de L’Automobile) in 1950, with its first race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. This was to be the first World Drivers Championship, in the world’s most technically advanced single-seater racing cars. In 1958, the world constructor’s championship was added. Now one would at last know who the best driver in the world was, as well as which manufacturers had constructed the best racing car. FISA was Formula One’s administrative body, which saw that everyone played by the ever-changing rules.
In this guide I am going to cover the period 1966-1983 for cars built to a 500-kilogram to 585-kilogram weight minimum, and powered by 3.0-liter normally aspirated engines.
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