1968: GRAHAM HILL

Models produced by: RBA Collectibles & Vitesse (Quartzo)

Year: 1968
Driver: Graham Hill (Great Britain)
Team: Lotus Ford
Car: Lotus 49B
Results: 3 wins, 6 podiums, 2 poles

Despite losing exclusive right to use the Cosworth engine, Team Lotus was a dominant force again with Jim Clark and Graham Hill driving their 49 car. Ken Tyrrell appeared as a new force as he entered his team also using a Cosworth-powered car, built by French company Matra and driven by Jackie Stewart. Bruce McLaren also build Cosworth-powered car. The great Jim Clark got killed at unsignificant F2 race, and the championship was decided between Hill and Stewart, both winning 3 races that year. Stewart’s drive at rainy and foggy Nuerburgring, where he won by 4 minutes, is considered as one of the finest ever. At the end, Team Lotus won both titles with Graham Hill.

The season also saw two significant innovations. Arrival of unrestricted sponsorship and introduction of front wings and rear spoilers. Colin Chapman and his Gold Leaf Team Lotus introduced both.

See the season review

See footage from Jim Clark’s fatal accident

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