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SUZUKA Sound of ENGINE 2017

Master  Histric Formula 1


With the nostalgic sound of V8 engines,
old premier cars arrive from beyond time and space to run at Suzuka!
A demonstration of the internationally popular
Masters Historic Formula One to be held in Japan for the first time

It has been decided that a demonstration of the “Masters Historic Formula One” will be held during the SUZUKA Sound of ENGINE 2017 event to be held on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19.
Historical car race events that gathered old premier-class cars have been held for a long time in Europe, and events featuring old F1 cars are popular as well. The Masters Historic Formula One has been newly started in 2013. This is a race series for the historic F1 cars run by Masters Racing, which has organized many historical car race events until now. Being held with some of the events outside of Europe, the Master Historic Formula One is a very popular race event that draws attention of F1 fans all over the world. This will be the first time it will be held in Japan in the form of an exhibition event.
Japanese drivers participate in historical car race events, including Katsuaki Kubota, collector of the Lotus F1 cars. He took part in a race which was held as a support event for the F1 US Grand Prix last year in his own Lotus 78 and won the race and was cheered by the fans. This race competed with the F1 cars of the golden age should afford much pleasure to not only old fans but also fans used to seeing the latest F1 machines race.


The Championship is reserved for cars constructed in the years from 1966, when the Formula One technical regulation about engine specifications was amended to a 1500cc engine with a compressor or a 3000cc normally aspirated engine allowed, to 1985, the year before the engine rule has been changed again. Thus, it covers the time when Honda F1 was competing in the World Championship. The cars are required to run in their original specification and to use components of the types used in that period.
The cars are classified into four classes by the year’s type, such as ground effect car or non-ground effect car periods, etc. The drivers are not professional but amateurs such as the owners of the cars. However, because the performance of the cars are relatively close, thrilling battles can be expected. Although it will be only a demonstration event this time, spectators can expect to see a series of incredible scenes like old premier F1 cars passing through the first turn, the S curve, the hairpin turn and the 130R curve, roaring with V8 engine sounds that will be a treat for many F1 fans.

A demonstration of ten F1 cars will be held at the RICHARD MILLE SUZUKA Sound of ENGINE 2017 event. The cars will not be divided into different classes and a time trial will be carried out on Saturday, November 18 in Special Stage style with the cars running one by one, and a demonstration run will be carried out on Sunday, November 19 after a rolling start.

Classes in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One

Jackie Stewart Class

Formula One cars built and raced prior to the end of 1972

Emerson Fittipaldi Class

Non-ground effect Formula One cars built after 1972

Patrick Head Class

Ground effect Formula One cars built after 1973

Niki Lauda Class

Flat bottomed Formula One cars built after 1973

*The Championship is contested in two classes, which combine the above-mentioned J. Stewart and E. Fittipaldi Classes, P. Head and N. Lauda Classes respectively.

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1970 Tyrrell 001 1970 Tyrrell 001
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1970 Tyrrell 001

After the break-up with Matra, Ken Tyrrell raced in the 1970 Formula 1 World Championship with a March 701 that he purchased from March Engineering, while developing his original car in secret. Tyrrell asked Derek Gardner, formerly an engineer at Ferguson to design it and Gardner produced the Tyrrell 001 with conventional composition, adopting an aluminum monocoque chassis, the Cosworth DFV engine and the Hewland FG400 gearbox to make the car compact and excellent in handling. The Tyrrell 001 made its debut in the World Championship at the Canadian Grand Prix with Jackie Stewart as driver. Stewart took pole position to the surprise of all at the circuit. The Tyrrell 001 took the lead several times but had to retire from all of the races it started in 1970. In the following 1971 season, the car took 2nd place at the South-African Grand Prix, and at the non-championship races in Canada and at Brands Hatch. The 003, improved version of the 001 was introduced in the Spanish Grand Prix (the 002 is a car built for François Cevert) and contributed to Jackie Stewart’s winning the Championship title. The owner of the Tyrrell 001 is John Delane, well known as a worldwide Tyrrell collector.

1972 Brabham BT37 1972 Brabham BT37
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1972 Brabham BT37

This is the Formula 1 Racing car built by Motor Racing Development Ltd. (MRD) for the 1972 season. Jack Brabham had already left MRD and Ron Tauranac became the company representative. Ralph Bellamy, who was transferred from McLaren, designed the Brabham BT37. The basic configuration followed that of the predecessor model BT34 with an aluminum monocoque chassis, a Judd-tuned DFV engine and the Hewland FG400 gearbox. One of the few things changed was the twin radiators mounted ahead of the front wheels, making it a conventional front mounted type. Graham Hill and Carlos Reutemann drove the BT37. Wilson Fittipaldi joined the team as third driver to drive the BT34. Only two cars of the Brabham BT37 model were built. But the car with chassis number 2 owned by Jamie Constable is the one that debuted at the Belgian Grand Prix, Round 5 of the Championship, with Reutemann driving. It took a 4th-place finish at the Canadian Grand Prix, Round 11 of the Championship, being the best result for the BT37. This BT37 model was modified in the following year to become the ‘B’ spec, and Reutemann, Andrea de Adamich and John Watson drove it.

1974 Hesketh 308B 1974 Hesketh 308B
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1974 Hesketh 308B

Hesketh Racing was a racing team founded by Sir Alexander Hesketh, a strong devotee of motor racing. The team moved up to the Formula 1 World Championship in 1973 with an acclaimed young driver, James Hunt. Initially, the team had participated in the Championship with a March 731 that was modified by Harvey Postlethwaite, formerly an engineer at March Engineering. Then the team undertook activities as a racing car constructor. The team’s original Hesketh 308 designed by Postlethwaite was introduced in the 1974 season and displayed high performance, winning the BRDC International Trophy, a non-championship race held at Brands Hatch in April. The car made podium finishes three times in the Championship that year. This car owned by James Hagan was built in 1974 as the 308 with chassis number 1 and won the BRDC International Trophy with James Hunt driveing. The car was updated in the second half of the season to the 308 B and equipped with side-mounted radiators, a forward wing, etc., in the second half of the season. The 308B was also used by some privateer teams in the following 1975 season in some races of the World Championship and Alan Jones, Torsten Palm and Harald Ertl drove the car.

1974 Lotus 76 1974 Lotus 76
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1974 Lotus 76

Having been introduced in 1974, the Lotus 76 was the successor to the Lotus 72 that had raced for 4 seasons. A lot of elements like a torsion bar suspension and an inboard brake had been carried over from the 72. However, Lotus was committed to reducing weight even further and to improving aerodynamic performance by adopting a delta-shaped aluminum monocoque and a bi-plane rear wing. In addition, the 72 featured as a new device semi-automatic gearboxes that enabled clutch operation by means of a button located on the shift knob in combination with an electromagnetic clutch with the Hewland FG 400 gearbox. In order to improve the drivability, a four pedal layout was adopted with brake pedals positioned on both the left and right sides of the steering shaft. However, use of this system was discontinued after the South Africa Grand Prix. Lotus gave up on this system and readopted the conventional manual transmission system with three pedals, but the car was withdrawn due to a lack of competitiveness after having run seven races, including one non-championship race and replaced by the 72E. Andrew Beaumont’s Lotus 76 is the car with chassis number 76/1 (JPS9) that finished 4th at the German Grand Prix, the only race where the car got championship points.

1975 Maki F101C 1975 Maki F101C
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1975 Maki F101C

The Maki F101C is the Formula 1 car built by the first-ever Japanese privateer team to compete in the F1 World Championship, Maki Engineering, which began entering the championship in the year 1974. The 101C was the car that the team prepared for the 1975 season. Kenji Mimura, team principal and chief designer, was the one who attracted attention for his machines: Eva Antares, Mana 06, etc. The chassis of the F101C was designed by Masaaki Ono, who was the designer of the Sigma MC 73, the first Japanese racing car that participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1973, and others. Because it caused a big crash at the German Grand Prix the previous year, the chassis number of this car was 002, the number given to the spare monocoque, but the other elements are almost the same as the F101B in 1974. The team entered only the European rounds of the 1974 season due to financial difficulties, and Hiroshi Fushida drove the car in the British Grand Prix and the Dutch Grand Prix, and Tony Trimmer in the German Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix. But they could not qualify for the race in any of them. However, Trimmer finished in 13th place in the Swiss Grand Prix, a non-championship race held at Dijon, France in August. The F101C that Fred Fatien will drive this time is the car that was left in the UK after Maki Engineering withdrew from the Championship. Jan Lammers procured and restored it in the first half of the year 1990. After that, this F101C had several owners before it came into the hands of Fred Fatien.

1975 Williams FW04 1975 Williams FW04
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1975 Williams FW04

Frank Williams started his competitive challenge in the Formula 1 World Championship in 1969 as a privateer with a Brabham BT26A. He then began to produce original F1 cars in 1973, and after many twists and turns, he became the constructor of Frank Williams Racing Cars. The Williams FW04 is the F1 racing car that Williams prepared for the 1975 season. The FW04 equipped with the Cosworth DFV engine and the Hewland FG400 gearbox debuted at the Spanish Grand Prix that year. The FW04 was not a successful car. While Jacques Laffite and several other drivers like Arturo Merzario, Tony Brise and Ian Scheckter and so on raced with it, they could not achieve any outstanding performances. However, the team’s fortunes took a favorable turn at the German Grand Prix, Round 11 of the Championship, when Laffite finished 2nd from 15th on the starting grid. The French driver brought the team their first-ever podium finish. Ron Maydon, Founder & President of Masters Historic Racing Ltd will drive the FW04 with chassis number 2 that had been built for the US Grand Prix, last Round of the Championship. Lella Lombardi qualified 24th but she was unable to start the race due to mechanical failure.

1976 March 761 1976 March 761
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1976 March 761

The March 761 is a Formula 1 racing car built by March Engineering, customer racing car constructor of the United Kingdom for the 1976 season. The 761 could be considered a long wheelbase version of the previous model, the March 751. Like the other F1 cars built by March after the 741 model, the 761 commonly used the same main components as with the company’s Formula 2 models, such as the monocoue. At the beginning, three cars were entered in the Formula 1 World Championship from the works team, with Vittorio Brambilla, Lella Lombardi and Hans-Joachim Stuck as drivers. Then Ronnie Peterson joined the team from the South Africa Grand Prix, Round 2 of the Championship, to enable an entry of four cars. Besides this, Arturo Merzario also drove the 761 as a private entrant. Although its overall performance did not match that of its rivals, the March 761 delivered high performance in every race by taking advantage of its top speed on the straights. With it, Peterson got pole position at the Dutch Grand Prix and won the Italian Grand Prix. This 761 owned by Bob Blain had the chassis number 761/1, which is the number of the car that Brambilla used. It finished 4th in the Race of Champions, a non-championship race. This car also finished 6th in the Dutch GP as well.

1976 McLaren M26 1976 McLaren M26
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1976 McLaren M26

The McLaren M26 was a Formula 1 car designed by Gordon Coppuck as the successor to the McLaren M23, which became the champion car in the 1974 and 1976 seasons. Although the basic design concept was based on that of the M23, the M26 featured reduced weight and increased rigidity by adopting an aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis. The M26 was launched after the British GP and made its debut at the Dutch GP that year with Jochen Mass as driver. But the team struggled in efforts to improve the car and its maturation, and team’s ace driver James Hunt had to wait until the Spanish Grand Prix, Round 5 of the 1977 season, before he could race with the M26. After that, Hunt and the M26 began to gradually show the car’s performance potential, and won the British and Japanese Grand Prix in that same season. The team continued to use the M26 in the following 1978 season, but it was no match for the Lotus 79 at all, and the best result for the M26 was a 3rd-place finish at the French Grand Prix. Frank Lyons’ M26 is the car with the chassis number M26/1, which was used by Jochen Mass, and the car finished 4th at the British Grand Prix in 1977. This car was also driven by Hunt at the Italian Grand Prix in 1978.

1976 Penske PC4 1976 Penske PC4
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1976 Penske PC4

The PC4 is the Formula 1 car built for 1976 season by Penske that is still competing in the Indy series as one of the top team. Ex-Brabham designer Geoff Ferris designed the PC4. Being unsuccessful with the PC1, the team’s original-design machine built for the 74 and 75 seasons, the Penske team purchased a March 751 car to replace the PC1. The team then built the PC3, which might be called a copy of the March 751, and next built the PC4 utilizing the experience gained from the PC3 and debuted it in the Sweden GP, Round 7 of the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship. Even though the team entered only one car with John Watson as driver, he drove the PC4 to a 3rd-place finish at the French GP, Round 8 of the Championship. He followed that up with another 3rd place in the British GP, following the disqualification of James Hunt. Then, at the Austrian GP, Round 11 of the Championship, having started from 2nd position on the grid, Watson took the first win for the car and himself. In the same year, the PC4 qualified 4th in the Japanese GP (retired from the race), thus demonstrating the car’s high performance potential. Following that successful season, Penske withdrew from the Formula 1 World Championship at the end of the season. The Penske F1 cars were sold to new F1 teams like ATS and Interscope Racing, and they were raced in the 1977 season. Doug Mockett owned this PC4 with the chassis number 001, and this is the car that won the Austrian GP.

1981 Brabham BT49C 1981 Brabham BT49C
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1981 Brabham BT49C

In the middle of the 1979 season, Bernie Ecclestone, owner of the Brabham team, directed Gordon Murray, a team designer, to give up on the Alfa Romeo V12 engine used in the Brabham BT48 and replace it with the Cosworth DFV. Thus, the new BT49 made its first appearance at the Canadian Grand Prix, Round 14 of the Championship. The Brabham BT49 delivered superb performance in the following 1980 season, with three wins by Nelson Piquet. In 1981, the new BT49C was introduced with the same basic specifications as the BT49, such as the aluminum monocoque reinforced with carbon panels, the Judd-tuned DFV engine, the gearbox combining the Hewland FG 400 with casing made by Alfa Romeo. The BT49C, however, was equipped with a hydro-pneumatic suspension to cope with the new regulation that prohibited the sliding skirt. Piquet took three wins to win his first driver’s championship title. This BT49C model with the chassis number 10 owned by Spanish veteran driver, Joaquin Folch is the one that raced at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1980 with Hector Rebaque driving. The car got a 2nd-place finish driven by Nelson Piquet at the non-championship South-African Grand Prix in 1981. Then it was used as the team’s test car after having been updated to the BT49C.

1982 Williams FW08 1982 Williams FW08
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1982 Williams FW08

The Williams FW08 is the 1982 Champion car used by Keke Rosberg, who took 44 points including the win at the Swiss Grand Prix held at Dijon, France. The 1982 season saw 11 winners in all 15 Rounds, being a hot contest rare in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship. The FW08 was designed by Frank Dernie, and contrary to the successful FW07 series, the FW08 features a shorter wheelbase. Because Williams produced a six-wheeled car with four driven wheels at the rear to cope with the cars with turbocharged engines. The car was never raced because the regulations have been changed to not allow the six-wheeled car or four-wheel drive cars. The car is equipped with the Judd-tuned Cosworth DFV engine with the Hewland FGA400 gearbox. This FW08 owned by Tommy Dreelan is the one used by Rosberg. It debuted at the Canadian Grand Prix and finished 3rd in the German Grand Prix. At the Austrian Grand Prix, the car ended the race in 2nd place after fierce battles with the Lotus 91 driven by Elio de Angelis.

1983 Lotus 92 1983 Lotus 92
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1983 Lotus 92

The Lotus 92 is a Formula 1 racing car that was introduced in the 1983 Formula 1 World Championship. Based on the predecessor model 91, the 92 was designed by Team Lotus founder Colin Chapman and Martin Ogilvie. The Lotus 92 was the last F1 car with a non-turbo-charged engine for Lotus until the turbo engines were banned from the 1989 season, and it was also the last Lotus F1 car to be equipped with the Cosworth DFY engine. The 91 was the first vehicle for Lotus to adopt an active suspension system. This suspension, however, caused a lot of problems and only after three races from its debut, it was replaced again by a conventional suspension system. Nigel Mansell, who won the World Championship title in 1992, drove the Lotus 92 until Round 8 of the 1983 World Championship, with a best result of a 6th-place finish at the Detroit Grand Prix.

1983 Tyrrell 012 1983 Tyrrell 012
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1983 Tyrrell 012

This is a Formula 1 racing car developed by the Tyrell team for the 1983 season when the flat-bottom rule was introduced. The team was getting on the ascendance with a newcomer Michele Alboreto who joined the team in 1981 and showed good performance in the following season. The chassis was completely redesigned under the direction of Maurice Philippe, and it featured a slim carbon monocoque and smaller side pods that gave the car an eccentric look (it was fitted with a boomerang-shaped rear wing at the launch). However, the 012 was designed according to a quite conventional concept with a double-wishbone type suspension in the front and rear, a short stroke version of the Cosworth DFV engine and the Hewland FG400 gearbox. The team used a Cosworth DFY engine for this 012 model in the following 1984 season. Two young and promising drivers, Stefan Bellof and Martin Brundle finished 3rd at Monaco and 2nd at Detroit respectively in this Tyrell 012. However, all of the results of the Tyrell team in that season were deleted after the well known ‘water tank scandal’. This Tyrell 012 owned by Ian Simmonds is the car with chassis number 01, which debuted at the Austrian Grand Prix, Round 11 of the 1983 World Championship and finished 6th driven by Alboreto at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Notable Driver
Tyrrell 0011970-Jackie Stewart
Brabham BT3719722Carlos Reutemann
Hesketh 308B19741James Hunt
Lotus 761974JPS9
Ronnie Petersen
Maki F101C19752Hiroshi Fushida / Tony Trimmer
Williams FW0419752Lella Lombardi
March 76119761Vittorio Brambilla
McLaren M2619761Jochen Mass / James Hunt
Penske PC419761John Watson
Brabham BT49C198110Nelson Piquet
Williams FW0819821Keke Rosberg
Lotus 92198310Nigel Mansell
Tyrrell 01219831Michele Alboreto