When F1 'holiday' races kept drivers busy through the winter
Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…
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Compare this with the travel arrangements laid out for Denny Hulme in the winter of 1966/67. The world champion-elect had to load his Brabham onto a trailer and tow the BT11/22 behind a Ford Zodiac saloon car from Surrey to Liverpool in time for the race car to be loaded onto a ship bound for New Zealand.
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