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Best of The Cahier Archive: 1973 Formula 1 Season

Submitted by on February 14, 2011

This is the latest in our series of  photo specials showcasing the stunning images from the Cahier Archive. The collection, by photographers Bernard Cahier and his son Paul-Henri are part of a massive collection of 400 000 originals of which 17 000+ pictures are currently available on their website.

Today’s feature gallery contains images from the 1973 Formula 1 Season.

In 1973, Emerson Fittipaldi started the season strongly with two wins in the beautiful JPS Lotus 72. Jackie Stewart, driving for Ken Tyrrell struck back with a win in South Africa and then Emmo won again in Spain. It was shaping up to be a fantastic battle, but Jackie gained the upper hand, winning in Belgium and Monaco and then Fittipaldi  recorded a series of three DNFs to effectively extinguish his title defense.

Jackie looked set for a fairy tale finish to his career heading into the final race of the season,  the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. However tragedy struck when his charismatic team mate Fracois Cevert crashed during Saturday practice and was killed instantly.

Stewart and Tyrrell withdrew from the race effectively handing the Constructor’s title to Lotus. Stewart made public his decision to retire, a decision that was already made before the US Grand Prix.

Images: TheCahierArchive©

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