This week, motorsport fans around the world will turn their attention to a town in Florida called Sebring for the 67th 12 Hours of Sebring, or the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, as it’s officially known.
38 cars are scheduled to take part, with Daytona International Prototypes from Acura, Cadillac and Mazda at the front of the grid, and drivers like Brendon Hartley, Juan Pablo Montoya, Harry Tincknell and Timo Bernhard. Behind the DPIs you’ll find a duo of Oreca LMP2 cars fielded by two separate teams, and behind those you’ll find GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars and GT Daytona (GTD) cars, with drivers like Jan Magnussen, Nick Tandy, Lars Kern and Patrick Long at the wheel.
Wind the clock back to 1966, though, and it was all quite different. Everything about motorsport – cars, tracks, drivers, fuels, tyres – has changed an awful lot since the 1960s. Sure, the cars today still have four wheels and races are run at tracks with the same names, but safety has improved, cars produce more downforce, the tyres produce more grip, and so on.
The 1966 field was made up of 64 cars, ranging from Prototypes like the Ferrari 330P3 and Sport Prototypes such as the Shelby Cobra, to GT Cars like the Porsche 911. The long list of drivers included names like Graham Hill, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Phil Hill, Jackie Stewart, Lorenzo Bandini and Timo Mäkinen to name just a few.