Motor Racing

Formula 1 at Zandvoort 1960s

My first visit to the Zandvoort circuit, any motor racing circuit actually, was for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1967. These first black and white photos I took are pretty grainy and blurry, but in retrospect I think they are rather atmospheric. The camera I had was my mother’s old 1950 Agfa Isolette which took 6×6 negatives. Focus was a very hit and miss affair, as you just to guess how far away the subject was. Usually that meant everything was just out of focus.

Photo by Phil Seed
F1 Zandvoort 1968

I was immediately hooked, and for the next ten years or so my friends and I went to practically every race at Zandvoort.


The 1968 Dutch Grand Prix was held on 23 June 1968. It was won by Jackie Stewart in a Matra. Jean-Pierre Beltoise (Matra) finished second and BRM driver Pedro Rodríguez came in third. It rained!


The 1969 Dutch Grand Prix was by Jackie Stewart (Matra), Jo Siffert (Lotus) came in second followed by Chris Amon (Ferrari).

I quickly outgrew the classic Agfa camera and bought an Exakta VX1000 SLR plus a 300 mm lens.

Chrysler 1960

1960 Chrysler Le Baron

1960 Chrysler New Yorker 4-door Hardtop

1960 Chrysler Windsor

1960 Chrysler Valliant

Audi 100

Audi 100 (1968-1994)

The Audi 100 was an E-segment / executive car. There were four generations, known internally as C1 to C4. in 1994 the Audi 100 was renamed the A6.

1972 Audi 100 LS

1975 Audi 100 Coupé

1992 Audi 100 quattro

Audi F103

Audi F103 (1965-1972)

The first modern era Audis were derived from the old 2-stroke DKW F103. The 4-stroke four-cylinder engine fitted to the new Audi was developed while the company was still owned by Daimler-Benz. The models were named after their power output in PS.

Audi 60 L the most popular model

1969 Audi 60 and 75 Variant

Chevrolet Chevy II

Chevrolet Chevy II (1962-1969)

In the United States the Chevy II is regarded as a ‘small car’, and indeed it was much smaller than ‘conventional’ American cars, like the Impala. It was available with a four-cylinder 2.5litre engine or a 3.2 liter 6-cylinder unit. In 1964 Chevrolet offered a 4.6 litre V8.

Chevy II
1962 Chevy II two-door

Chevy II
1962 Chevrolet Chevy II 100

Chevy II
1962 top of the line Chevy II Nova 400

After 1969 the Chevy II name was dropped entirely in favour of ‘Nova’.

Chevrolet Corvair

Chevrolet Corvair (1960-1969)

The Corvair had an air-cooled, rear-mounted flat-six 2.3 litre engine. It was available in various body styles and configurations.: 4-door sedan, 2-door coupé, convertible, 4-door station wagon, passenger van, commercial van, and a pickup truck. About 1.8 million were built over the nine year period.

1960 Corvair (Dutch brochure)
1960 Chevrolet Corvair components

In his book, ‘Unsafe at Any Speed’, Ralph Nader claimed that the Corvair’s handling was potentially dangerous, due mostly to the swing axle construction and the weight of the engine at the rear.

1961 Corvair

1962 Corvair Monza Coupe

1964 Corvair Monza

Flat Six engine

1964 Corvair Monza Spyder

1962 Corvair Station Wagon

1962 Corvair Greenbrier

1960 Corvair Press Photo

Chevrolet 1961

1961 Chevrolet
1961 Chevrolet Impala
1961 Chevrolet
1961 Chevrolet impala

1961 Chevrolet
What every man needs…

1961 Chevrolet
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air

Jaguar E-Type

Jaguar E-Type [XK-E in North America] (1961-1975)

When it was launched, The E-Type Jaguar was immediately regarded as a thing of beauty. Indeed, Enzo Ferrari famously called it “the most beautiful car ever made”. It soon became an icon. With its unitary construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension it was a thoroughly modern sports car. It was based on the XKSS and D-Type sports racing cars.

E-Type Jaguar
1961 Jaguar E-Type

E-Type Jaguar
1961 Jaguar E-Type FHC

E-Type Jaguar
Cutaway drawing of the E-Type, from the brochure.

Jaguar XK 150

Jaguar XK 150 (1957-1961)

The XK 150 was the successor to the XK 140. It featured a one-piece windscreen and offered more space for the passengers.

Jaguar XK 150
Jaguar XK 150
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster

Jaguar XK 150
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Fixed Head Coupé
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Drop Head Coupé
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Drophead Coupé