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This Christmas season, if you're wondering what to gift someone with a love for cars or motorsport, think no further. All good things come in threes, and as you avail the 2+1 offer to buy 3 incredible posters, here are some ideal gift combinations for the automotive lover.
RALLY on your mind?
For rally fans, we suggest a trio of posters starting with one that covers the entire history of the sport from the start of the World Rally Championship in 1973. It shows the title winning cars from that year all the way through to 2020. Then take a look at what the future holds with the new generation of rally cars coming in 2022, in the shape of the exciting M-Sport Ford Puma Hybrid Rally 1, rounding it off with one of the true classic special stage wonders that was the Lancia Stratos HF. The Italian beauty, with bodywork by Bertone, was as effective as it was pretty, winning the world championship three times in a row from 1974 to 1976. It’s see here in its 1976 San Remo Rally livery driven by Bjorn Waldegard/Hans Thorselius.
3 posters, 19 f1 titles
The men have 19 Formula 1 World Championship crowns between them and this trio of posters celebrates their achievements. Juan-Manuel Fangio won 5 titles and here he is winning the 1957 German GP at the wheel of the legendary Maserati 250F. The first driver to beat the Argentinian’s record was of course Michael Schumacher who went on to lift the trophy seven times. Here’s a snapshot of a pit stop at the 2000 Japanese GP when he took his third title, his first with Ferrari. Is Sir Lewis Hamilton the greatest F1 champion of all time? He has more wins than any other driver and is still going strong. We capture him celebrating his seventh F1 crown in 2020.
From the Fifties to the Seventies, endurance racing, particularly the Le Mans 24 Hours, would draw huge crowds that flocked to the race tracks to see the long distance heroes with many of the Formula 1 stars of the day also fitting in an endurance programme on their calendar. Porsche would go on to dominate this category, but in 1951, the little 356 was its first production car and it won its class at Le Mans that year, sowing the seeds for decades of wins at the highest level. The British – competitors and fans - have always loved Le Mans and the Jaguar D-Type won the marathon three times from 1955 to 1957. Another Porsche to round off this trio, arguably the greatest endurance race car of all time, the 917, in the most famous livery, that of the Gulf oil company, seen here coming second in the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours.
the Great Brits collection
Drivers from the United Kingdom have won more Formula 1 champions than any other nation. Find your own favourites in our collection or go with our suggested three. Graham Hill came from an era where drivers would drive just about anything if given the chance. We picture the double world champion in a beautiful Ferrari 250 GTO at the Goodwood TT in 1963. Hill really captured the public’s imagination and the next Brit to do that was undoubtedly James Hunt who took the F1 crown in a nail-biting climax to the 1976 season at a dramatic Japanese Grand Prix. Undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time, our poster shows Sir Jackie Stewart finishing “only” second in the 1969 German Grand Prix at the awe-inspiring Nurburgring. Three races later he would clinch the first of his three championship crowns.
formula 1 season 2021
The 2021 Formula 1 season has definitely been the most exciting and closely contested championship for many a year. Automobilist produced a different poster for each of the 23 rounds. Choose any three, or go with our suggestion which focuses on the most iconic venues on the calendar: the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Belgian race at Spa-Francorchamps and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Helmets designed using 3d technology
These days, modern spray paint techniques mean racing drivers change their helmet design several times a season and there’s no doubt that some of them are real works of art. However, in the past, a driver would stick to one design throughout his career, making each one easy to recognise for the fans. Here are three of the most iconic designs: Sir Jackie Stewart’s tartan banded helmet is instantly recognisable, as is Ayrton Senna’s featuring the colours of the Brazilian flag. While for so many years, the dominant red of Michael Schumacher’s crash helmet was usually seen leading the field.
the most iconic Decades
In conjunction with Formula 1, Automobilist produced artwork to celebrate the sport’s 70th anniversary in 2020, with one poster per decade. Choose your favourites, or go with the romance of the first thirty years of the World Championship. In the 50s, the Maserati 250F signalled the resurgence of motor racing on the world stage. Featuring advanced De Dion rear axle and an engine putting out 270 horsepower at the end of its racing life, it is considered the ultimate front-engined F1 car. The Lotus 25, which secured its maiden win with Jim Clark at Spa in 1962 signalled a leap forward in car design, being the very first to feature a fully stressed monocoque chassis, while its rivals used tubular steel chassis. It also pioneered the “lying in a bath” driving position, rather than the upright seats used up until then. The car in our 70s poster is the Tyrrell 006. It wasn’t the prettiest car on the grid, nor the most technically revolutionary, but team boss Ken Tyrrell always preferred to give his drivers a solid car and that suited star driver Sir Jackie Stewart. In some ways, its most significant result was the drive to fourth place at Monza in 1973, after the Scot had dropped to 19th with a puncture. That finish just off the podium gave him and the Tyrrell 006 the world championship title.