January 6, 2015
1972 Monaco Grand Prix, Jean Pierre Beltoise's moment in the rain.
Despite what you may read on Jalopnik , Jean-Pierre Beltoise's 1972 Monaco win was not BRM's only victory but it was the last for the British team.
Between 1951 and 1977, BRM managed to build only one championship winning car, in 1962, Mostly, British Racing Motors was know for its insistence on insanely complex 16 cylinder engines, in V and H configurations, both failures for different reasons. When they did win the championship, in '62, it was with a conventional V8 in a car instantly recognizable because if its odd, short, organ pipe exhausts.
Thanks to Alex King for saving this clip. Please note how in 1972 F1 was certainly not what it is today. How kerbs at Monaco were literally sidewalks, Christmas lights are used to illuminate the tunnel. Pay special attention to where people stood at the start on the climb to Massenet.
Great for pictures and, after all, what could possibly go wrong right?