1961 Kanonloppet: Sweden’s first F1 race

Björn Sandberg sent us these shots taken by his friend Bo Skeppstam when they both visited Karlskoga for the 1961 Kanonloppet, Sweden’s first F1 race. Björn recalls seeing his first GP racers as a great experience, though “not the most exciting F1 cars, all four cylinders, but technically advanced and quick”

Stirling Moss on track

After flying in on the day and missing qualifying and practice, Stirling Moss started from the back in his UDT Lotus 18/21 – but carved through the pack to win

Stirling Moss happy with large trophy

You’ll need a lot of champagne to fill that, Stirling… Moss looks happy with a career fourth win at the track.

Jack Brabham profile headshot

Brabham had some works support for the private Coopers he ran in non-title events

Jack Brabham working on gearbox problems

Jack Brabham was never afraid to get his hands dirty, even though his Cooper retired with gearbox problems

Jim Clark in the drivers seat

Jim Clark easily made pole position in his works Lotus 21, but an oil tank problem sidelined him

Innes Ireland talking to Jim Clark

Lotus sent the only full works team to this new F1 event. Innes Ireland talks to team-mate Clark

Jo Bonnier in Porsche 718:2

Porsche sent a single 718/2 for Jo Bonnier who pleased his home crowd with second place. He also won his touring car class in a 700cc BMW

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