We have found rare footage of Black Jack’s South African Grand Prix victory, 49 years ago to this day
The 1970 Formula 1 season was one of those campaigns that dawned with keen anticipation of change. Jackie Stewart had dominated the previous year in a Ken Tyrrell-entered Matra. But Matra now wanted its chassis only to be paired with its V12 engine. Tyrrell and Stewart wanted to stay with the brilliant Cosworth DFV. They therefore threw their lot in with the debutant March chassis.
Underlining that much was new, at the South African Grand Prix season-opener at Kyalami – on this day in 1970 – March filled the first two grid slots with Stewart on pole and Chris Amon’s works March second. The pair set identical times.
“Although the ‘old brigade’ came out on top,” added a prescient Jenks in South Africa, “this first race in the 1970 season carried some interesting portents, with the first five places filled by different makes of car.”
And in the AP Archive video we’ve found below, you can watch rare footage of the race. It shows Brabham chasing down the early leader Stewart, as well as reveals that Rindt started rather inauspiciously what would be the year of his posthumous championship, by spinning at the first turn.
You can also watch our ‘Being Jack’ video below, where Dickie Meaden in the company of Black Jack’s son David tries out several Brabhams on track including the BT33.