This short film from 1967 records one of the pivotal moments in Formula One history: the debut of the Lotus 49 and the Ford-Cosworth DFV at the Dutch Grand Prix.
At Circuit Zandvoort on June 7, 1967, the world of F1 was set on its ear. This was the day that Colin Chapman’s groundbreaking Lotus 49 made its competition debut, and with it the revolutionary Ford-Cosworth DFV racing engine. The sport hasn’t been the same since.
This beautiful little 10-minute film, produced by Ford and called First Time Out, is a step back in time to that key moment. Watch for all the motorsports celebrities of the day as they come into frame, from Cosworth principal Keith Duckworth to dual car and bike world champion John Surtees. Of course, the two drivers of Team Lotus, Graham Hill and Jim Clark, are the stars of the production.
Fastest in practice, Hill was on pole for the Zandvoort race but dropped out on lap 11 while in the lead when his Cosworth stopped due to a broken cam drive. Clark’s cam drive began to fail as well, but held together long enough to give the Lotus 49 and the Cosworth DFV their first F1 victories—the first of many. The Lotus 49 eventually took 12 wins, while the Cosworth DFV earned 155 Grand Prix victories in nearly two decades of competition. Watch the film and see where the revolution began.