1962 Solitude Grand Prix
The 12th Solitude Grand Prix was a non-Championship motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 15 July 1962 at the Solitudering, near Stuttgart. The race was run over 25 laps of the circuit, and was won by Dan Gurney in a Porsche 804.
|1962 Solitude Grand Prix|
|Non-championship race in the 1962 Formula One season|
|Date||15 July 1962|
|Official name||XII Großer Preis der Solitude|
|Location||Solitudering, near Stuttgart|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||11.4086 km (7.089 mi)|
|Distance||25 laps, 285.216 km (177.225 mi)|
The 1961 Solitude Grand Prix had been very exciting, and 320,000 people showed up in 1962 for a new record attendance. However, the race proved less than exciting, with only Lotus and Porsche sending their cars in addition to numerous privateers. Ferrari and Scuderia SSS Venezia stayed away due to the ongoing Italian metal workers' strike, while UDT/Laystall and Yeoman Credit Racing both stayed home to repair cars damaged in the 1962 French Grand Prix.
Jo Bonnier was hindered at the start by a photographer on the track, and the race began with Gurney leading Clark, then Bonnier, and then Trevor Taylor. These positions remained unchanged until just past the middle of the race, when there was a rainsquall and all of the oil and rubber deposits on the track made for very slippery conditions. Clark slipped backwards into a fence and had to retire with a damaged exhaust and rear end. Taylor also slipped off the track a few times, and the tempo dropped steadily. As an indication thereof, Gurney's average speed for the first fifteen laps was 173 km/h (107 mph) while it was only 145.75 km/h (91 mph) for the last ten. Ian Burgess' Cooper-special was best privateer in fourth. Jo Siffert had an electric short which led to a small fire. Luckily for the spectators, Solitude also hosted the German Motorcycle Grand Prix and there was a GT-race, won by Kalman von Czazy in a Ferrari 250GTO which he had crashed during practice.
- Thompson, John (1974), The Formula One Record Book
- Johansson, Lars-Erik (September 1962). "Rekord publik på Solitude: 320,000" [Record audience at Solitude: 320,000]. Illustrerad Motor Sport (in Swedish). No. 9. Lerum, Sweden. p. 23.
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