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The Way It Was - Spa Francorchamps Circa 1973

The evening before the 1973 running of the Spa 1000km race, Scuderia Ferrari had its two 312PB prototypes in the pit lane. The day’s track activities had ended and the public roads of the Spa Francorchamps circuit had been reopened. Belgian driver Jacky Ickx watched as the engineers and mechanics made changes to the cars. With the pit lane preparations complete, it was time to take the cars back to the team’s garage. A day earlier Ickx had qualified the 312PB on pole position with a 163.679 mph lap on the 8.761 mile circuit. Le Mans ran 24 hours and Nürburgring Nordschleife was more challenging. But for the Grand European tradition of high-speed racing on public roads, Circuit National de...

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