Return to Spa: our golden anniversary

As Formula 1™ heads to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix, we make a special trip to the circuit that brought us our first ever win


Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the oldest tracks on the Formula 1™calendar, having first been used for Grand Prix racing in 1925. This weekend, teams return to fight it out on the legendary asphalt. But for us, the race marks a particularly important anniversary: 50 years ago we took our first ever win on this very spot.

Well, almost – the circuit in 1968 was very different to today’s, comprising a terrifying ninemile triangle of public roads, complete with 170mph blind apex corners.

To celebrate the occasion, we made a visit to the track with Alastair Caldwell, Bruce McLaren’s race engineer, and Jackie Oliver, fifth place finisher in that race and later McLaren team driver, to discover the old circuit and relive the events of that historic day.