Canadian GP 1967

AUGUST 27, 1967

Canadian GP, 1967

The World Championship had been used to staying in Europe in the midsummer months but for 1967 Canada applied for a Grand Prix and as it was the country's Centenary the FIA agreed to the request. Mosport Park had hosted the Canadian GP since 1961 but this had always been a sportscar race beforehand.

As usual it was a fight between Lotus, Brabham, Ferrari and Eagle-Weslake although Bruce McLaren's McLaren-BRM M5A was finally ready and so he ceased driving the second Eagle and went to work on his own car. Local driver Al Pease was given a run in an Eagle-Climax while there a couple of extra Lotuses, including a 49 for Eppie Wietzes. Pedro Rodriguez was out of action following a huge Formula 2 crash at Enna in the wooden-chassised Protos F2 car which left him with a broken leg. His place was taken by Richard Attwood.

Jim Clark and Graham Hill were fastest in qualifying in the new Lotus-DFV 49 and they shared the front row of the grid with World Championship leader Denny Hulme. Chris Amon's Ferrari was alongside Dan Gurney's Eagle on the second row while the third row featured McLaren, Jack Brabham's Brabham and Jochen Rindt in the fastest of the Cooper-Maseratis. The BRMs of Jackie Stewart and Mike Spence were back on the fourth row.

It was raining when the race began and Clark took the lead with Hulme chasing. On the fourth lap Hulme went into the lead while Brabham moved ahead of Hill to take third. McLaren's car was working well and he was up to fifth when he had a spin but he then fought back and by lap 13 was able to take third place from Brabham. On lap 22 he overtook Clark for second place. The track was now beginning to dry and McLaren's car was less well-suited to the conditions and gradually Clark, then Brabham retook their places. Hulme continued at the front but Clark closed rapidly and took the lead on lap 58. It started to rain again but Clark stayed ahead until lap 68 when his engine cut out. Brabham overtook Hulme at the same time and so the Brabhams ran 1-2 to the finish with Gurney a long way back in third place.

Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco BT24 90 2h40m40.000s  
Denny Hulme Brabham-Repco BT24 90 2h41m41.900s  
10 Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake T1G 89  
Graham Hill Lotus-Cosworth 49 88  
16 Mike Spence BRM P83 87  10 
20 Chris Amon Ferrari 312 87  
19 Bruce McLaren McLaren-BRM M5A 86  
Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati T81 85  14 
12 David Hobbs BRM P261 85  12 
10 Richard Attwood Cooper-Maserati T81B 84  13 
11 Mike Fisher Lotus-BRM 33 81  17 
Jim Clark Lotus-Cosworth 49 69 Ignition 
Eppie Wietzes Lotus-Cosworth 49 69 Ignition 16 
15 Jackie Stewart BRM P115 65 Throttle Slides 
nc 11 Al Pease Eagle-Climax T1G 47  15 
17 Chris Irwin BRM P83 18 Spin 11 
71 Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati T81 Ignition 
ns 14 Jo Siffert Cooper-Maserati T81  Starter 18 
nq 41 Tom Jones Cooper-Climax T82   19