Remembering Jochen Rindt

Karl Jochen Rindt would have turned 70 today. Often called the first popstar of formula One due to his charismatic persona and his handsome looks. Born In Germany he was raised by his austrian grandparents. Always started for Austria. Won the 24 hours of Le Mans on Ferrari 250 LM together with Masten Gregory in 1965. In those days the drivers were fearless daredevils who risked their life in every race. The cars and the racetracks were far beyond safe. He was noted for being an exceptionally fast driver with superb car control and reflexes but rarely had a car equal to his talents. His career took off when he moved to Lotus in 1969. Died only 28 years old during practise for the 1970 Italian Grand prix in Monza September, 5th caused by an accident initiated by a failure of the car’s right front brakeshaft. Rindt is only driver in the history of formula One racing to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers’ championship in 1970.

Grand Prix Monaco, 1968.

on ABARTH-SIMCA 2000 at Wien-Aspern Donaupokal, Oct 17th, 1965.

on Cooper-Climax, 1965.

on Cooper T81, Spa-Francorchamps, 1966.

Rindt’s crash at the GP of Spain, 1969 which left him only slightly injuired. Team mate Graham Hill had a similiar accident in the same race both caused by the massive wings.

Gentleman racer Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt.

in a hospital bed after the accident wearing his iconic Heuer Autavia.

Brands Hatch, 1970: Jochen Rindt, Jack Brabham, Jacky Ickx.

with wife Nina, 1970.

with NIna at Lake Geneva, 1970.