New puzzle racing rares: Happy man / Formula 1

New puzzle racing rares: Happy man / Formula 1

Our new “Racing Rarities” puzzle features a pilot who describes himself as a lucky but unsuccessful man in Formula 1. Who can be seen here? Where and when was the photo taken?

We present a little slice of motorsport history every week, mainly from the archives of our partners at British photo agency LAT. The process is very simple – tell us who you can recognise, where and when the photo was taken (eg: Jo Siffert, Monza, 1970) and with luck you could win a small prize. Please do not forget your name, address, year of birth and telephone number. Send your solution to: mathias.brunner@speedweek.com. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday of the current week.

Final correct solution: Frenchman Jacques Coulon in a March BMW from Lewis Racing at a round of the European Formula 2 Championship in Albi in southern France, Coulon finished fourth.

1973 was Coulon’s best single-seater season: He finished a good fifth overall in the championship, which was full of strong drivers, behind future GP drivers Jarier, Jochen Mass, Patrick Depailler and Brambilla, but ahead of Bob Wollek, Mike Beuttler . and Derek Bell.

Coulon’s motoring career had an unusual start, as the Frenchman, born in 1942, was a trained mathematician and worked as a university lecturer before becoming a racing driver, humbly at entry level to the French Formula One 1968, then in Formula Renault, where he won the title. French name in 1970.

From 1971 he drove for Tico Martini’s Formula 3 car, in 1972 he moved to Scuderia Filipinetti and had a very good outing in England, finishing third in the British F3 championship (behind Roger Williamson and Colin Vanderwell). Coulon also raced sports cars and came second in the 1000 km race in Paris with Jean-Louis Lafosse.

Coulon remained loyal to Filipinetti, but the death of company boss Georges Filipinetti led to the dissolution of the racing team. Coulon signed with Brian Lewis Racing and, as mentioned, finished fifth overall.

The results were very impressive: Vallelunga victory, third three times, fourth twice.

French newspapers had already tried to write Coulon in the GP cockpit, but nothing came of the cockpit claims in March 1974. Coulon remained in Formula 2, but could not repeat his previous success;

After that, Coulon appeared regularly at the races and eventually returned to his first job: a university lecturer.

This brings us to a new mystery: In the new profile, this driver describes himself as happy, even though he did not manage to score a single World Championship point in the premier class.

Get involved too! Send your solution to: mathias.brunner@speedweek.com. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday of the current week.