Look Back Sunday: The 1980’s

We look back at some historic photos from the 1980s.

1980 Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford
Tim Richmond, 1980 Indy 500
Tim Richmond, 1980 Indy 500
1980 Indy 500 practice – Johnny Rutherford and Mario Andretti chat
Mario Andretti at Monaco in 1980 in the Lotus 81
Colin Chapman watches over the banned Lotus 88 in the British GP pitlane
1981 Indy 500 Winner Bobby Unser
Nelson Piquet in Brabham Ford. Belgium Grand Prix, Zolder, Belgium, 1981.
1981 Las Vegas GP, Mario Andretti in the Alfa Romeo chases Nelson Piquet’s Brabham and Carlos Reutemann’s winning Williams Ford
1981 Las Vegas F1 start – Alan Jones leads over his Williams teammate Carlos Reutemann
Mario Andretti was declared the winner the day following the Indy 500 after it was deemed Bobby Unser cheated by passing cars under the caution
Mario Andretti driving for the Alfa Romeo F1 team in 1981 at Monaco
1981 George Follmer TransAm
Start of the 1982 South African GP at Kyalami. Note the Ferraris are running with no front wing
Gilles Villeneuve’s fatal crash at Zolder in 1982
Mario Andretti puts the Ferrari on pole for the 1982 Italian GP at Monza
Mario Andretti puts the Ferrari on pole for the 1982 Italian GP at Monza and finished 3rd fighting throttle issues
1982 Porsche 956
Long Beach, California, USA. 2-4 April 1982. Mario Andretti (Williams FW07C-Ford Cosworth), retired. LAT Photographic
1982 Indy 500, AJ Foyt hammers the shit out of his car after it broke
1982 team Brabham F1 owner Bernie Ecclestone and his driver Nelson Piquet
1982 Mario Andretti waits to make his pole winning run for Ferrari
Long Beach, California, USA. 2-4 April 1982. Mario Andretti (Williams FW07C-Ford Cosworth)
Before becoming a NASCAR Cup car owner, Robert Yates was a respected engine builder and was part of the DiGard team in 1983 that won the NASCAR Cup championship with driver Bobby Allison. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
1983 Sebring winning Porsche
1983 French GP start at Paul Ricard
BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 19, 1983: Cale Yarborough carries a CBS camera in his car for the second time and wins. He carried a camera at the Daytona 500 and won. Yarborough said, “As far as I’m concerned, CBS can put a camera in my car anytime”. (Photo by RacingOne/Getty Images)
Start of the 1983 USA GP at Long Beach. Compare the size of the grandstands back then to the miniscule ones used today for the IndyCar race.
1984 Dutch GP – Aryton Senna and Peter Warr
1984 Portuguese GP at Estoril
1984 United States Grand Prix.Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, USA. 6-8 July 1984. Nigel Mansell (Lotus 95T Renault) near to exhaustion, glanced a wall heavily and deranged the gear selectors on his car. He came to a standstill, then heroically pushed his car to the line to eventually finish in sixth position. Due to this he collapsed with heat exhaustion but recovered quite quickly afterwards.  LAT Photographic
1984 Indy 500 Tom Sneva
1984 Indy 500 pitstop by Al Holbert
Estoril, Portugal, 19th – 21st October 1984, RD16.Keke Rosberg leads the field on the opening lap after starting in 4th. He went on to retire from the race with engine trouble. Action. Start. Photo: LAT Photographic/Williams F1.
1984 Michael and Mario Andretti
1984 Pocono 500 – Mario Andretti’s Budweiser Lola
Paul Newman in 1984 at the Indy 500
1985 Al Holbert Porsche
Jeff Gordon in 1985 at Hanford, California
Brands Hatch, England.4-6 October 1985.Nigel Mansell (Williams Honda) 1st position, Ayrton Senna (Lotus Renault) 2nd position and Alain Prost (McLaren TAG Porsche) 3rd position all go mad with the champagne on the podium.Ref-85 EUR 01. LAT Photographic
1985 Bill Elliott
1985 Lowenbrau Porsche 962b
1985 John Andretti Rollie Helmling midget
1985 Indy 500 AJ Foyt and Jack Starne
1985 Ferrari 637 IndyCar that never raced
1985 Portuguese GP podium at Estoril – Michele Alboreto, Ayrton Senna and Patrick Tambay. It was Senna’s first F1 win
1985 Dyson Racing Porsche 962
1985 Portuguese GP at Estoril – Ayrton Senna driving to victory for Lotus
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. 20-22 June 1986. Ayrton Senna (Lotus 98T Renault) leads Nigel Mansell (Williams FW11 Honda) at the start. LAT Photographic for Williams F1
Jerez, Spain.11-13 April 1986. Ayrton Senna (Lotus 98T Renault) crosses the line 14/100ths of a second ahead of Nigel Mansell (Williams FW11 Honda) for the win. One of the closest finishes in grand prix history.  LAT Photographic for Williams
Brands Hatch, England.11-13 July 1986.Nigel Mansell (Williams Honda) 1st position, Nelson Piquet (Williams Honda) 2nd position and Alain Prost (McLaren TAG Porsche) 3rd position on the podium. LAT Photographic for WIlliams
1986 Australian Grand Prix Adelaide, Australia. 24th – 26th October. Nigel Mansell (Williams FW11 Honda). LAT Photo via Williams F1

 

1986 Porsche 962b
1986 Hoosier Hundred Parade Lap
Bobby Rahal wins the 1986 Indy 500
1987 Detroit GP – Nigel Mansell leads
1987 Indy 500 pole winner Mario Andretti
Ayrton Senna (BR), Camel Team Lotus Honda 99T. 1987 Brazil GP
Silverstone, England.10-12 July 1987. Nigel Mansell (Williams Honda) 1st position, Nelson Piquet (Williams Honda) and Ayrton Senna (Lotus Honda) 3rd position on the podium. LAT Photographic
Alan Kulwicki drove Zerex-sponsored Ford Thunderbirds on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit from 1987 through 1990. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
1987 CART IndyCar – Mario Andretti talks to his engineer Adrian Newey – today he is Red Bull’s F1 design lead
1987 CART IndyCar start at Laguna Seca with Mario Andretti on pole and his son Michael Andretti alongside. Note the crowd on the hills – this was before Tony George nearly killed the sport.
1987 24 Hours of Daytona winners Al Holbert and Derek Bell
Robert Yates became a team owner in 1988, fielding Texaco-Havoline Fords for driver Davey Allison. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
1988 Mario Andretti at Phoenix
Mark Martin 1988 Daytona 500
Rick Mears 1988 Indy 500
1989 Suzuka – Prost and Senna collide
Jeff Gordon 1989 Knoxville Nationals
Jacarepagu√°, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.24-26 March 1989. Nigel Mansell (Ferrari) can barely lift his trophy after his 1st position on his Ferrari debut. LAT Photographic
1989 Indy 500 winner – Emerson Fittipaldi tangles with Al Unser Jr. into the wall on the final lap
1989 Daytona 500 winner Darrell Waltrip – Getty Images for NASCAR
1989 Japanese GP at Suzuka – Prost and Senna collide